Benefits of Duct Cleaning
With central HVAC systems, heated or chilled air is passed through a series of ducts and then distributed into individual rooms or zones. When these spaces are clean, every aspect of an HVAC system can work better. More importantly, it becomes infinitely easier for homeowners to maintain good indoor air quality, dust-free surfaces and enjoyable living environments. If you have never had your HVAC ductwork professionally cleaned before, here are six solid reasons to schedule these services now.
1. Regular Duct Cleaning Makes It Easier To Keep Your Home Dust-Free
Cleaning your home and keeping it that way could become an increasing challenge if your HVAC ductwork is dirty and neglected. No matter how much you vacuum, sweep or dust, there will always be new debris to collect every time your turn your heater or air conditioner on. Airborne particulates can be captured and cycled through the HVAC system continuously. With proper filter maintenance and a good duct cleaning, however, you can limit the amount of effort that it takes to keep bookshelves, entertainment centers, countertops, and other indoor surfaces clean. If you have a lot of high-value technology in the form of computers and home entertainment systems, minimizing airborne dust is a great way to protect these things.
2. Your Indoor Air Quality Will Improve
More households are paying close attention to indoor air quality (IAQ). By removing dirt, dust, pollen, dander and any other allergens that have found their way into your home and your HVAC system, you can significantly limit the number of allergens and contaminants that everyone is breathing in. This is an especially important benefit in households with residents who have chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma or COPD. For these individuals, excess airborne particulates can wreak havoc on their existing illnesses, intensify their symptoms and make it infinitely harder to get relief.
Duct cleaning is something that you may want to schedule if you or another household member is experiencing increases in asthma attacks, increasingly severe allergy symptoms, wheezing, shortness of breath or frequent headaches. Once these offending triggers are eliminated, many people have fewer asthmatic episodes and other respiratory-related problems. Not only are duct cleaning services and other measures for improving IAQ good for humans, but they can also be very advantageous to house pets.
3. Your System Will Work Far More Efficiently
Air registers and ducts that are clogged with dirt and other debris force the HVAC system to work far harder than it was meant to. Moving chilled or heated air through these spaces requires more effort. Whether you are heating or cooling your home, it will take longer for the established temperature setting to be achieved, and all residents will have to wait far longer for the desired comfort level to be reached. Even a short extension in this wait can mean a lot on the hottest and coldest days of the year.
More importantly, people will gradually see an increase in their energy bills. This remains true even for relatively new and efficiently designed HVAC systems. Without performing proper maintenance, homeowners cannot experience the full benefits of having high-quality and highly efficient HVAC equipment installed. This is also a concern if you’re worried about the impact on the environment and are working to lower your carbon footprint. Simply having air filters, clogged registers, and dirty ducts cleaned out can lower your monthly spending and significantly reduce the amount of energy that your household is using. Best of all, no one has to alter their daily patterns or decrease their in-home comfort levels in order to achieve these benefits.
4. Routine Duct Cleaning Can Extend the Lifespan of Your HVAC Equipment
Any effort that you make to limit the amount of work that your HVAC system must do has the ability to prolong its lifespan. While HVAC systems should generally be switched out by the time they reach the end of their manufacturers’ projected lifespans, some homeowners find that this equipment wears down or malfunctions several years before this time limit is reached. This is frequently the case in homes where HVAC systems are only professionally inspected and maintained after major repair issues have already arisen. Regularly removing debris from any areas in which it is known to collect can prevent overheating, icing and more.
5. This Is a Great Opportunity to Spot and Correct Minor Problems
Every time that you have a service visit, this is an opportunity for minor problems to be caught and corrected. You may have issues with your ductwork that are diminishing the efficiency of your system, expediting wear, increasing energy use and driving up your home heating and cooling costs. During these treatments, powerful vacuums are used to suction up all dirt and debris from the ducts, the diffusers and the air registers in each room. If problems are identified in any of these spaces or components, they’ll be brought to your attention right away.
6. Get Rid of Unpleasant Smells
Different aromas from nearly every activity that you do in your home can pervade your ductwork. Once they do, they can affect how conditioned air smells as it gets forced out of the air registers and into your living environment. These smells include everything from the household cleaning solutions that you use every day to strong pet odors. Even mere dirt and dust can leave your home smelling musty and unpleasant when your system is in use. If you have recently painted and can’t seem to get rid of the smell of new paint, cleaning your ducts might help.
Duct cleaning is especially important to this end if you or anyone else in the home smokes inside, near an open window or door or the outdoor compressor. Duct cleaning is one of the best ways to get rid of the smell of stale cigarettes after having officially kicked the habit. If you live near a freeway or anywhere else with a lot of outside pollutants, duct cleaning will also get rid of the slight odors that these things can bring in. Once duct cleaning treatments have been performed, your home can have a truly fresh, clean smell through and through.
If you have a central HVAC system in your home, regular duct cleaning is an essential part of your heating and cooling system maintenance. If you haven’t been scheduling these services in the past, your HVAC equipment is probably working harder than it has to. Your energy bills are likely higher than they should be, and you may need a system replacement far sooner than you expect.
Duct cleaning services will freshen the air in your home, improve your indoor air quality and make all indoor surfaces easier to clean. We also provide furnace and AC installation, ductless mini-split installation and comprehensive indoor air quality services throughout Roseville, MI, and greater Macomb County. To find out how we can help you enjoy cleaner air, greater HVAC efficiency and a more enjoyable living environment all-around, call C & C Heating & Air Conditioning today.