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Why should I have my Air Ducts Cleaned?

By Luke Armstrong

Why should I have my Air Ducts Cleaned?

Maintaining your home and property is a multivariate process, and often one that we ignore.  Home maintenance can be a pain and the costs can add up quickly, however creating and sticking to a normal routine can really pay off in the long run.  Keeping up with home maintenance can prevent larger issues from compiling and hitting you all at once, and it can also help to lower monthly energy bills.Cleaning TeamOne of the easiest and least expensive home maintenance tasks you can start with is air duct cleaning.  Cleaning your air ducts will reduce your heating and air conditioning bills, and it can even make for a healthier home environment.

Increase Air System Efficiency

Over time, your home’s air ducts will accumulate dust.  There’s not really anything you can do to prevent this accumulation, however you can have it professionally removed.  While it may seem silly to pay someone to come into your home and dust out your air ducts, it’s actually one of the best ways to increase your air system’s overall efficiency and reduce monthly energy costs.
Compiled dust restricts air flow and makes it so that your heater and air conditioner have to work harder and use more energy.  Over time, this increased energy usage can really add up.  Paying for professional duct cleaning can prevent this energy from being wasted and can pay for itself in just a few months.  When compared to outrageous summer or winter energy bills, a one-time duct cleaning cost is actually quite a modest and valuable investment.

Added Health Benefits

Within the HVAC community at large, there is actually a lot of contention about whether or not dusty air ducts pose significant health risks.  In short, some people are simply a lot more sensitive to their home’s air quality than others.
People with asthma and allergies are particularly sensitive to environmental air quality.  If you are a homeowner with one of these conditions, it is highly recommended that you implement professional air duct cleaning into your routine maintenance schedule as soon as possible.  It’s also recommended that individuals with asthma and allergies avoid trying to clean their air ducts on their own, as exposure to all of the dust involved in cleaning will most likely aggravate their condition.

Go with a Professional

Whether you have asthma or not, cleaning your own air ducts is not very fun – especially if it’s never been done before.  There’s going to be a lot of dust up there, and you’re going to need more than just your standard vacuum.  What’s more is that air ducts are actually quite fragile and improper duct cleaning techniques can damage them.
If you’ve never cleaned your air ducts before, it’s highly recommended that you consult a professional.  Your air system will run more efficiently, your home’s air quality will increase, and you will avoid the risk of making things worse and having to pay for air duct repair – which, trust us, is a lot more expensive than cleaning.