Duct cleaning is not one of those things that homeowners often think about. After all, the ducts are not the flashiest parts of your home. At least, I certainly hope they’re not. Take it from a bear who knows, though, keeping your ducts healthy is just as important as making sure that your air conditioner is functioning properly. After all, they’re two parts of the same system! The ducts serve as the lungs of your home. If they’re not in good shape, your air conditioner won’t be able to cool your home effectively. Poor ducts also have a negative effect on the quality of the air itself. Let’s take a look at why it’s so important to keep your ducts as clean as possible.
For the Sake of Your Indoor Air Quality
The average home’s air supply has all kinds of nasty things floating around in it, including dust, dirt, pollen, dander, viruses, bacteria, and mold spores. Normally, these contaminants are dispersed widely enough that your body can easily fight off any negative effects. In the ducts, though, these contaminants tend to collect and grow. Then, when you turn on your air conditioner or heater, you blast a high concentration of these contaminants all over the house! This makes it much more likely for you to have allergy attacks, develop flu infections, and have all kinds of other negative health issues. Duct cleaning rids your home of these contaminants, so that you don’t have to worry about them mucking up your air.
For the Sake of Your Air Conditioner Efficiency
Dust can be especially harmful if it has the opportunity to build up in your ducts, because enough of it can actually insulate the inside of them. This restricts the flow of air through the ductwork, forcing your air conditioner to work harder than it should in order to cool your home. Longer operating times means higher energy bills for you, with no benefit. Having your ducts cleaned out every few years helps to keep your air conditioner as energy efficient as possible. Considering how high most peoples’ energy bills are during the summer, I think you’ll agree that it’s well worth doing anything you can to cut costs in that area.
So, if you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in a while (or ever) we highly recommend that you give it a shot this season! Not only will you be saving money on your energy bills, but you’ll also be ensuring that you breathe more easily and generally feel better throughout the year. And who doesn’t want that? Contact a professional you trust today to schedule your duct cleaning appointment.