When was the last time you gave any thought to the air ducts in your home? Central air is a modern marvel, and usually there are no problems with simply continuing to use your HVAC system with just the occasional maintenance. The HVAC unit itself tends to be the focus of this maintenance, while the air ducts usually aren’t considered until there’s a very obvious problem.
Here are four reasons you’ll want to clean the air ducts in your home sooner or later:
1. You’ll breathe cleaner air.
If it’s been a while you’ve had your ducts cleaned, you likely have decades of dust and other detritus laying around in your vents. Think about it: most homes have never had a duct cleaning, and many homes are 60 or more years old. During all that time, it’s inevitable that certain debris will make its way into the ductwork, and this can affect the air quality in your home.
You may not notice any issues because you’re used to the current air quality, but when you see how much debris comes out of your vents during a cleaning, you’ll have visual proof that the air quality in your home will improve considerably.
2. You’ll keep allergies at bay.
Many households have at least one person who has general allergies. Because air ducts can have a lot of different kinds of debris, such as dust, mildew, mold, pet dander, and even rodent droppings, these could be affecting the allergies of your loved ones even if you otherwise try to keep a clean home.
3. You’ll improve the functioning of your HVAC system.
Your HVAC system has to do a lot of work to push warm or cold air throughout your entire house. By cleaning your air ducts on a regular basis, you’re making it easier for your HVAC to do this work and thereby likely extending the overall life of the system. As you probably know, HVAC systems cost a ton to replace, so investing in the occasional cleaning can actually save you money in the long run by keeping your current HVAC system in operation for longer.
4. You’ll save money.
Not surprisingly, improving the efficiency of your HVAC system also means saving money on electricity. One study found that cleaning even a lightly fouled air duct system can save you as much as 11% on the annual heating and cooling bill. And, considering that nearly 50% of the average U.S. home’s energy expenditure goes to heating and cooling, and that the average home’s energy bill is around $2,000, you can see how the cost of a duct cleaning can quickly pay for itself via energy savings.
Think it’s time to clean the air ducts in your home? Contact us today to get a free estimate or to schedule your appointment!