29 Oct Problems That Duct Cleaning Can Alleviate
Duct cleaning is a procedure that is usually reserved for when a problem is discovered in your ductwork. It’s a reactive solution, reserved for when it is necessary and no other time. Why is it this way, though? Truthfully, because people don’t know how helpful preventative duct cleaning can actually be to heating systems. Having your ducts cleaned regularly can improve the health of your heating system in the following ways.
The US Department of Energy estimates that home heating systems lose 20-30% of their heat on average to leaks in the ductwork. That’s almost a third of your heat that goes wasted every time you turn your heating system on. This causes the system to work longer to reach a comfortable temperature, consuming more energy and costing more money on your heating bills.
Because these leaks are small, and the ductwork is mostly invisible to homeowners anyway, there is often no way to detect them without having a professional examine the ducts. That means that this loss of heating efficiency will persist unless something else prompts a duct cleaning, or you schedule preventative maintenance.
Many homeowners hold the belief that the air filter in their system will prevent contaminants from decreasing the air quality in their home. This is actually untrue. The air filter included in most forced air heating systems is designed to protect the system itself from dust and particulates, not the house as a whole.
Mold, insects, viruses, bacteria, and all sorts of other nasty things can make a home in the ducts of your heating system, being circulated throughout the house when the heat is turned on. This can exacerbate allergies, make you sick, and generally decrease the quality of the air in your home. Regular duct cleaning removes all of these contaminants, restoring the air quality in your house and improving your quality of life.