Duct Work Cleaning and the Impact on Your Home
Keeping down indoor air pollution, such as dust, pollen, and dander, is critical to maintaining good indoor air quality. However, if your HVAC unit isn’t keeping up, you may struggle with indoor air pollution. There are several ways to determine if your ducts are helping or hurting your air quality and if duct work cleaning would be beneficial.
Symptoms of Dirty Ducts
You may notice an unpleasant odor in the air as it leaves the duct. Some homeowners will also find that no matter how often they clean and dust, they can’t keep up; allergy sufferers in your house may struggle with chronic stuffiness. Finally, if you have pets, any dust in your ductwork will collect a great deal of dander and or fur.
Benefits of Duct Cleaning
Your HVAC filter can only catch so much. In addition, if the humidity in your area is high, you may find that the dust gets too heavy to remain airborne. Any dust that settles back down to the metal surface of the duct will create a rough surface that will capture more dust and serve as a haven for contaminants like pollen and dander.
Increase HVAC Efficiency
If your duct volume is altered by dust, your HVAC unit can’t run at peak efficiency. Setting up a maintenance contract to keep your HVAC checked, cleaned and serviced regularly is a great start in the fight to keep your ducts clean. However, if your ducts are at all impeded by dust, a good cleaning will add even more efficiency to your HVAC system.
Reduce Utility Bills
Your AC unit is working hard to cool your home and remove excess humidity from the space. Dirty ducts will capture humidity, forcing your AC unit to work harder.
In addition, if the outdoor unit has to fight against impediments such as plant growth or excess dirt in the compressor, your electric bill may be higher than you desire. Keeping your HVAC unit serviced regularly both inside and out will mean that every utility dollar you spend is contributing to your health and safety.
Confirm Duct Integrity
The metal in your ductwork is exposed to constant temperature changes. Over time, the joints and connections may start to separate and leak. By getting your ducts professionally inspected and cleaned, you can confirm that your ducts are thoroughly sealed and are moving air effectively all over your home with little loss of cool or warm air.
If you’ve recently done any renovating, you may want to get your ducts checked out. Construction dust is hard to contain and some of it is heavy, so your ducts may become coated with sheetrock dust.
Paint and stains can release Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs into your home. In addition, products with fragrances can be an irritant to those suffering from allergies and asthma. These airborne VOCs can become trapped in the dust in your ducts and produce a constant stream of irritation.
Regular Internal Air Quality Assessments
A maintenance service agreement means your HVAC system will be thoroughly checked out, cleaned, and all filters changed. In addition, we will provide you with an indoor air quality assessment.
Keeping the air in your home pure and free of contaminants is critical to the safety of your family. By confirming the air quality with each visit, we can help you stay on top of any contaminants, debris or heavy dust that may be causing problems in your ductwork.
Furnaces and air conditioners will all eventually wear out and need to be replaced. However, with regular maintenance, we can help you extend the life of your HVAC unit.
We can also help you know when it’s time to prepare for a replacement. Trinity Air, Inc. is ready to help you protect your inner air quality with a thorough duct work cleaning and to follow up with regular indoor air quality checks. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
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