Many home owners give little thought to the ducts around their house. But are you aware of the important role air ducts play in the health and comfort of your home environment? Duct cleaning is recommended every 3 – 5 years depending on your living conditions. If you or anyone in your family has allergies or asthma, have recently installed a new HVAC system, have pets, and done any recent renovations than it is highly recommended that you get your ducts cleaned. Your ducts may contain:

  • Mold and fungus
  • Pet hair
  • Construction debris
  • Food and small toys

Every time you turn on your AC or furnace, debris in your ducts become airborne resulting in poor indoor air quality.

Why Duct Cleaning is Necessary

The problem with air ducts is they easily accumulate dust and harmful material in them which can circulate in your home over and over again each time you turn on your heating and cooling system. Having your ducts filled with dust and other contaminants is not only a problem to your health; it can also damage your heating and cooling system due to the imbalances in pressure caused by air ducts being clogged. Clogged air ducts also don’t allow the air to circulate properly through all areas of your home.

The following are several reasons as to why you should have your ducts cleaned:

  • Energy Efficiency: an increase to the air flow of your HVAC system causes noticeable decrease of power consumption of drives and motors of your heating and cooling system.
  • Reduced fire hazard: the substance that has accumulated in your vents, particularly dryer vents in your laundry room is a major fire hazard. It is highly recommended for home owners to clean their vents to reduce the risk.
  • Improved health: contaminants such as dust, lint, mold spores and fungi, built up in your air ducts are major health hazard to your home. The number of people affected by respiratory illnesses is on the rise and approximately 30% of all people suffer from allergies. Cleaning your ducts produces clean air, and by outcome, clean ducts, can improve your health greatly.

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