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3 Facts You Need to Know About Duct Cleaning

Your home's heating and cooling is a complicated system made up of electrical components, blowers, filters, and an elaborate series of ductwork. Located in the walls, attic, crawlspace, and other areas of your home the ductwork moves conditioned air all through your home. Unfortunately, during this process, excessive dirt, dust, and dander may also be moving into your home.

A duct cleaning service is not only essential for improving your home's indoor air quality, but it can also improve the total efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Of course, you may not be familiar enough with this service. With this guide and your contractor's help, you will learn a few key facts regarding a duct cleaning service.

Process Is Simple, Yet Innovative

One of the most common misconceptions many homeowners have is that duct cleaning is a DIY type of project. If you are like most homeowners, you do not have the adequate tools, supplies, or knowledge to clean your own ducts. However, you can trust the professionals to conduct this simple, yet very innovative task.

Using specialized equipment, the vacuums on the duct cleaning trucks are capable of suctioning 16,000 cubic square feet of air per minute. Scrubbing tools are then used to remove heavy residue from the interior of the ductwork, as well, reducing the amount of allergens that flow into the home even more.

The use of vacuums and brushes may seem simple, but you can rest easy in knowing this innovative treatment will be an effective solution for your home.

Beneficial for Allergy Sufferers

If you or a family member suffer from allergies, cleaning your ductwork can be beneficial.

As air is pulled from the outside, conditioned, and then moved through the ductwork, allergens may also move through the ducts along with the heated or cooled air. Allergens such as dirt, dust, mold and even algae spores may enter the home, affecting the air quality and increasing your family's allergy symptoms.

This decreased air quality may lead to sneezing, coughing, itchy and water eyes, and even irritation of the skin. While medications are usually helpful for reducing symptoms, improving the air quality with a duct cleaning service is a healthier long-term Improved Energy Efficiency

Improvement in Energy Efficiency

You may be surprised to learn that heating and cooling accounts for about half of your home's total energy usage. Reducing heating and cooling costs is possible by using a programmable thermostat and performing periodic maintenance, but a duct cleaning is also effective for improving the system's energy efficiency.

As dirt, dust, and other debris moves through your ductwork, the buildup can decrease the flow of air into your home. You may notice a weakened flow of air from your vents in addition to dirty filters that are clogged with dust and dander.

If air is unable to move freely into and through your home, your system will continue heating or cooling in an attempt to reach your desired, set temperature. This will cause the heating and cooling to run continuously, placing excess stress on your system while increasing energy usage and costs.

By cleaning the ducts and changing your filters, air will flow into your home properly, preventing waste and high energy costs.

It is also important to note that the ductwork will be inspected for signs of distress during a cleaning service. Small holes, tears, and misaligned or loose seams can cause air loss, which also decreases the efficiency of your system.

In these situations, cleaning and sealing the ductwork will offer an effective improvement in function and efficiency.

To determine if a duct cleaning is right for you or if you need any heating and cooling service, contact the professionals at KLEEN AIR today.