In the past, air ducts were simply a part of your home that had vents placed over them and were rarely accessed again. But today, indoor air quality is an area that has become a big concern. Because modern air ducts and the homes they serve don’t leak air the way that older homes do, it’s vital to your health and your HVAC system’s efficiency that you regularly clean your air ducts. Here’s a deeper look at this issue.
Asthma, Allergy Sufferers and Indoor Air Quality
If you or a family member suffers from asthma or allergies, you know how important clean, healthy indoor air can be. When home renovations are underway, dust and dirt can cause serious problems. Mold and allergens can often enter your home through your HVAC system’s air handler and can breed in the dark, dank recesses of your duct system.
Augusta, GA, homes are known for their humid conditions, so having a thorough air duct cleaning can help you locate any problem spots where mold and mildew may breed, leading to serious health problems for you and your loved ones. If you’ve removed any other source of allergens in your home but are still having problems with asthma or allergies, having your ductwork cleaned thoroughly may remove the last hiding places of these troublesome particles, leaving you free to enjoy exceptional indoor air quality and a relaxing environment for your free time.
Cost Savings From Clean Air Handling Units
Even if there are no asthma or allergy sufferers in your home, you may still benefit from having your air ducts cleaned. When your heating or cooling coils, motors or air handling units have dust and dirt building up on them, they’re not as efficient at heating or cooling your home. Think about it this way — the coils on your HVAC unit need to exchange heat with the outdoors.
The copper lines that make up those coils are very efficient at transferring heat, but the dust and dirt on the coils act like insulation, making it difficult for the coils to release that heat into the environment. This means your system has to work much harder to heat or cool your home to a comfortable temperature. You wouldn’t put a barrier between your vents and the rest of the room where you’re trying to control the temperature — why would you leave a barrier of dust and dirt between your coils and the air?
Leaving your air ducts clogged and dirty can not only impact your HVAC system, it can cause serious health issues for asthma and allergy sufferers. If you’re ready to improve your indoor air quality, Duggan's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®, Heating & Electrical Service can help. Please feel free to schedule an appointment through our convenient online form or contact us today with any questions or concerns.