So you’ve seen the commercials and heard the ads, but does it really make sense to have the air ducts in your home cleaned? Is it really worth the expense? Some HVAC companies may provide air duct cleaning as a maintenance service with the promise of improved system efficiency and cleaner air. Does air duct cleaning really deliver these results? Check out the information below to help you decide if your home might benefit from having your HVAC ducts cleaned.
To Clean or Not to Clean?
Will air duct cleaning prevent health issues or make your system more efficient as promised? Will a routine duct cleaning improve air quality or reduce dust? Some evidence suggest “perhaps”. However, there is strong evidence that checking your air ducts will help to identify any specific problems affecting the HVAC system. Motors, air-handling units and dirty heating and cooling coils can all impact the efficiency of your HVAC system.
When to Consider Air Duct Cleaning
Any major blockage in your air ducts will hamper the air flow and will most likely mean higher energy costs over time. Large obstructions are obvious concerns, but even significant amounts of dust can prove a concern for considering this service. Remember, the easier it is for the air to flow through your air ducts, the easier it is for your system to deliver that air to your living spaces.
Look for specific signs to determine if the service is warranted…
- Insect Bodies or Rodent Droppings – Neither is good and a sure sign that your air ducts should be cleaned. The presence of dead insects or droppings could indicate that rodents are living in your ducts or that you have an insect infestation. Either way, you don’t want the by-products from these materials circulating through the air in your home.
- Mold Infestation – Mold can develop due to trapped moisture and can be damaging to your overall HVAC system. If you are getting a moldy or musty smell from your system, you may want to call an HVAC technician to come for an inspection. Any signs of mold should be treated seriously and quickly.
- Duct Obstruction – As previously mentioned, even dust is a hazard to the operation of your overall HVAC system. If you notice that your ductwork is developing significant amounts of dust or debris, it may be a sign that it is time to consider a thorough air duct cleaning.
- Unexplained Allergy Related Illness – If you’ve taken steps to decontaminate your home due to an allergy-related illness in your family, and they’re still having issues, you may want to consider having those ducts checked and cleaned after all.
Will Air Duct Cleaning Pay Off?
If your ducts are significantly clogged with dust or debris, there may be other issues affecting the efficiency of your system. Check the air filter. If clogged, chances are good that your system is working harder to keep your home at the proper temperature. The air has to circulate sufficiently to reach the thermostat in your home and to keep the air at the proper temperature.
Take note – in some cases, the air duct cleaning process may cause even more particles to enter your home by loosening debris and in turn, allowing it to circulate throughout your home.
HVAC Cleaning Benefits
Dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. Both the EPA and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association have found there’s some benefit in cleaning debris from ducts, furnaces, central air conditioners and ventilation. Look for a certified HVAC professional to inspect your HVAC system if you suspect the ductwork is dirty or contaminated. A key benefit to a clean HVAC system is better energy efficiency.
Other Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality and Keep Your Family Safe
- Change air filter per the manufacturer’s directions
- Keep ventilation clean
- Reduce humidity and mold by using dehumidifiers
- Install carbon monoxide alarms
- Vacuum regularly to reduce dirt/dust mites
- Home air purifier
Tips for an Efficient HVAC System
Clearing away any obstructions in your ducts will certainly help your HVAC system deliver the comfort you desire. Be sure to address any other underlying issues that may be affecting the overall system. Take the necessary steps to insure that your HVAC system is working at peak efficiency.
Here are a few preventive steps you can take to maximize your system’s efficiency…
- Change your furnace filter frequently
- Schedule your HVAC tune-up on a regular basis
- Check your thermostat to be sure it is working properly
System Maintenance is Key
If you are noticing poor air flow, you should contact a qualified HVAC technician to evaluate your system. Poor air flow will impact your overall energy efficiency, and should be checked immediately before further issues develop.
About Phoenix Comfort’s Planned Maintenance Program
Our maintenance agreements provide manufacturers’ recommended maintenance procedures to your heating and air conditioning systems. We come out for a planned annual or semi-annual inspection and tune-up service that is designed to meet or exceed all manufacturer and extended-warranty requirements, and adheres to recommended procedures outlined by the Department of Energy and local utility companies.
Improving the Health of Your HVAC System and Saving You Money
- Inspection and tune-ups allow us to find and fix minor issues before they can become larger issues.
- You will receive 15% discounts on all repairs.
- Tune-ups on your heating and air conditioning systems will improve your comfort and save you up to 50% on your energy costs.
- If a repair of ours fails during that season, we will repair it again at no charge.
- We keep track of your inspection and tune-up schedule and will contact you to schedule the appointments.
- You receive priority service and are moved to the top of the service list if your system is having problems.
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About Phoenix Comfort Systems
Phoenix Comfort provides a full range of air conditioning and heating repair, installation, and maintenance services for residential and commercial customers. We keep your air conditioning and heating systems in their best condition and ready to go when you need them most, following the industry’s “best practice” methods and standards. Phoenix Comfort carries a full line of quiet, energy-efficient air conditioning and heating equipment.
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