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Your air ducts are your home’s circulatory system. Each day your furnace or air conditioner is in operation, the air inside your home will be cycled through your ductwork again and again in a repeating loop.
Unfortunately, the air that passes through your ducts almost always carries pollutants. In most American homes indoor air pollution is a fact of life, and as a result air ducts become a sort of depository, collecting dust, dirt, debris, pet dander, chemical traces, mold spores and a host of other nasty contaminants. If nothing is done these contaminants will continue to accumulate, but that is a problem you can avoid by having your air ducts cleaned on a regular basis.
When carried out by qualified professionals, air duct cleaning is a highly efficient and effective practice that can deliver a range of benefits, including:
The air in your home is filled with microscopic contaminants, which your HVAC filters are designed to capture as air circulates through your home’s air duct network. But when pollutants build up inside ducts, they get stirred up and re-circulated throughout the home whenever your HVAC system is switched on, and this is a problem air filters cannot solve since it occurs downriver from where they perform their work.
Consequently, your only defense against your ducts becoming a source of recirculated pollution is to have them cleaned before contaminant build-up runs out of control.
Improved indoor air quality is especially important for those who suffer from asthma or allergies that can be triggered by exposure to indoor irritants. In the sensitive and the vulnerable, the dust, dander, pollen, mold spores and bacteria that accumulate inside unsanitary air ducts can easily provoke an allergic attack, possibly severe enough to require medical attention.
When allergens become recurrent a problem in the home, and a proactive approach to air duct cleaning should be considered mandatory.
Ducts and registers clogged with dirt and debris inhibit air flow, forcing HVAC systems to work harder to meet their designated temperature targets. Because keeping up can be difficult, especially during more extreme weather conditions, homes that have unclean duct systems frequently feel too hot in summer and too cold in winter, all because the restrictions on air flow prevent them from working at peak efficiency.
By enhancing the free and easy flow of air, duct cleaning helps ensure smooth, consistent and efficient operation of furnaces and air conditioners all year round.
The chemical compounds responsible for odor can collect over time in duct systems, just like other home contaminants. Pets, chemicals used in cleaning, paint fumes, smoke, food smells and bathroom odors may all be recycled through dirty ductwork, producing a pervasive stale or musty smell that will hit you in the face every time you enter your home. And if your ducts collect moisture over time, mold, mildew and bacteria may spread inside them, making those odors even more odious—and of course the more often you use your furnace or air conditioner, the more frequently these odors will circulate throughout your home.
Naturally, regular air duct cleaning is the best way to avoid this contingency.
Studies show that 25-40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted, and dirty air ducts are a frequent contributor to this equation. Clogged ducts and registers are costly because they force furnaces and air conditioners to work harder and longer to keep up, leading to excess energy consumption and higher utility bills.
In contrast, clean air ducts do nothing to inhibit the strong and smooth flow of heated or cooled air, which reduces the amount of time a furnace or air conditioner must be kept running.
There are two ways that dirty ductwork can affect the longevity of your HVAC equipment. First, it can increase wear and tear on furnaces and air conditioners, since they must work harder and run longer when air flow through ductwork is less than optimal. Second, dirty ducts can contribute to mechanical breakdowns in HVAC equipment by coating them in dust and grime and making it difficult for them to continue functioning. Moisture in dirty air ducts is another problem, since exposure to moisture can cause metal machines to rust.
A well-maintained furnace or air conditioner can last for 20 years or longer, and air duct cleaning should be included in your HVAC maintenance menu.
Rheem Pro Partner recommends regular duct cleaning for the health of your HVAC equipment, and for the health of your family. In fact many Rheem Pro Partners now offer duct cleaning and sealing services (the latter can prevent future contamination), and if you go with us for either you’ll have peace of mind knowing the job has been performed impeccably. If your air ducts haven’t been cleaned within the past two years, please contact us right away to make an appointment for a complete inspection of your entire HVAC system. If our technician confirms your ducts are contaminated, we can offer you the most comprehensive and affordable duct cleaning services available anywhere in Colorado and Wyoming and all points beyond.