The importance of cleaning your ventilation ducts
LucKey May 25, 2022
The ventilation ducts in your home or commercial/industrial center perform a very important function. They circulate the air from your heating and air conditioning system to each room, which allows for constant interior comfort whatever the season.
In fact, the air in your building circulates through the ducts several times a day. The air flowing through your ducts is the same air that completely fills your living environment and it is the same air that you and your family breathe.
Did you know that a single duct cleaning eliminates an average of 6 kilos of dust per house? The air inside your home is filled with small particles such as dust, pollen, and pet waste. When your furnace or air conditioner sucks in air, it also sucks in airborne particles. Over time, these contaminants can build up in the ductwork, reducing airflow and recirculation in your living space. This presents a potential danger for individuals with more fragile lungs, such as children and people with respiratory problems.
Like heaters and air conditioners, air ducts require proper cleaning and maintenance to perform best. Regular maintenance of your ductwork can also help reduce your energy bill and improve the air quality in your home.
How it works?
Air duct cleaning is the removal of dust and contaminants from the ducts. This includes supply and return air ducts as well as registers and diffusers in each room. Powerful vacuum cleaners remove dust and debris, preventing it from re-circulating the home. Because the ducts are hidden behind walls and above ceilings, the only way to clean them effectively is to use a truck-mounted, high-powered vacuum and compression system. No other method guarantees complete cleaning.
Why do it?
First, the air that passes through the ducts is the same air that your family and children breathe every day. If left unchecked, ducts can harbor allergens such as pollen and pet dander, which can re-enter your living space during filtration cycles. Although these particles are not necessarily a health risk, they can cause problems for people with asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems or even affect the health of your children. Cleaning your air ducts will help improve air quality and keep it free of airborne particles.
Second, dust and debris restrict the airflow into and out of your system components. When the ducts are clogged, your furnace or air conditioner must use more energy to do its job. By keeping the ducts clear, your units will be able to operate at peak efficiency. By paying a small amount for the regular maintenance of your system, you would save a lot on the final energy balance.
Third, a clogged ventilation system can cause debris to build up in many air conditioner components and fan wheels, and other problems leading to costly repairs. Adding duct cleaning to your maintenance routine will greatly extend the life of your system. Additionally, pets, cleaning products, paint fumes, mold, smoking, and even food preparation all contribute to odors building up in the air ducts. Every time the furnace or air conditioner is on, these odors pass through the house repeatedly. A buildup of dust and dirt over the years can lead to a musty smell coming from the ductwork. A thorough cleaning of the air ducts eliminates all particles trapping odors, and consequently freshens the air in your home. Your nostrils will thank you!