The air ducts in your home provide a very simple, yet important purpose. They’re responsible for temperature control in your house by cycling air through various vents. And it could be easy to assume that after the sheet metal fabricators have created them and they’ve been installed, you never have to worry about them again. However, proper maintenance and care for all of your vents, whether they be oval ducts or spiral ducts, is just as important as the duct fabrication and initial installation. Below are five reasons you should keep your air ducts clean.
- Save Money
Over the years of continuous use, rectangular, spiral and oval ductwork alike will begin to build up dust and other debris from the air. Leaving this unchecked can decrease a duct’s ability to perform. Up to 42% of efficiency can be lost if the dust buildup remains. This will, inevitably, cost you more money, as you will need to adjust your HVAC system constantly to heat or cool a room.
- Reduce Bad Smells
Dust is like a magnet for all manner of foul smelling odors and sometimes no amount of candles or air fresheners can help that. Every kind of smell imaginable from cleaning products, tobacco, pet smells and even mold can last so much longer if dust is allowed to clog up your spiral or oval ducting. Routine cleaning can assure that your house remains smelling fresh and clean.
- Clear the Air of Allergens and Irritants
Whether seasonal or pet allergies, you want your home to be a clean, allergen-free environment where you are able to relax. Unfortunately, mixed in with the dust particles is a lot of pollen, pet danger, mildew and bacteria that could leave your allergies worse than ever. Regular cleaning of your air ducts can leave your duct system as allergen-free as the day the steel metal fabricators installed it.
- Improve Breathing Quality
Even if you do not suffer from allergies, dirty air ducts can still negatively affect your breathing. It can lead to something as small as coughing or sneezing, or something more serious like sinus and congestion issues.
- Make a Cleaner Living Space
If your air ducts are clogged with dust, debris, allergens and who knows what else, the air flowing through them are going to push those particles out into your home and onto your furniture. Keeping your ducts clean lowers the need for constant dusting and overall creates a much cleaner, healthier environment.
Duct work doesn’t just begin and end with the sheet metal fabricators. Like most everything in your home, it requires maintenance and cleaning in order to continue working properly. We hope these five reasons clarified why you may need your ductwork cleaned.