Once the walls of your home are installed, painted, decorated, whatever’s behind them gets mostly ignored. However, your walls (or rather, what’s inside your walls) serve as vital pathways that deliver warm and cool air throughout your home. Air ducts are the unsung heroes of HVAC. While they may remain unseen, they are always working whenever you have your air conditioner or furnace running (which is basically all year long). Taking care of these powerhouse players of HVAC with regular air duct cleaning allows your air conditioner and furnace to run more effectively throughout your home.
Why Clean Your Air Ducts
Just as with any other parts of your home that require dusting, air ducts need cleaning occasionally. Cleaning your air ducts is a great way to provide a cleaner, more comfortable environment for your home. It is estimated that a standard-sized home creates up to 40 pounds of dust annually. All of that dust ends up in your ductwork. Left unattended, the gunk in your air ducts may shock you and can actually be harmful to your health. The buildup in your ductwork can consist of numerous particles, including but not limited to:
- Dead skin cells
- Dust mites
- Germs & bacteria
- Cigarette smoke
- Household cleaners
- Pet dander
Clearly, these are not things you want to be inhaling on an everyday basis. Unfortunately, many homeowners are welcoming these harmful contaminants into their homes without even knowing it.
Benefits of Duct Cleaning
Aside from knowing you’re not breathing air full of dust mites, bacteria, and dead houseflies, cleaning your air ducts has three main benefits:
Improve the Efficiency of Your HVAC System
When you have a heavy build-up of dust and grime, it can restrict the flow of air from the furnace and air conditioner. This means your HVAC system works harder to heat or cool your home, resulting in a decreased level of efficiency and increased utility bills. Conversely, air duct cleaning allows your HVAC system to operate at peak efficiency and provide the most cost-effective performance.
Removes Unwanted Smells and Odors
Sometimes you just have a funk or an off-smell in the home that you can’t identify or eliminate. It may be coming from your ductwork. Pets, household cleaning agents, paint fumes, mold, tobacco use, and even food preparation all contribute to stale smells in the air ducts. If food or organic matter is accidentally dropped into the ducts, they can cause sections of your ducts to become moldy. Every time the furnace or air conditioner is running, these odors will flow through the house. The only way to eliminate them completely is with a thorough air duct cleaning.
Reduces Allergens, Irritants, and Other Potentially Harmful Particles
Cleaner air makes it easier for everyone to breathe. Dust and pollutants can cause major problems for those with chronic allergies or asthma. But even healthy adults suffer from sneezing and coughing due to dirty air. Air duct cleaning ensures your family has the most comfortable environment to breathe fresh, clean air.
When to Clean Air Ducts
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) advises cleaning of air ducts every 4-7 years. However, you may need cleaning services more often if you notice any of these warning signs:
- A larger collection of dust on floors and furniture: Pay attention to the dust in your home. If you notice it accumulates quickly – it may be coming from your ductwork.
- Higher than normal utility bills: This could be a sign that the air in your home is having to work harder to get through the ductwork, using more energy and resulting in higher utility bills. Air duct cleaning will allow your HVAC system to work more efficiently.
- Increased allergy symptoms: If your “seasonal” allergies seem to intensify when you get home (no matter what the actual season outside is), duct cleaning could make a world of difference.
- Reduced airflow: Sometimes you may notice that the air from your HVAC system isn’t flowing, even though the vents are open. This may be because the ducts are too clogged with debris.
- Rodents or insects have made their home in your ductwork: Unfortunately, the only way to know this is if you hear the pitter-patter of paws, or a foul smell takes over your home. This is a sign that immediate ductwork cleaning is critical.
Why Trust RG Mechanical To Clean Your Ducts
Personalized Air Duct Cleaning Service
At RG Mechanical in Huntingburg, IN our goal is to combine our technical expertise with one-on-one service. With our honest and transparent approach, you can be comfortable knowing our air duct cleaning services provide you a long-lasting solution to your air quality problems.
We are the experts in air duct cleaning! Each of our technicians is highly trained and qualified to handle any job you throw at them, no matter what we find in there. From a simple repair to a major installation, you can rest easy knowing you are getting the best solution with the best service.
Why have separate companies handle your issues when you can have one company handle them all! With our HVAC, plumbing, and commercial refrigeration services, you can trust us to keep your home or business running smoothly.
Frequently Asked Questions About Duct Cleaning
How Clean Are Your Ducts?
The air cycling through the ductwork in your home is the same air that completely fills your living environment. It is the same air that you and your family breathe day and night. As such, you want this air to be as clean as possible. One of the best ways to remove the indoor pollutants from your home or business is to schedule regular air duct cleaning services. We are here to help you do that.
RG Mechanical in Huntingburg, IN offers residential and commercial indoor air quality services for air ducts, dryer vents, and kitchen exhaust systems. Give us a call today and breathe easy!