5 Reasons Not to Wait to Clean Your Air Ducts

air duct cleaningAs we experience summer days in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin ranging from sunny, pleasant and picture-perfect to blazing, muggy and oppressive, it's hard to imagine frigid winter nights spent indoors with hot chocolate in hand. But those days are coming soon, and they're a great reason to clean the lungs of your home or business—the air ducting. Let's look at several reasons it's best to get this done before the snow falls.

Reduced heating costs

Dust—or even mold colonies—clogging up your ducts is a real drag...literally! Instead of flowing over smooth metal surfaces, air in your heating and cooling system is hindered by the tiny peaks and valleys created by patches of dust clinging to the interior of the ducts. The resulting drag reduces the airflow and thereby reduces the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. A fan that is fighting drag is a fan that takes longer to heat a room to the thermostat setting and that means your furnace is running longer than it needs to. According to the Department of Energy, 25% to 40% of the energy used to heat or cool a home is wasted (costing $300 per year or more) and drag from contaminants can be part of that loss.

Duct cleaning will save you cleaning effort

Often the first sign of dirty ducting is visible dust on the registers of your heating and cooling system. But apart from that, dust that's circulating through the system is making its way onto furniture and fixtures in the living and working environment. Reducing the total amount of dust in the building will reduce the time spent cleaning it up. You can't expect to put the duster away completely, but every little bit helps!

Contamination of your breathing air is inevitable

Unless your home or business has been hermetically sealed, contaminants have come in over the summer that simply aren't present at other times of year, among them road dust, lawn and garden chemicals, pollens, etc. This is especially true if you cool the building by keeping windows open in the morning and evening. These contaminants will end up in the ducting eventually and will be recirculated. In fact, air contaminants are recirculated by your HVAC system 5 to 7 times per day during normal use. Imagine having a pollen allergy triggered by dust from your ducts in December. Not exactly a recipe for holiday cheer!

A number of indoor asthma triggers are contained in household dust

Asthma can be triggered by dust mites, molds, pollens, pet dander and household chemical irritants, each of which is found in the dust—and ducts—in most homes. Secondhand tobacco smoke is also an asthma trigger (especially for children) and can leave residue in your duct system. When these substances are cleaned out of your ducts, it reduces the total mass of them in your home.

Duct cleaning keeps mold from spreading

Mold does two things really well: Consuming the medium it's growing in and spreading mold spores to form new colonies. Established colonies or spores in your HVAC system can move mold from room to room, but duct cleaning will eliminate it from the system.

Choosing the right company

To make sure the job is done right, look for these qualities in a duct cleaning contractor:
  • Properly licensed and insured
  • Willing to provide multiple references
  • Established and experienced
  • Offers discounts, but not gimmicks
  • Uses specialized equipment designed just for duct cleaning
  • Provides rates and fees up front and in writing
A professional contractor who fits this profile is just the one to make your home cleaner and cozier when the leaves fall and the snow flies. Save $25 on Air Duct Cleaning - Free Coupon  


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