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Does Ductwork Cleanliness Matter?


The short answer to this question is, “yes!” Of course, we’ll go into more detail. Read on!

You probably don’t think about your ductwork too terribly often, right? We don’t blame you—your air ducts are pretty much hidden from plain view, traveling through the areas between your walls and attic, so of course, it’s only natural that you’d forget about them.

Here’s the thing, though—it would do you well to think about your ductwork every once in a while. Why’s that? Because problems with your ducts, even dirty ducts, will directly affect your comfort, your health, and even the effectiveness of your air conditioner and furnace systems.

How Ducts Get Dirty

Dust and various airborne particles circulate through your home throughout the year, and most of them pass through your ventilation system multiple times a day. In fact, it’s estimated that in a six-room home, 40 pounds of dust can be circulated each year!

This dust, plus dander, lint, and other debris, starts to settle on the inside of your ducts, only accumulating more and more as time goes on. Eventually, these particles build up to the point that they start to restrict airflow through the system, affect your comfort, and reduce indoor air quality. So what’s the answer?

Professional Duct Cleaning

Your ductwork is mostly out of sight, like we said above. This also means it’s not easily accessible. Trying to clean it on your own could result in duct damage and even more problems. Hiring a professional to clean your ducts, however, will result in the following:

  • Better HVAC Efficiency: The debris inside your ductwork can restrict airflow through the system, forcing your air conditioner to work much harder than normal. When this happens, it drains more power, which causes your energy usage and subsequent energy bills to rise. When you invest in duct cleaning, however, you don’t have to worry about dirty ducts costing you.
  • Fewer Repair Needs: Restricted airflow due to dirty ductwork causes your air conditioner to run longer to try to achieve your desired temperature on the thermostat. When an air conditioner runs longer than it needs to, it wears down faster than it would have. This means components will start breaking down and requiring repairs long before they should.
  • Improved Comfort: When air can move more freely through your HVAC system, you’ll find that your overall comfort improves. With routine duct cleaning services, you’re sure to stay cool and comfortable all summer long, no matter what the temperature outside.
  • Better Indoor Air Quality: Having your ductwork professionally cleaned eliminates a huge reservoir of dust and other debris that you don’t want floating around in your home. Duct cleaning services are essential to reducing the symptoms of allergies and asthma! Be sure to ask us, too, about the other indoor air quality products and services we provide that helps with this. We can help you find the best solutions for your specific home.

Contact “Your Comfort Specialists” here at AW Heating & Cooling for professional duct cleaning in Maumee, OH.

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