Whether you own a house or a commercial property, you must be already aware of the numerous benefits associated with cleanliness. However, more than often the air ducts are overlooked and sometimes ignored. An air duct is an important part of the HVAC system of a house and neglecting it results in a decrease in the inner air quality, which can lead to health problems and an increase in the energy consumption. This article answers the above question and discusses the importance of maintaining cleaner air ducts.
Improved Air Quality
‘Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.’ The heating and cooling system of your house are like its lungs, taking air in and breathing it out. The air quality in a house diminishes over time due to everyday living and this can result in a myriad of allergies and respiratory disorders such as asthma. It is said that up to 40 pounds of dust and contaminants is generated annually, and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day. The ducts can accumulate pollen, dust, pollutants and other contaminants, that can adversely affect your health.
With cleaner air ducts, you will experience a noticeable difference in the air quality of your home and you and your family will be able to breathe cleaner air, thereby improving their overall health.
Save More Energy
It has been estimated that about 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling is wasted. When the ducts are choked, air cannot pass freely and it becomes difficult for the system to maintain the desired temperature. As a result, the system works harder causing an increase in the energy consumption. The EPA states that there is a 21% reduction in the efficiency of the HVAC system, due to a build of dust of up to 0.042 inches on the heating coil.
When an air duct is clean and the HVAC system is free from impurities, it works efficiently and effectively. This in turn saves energy and reduces the electricity bill.
Remove Mold and Mildew
Changes in air temperature can cause condensation on the inner walls of the air duct and this results in moisture which promotes the growth of mold and mildew on the inside wall of the duct. The presence of mold can have many side effects like breathing problems, asthma and respiratory disorders.
By occasional cleaning of the air ducts, you can ensure that the mold and mildew spores don’t have a chance of spreading and are destroyed at their roots.
Eliminate Bad Odor
Pungent smells and an unpleasant odor in a home environment are disturbing and can cause health related issues especially in people prone to allergies.
Cleaning the air ducts removes all of the pollutants, pollen, and contaminants responsible for undesirable smells.
Lesser Breakdowns in the HVAC System
Many of the HVAC systems fail because they contain a buildup of dust and dirt. This is because the heating coil inside the HVAC system needs to be kept cool and this operation is performed by a fan located inside the air handler. If the system is not maintained, the accumulation of dust particles can cause cracks to form inside the coil, thus breaking down the entire system.
Periodic cleaning of the HVAC system ensures that the heating coil remains dust and dirt free and hence the system will have longevity.
Get Rid of Rodents, Bugs and Insects
Air ducts are warm places, which make them a perfect habitat for rodents, insects, and bugs to thrive. These animals have a high rate of reproduction which can become a nuisance if the problem is not addressed in a timely manner. Most of them remain hidden from sight; it is only when they die and their bodies give out a pungent odor, that we become aware of them. This can result in serious health problems. Sometimes the remains of dead insects and bugs are blown out of the duct as well. After all you do not want insect remains in your food, right?
A thorough cleaning of the air ducts will make sure that there is no infestation and if there is one, it is removed as soon as possible.
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