Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when considering air duct cleaning. In a typical six-room home, the process of everyday living creates up to 40 pounds of dust annually. That puts stress on your heating and cooling system, which is the lungs of your home.
The system takes air in and breathes air out. Normal occupation in a home generates a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and recirculated five to seven times per day, on average. Over time, recirculation causes a buildup of contaminants in the ductwork. While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school, or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders, or some environmental allergies.
Clean ductwork can also promote energy savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Although filters definitely help, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your equipment. When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.