Air Duct Cleaning
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Revision as of 19:11, 12 June 2015 by Miketsesh
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asserts no studies have proven that duct cleaning prevents health problems. Also, there isn’t proof that dirty ductwork increases dust levels inside homes.
Symptoms of dirty ducts
- Lots of dust in the air
- Allergy like symptoms while inside
- Clogs of dust, cobwebs, and debris, or noticeable particles blowing out vents
- Visible mold on the inside surfaces of ducts
- Rodent droppings and dead insects inside ducts
Why clean ducts
- Cleaning removes accumulated dust so it won’t shed into the household and be constantly recirculated
- Removing debris and cobwebs eases airflow and increases the efficiency of the system, in extreme cases as much as 40%
- Fiberglass ducts gather more dust than sheet metal ducts
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.
- 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.
When to skip cleaning
- Tight on money
- Not concerned about dust
- Health benefits are not proven by cleaning your ducts