In order to help your heater and air conditioner work effectively, the ductwork that channels conditioned air to the vents and into your home needs to keep a complete seal along its length. This prevents a loss of air pressure. But this sealing does have a drawback: dirt, dust, and other kinds of debris that enter into the ducts through the return air vents will not dissipate, but instead start to accumulate inside the sealed environment. The only place this contamination can escape is… back into your room, where it will circulate through the ventilation system again, building up further.
You should make duct cleaning a routine done every one or two years. However, you shouldn’t be the one who does the job. You need to call up professional duct cleaning technicians with the right equipment to handle it. In Seattle, WA the duct cleaning team at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning belongs to the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Associations) and has the skill necessary to give you problem-free ductwork.
Reasons to have professional duct cleaning
- Improved indoor air quality: The U.S. EPA has identified low indoor air quality as a major health threat in the country. Ducts clogged with dust, dust mites, dirt, pollen, dander, and even mold will lower a home’s air quality and contribute to numerous health problems, especially for people with allergies. Keeping ducts clean is an important part of maintaining higher indoor air quality.
- Greater HVAC system efficiency: Even a thin layer of dust along the interior of ductwork creates friction against the airflow from a heater or an air conditioner. This puts strain on the system, and it requires more energy to run. You will soon see a difference on your energy bills—and not a pleasant difference. Regular duct cleaning will make sure your heater and air conditioner run at their best, and without increased danger of debris clogging up the interior of the cabinets and causing repair needs.
- A cleaner home: Consider this: a six-room home can circulate 40 lbs. of dust through it in only a year. A large amount of that will rest inside the ventilation shafts. If you have this contamination cleaned out from the ductwork, you’ll have a huge portion of the dust in your house removed at once, resulting in a cleaner home with fewer dust bunnies and dusty surfaces.
Professional duct cleaning uses powerful vacuums that change the pressure inside the ventilation system to make it easier to remove the various particles. Special brushes mounted on long flexible lines assist with agitating pollutants from the walls of ducts so the vacuums can suction them up easier.
Get started with duct cleaning in Seattle, WA before the summer air conditioning season starts up. Call Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment.