The ducts in your home, even though you never see them, are among the most important parts of an ongoing, air filtration, heating and cooling system that keeps you and your family happy and healthy. However, few people realize how often duct cleaning needs to occur. Dirt from your clothing and your feet, dust from dead skin and pets, and pollen from outside can start to block these ducts and vents over time and guess where all that excess ends up? In your lungs.
If you have a heating or air conditioning system in your home, it’s a safe bet that you also have a complex duct system that distributes that heated or cooled air to the rooms of your house as efficiently as possible. Most people take that system for granted, forgetting that there are potential holes, leaks, or cracks in those ducts that could be leaking air in torrents, severely increasing your energy consumption and more importantly, your bills.
Have you ever thought about what the condenser coil on your outdoor air conditioning unit is really doing every summer? In extreme heat, it takes the heat from your house and pushes it outside into that already warm summer air and in cold weather it moves air across heated coils to warm it. To do this, it pumps a large amount of air into and out of the house. Imagine what happens if dirt builds up on the unit or if you allow plants to grow over the outdoor coils? The air flow has nowhere to go and the air conditioning unit only gets hotter, building up to the point of potential damage.
As a result, the cost of electricity to run the fan on your unit skyrockets as the lifespan of your air conditioner drops sharply due to overuse. To make sure this does not happen, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning provides regular coil cleaning to remove excess dust and debris from your air conditioning and heating coils. In addition to professional cleanings, we also recommend you pay especially close attention to the plants and dirt that build up on the outside of your unit, especially during the cooler months when it is not in use
A good cleaning should be done at least every two years, depending on how often you use the air conditioner in the summer. For those that leave their air conditioner on from May through September, you might even need to have it cleaned annually to ensure the build-up is less severe.
Is your house leaking? In many homes, air leaks are found in holes cut where plumbing, wiring, lighting, and duct work are installed. In addition, your ducts may also be leaking. Some signs that your home may be leaking air:
The first step to making your house tighter and more efficient is to schedule a Performance Test for your home. Bob’s technicians are specially trained and PTCS Certified, so you can be sure that when your Duct and Blower Door tests are performed, and your duct work is sealed, all work will meet or exceed new building code standards.