Are you worried that your air ducts might need cleaning? Well, you are not alone. Many homeowners consider duct cleaning as a way to improve their indoor air quality, but is it necessary? The short answer is, maybe. While there’s no research at present that prove routine duct cleaning improves the air quality in your home, there is, however, evidence that dirty heating and cooling coils, motors, and air handling units can make your HVAC unit less efficient. So, the need for a cleaning depends on a variety of factors, including pets, smoking, recent renovations, local weather conditions and overall home cleanliness.
Indoor Air Quality
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Think about this: In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living.
According to the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) “through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average,” causing a build-up over time.
Dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home. However, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for children, elderly, those with respiratory issues or sensitivity with allergies.
Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder, shortening 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 your desired temperature. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.
Take a peek into your vents to see if you need a good cleaning or call a professional, like the ones at LaPensee Plumbing • Pools • Air, who can take a look at your home and evaluate whether you need to go down that road.
What to Look For:
- Clogs of dust, cobwebs, and debris, or noticeable particles blowing out of supply registers
- Visible mold on the inside surfaces of ducts
- Rodent droppings or dead insects inside ducts
It isn’t a bad idea, however to get your ducts cleaned if you have had any recent construction in your home as it inevitably creates dust you don’t want in circulation. A new home purchase is also a good occasion — after all, who wants to breathe someone else’s pet dander?
Still not sure if your air ducts need cleaning? Just give us a call and we will be happy to do an inspection. LaPensee Plumbing • Pools • Air is Manatee County’s only NADCA certified professionals. More info at www.lapenseeplumbing.com or 941-778-5622