It is important for the HVAC (heating ventilating and air conditioning) system in your home to be clean and free of debris. Without clean air ducts, your furnace or air conditioning system has to work harder to keep your home comfortable and that can cost you lots of money on your energy bills.
Not only is clean ductwork a key component to the safety and efficiency of your home, more importantly it’s for the health and safety of your family and your pets. It’s why we got into this business in the first place. We care about you and your family and want to help you breathe clean air at home.
Dust in the Home
The dirt and dust that is present in the air ducts will continually circulate throughout the home. The only way to stop this constant circulation of the dust is to have it removed from the air ducts.
Removing Allergy and Asthma Triggers
The EPA lists common household dust as one of the top 5 Allergy and Asthma triggers found in a home. In addition to dust, pet hair, insects and sometimes molds are also found in air ducts. It is the recommendation of the EPA and health professionals all over the country that you reduce your exposure to triggers that can set off an allergy or asthma attack. The air ducts in your home are the biggest source of household dust and is most likely the dirtiest part of your home. It just makes good sense to remove these potential health hazards that exist in your air ducts.
Improving heating and air conditioning system performance
A dirty system will restrict air flow. Restricted air flow will cause uneven temperature distribution causing hot and cold areas in your home. A dirty system will work harder to keep your home comfortable. This will cause premature failure of system components and will shorten the life of your system. Cleaning your system will restore the performance of your HVAC system.
A dirty and clogged system will consume and waste a lot of energy. A dirty system that is running constantly will cost you energy dollars. According to a study done by the University of Colorado, having a dirty system cleaned can save homeowners 40% of the electrical cost to run their heating and air conditioning. Making sure your system is clean is one of the first steps you should take when looking for ways to save energy.
Because it is Dirty!
Believe it or not our customers tell us the top reason they clean their air ducts is because they are dirty! Just the thought of having dead skin cells, fungi, mold, dust or dirty things that are present in the air ducts is enough for most people to want to have them cleaned. Many people who take pride in keeping a clean home just don’t want to ignore the dirtiest part of the home, they want it clean.
Read what the experts have to say about the importance of clean air in the home:
Children are more likely than adults to be affected by the polluted air inside your home; they breathe faster, inhale more air per unit of body weight and are closer to the ground where concentrations of dust and particles are higher — Department of Consumer Affairs
Among the top five reasons for emergency room visits in 2008 was colds and flu, asthma attacks for children under 10 — Wolters-Kluwer Health
One out of every six people who suffer from allergies does so because of the direct relationship to the fungi and bacteria in air duct systems — Total Health and Better Health Magazine
90% of heating and cooling system failures are caused by dust and dirt — Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service
The elderly, asthmatics and people with respiratory problems, such as allergies and lung disease are more sensitive to pollutants — Department of Consumer Affairs
One millimeter of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can decrease its efficiency up to 22%
Most fiberglass furnace filters are only 7% effective in stopping dirt, dust, pollen, etc. — American Society of Heat, Ref. AC Engineers
Most people spend 60% to 90% of their time indoors — American Lung Association
50% of all illnesses are either caused by or aggravated by polluted indoor air — American College of Allergists
The average six-room house collects 40 pounds of dust each year — Discover Magazine
Air pollution contributes to lung disease, which claims close to 361,000 lives in America every year and is the third leading cause of death in the US — American Lung Association
The US Environmental protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health. — EPA
Are there any health benefits that come from HVAC system cleaning?
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been shown to act as a collection location for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health such as mold fungi, bacteria and very small particles of dust. The removal of such contaminants from the HVAC system in your home should be considered one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality.