Interior air quality is often a bigger factor in determining household comfort levels than many property owners might realize. A buildup of dirt or dust within air ducts or even potentially harmful microorganisms like molds and mildew can create many problems, especially with older equipment and ducts that have not been properly maintained. While it is not uncommon to have doubts regarding the need or potential benefits of air duct cleaning, such efforts can go a long way towards ensuring homeowners are able to prolong the lifespan of their climate control system and enjoy a superior level of comfort.
Improving Air Quality
Poor air quality may create problems that can range between a minor annoyance to situations that may pose a potential health and safety hazard. Air quality can be an especially important concern for household occupants who may suffer from a respiratory ailment or other medical condition. While unpleasant odors emanating from ducts and vents is a problem that would trouble anyone, dirt and dust which may trigger an asthma attack, pollen which can become an issue for those who suffer from allergies or infestations of toxic mold are never issues that should be taken lightly. Regular duct cleaning can vastly improve interior air quality and ensure that more serious concerns are less likely to create problems in the days ahead.
Removing Dirt, Dust and Other Debris
Allowing dirt, dust and other debris to circulate throughout a HVAC system may lead to no end of issues and problems. Issues, such as having to replace AC filters more frequently or spending greater effort to keep interior rooms and areas clean and free from dust may be just the start. Larger buildups or dirt and dust deposits which may reduce air flow throughout the system can leave heaters and AC units struggling to keep up with demand. Inspecting and cleaning air ducts is often essential for ensuring that system operation is not resulting in higher utility costs.
Molds, Mildew and Pollen
Any infestation that may occur within the home should always be dealt with as promptly and effectively as possible. Humid regions and homes that may have been damaged by water or moisture intrusion are far more likely to experience problems caused by microorganisms like mold or mildew. While a small mildew problem may result in little actual harm molds may be responsible for considerable damage to interior environments, especially in circumstances where the problem goes unnoticed for any length of time. For homes that have suffered from water damage, a professional air duct cleaning can be an essential part of cleanup and restoration efforts. Homeowners who may have noticed foul or unpleasant air emanating from their vents can also benefit from arranging to have their ducts cleaned or inspected.
Extending the Operational Life of HVAC Equipment
Issues with any HVAC components can place greater strain on the rest of the system. Regular duct cleaning is an important part of basic maintenance and upkeep efforts and can go a long way towards ensuring that major appliances and climate control equipment last as long as possible. Periodic duct and vent cleaning may be even more important in older homes, especially in instances where previous owners may have neglected basic maintenance. Investing in a professional cleaning, inspection and other maintenance service can spare owners the additional costs that may be needed to deal with breakdowns and other mechanical issues.
Charlie Teschner started MESA Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling in 1982. Charlie has a journeyman and master plumber’s license. He was raised with a strong work ethic and he now applies those values to tasks such as Longmont, CO heating repair.
December 20, 2016