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Dirty Ducts: Why They Must Be Cleaned For Your Sake

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Are you like a number of other property owners who overlook the importance of having their air ducts cleaned? Clean air ducts promote better air quality and ensure comfort. The following information will help you to understand some of the most important benefits that keeping the air ducts in your home professionally cleaned provides. 

Improved Breathing

Even if you are not an allergy-prone individual, dirty air ducts could cause you to have minor issues such as congestion, dry cough or sneezing from time to time. Although these may not cause you an emergency, they can be aggravating. Air duct cleaning will remove the contaminants that can trigger these unusual respiratory episodes. Common culprits are dust and pollen, which is why many people opt to get their air ducts cleaned in the spring rather than waiting for summer.

Improved Hygienic Conditions

Your property may appear to be clean on the surface,  but if you have not had your air ducts cleaned, your HVAC system is likely distributing dirty air. This means that small particles such as dust or bacteria could be in high concentrations even though they cannot be seen. You may also find that dust filled with contaminants starts to settle on surfaces making them appear to be dirty. For example, you may notice dust around air vents or on nearby end and coffee tables. 

Elimination of Odors

Dirty ductwork sometimes has a unique musty odor. The smell is the result of moisture and dirt or dust mixing and circulating through the system. Other odors may also linger in systems, and these are the results of everyday odors that get recirculated. Examples of some everyday odors that could get "trapped" in your home and circulate through the ductwork are pet, cleaning solutions, tobacco, oil or smoke, and stale odors from attics or basements. 

Optimal Energy Efficiency

Excess debris and grime in ductwork may cause your HVAC system to have to work harder. This could to lead your system using excess energy to perform. Over an extended amount of time, it may also lead to your system malfunctioning. Repairs could cost more than cleaning your ductwork as preventative maintenance.  

An air conditioning repair professional is the best resource to use to determine if your air ducts need to be cleaned. If you have leaky or damaged ducts, they may need to be replaced to ensure that your air conditioning system performs at optimal levels. Contact a business, such as HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric, for more information.