Your home’s heating and cooling system relies on a network of ducts to distribute conditioned air throughout the various rooms. Over time, these ducts can accumulate dust, debris, pet dander, mold spores, and other contaminants. When the air circulates through these dirty ducts, these debris and contaminant particles are released into your living spaces, affecting the air quality you breathe. Regular duct cleaning helps remove these built up pollutants, improving the overall air quality in your
The Benefits of Furnace and Duct Cleaning
a. Enhanced Indoor Air Quality
By cleaning your furnace and ducts, you eliminate the buildup of dust, pollen, and other allergens, making the air cleaner and healthier for you and your family. This is particularly important for individuals with allergies, asthma, or respiratory conditions.
b. Energy Efficiency
When ducts and furnace components become clogged with dirt and debris, it forces your HVAC system to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. By cleaning these components, you can improve airflow, reduce energy consumption, and potentially lower your utility bills.
c. Extended Equipment Lifespan
Regular maintenance, including duct and furnace cleaning, can extend the lifespan of your HVAC system. When the components are clean, they operate more efficiently, reducing the risk of breakdowns and costly repairs.
Professional Duct Cleaning Process
While some homeowners attempt DIY duct cleaning, it’s often best to hire a trained technician for this task. Professional duct cleaning companies have the knowledge, experience, and specialized equipment required to thoroughly clean your ducts. They will inspect the entire cleaning system, remove any pile up debris, and sanitize the ducts to ensure optimal air quality.
When to Schedule Furnace and Duct Cleaning
It’s recommended to have your furnace and ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years. However, certain factors may necessitate more frequent cleaning like bad outside air quality. Consider scheduling cleaning services if you notice any of the following signs:
- Excessive dust buildup in your home, even after regular cleaning.
- Visible mold growth in or around your vents.
- Persistent musty odors when your HVAC system is running.
- Increased allergy symptoms or breathing issues among household members.
Secondhand smoke and contaminants in the air
In today’s modern world with increasing temperatures and more extreme weather, making your indoor air duct cleaning a priority is more important than ever, especially right now with the ongoing wildfire crisis in Alberta causing warnings for the highest air quality warning rating possible to be issued for multiple days straight.
Never before has air quality been so front of mind for so many Albertans. This is causing a surge in duct cleaning home services. Air conditioning systems have also become more popular to cool the home without opening windows to let in all the outside air.
Secondhand smoke is a real and serious danger to public health, and when it comes from a wildfire there is very little one can do to avoid it other than stay indoors. Consider taking a look at a blog we wrote about its risks and affects as well as how to avoid it HERE
Here are some preventative measures one can do in between cleanings to help keep your home at its best air quality.
- Dryer vent cleaning
Make sure to regularly clean out your dryer vents, this not only helps air quality but can also mitigate a fire hazard.
- Furnace Tune Up
While not free like many other suggestions, having a furnace tune-up will ensure your furnace continues to operate at its most efficient, saving you money on energy and repair down the road.
- Carpet Cleaning
Much of the dust in our homes is captured and stored by our carpets. regularly vacuuming and having your carpets deep cleaned will help a massive amount to keep down the dust and the air vents clean.
- Installing an air conditioner
In the hot summer months when air quality is worst in the summer, it’s a great idea to install an AC unit for one’s home. this will allow all the windows in the home to remain shut and to only be circulating conditioned air through the furnace and air system.
Maintaining clean and healthy indoor air quality is essential for a comfortable and safe living environment. Regular duct and furnace cleaning plays a significant role in achieving this goal.
By investing in professional cleaning services and adhering to recommended maintenance schedules, you can enjoy cleaner air, improved energy efficiency, and prolonged equipment lifespan.
Take proactive steps to prioritize the air quality in your home and ensure a healthier living space for you and your loved ones.