Just because you cannot see the ductwork in the walls of your home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about them. The ventilation system of your house is what allows the proper distribution of cooled air from your air conditioner throughout the rooms. When the ducts become dirty (and they will become dirty over time, no matter how clean your home is) they will interfere with your AC’s efficiency, leading to higher bills. Regular cleaning is necessary to make sure that your air conditioning system doesn’t face too much resistance while doing its job.
If you have noticed an increase in your utility bills during times when the AC runs regularly, you may have clogged ducts. Open up one of the vent covers and reach inside with a digital camera and take a snapshot; if the image shows heavy dust, dirt, and lint along the inside of the ducts, you need to schedule professional duct cleaning right away. Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling and speak to our Wesley Chapel, FL duct cleaning specialists to arrange for the work.
Why clean ducts equals a more efficient AC
All air conditioners are forced-air systems that blow out conditioned air into the rooms. Unless you have a ductless mini split air conditioner, your AC must send the air through a network of ducts. As with any kind of airflow, the air from an AC needs to meet as little resistance as possible. Only a small layer of dust will start to add friction against the movement of air, and this means the air conditioner must drain additional electricity to overcome the resistance. If the dust layer continues to develop, the friction will increase. It will also start to clog up the air filter of the AC, which will choke off the airflow into the cabinet and severely affect system efficiency.
There isn’t much you can do to prevent ductwork from becoming dirty. You can slow down the process by changing or cleaning the air filter monthly. However, dust will naturally enter the ductwork through the return air vents and begin to accrue inside the ventilation system. Usually it takes about two years for the buildup to begin to affect an air conditioner’s performance. If more than two years has passed since your last air duct cleaning, consider scheduling the service soon to protect AC efficiency and reliability.
Ierna’s Heating & Cooling provides duct cleaning in Wesley Chapel, FL and the surrounding areas. We use the comprehensive Rotobrush technology to make sure your ductwork receives a thorough cleaning without sustaining any damage.
Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today to schedule your regular duct cleaning so you can enjoy energy-saving performance from your air conditioner.