In our last blog post, we talked about how important AC cleanliness was to its functionality. In this post, we were talking mainly about the coils of the system and how the air filter is in place to protect these areas from debris. But there’s another component of your air conditioner you might not be considering when it comes to cleanliness, and that’s your ductwork.
We don’t blame you for not thinking your air ducts. After all, they’re typically hidden from sight, traversing through spaces between walls and through your attic. Exposed ducts are not typically something you see in residential buildings, and for good reason—it’s just not aesthetically pleasing, right? But in this post, we want to urge you to think about your ducts, and more importantly, why it may be time for you to invest in professional duct cleaning in Tampa.
“How Do My Ducts Get So Dirty?”
The reason you need to occasionally sweep and vacuum your home is the same reason ducts need to be cleaned. Dust, pet dander, and other various airborne particles circulate around your home during the year, and most of them pass through the ventilation system multiple times in this process.
Would you believe that a six-room home can circulate up to 40 pounds of dust in a year? This dander, dust, lint, and dirt settles on the inner walls of your ductwork and starts to build up. And the more build up is on the walls, the faster it will increase as more particles are trapped.
Why Duct Cleaning Is Beneficial
Leaving your ductwork clogged up with dust and debris is akin to leaving your HVAC system’s interior components clogged up. The system simply can’t operate as effectively or efficiently when it has obstructions within it. Here’s a list of how duct cleaning can be beneficial for your system and your household:
- Improved Energy Efficiency: The debris inside your ductwork puts friction on the airflow. In turn, this forces the blower of your HVAC system to work harder than it should have to, and drain more power as a result. If you notice your energy bills rising, the source could very well be clogged ductwork.
- HVAC Damage Prevented: All the dust and other particle build-up in the ventilation system could mean that it gets inside the HVAC cabinet. We alluded to the problem with this in our last post, but as a refresher, you can end up with damaged coils and motors as a result.
- Cleaner, Fresher Home: Investing in professional duct cleaning means eliminated a reservoir of dust and other debris that you don’t want wafting through your living space. Cleaning the ducts helps your home stay clean, and removes irritating contaminants from the air.
Call on the Pros for Ductwork Service
Your air ducts are not easily accessible. This means trying to tackle any sort of ductwork problem on your own could result in unintentional damage to your ducts. And don’t think that duct tape can help—this material is actually not appropriately names and shouldn’t be used to repair or work on your HVAC air ducts.