Whether you are at home or at your business, air quality, energy conservation, and safety are three main concerns. Believe it or not, the cleanliness of your air ducts can affect all three of these factors. Many business and home owners put-off air-duct cleanings because the problem is out of sight and therefore out of mind, but ignoring the buildup of harmful dust and pollutants in your air ducts will only lead to more problems. It’s a scary fact that the average six-room house collects 40 pounds of dust each year, and considering that most people spend 60-90 percent of their time indoors, the accumulation of dust in your air ducts can affect your health, safety, and energy costs. That’s why we recommend cleaning your air ducts every three to five years.
1) Improving Indoor Air Quality
Your air ducts have a large impact on the air quality in your home or business. They collect dust, dander, allergens, and chemicals, all of which can be harmful to people with asthma, other respiratory conditions, autoimmune disorders, or allergies. For example, according to Total Health & Better Health Magazine, one out of every six people with allergies suffer directly because of fungi or bacteria in the air duct system. Similarly, poor indoor air quality is ranked by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of the top five environmental hazards to public health. By cleaning your air ducts on a regular schedule, your air will be cleaner and you will be healthier.
2) Conserving Energy
As energy costs sky-rocket, most homes and businesses are doing their best to conserve energy and save money. Some people unplug their computers at night, others shut off the lights when they’re leaving the room, but cleaning your air ducts can be another effective means of conserving energy and getting more bang for your buck. Many people don’t realize that it only takes one millimeter of dirt to decrease the efficiency of a heating or cooling coil by up to 21 percent. The accumulation of dust and contaminants forces your heating and cooling systems to work much harder, thereby causing a larger exertion of energy. Cleaning your air ducts also has the following advantages:
- Decreased costs on technical maintenance
- Longer lifespan
- More efficient and effective operation
3) Preventing combustible hazards
If dust accumulates in a confined area and under the right conditions, it can become combustible. In order to combust, the dust must be the right concentration and particle size, but the dangers of combustible dust are not worth the risk. Many people have died in combustible dust explosions over the years in incidents that could have been prevented with proper cleanings. Prevent the accumulation of combustible dust in your air ducts and vents by cleaning them regularly.
For professional duct cleaning services, contact Preferred Hood & Duct at 831-293-8601. We offer residential and commercial air duct cleaning services, dryer vent cleaning, HVAC vent cleaning, coil cleaning, and many other heating and air conditioning services.