If your Alexandria home has central air conditioning and heating, there
is a network of unseen air ducts running through your home. These ducts
transport heated and cooled air from your HVAC system to your living spaces,
raising or lowering the temperature as desired for indoor comfort. Over
time, buildup inside your air ducts can lead to poor indoor air quality,
greater stress on your HVAC system, and higher heating and cooling bills.
Periodic air duct cleaning by your professional heating and cooling service
can eliminate the buildup inside your air ducts and the problems that result.
How Buildup Occurs
Your air ducts act as pathways for heated and cooled air inside your home.
However, your air ducts can also transport airborne particles or pollutants
as well. Such particles may include dirt, dust, animal dander, smoke particles,
and pollen. Even with a furnace filter in place, some of these particles
will enter your air ducts over time, causing buildup to occur. Other factors
that can affect your air ducts include mold growth and household pests,
which may take up residence inside your ducts. All of these factors contribute
to buildup and poor conditions inside your air ducts, impacting both heath
and home comfort.
How Buildup Affects Your Home
As particles build up inside your air ducts, they can be dislodged by moving
air from your furnace or air conditioner and carried into the living spaces
of your home. Once in your home’s living spaces, particles can contribute
to faster buildup of dust on clean surfaces and poor indoor air quality
that affects family members with asthma, allergies, or respiratory diseases.
As buildup inside your air ducts restricts the space available for moving
air, your HVAC system must also work harder to push heated or cooled air
through the ducts and out into your home. This added strain can shorten
the lifetime of your HVAC appliances, causing them to break down or wear
out more easily and raising the energy costs of home heating and cooling.
You may also have trouble achieving the indoor temperature you want, causing
you to spend more energy to improve home comfort as well.
How Buildup Is Removed
professional air duct cleaning service will remove the buildup from inside your air ducts, leaving them
in clean, clear, like-new condition. During this process, your HVAC professional
will use a vacuum with a specialized HEPA filter to remove dirt, dust,
and other debris from your air ducts. Your vent covers and HVAC appliances
will also be thoroughly cleaned of dirt and dust buildup to prevent these
particles from being blown into your newly-cleaned ducts. Additionally,
an antimicrobial fog treatment can be sprayed inside your air ducts to
eliminate any mold, bacteria, or other fungi. You can choose to repeat
this particular treatment every six months to prevent mold growth from
recurring. In most cases, air duct cleaning services are only needed once
every few years; however, if you have recently completed a home renovation
project, air duct cleaning can help to remove any construction dust or
dirt to keep your whole home cleaner. Upgrading your furnace filter and
changing it regularly will reduce the rate of buildup inside your air
ducts to improve air quality and HVAC efficiency over the long term.
Clean air ducts mean cleaner, healthier air for you and your family in
Raleigh or Durham. Please visit
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