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
A 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 our website or read through our blog for more information about our air duct cleaning and comprehensive HVAC services, including maintenance, repairs, and replacement.