Is Cleaning Really Necessary
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not recommend cleaning HVAC air ducts on a regular basis. They recommend that you clean as needed. One of the reasons that regular cleaning is not recommended is because it can be quite costly. Even though you can purchase air duct cleaning products and do the job yourself, it is best to call a professional. There has also not been any evidence to suggest that this practice can improve health.
EPA recommends that you clean the air ducts if they are clogged with excessive amounts of debris and dust. You should also have them cleaned if you notice mold growing on your heating and cooling system components. A musty odor coming from the HVAC system is another sign that cleaning is necessary. Furthermore, if you have noticed that members of your family have been suffering from allergies, then it is time for a cleaning. The dirt, dust and mold from the heating, ventilation and cooling system can worsen or trigger allergies.
Benefit 1: Improved Energy Efficiency
According to the United States Department of Energy, approximately 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for cooling or heating is wasted. Contaminants inside of your heating and cooling system will cause your system to work harder. On the other hand, your HVAC system will not have to work as hard if your air ducts are cleaned. This can significantly improve the efficiency of your system. In fact, it may improve efficiency by up to 40 percent.
Benefit 2: Extend The Life Of Your Equipment
It is estimated that 90 percent of HVAC systems fail because they are contaminated by dust and dirt. If you have your air ducts cleaned, then you will be able to extend the life of your HVAC system. This can help you save a lot of money overtime.
Benefit 3: Improve Quality Of Indoor Air
Many people are concerned about outdoor air pollution, but they are not as concerned about indoor air pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that the air inside is 70 times more polluted than the air outdoors. Your indoor air quality will significantly improve if dust, dirt, debris and mold are removed.
Again, you should follow the EPA’s recommendations and only clean as needed. However, clean air ducts can help improve air quality as well as improve the efficiency of your heating, ventilation and cooling system.