As we go through the daily habits of life, cleaning is something many of us perform on a regular basis, especially when inviting guests into our homes. In those instances, it’s generally the high traffic areas and high visibility areas that get the most cleaning attention. While we dust away in the living room, we don’t often think about how much dust is inside our air ducts. That’s entirely irrelevant! Seriously though, do air ducts get dirty, and is there a benefit of having them professionally cleaned?
The primary responsibility of air ducts is to circulate the air within our homes to provide a comfortable environment by either heating or cooling the air to be at a consistent temperature. The air that circulates within the air ducts is the same air we breathe within the rooms of our houses. It is important to consider a correlation between how clean your air ducts are and how clean the air is that you are breathing within your home. If your ductwork has a build-up of dust and contaminants, that dust will directly impact the air quality that re-circulates with the air within your home.
So we’ve established that there is some level of importance of having our air ducts cleaned, but let’s take a deeper look at several key benefits:
1. Healthier Quality of Air
People spend a lot of time living and sleeping within their homes. As mentioned already, professionally cleaning your air ducts will reduce the amount of dust and contaminants that you breathe, thus resulting in a healthier quality of air. Beyond dust, there are other harmful contaminants common in air ducts, such as pet dander, pollen, mildew, mold spores, and various other harmful bacteria.
Professionally cleaning your air ducts will allow you to breathe better, healthier air. For those with respiratory issues such as allergies or asthma, this healthier air quality will be highly beneficial!
2. A Cleaner Home (aka less dusting!)
As the air running through the ductwork re-circulates throughout the day, this air re-circulation contributes to the dust that lands on your beautiful mantle, furniture, floor, and throughout your home. By hiring a professional duct cleaner, you will notice less dust as you perform the regular cleaning duties required within your home.
3. What’s That Smell?
We’ve all visited someone’s home and thought, “wow, their house smells!” but of course, our own home doesn’t have any unique scents!
Besides providing a healthier air quality and a cleaner home, professional duct cleaning can also result in a better smelling home! This is because the odours within a house such as pets, paint fumes, mold, smoke, food etc. can all be carried throughout the ductwork as the air re-circulates within the home. This can lead to a musty house scent which can be improved through professional duct cleaning.
4. Saves You $$$!
We all know when our equipment runs at optimal efficiencies, the cost to operate the equipment goes down. When there is a build-up of dust and contaminants in your ductwork, your HVAC system will need to work harder to keep up with the desired temperature settings in your home. By cleaning your air ducts, the airflow that re-circulates through the ductwork throughout the day will have no restrictions and will result in your HVAC system operating at a high level of efficiency, translating to a less expensive hydro bill!