It is estimated that 40 pounds of dirt, dust, pet hair/dander and allergens can build up in a home’s air ducts each year. Upwards of 40,000 dust mites can flourish in just one ounce of this debris. Not only does this air duct buildup reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system, but it also may contribute to health concerns. Due to the possibility of mold build-up in air ducts the EPA includes air duct cleaning in a regimen to remove the possibility of molds in your system.
HVAC System Efficiency
Just as lint collection in your dryer filter reduces the effectiveness of its ability to move hot air to dry your clothes, so does buildup in your air ducts lessen the effectiveness of your HVAC system. Your system will have to work harder in order to push cool or warm air into your living space.
When your system is forced to work harder, more electricity is used. In turn, you could see changes in your utility bill. If your system is working under this burden of debris, air duct cleaning can bring it back to normal functioning.
Along with the air duct cleaning, vent returns and supplies need to be cleared of dust buildup. This will properly supply the system and clean the air adequately. A clean HVAC system will function more efficiently, thus prolonging its own life.
Health Concerns and Air Duct Cleaning
Awareness builds as to the consequences of mold in our indoor environments widens. Thus, many “sick buildings” are being identified in our workplaces. Your home, too, can become “sick” with the buildup of allergens, mold, dust and pet debris in the ductwork of your HVAC system. This air, full of contaminants, continues to recirculate through the air ducts into your home every time the heat or air cycles on.
We all know that changing the filters in our system helps trap some of these particles. However, other particles do get through. These interlopers lodge in the ductwork. In the case of mold, it continues to grow and throw off spores that travel into the air we breathe. Dirty ductwork can make breathing more problematic for persons susceptible to allergens like mold, pollen and dust. Also, it can be a problem for those with compromised respiratory systems.
For a healthier home air environment from an efficiently working system, call our team of HVAC professionals. In Port St. Lucie, call (772) 398-0023 and call (772) 220-1496 in Martin County. We will be glad to answer any of your questions.