Duct cleaning is one of those tasks that you often move to the bottom of your to-do list. But it can be costly if you skip it regularly. Dust, pet dander and allergens can build up in your ducts. For those who are sensitive to allergens, this can cause health problems. Scheduling a regularly duct cleaning in Neptune Beach, FL, can help prevent health concerns and other problems.
Prevent Health Concerns
Over time, the HVAC duct system in your home will get dirty. Dust, pet hair, pet dander and dust will accumulate in the system. This dirt gets circulated through the air in your home when the heating or air conditioning system turns on. Those with asthma and other health conditions are especially susceptible to health issues stemming from dirty ducts.
Having your ducts professionally cleaned will help to improve the indoor air quality of your home. You might notice that you have to dust less when you get your ducts professionally cleaned. There are other reasons to have your ducts professionally cleaned, too.
Maintain Your HVAC System
It’s recommended that you have your furnace and air conditioning inspected and serviced two times a year. The most commonly recommended times are during the fall and spring when you’re switching the system from cooling to heating or vice versa. Regular inspections help you to foresee any problems and have them addressed before they turn into a costly repair.
Having regular maintenance ensures that your system will provide optimal heating and cooling when you need it. Off-peak times like spring or fall are excellent times to have this done. If you have a new system, failing to have the system regularly serviced and maintained can void the warranty, so be sure to keep your records.
The U.S. Department of Energy states that 25% to 40% of the energy used by your heating and cooling system is wasted due to poorly maintained systems. Over the course of a season, contaminants build up and cause the unit to work harder and use more energy. Having your ducts cleaned will help your system to require less energy, saving you money.
Why You Shouldn’t Do It Yourself
You might be tempted to try to save some money and clean your ducts yourself. However, duct cleaning professionals have commercial-grade vacuums and high-powered rotary brushes that can deep-clean your system and reach areas that you can’t. Standard vacuums are not powerful enough to do the job.
In addition, when you clean your own ducts, you’re probably not qualified to inspect the system. A professional can clean your ducts and inspect your system at the same time. They can spot parts that need replacing sooner than later, which means that your central air conditioning and heating system won’t break down when you need it the most.
There’s another danger in doing duct cleaning yourself. Modern residential HVAC systems have ductwork installed in sections. Each of these sections is connected with seals and non-metal components. If you aren’t familiar with the systems, you can damage these connections and need to have these parts repaired or replaced. This can cost more than having a professional do the job who knows what they are doing in the first place.
As you can see, there are many reasons to have your HVAC system cleaned, inspected and serviced on a regular basis. It helps to reduce contaminants in the air, keeps the system running efficiently and can save you costly repairs. A professional has the equipment and experience to do the job right.
If it’s time to have your ducts cleaned and your system inspected, call Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating. We’d be happy to schedule your duct cleaning service soon.
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