A clean and healthy home is a priority for most of us who live on the First Coast. Even a housekeeping pro like Martha Stewart, however, might be surprised at the amount of dirt and dust hidden in ductwork. Through normal daily activities, up to 40 pounds of dust are generated each year in the average American home. Without the regular duct cleaning, however, dust and other contaminants can accumulate within the ductwork of your HVAC system. That can have a big impact on your family’s health and comfort.
Ductwork: Your Home’s Respiratory System
Acting essentially as lungs for your home, ductwork sends cooled or heated air into living spaces and draws in stale air for re-conditioning. The system operates under pressure, maintaining a careful balance between the delivery and return channels. A build-up of dirt, grime and dust can disrupt this pressurized system, resulting in inadequate airflow and decreased comfort. Signs of problems with ductwork include:
- Uneven temperatures in some rooms of your home
- Stuffy or clammy rooms that never feel comfortable
- HVAC systems that cycle on/off more frequently for longer periods
- Higher monthly energy bills and an increase in HVAC-related expenses
Indoor Air Quality
Numerous studies have shown that indoor air is often more polluted than the air outside. Health symptoms triggered by poor indoor air quality range from headaches and dry eyes to nasal congestion and fatigue. Indoor pollution also exacerbates medical conditions like asthma and allergies. Long-term exposure to contaminants has been linked to serious diseases like lung cancer. Eliminating allergens and pollutants from the ductwork offers you an affordable way to safeguard the health of your family.
The Health of Your HVAC System
When it comes to the investment you’ve made in your comfort, duct cleaning helps HVAC systems work better and last longer. Dirty ductwork, on the other hand, leads to a downward spiral in efficiency and performance:
- Airborne pollutants circulated through ducts settle on critical components, causing wear and tear to the system.
- Damaged and dirty parts force HVAC systems to run longer, which introduces more pollutants into the ductwork.
- Increased HVAC usage makes the problems worse, leading to otherwise avoidable repairs and premature replacements.
Clean ducts work more efficiently, which can help to cut your monthly energy bills down to size. Duct maintenance services can protect your wallet in other ways too. Dirt and contaminants can have a damaging effect on ductwork, leading to leaks that can send energy expenses soaring. How big is the problem? In the average home, up to 30 percent of the air passing through ducts is lost to leaks. Worse yet, leaks draw in even more pollutants into the ductwork system. Dirty ducts provide a tempting environment for pests and insects too! Professional duct cleaning services let you avoid all these headaches and keep more money in your pocket.
Ductwork Cleaning from Ocean State
To ensure quality results, our technicians utilize the two-step Abatement ductwork cleaning system. First, our technicians remove contaminants from every section of the ductwork using specially designed brushes and compressed air tools. After the particles are dislodged, a powerful HEPA vacuum extracts the contaminants and deposits them into a sealed collection system. Operating under negative air pressure, this process ensures that all debris is captured so that there’s never a mess.
At Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating, we care about the health, comfort and energy efficiency of your Florida home. We’re proud to offer an array of indoor air quality solutions – from air filter delivery services to whole-home air purifiers. Whether you need your ducts cleaned or a new HVAC installation, you can count on us to meet your needs. To learn more, explore our full range of HVAC services or call 904-222-8411 to speak with a comfort specialist.
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