3 Reasons to Have Your Ductwork Cleaned Before Winter

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As a homeowner, making sure your HVAC system is properly maintained is one of the simplest — yet most effective — investments you can make toward your family’s health, comfort, and well-being.

The air ducts in your home circulate the air you and your family breathe throughout the year. Keeping these ducts as clean as possible is vital to your home’s health. To ensure your HVAC system operates at an optimal level, keeping up with appropriate repairs and maintenance is non-negotiable. The months before winter arrives are a good time to have your ductwork professionally cleaned. Avoid some common — and costly — issues that can result from neglected ductwork.

Reduce the Likelihood of Respiratory Problems

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Did you know that indoor air can be even more polluted than the air outside? Alarmingly, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.

Dirty ductwork can fester with irritants including biological growth, dust, and debris. When allowed to freely circulate throughout your home, these pollutants can lead to a range of health issues and respiratory problems, a major concern if you have infants or young children. Professional and regular cleaning of your ductwork will ensure that the air you and your family breathe is clean, hygienic, and free of irritants.

Keep Your Home Cleaner and Safer

Air ducts that have been properly maintained do an effective job of collecting unsightly and potentially irritating dust particles that normally circulate and settle throughout your home. This activity also goes for odor-trapping particles produced from cooking, pets, tobacco, and cleaning agents, which can all contribute to your home smelling musty or stale. Homes with clean air ducts smell fresher, are more hygienic, and require less cleaning.

In addition, regular cleaning of ductwork will stop lint, dust, and other extremely dry materials from building up in your HVAC system. This buildup inside your system could contribute to the likelihood of a fire occurring in your home.

Save Money on Heating System Repairs

Having clean air ducts means your HVAC system does not have to work harder than it needs to. As a result of having clean ducts, your house can warm up more quickly and easily during the winter months at a lower energy output, which can result in lower energy bills.

Scheduling regular maintenance on your HVAC system can detect any minor potential airflow issues before they become worse, which can save you the emotional and financial strain of dealing with a major system repair in the future. Overall, keeping a regular maintenance schedule can extend the life of your HVAC system in the long term, which can mean even greater savings for you.

Find a Qualified Service Provider

When it comes to maintaining your HVAC system, it’s essential that you work only with a professional, qualified HVAC service provider. An unskilled service provider could potentially cause serious and costly damage to your HVAC system as well as compromise the indoor air quality in your home. Always do your research when choosing an HVAC services provider. Some extra effort on your part will give you some valuable and honest insights, and, most importantly, the peace of mind that you’re working with someone you can trust.

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