Although the air ducts are the lungs of your HVAC system, dirty ducts are easy to overlook because they’re hidden away behind your home’s walls and ceilings. You may not even think about duct cleaning until you see clouds of debris coming from the registers, or serious issues develop within the system like a pest infestation or mold growth. Having the ductwork inspected and cleaned as recommended is important for a number of reasons:
- Indoor air quality — When your home’s HVAC and air distribution systems are clean, fewer allergens and airborne contaminants are circulated when the heating or cooling equipment is running, and this can help anyone with allergies or respiratory problems breathe easier.
- Energy efficiency — A thorough cleaning removes accumulated debris from key components like the fans and coils, so they operate more efficiently and use less energy to keep your home comfortable.
- Equipment life span — Eliminating built up debris particles boosts airflow through the HVAC system, which protects the equipment from unnecessary strain and wear that can cause premature breakdowns and failures.
Best Practices for Cleaning HVAC Ductwork
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) has established cleaning standards and also trains and certifies technicians in the proper procedures. Depending on the size of your home, properly cleaning the ducts can take several hours. Here’s what’s usually involved:
- A high-power filtered vacuum is attached to your air handler to suction out and collect dirt and debris.
- Pressurized air hoses are placed inside the ducts at various points, and rotary scrubbers or brushes are used to loosen any built up particles.
- Other system components are cleaned including the registers and vents, blower assembly, fan motor housing, evaporator coil and condensate pan.
If you’re concerned about the condition of the ductwork in your Grand Traverse County home and are considering duct cleaning, contact us today at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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