Getting Your Air Ducts Ready for Winter.
Making sure your air ducts are clean and free from debris is an integral factor in keeping your central air conditioning and heating systems running efficiently. This is especially true during winter months when the temperature and humidity comes into play and when most people spend more time indoors.
Dirty air ducts can cause some of the following situations;
- Inefficient air flow. Your air ducts can become so dirty if left alone that certain parts can become blocked. This can impede air flow causing the system to become less effective. This may cause increased energy consumption as the system may need to work harder to move the air to the desired spaces in your home, which in turn will cause your energy bill to go up.
- Decreased air quality. All of the debris inside your air ducts could potentially be pushed out and circulated with the other air in your home. As this is the air you breathe, you may be breathing in that debris unknowingly. This is of increased concern for those dealing with breathing problems, such as asthma, emphysema, and so on.
- Fire. While this is less likely to happen than the aforementioned situations, some debris can accumulate and start to burn when heat is applied to them. Hair is a common perpetrator that builds up over time in your air ducts and can burn when the heater or furnace is on. In rare cases, it can cause a fire. More often than not, it will only cause a burning smell to become circulated throughout your house.
In the case of air ducts 'out of sight, out of mind' does not apply. This is something that needs to be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent any of these situations from occurring. Winter air duct cleaning is a simple solution to get your system ready for the cold season.
It is important to find and contact a company you can trust. Asking friends and neighbors is a great place to start. Make sure they are a member of NADCA ( National Air Duct Cleaning Association) Checking their standing with the BBB is also a great tip. If you're satisfied with their work, a helpful idea may be to schedule your next cleaning so that it is already scheduled without you having to remember months from now. Winter air duct cleaning is something that should be at the top of your to-do list to keep your home in tip top shape year round.