If it's been several years since you cleaned your home's air ducts, do it before the year ends. Air ducts work hard to push air through your home. If the ducts build up with dust bunnies and other solid debris, they won't hold up well during the cold season. Here's what happens to your air ducts if you don't clean them before the end of the season.
What Happens When Your Air Ducts Build Up With Dust?
If the air in your house feels stifled or unclean, there's a reason for it. The air duct system in your house accumulates dust and other contaminants throughout the year. Your furnace or air conditioner's air filter catches most of the debris traveling through the system.
The debris that doesn't stick to the air filter stays inside your air ducts. The debris can eventually clog up the ducts and make it difficult for them to circulate cleaner air into your house.
Clogged air ducts can make your home feel exceptionally unclean. The unclean air may eventually affect your health, especially if you have allergies to dust mites. You may also develop frequent colds, sinus problems, and several other upper respiratory problems.
You can help avoid the health risks above by having an HVAC contractor visit your home today.
What Happens to Your Home After You Clean Your Air Ducts?
An HVAC technician may do several things when they come out to your home, including the following:
- Inspect your air ducts thoroughly and meticulously for tears, rust, and dents. If your ductwork is damaged, it won't perform well during the year.
- Repair your air ducts. A contractor may need to replace sections of your air ducts, especially sections lost to excessive rust or tears.
- Seal your air ducts with tape and other protective materials.
- Clean your ductwork. This stage may occur in the beginning or end of the visit.
A contractor may also cover your ducts with sheets of insulation to keep them functional. Insulation not only keeps your energy costs and HVAC repairs down, but it also reduces the amount of dust that enters your air ducts during the year. If you wish to learn more about the benefits of insulating your air ducts, contact an HVAC contractor immediately.
If you're concerned about the quality, condition, or state of your home's air, have an HVAC contractor clean your air ducts. The sooner you do, the fresher your home may be.