Since you don’t see your ducts most of the time (they are hidden behind drywall, floorboards, and rarely frequented rooms) it’s often hard to understand why they may need regular cleaning. However, the ducts in a home circulate air through them regularly that comes through the return vents; the air that enters the return vents contains dirt, dust, hair dander, and other contamination. Over the space of a year, this debris will begin to build up along the inside of the ductwork, and after three years this contamination level is often enough to begin to create problems for your home, the quality of your air, and the HVAC system.
To combat the problems of dirty ductwork, you should schedule regular duct cleaning. Every 3–5 years is recommended, although some homes may need it more often. The job requires professionals with power vacuums and agitation equipment; it isn’t something you can handle yourself using a commercial long-hose vacuum and a broom. Call up Advantage Airtech today to arrange a thorough professional duct cleaning in Prince Albert, ON.
Why you need duct cleaning
- To protect your indoor air quality: Indoor air quality has been on the decline since home design created more effective heat sealing. This heat sealing helps a house save energy, but it also prohibits fresh air circulation that can remove stale air from the indoors. Low indoor air quality can lead to an array of health issues, most of them respiratory, and it is particularly harmful for people who suffer from asthma and allergies. Duct cleaning removes a major reservoir for air contaminants from inside a home, helping to keep it a healthier and more comfortable place.
- To lower your heating and cooling bills: Even the thin layer of dust that can start to accumulate in ducts after only a year is enough to create friction against the airflow from an air conditioner or forced-air heater. The harder an AC or heater has to work to overcome friction, the more power it will drain, and you will see this reflected on your bills. Heavy congestion in the ventilation ducts can mean a comfort system that costs a 33% more to run. Keeping the “lungs” of your HVAC system clean will keep away unnecessary utility bills spikes.
- To keep your home clean: Here’s a startling fact: a six-room home on average circulates 40 lbs. of dust through its ventilation system every year. Try to imagine that much dust spread over your furnishings! If your home is filled with dust no matter how much effort you put in to keep it clean, a clogged ductwork system is probably contributing to the problem. Cleaner ducts mean a cleaner home.
At Advantage Airtech, we offer full service for ductwork. We not only provide duct cleaning in Prince Albert, ON, but also duct repairs to keep them seamless and efficient.
Call the ductwork experts at Advantage Airtech today to arrange for your duct cleaning appointment in the greater Toronto, ON area.