Imagine a pool never being cleaned, and all of the dirt and filth continues to circulate, making it dirtier by the day. Would you want to jump in for a swim? Gross, no way! Except that’s the basic concept of airflow in our homes, that have gone years without cleaning the ductwork.
The same way pool water circulates to keep us cool; our air system is drawing in air, converting it to a comfortable temp and blowing it out for us to breathe. Now, I don’t know about you, but those couple of times a year I clean under the bed, couch, fridge, etc. there is a ton of dirt! (where does this stuff even come from??) All of the crumbs, hair, dead skin, dust bunnies, dirty shoes… all finds its way inside the air ducts. Now after painting that picture, should you have ductwork cleaned?
Benefits of Duct Cleaning
I’m not one to jump and make Rash decisions. First, I gather the facts and then weigh the pros and cons, it’s how I was raised. So, let’s look at a few.
- According to the U.S. Dept of Energy, “25-40% of the energy used for cooling or heating, is wasted.” The buildup in your air ducts causes your system to work harder, and that’s just money wasted.
- Both the A/C & furnace can create condensation. Over time, moist air flowing through a system is absorbed by the dirt in your air ducts. These conditions can develop and spread mold. We aren’t talking about something you should ignore because it’s, out of sight, out of mind, or wasting money on your energy bill. Mold is that bully on the playground, if you don’t sock him in the nose right away, then we’re talking long-term problems.
- A more efficient system is a longer-lasting one. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends cleaning your air ducts every 3-5 years.
- Having your ductwork cleaned, reduces the allergens and unclean air, creating a healthy environment for your family. Healthy eating is something we’re all becoming more accustomed to. The benefits of feeling better and having more energy alone are worth the investment. And last I checked, I breathe more than eat…(unless it’s Thanksgiving)
Choosing a Duct Cleaning Company
If You decide indoor air quality is important, There are a few simple questions You should ask to find a quality duct cleaner near you.
- Is the full-price quoted before they start, not a price per vent?
- Will you see before & after pictures?
- Are they NADCA members?
- Do they use negative air pressure and compressed air?
RotoBrush or similar systems, just don’t do the job. It’s not even close, we bought one and tossed it.