During the winter, you had your furnace on a lot. Each time it ran, the air it blew through the ducts and out the vents would circulate the air in your home. Anything in the air would circulate as well, including dust, pet dander, and pollen. When the furnace shuts off, these airborne particles settle, often in the ducts themselves. Plus, furnaces can suck these particles in through intake vents, redistributing them again.
Without regular cleaning, furnace ducts can accumulate layers of these pollutants, providing an ample source of them each time the air blows, thus compounding the problem.
Here are 6 reasons why you should get your ducts cleaned by a professional, now that your furnace is hibernating or will be soon:
1. Clean the air
As mentioned above, ducts can collect dust, pet dander, pollen, mold spores—and if you have small children, all sorts of other objects. Cleaning the ducts gets rid of this buildup, improving your home’s air quality. In fact, duct buildup could potentially make your home’s air quality 70 times worse than the air outside.
2. Reduce allergens
Many of the particles accumulating in your ducts are common allergens. By cleaning out your ducts, you may reduce the severity and frequency of your allergic reactions.
3. Change your filter
Since you’re cleaning your ducts anyhow, be sure you replace your filter. If allergens make it through the intake vent, the filter can prevent them from travelling further.
4. Save money
If your ducts are clean and you have a clean filter, air will move more freely, which means the furnace won’t have to work as hard, saving you on natural gas and electricity costs. And if you have a cooling unit that uses the same ducts, it won’t have to work as hard to cool you this summer.
5. Improve your furnace’s longevity
If your furnace has to work harder to heat your home because your ducts have a build up of dust and other debris, it’ll wear out faster. Keeping your ducts clean helps your furnace last longer.
6. Clean less frequently
Dirty ducts redistribute dirty air. The particles in the air settle on your shelves, chairs, floors, and other surfaces. This leads to more sweeping, more vacuuming, more dusting, and more wiping. Keeping your ducts clear reduces the amount of housework you have to do.
If it’s been over 2 years since you last had your furnace ducts cleaned (or even year if you have children or pets), contact a professional duct cleaning company. Your lungs will thank you.