For the first few years after moving into my home, I never provided the ductwork any thought, but the air ducts maintain circulation and transfer heated or cooled air to the multiple rooms.
- They are essential to energy efficiency, comfort, indoor air quality and even safety, but because these pipes are situated in hard-to-reach spaces and largely concealed, they are straight-forward to ignore! Unluckyly, all sorts of particles and contaminants can be hidden inside them.
Considering that the air my family breathes travels through the pipes numerous times a day, it’s important to keep them clean, and it’s not bizarre for dust and dirt to end up inside the ducts. The average apartment produces a lot of dust. Because the particles are small and light, they can easily become airborne every time the furnace or air conditioner operates. There’s also the potential for mold growth, bacterial growth and all sorts of pathogens that can aggravate allergy symptoms, cause asthma attacks and lead to respiratory complications. It wasn’t until I noticed family members coughing, sneezing and complaining of headaches and congestion that I started paying attention to the ductwork. Between our health troubles and the rising cost of biweekly energy bills, I figured out that my buddy and I needed duct cleaning. I searched around and found an Heating plus A/C contractor in our section that specializes in duct services. The cleaning process took a couple of hours but caused no disfigurement or mess. The improvement was entirely amazing. The whole apartment stays cleaner, aromas better and is far more comfortable. The temperature from one room to another is now consistent. The furnace and air conditioner don’t need to cycle on as often, and my energy bills are significantly less expensive.