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Duct Maintenance To Keep Your Heating Costs Down

The air inside your home can be full of allergens. Dead skin cells, dust mite carcasses, dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores—the list goes on. The surfaces of your home are constantly being bombarded with tiny debris. Unfortunately, some of these surfaces are hard to reach and therefore hard to keep clean. For example, the surfaces of your ducts can get clogged with allergy-causing gunk. Not only can this gunk pollute the air in your home, but it can slow down the efficiency of your furnace. Thus, duct cleaning is an important part of furnace maintenance. 

Dirty Ducts and Allergies

While your furnace should have an air filter, some particulates will get past the filter. Furthermore, dust can fall down into your ducts through the vents in your home. As dust builds up in your ducts, it forms a foundation for other problems. For example, mold and/or mildew can start to grow inside your ducts. Every time air is forced down your ducts, it picks up some of the allergens in the ducts and then spews them into your house. In order to keep your home free of air pollutants, you need to not only change your filter regularly, but you also need to have your ducts cleaned. 

Duct Cleaning and Furnace Maintenance

The air flow through your ducts is best when the air coming from your furnace can pass over smooth surfaces. As dust builds up inside your ducts, it causes two problems: for one, the dust will create uneven surfaces. As air flows over your dirty ducts, the rough surfaces will create eddies that slow down the flow of air. Another problem is that dirt build-up on the walls of your ducts can decrease the diameter of your ducts, and the smaller space the air has to flow through can choke off air flow. In order to keep your system running at its optimum efficiency, it is important to inspect your ducts regularly and have them cleaned when necessary.

Ducts are easy to forget about. You never see them, so it is easy to never worry about how dirty they might be. If you disregard your ducts, you could be dealing with a swamp of allergens and lung irritants in your home and never know that better lung health is just one duct cleaning away. To keep your family and your furnace happy and healthy, you should make sure that you stay up on duct cleaning. Contact an HVAC contractor like Kohl Heating & Air Conditioning for more information.

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