Air ducts are the delivery system for central HVAC units. We often get asked questions about this unseen yet essential part of central air conditioning units, so we decided to answer some of them.
QUESTION: Are There Really Health Benefits from Cleaning the Air Ducts?
You might be surprised to know that the EPA counts poor indoor air quality as one of the top five health hazards in the country. Several studies have confirmed that indoor air can be twice more polluted than outdoor air. In addition to cleaning or replacing the intake filters as often as needed, clean ducts can minimize the contaminants that get into the air you breathe.
QUESTION: How Often Should I Have My Air Duct Cleaned?
Generally, air duct cleaning and maintenance should be conducted every six months. But, there are several factors that affect how often your own ductwork should be cleaned. The factors are: HVAC efficiency, presence of pets and smokers in the household, or if one or more occupants have adverse reactions to mold, mildew, and other particulates.
QUESTION: What Is the Cleaning Process?
Professional HVAC contractors typically isolate the ductwork and use a powerful vacuum to suck out all the air. Small devices are inserted to dislodge stuck dirt and debris, then they are carried away into the waiting vacuum system. Vents, registers, and the HVAC system are also cleaned in the process.
QUESTION: Are There Other Benefits to Getting My Air Duct Cleaned?
In addition to having indoor air that’s free from pollutants, clean air ducts also help make your HVAC system more efficient. Unobstructed airflow lets your HVAC system distribute warm and cool air without straining the system. In fact, you can even set your thermostat a few degrees lower without any noticeable change in the indoor temperature. An efficient HVAC system uses up less energy, which can have a positive effect on your monthly energy bills.
Clean, Pure Air With All Climate Heating and Air Conditioning
If you need your air ducts cleaned, call All Climate Heating and Air Conditioning today at (425) 361-0126. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a service appointment, or a free estimate on a new installation. We serve Redmond, WA and surrounding areas.