Ductwork is at the heart of the distribution system of forced-air central heating and cooling equipment. Although the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't recommend routinely cleaning air ducts, giving them care and attention when the need arises goes a long way.
Today, WM Buffington Company talks about the merits of air-duct cleaning:
Boosting HVAC Efficiency
Dirty ductwork can affect the performance of an energy-efficient cooling system. The same can be said about a high-efficiency furnace. Contaminants can make it hard for the HVAC unit to run properly, forcing it to use more energy to regulate your home's indoor climate.
A dirty HVAC system can struggle to reach and maintain your desired room temperature, which may shorten the service life of the unit. Changing the air filter regularly helps to keep pollutants out of the ducts, but the smallest particles can still pass through some filters.
Minimizing Indoor Air Pollution
Ductwork makes it easy for pollutants to invade the entire house. Harmful biological agents like mold can easily move with the air and spread to non-contaminated rooms. If you notice that some areas of your home get dusty more quickly than others, dust- and debris-ridden ducts could be to blame.
To help curb the spread of air pollutants, WM Buffington Company recommends ductless air conditioning installation. But if your HVAC system heavily depends on ductwork, clean it when necessary before large concentrations of contaminants begin to affect your family's health.
Preventing Pest Infestation
Filthy ductwork can also harbor vermin. Rodents and insects can find shelter in the air ducts, especially when they’re not properly sealed.
If you hear pests traveling within your HVAC’s air distribution system, call a NATE-certified home air conditioning repair technician to address the root cause of the problem. You may want to hire an exterminator to get rid of your unwelcome guests, as well.
Don’t let dirty ducts compromise your lifestyle. Call WM Buffington Company at (717) 609-4020 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment. We serve clients in Middletown, PA, and nearby areas.