It is estimated that 40 pounds of dirt, dust, pet hair/dander and allergens can build up in a home’s air ducts each year. Upwards of 40,000 dust mites can flourish in just one ounce of this debris. Not only does this duct buildup reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system, but it also contributes to health concerns for those who suffer from allergies and respiratory problems. The EPA estimates that the air in your home or business can be two to five times more polluted than what we breathe outdoors.
HVAC System Efficiency
Just as lint collection in your dryer filter reduces the effectiveness of its ability to move hot air to dry your clothes, so does buildup in your air ducts lessen the effectiveness of your HVAC system. Your system will have to work harder in order to push cool or warm air into your living space.
When your system is forced to work harder, it requires more electricity. In turn, you could see changes in your utility bill. If your system is working under this burden of debris, ductwork cleaning can bring it back to normal functioning.
Along with the duct cleaning, vent returns and supplies need to be cleared of dust buildup in order to properly supply the system and clean the air adequately. A clean HVAC system will function more efficaciously, thus prolonging its own life.
As the awareness of the mold in our indoor environments widens, many “sick buildings” are being identified in our work places. Your home, too, can become “sick” with the buildup of allergens, mold, dust and pet debris in the ductwork of your HVAC system. This air, full of contaminants, continues to recirculate in your home every time the heat or air cycles on.
We all know that changing the filters in our system helps trap some of these particles, others do get through. These interlopers lodge in the ductwork and, in the case of mold, continue to grow and throw off spores that travel into the air we breathe. Dirty ductwork can make breathing more problematic for persons susceptible to allergens like mold, pollen and dust, and for those with compromised respiratory systems.
For a healthier home air environment from an efficiently working system, please feel free to call our team of HVAC professionals. In Port St. Lucie, call (772) 398-0023 and call (772) 220-1496 in Martin County. We will be glad to answer any of your questions.