Is Duct Cleaning Necessary?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, there is no scientific support that regular duct cleaning is required. Air ducts are only one of the many sources of indoor air pollutants, and one of the most unlikely at that. Most pollutants that make their way inside a home come from everyday activities like cooking, smoking, and simply moving about. Moreover, the accumulated dust in air ducts usually just sticks to the duct’s surfaces rather than enters the living space.
When it comes to keeping indoor air quality at optimal levels, it is more important to change filters and have your HVAC serviced regularly. Be that as it may, there have been countless anecdotal evidence expressing that duct cleaning does have its benefits:
Despite the fact that the NADCA believes in the uselessness of regular duct cleaning, they recommend that it should be done annually for those who suffer from asthma and allergies. Many homeowners can attest to the improvement of their allergies when their ducts are cleaned, reporting that their sinus problems are lessened and that they can smell better.
Get Rid of Accumulated Debris
When your air ducts accumulate too much dust, pet dander, insects, molds, and other debris, it can get risky. If you come across a lot of dust when you inspect your air ducts, that may be a sign duct cleaning is now necessary to avoid it entering the living space.
Aside from the indoor air quality, air ducts that are clogged with debris can be unhealthy for your entire HVAC system in the long run as it will need to work harder to function.
Lower Energy Bills
A study conducted for The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers dictate that cleaner air ducts lead to lower energy consumption. This is because your HVAC system will work harder if it is full of debris, meaning it will run longer and therefore consume more electricity.
Unless someone in your home suffers from allergies or your air ducts are visibly filled with molds or debris, cleaning your ducts isn’t that necessary. Substantial mold growth, pest infestation, and excessive debris usually indicate that there is an underlying cause which should be corrected lest these problems occur again.
If certain situations arise and you do decide to clean your ducts, make sure you’re getting professional help. Improperly cleaned air ducts can potentially lead to worse problems, such as poor indoor air quality and unnecessary repairs. Contact TDI Air at (903) 597-8381 now to hire a professional HVAC technician to inspect your home and clean your air ducts.