There are a lot of stories in the media about air pollution and how it affects your health. For the most part, those stories are about outdoor air pollution. However, indoor air pollution poses a threat, too, and it’s nothing to sneeze at when you consider the following:
- Most people spend 60 to 90% of their time indoors.
- 50% of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air.
- The average six-room house collects 40 pounds of dust each year.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health.
How can you make sure your indoor air isn’t hazardous to your health? One way is to have your air ducts professionally cleaned.
You’ll breathe easier, knowing you have clean indoor air.
Dust happens. So does mold, dander, pollen, chemicals, and other air contaminants. You can’t avoid them, especially when modern HVAC systems recirculate them through your house or office an average of 5 to 7 times each day. Over time, this recirculation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.
Dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air, but they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders, or some environmental allergies. These contaminants typically include dust and dust mites (and what they leave behind), animal hair and dander (from pets or uninvited “critters’ such as mice), and mold.
A “typical” duct cleaning starts with the ducts, but doesn’t end there. Professional HVAC technicians use specialized blowers, vacuums, and brushes to clean out the supply, intake, and return ducts throughout your home. They’ll also thoroughly clean the air handler, registers, grilles, fans, motors, housings, and coils in your HVAC system. The process usually takes 4 to 8 hours and will cost between $350 to $800, depending upon the scope of the job. Large houses with more ductwork and vents lean toward the higher end of the scale, while smaller houses tend to be less time and cost intensive.
And you’ll breathe easier, knowing you’re saving money.
Dirt in your ductwork can be a strain your wallet as well as your health. As debris and contaminants collect in the HVAC system, it causes your system to work harder, using more energy to keep your house at the desired temperature and increasing your energy bill. The extra strain on your HVAC system could also cause it to wear out prematurely, forcing you to replace your furnace or air conditioner much sooner than you anticipated. So, is professional duct cleaning worth the cost? Definitely!
How often should your HVAC system be cleaned?
There are no hard-and-fast rules for how often you should have your HVAC system cleaned. Experts recommend a thorough cleaning every 5-7 years, but more often if you have:
- Allergies in the family
- Done some recent remodeling
- Mold in the basement or anywhere else in the house
- Smokers in the house
- Just purchased the house
Finally, don’t forget one unexpected bonus of having your air ducts cleaned. You’ll find everything that has mysteriously vanished into your floor vents.
Ready to have your air ducts cleaned? Contact Blissfield Heating and Plumbing or give us a call at (517) 486-3575. Our team of professionals are on call and ready to assist you. Contact us today!
8593 E US Hwy 223
Blissfield, MI 49228
Phone: (517) 486-3575