Just how important is it to have your ducts cleaned on a semi-consistent basis? Well, not only is it most likely better for the health of the occupants, it’s also way more cost effective because the HVAC system doesn’t need to work as hard to keep the air circulating throughout the home or office. The U.S. Department of Energy recently estimated that 25 – 40% of the energy used to heat or cool a home or office is wasted, and most of this waste can be attributed to dirty filters and ventilation systems. Even though filters are used on the air returns, they are incapable of catching all the dirt and impurities in the air, thus the duct work gets dirty too. This is probably the most overlooked area of maintenance for the average homeowner, because it’s so out of sight – out of mind.
One of the many advantages to having your duct system cleaned is that the professional that does the work can help to maintain the ducts by checking all the seals and joints, and repairing when necessary. They also will check the system for moisture intrusion, which if left unaddressed, could lead to a mold situation. Duct cleaning becomes especially helpful when the occupants smoke inside, or if anyone in the house has asthma or other problems like bronchitis.
When Hiring a Contractor to Clean Duct Work
Never hire contractors that boast about the overall sweeping health benefits of cleaning the HVAC system, since there is no real substantiated evidence to support these claims. Also, don’t hire any contractors that make claims about being certified by the EPA. The EPA neither establishes or endorses duct cleaning standards, nor does it certify companies that offer the service. Always do your due diligence when looking for a contractor. Look at their reviews. Make sure they have a solid reputation for the service rendered. It’s also a good idea to get a written estimate of the amount of hours the company will be occupying your property, as well as the overall cost. It’s good to have this taken care of up front so that the company isn’t tempted to log more hours than necessary or overcharge for certain aspects of the job.
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