How Clean Ducts Help Your AC


Your air conditioner has to work together with other components in your home to provide adequate heating and cooling. Some of these other components include your thermostat and your network of ducts. Today we are sharing more about the importance of having clean ducts for efficiency and comfort when it comes to air conditioning your home this summer. 

If you haven’t scheduled a duct cleaning in Portland, OR, in the past few years, now is a great time to do so. You might be surprised by how much dust and dirt can get trapped inside your air ducts. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of duct cleaning and how clean ductwork can help your air conditioner. 


When you look around your home, you probably don’t think about the fact that you are looking at air. Even when you do think about the air in your home, you probably don’t realize how many microscopic particles are floating around you.

Dust, dirt, and allergens are all around. Your AC has an air filter that is designed to trap a lot of these particles, but some are small enough to get through and enter your HVAC system. As time goes on and more and more particles enter, these particles can make their way through to your ductwork and begin to settle. Then, when your AC turns, these particles get stirred up and blow back out into your home. 

This doesn’t just impact your indoor air quality. It also impacts how well your air conditioner is able to cool. A big part of the cooling that your AC provides hinges on airflow. When these small particles of dust and dirt stir up inside your ductwork, they can have a huge impact on airflow.

In fact, cooled air can get trapped in your ducts instead of blowing into your home. When this happens, it can take longer for your air conditioner to lower the temperature in your home, causing it to work harder to produce the same results.

Energy Efficiency

When your air conditioner works harder, it’s using more energy which costs more on monthly energy bills. But that is not the only problem. When your HVAC system is not as efficient, it takes on much more wear and tear, potentially shortening its lifespan.

Just think, if your AC has to stay on an extra hour each day to cool your home, that’s 365 extra hours per year. That’s a lot of extra wear and tear that you can easily avoid.

Preventative Care

Investing in duct cleaning is also a great opportunity for our team to inspect your ductwork for any holes or signs of damage. During the duct cleaning, we can address any of these problems and make sure that your ducts are in the best shape to channel airflow from your HVAC system and into your home.

This can also benefit airflow and energy efficiency by making sure that all of the cold air that your HVAC system produces actually reaches the walls of your home.

Please call Sydni, our Office Extraordinaire, to schedule your next appointment! The Clean Air Act experts will take care of you from there!

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