How Your Heating Can Suffer This Season With Dirty Ductwork

Experts recommend that you have your home’s ductwork cleaned about every three to five years. Skipping out on the service can allow dust particles to build up in your network of ducts, ultimately having a negative impact on your heater and indoor air quality. You might not think that a little dust is a big deal, but it really is.

If you haven’t had your ductwork cleaned within the last five years—or ever—it’s time to schedule a heating duct cleaning in Beavercreek, OR. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today. You can also keep reading to learn more about how dirty ducts can have a negative impact on your heater this winter.

Indoor Air Quality

It’s no surprise that dirty ductwork contributes to poor indoor air quality. When your heater is on to warm your home, the air blows through the ductwork and returns some of the dust buildup back into your home. You may notice that you have to wipe down surfaces more frequently because they get dusty faster. You may also seem to get sick or suffer from allergy symptoms more often with dust in the air. 

Impact to Efficiency

When dust and dirt particles mix in with the clean heated air, they disrupt the otherwise streamlined airflow. For your heater to get enough warm air into your home, airflow has to be streamlined perfectly through your network of ducts. When the system was originally set up, your ductwork was designed in a unique way to provide heating evenly through your home.

But when dust stirs up inside of those ducts, it can slow down airflow. This may lead to heat being trapped in your ductwork instead of blowing out into your home. As a result, your heater stays on longer or works harder to produce more heat so that your home reaches the desired temperature. The harder that your heater has to work to heat your home, the more energy it uses. This increases your monthly energy costs so that you are spending more money than you otherwise would to keep your home comfortable.

Strain on Your Heater

A lack of efficiency doesn’t just cost you more money by way of energy bills. It also costs you more by putting a strain on your heater. When your heater has to work harder, it takes on more wear and tear. This could mean that components need to be replaced sooner or that repair needs come up more frequently. 

All from a little dust. We know, it can be hard to believe. Dust and dirt build up so slowly, but over several years they can make a significant impact. This is why experts recommend that you have your ductwork cleaned every three to five years. If it has been five years or longer since you’ve had your ductwork cleaned, it’s definitely time to schedule an appointment for the service. Think of it as an investment in your indoor air quality as well as an investment in your heater.

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

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