Everyone knows that responsible homeowners change their furnace filters at least every three months, have their furnace inspected every year and get their ducts cleaned annually, but is duct cleaning really necessary?
Does Duct Cleaning Improve Air Quality?
Though the National Research Council of Canada found that regular duct cleanings did very little to improve indoor air quality, there are other benefits to yearly cleanings that shouldn’t be dismissed.
Animal Droppings & Mold Can Harm Your Health
An animal infestation or mold problem in your ducts can cause a wide variety of illnesses and other respiratory problems, including asthma.
- Mouse droppings and urine can contain hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a serious disease that produces a variety of symptoms, including stomach pain, nausea, fever, and difficulty breathing.
- Mold can cause a wide variety of respiratory issues, and research has found a strong relationship between damp indoor spaces, mold, and respiratory illnesses. It may also increase the chances of healthy, non-asthmatic people developing asthma.
As such, if your home or workplace ever has a mouse infestation or you find evidence of mold, you should have your ducts professionally cleaned as part of the remediation process.
Excessive Dust & Debris Compromises Air Quality
According to the EPA, ducts that become excessively clogged with dust or other debris can force these harmful particulates out through supply registers, decreasing air quality. Regular duct cleanings can help ensure that any dust or debris is cleaned away before it becomes a problem.
Regular Cleanings Improve the Life of Your HVAC System
While regular duct cleanings in homes that aren’t contaminated with mold or mouse droppings may not offer a substantial improvement in air quality, regular duct cleanings can help prevent a wide variety of other problems.
If dust or debris is allowed to build up on your furnace’s heating coils (or your air conditioner’s cooling coils), it can dramatically decrease your unit’s efficiency. This leads to additional wear and tear on the system (leading to increased repair costs), and can even artificially shorten the lifespan of your furnace or air conditioner.
Is Duct Cleaning Worth It?
At the end of the day, duct cleaning is a preventative measure. It can help ensure your furnace, air conditioner, and ducts are regularly inspected by a professional.
These regular inspections help your trusted HVAC expert keep an eye out for, and stay on top of, potential maintenance issues, and help ensure your entire system continues to work efficiently (reducing wear and tear and lowering your monthly heating bill).
When is Duct Cleaning Actually a Scam?
The only time duct cleaning is actually a scam is if you hire an unreputable company that promises to clean your ducts and then either do a poor job or don’t clean them at all. To help ensure customer satisfaction, all services and products offered by Mr. Furnace are covered by our guarantees, which include:
- No Loopholes™
- No Hassles™
- Just Right™
- We Respect You™
We also offer a variety of protection plans to suit your needs.