Indoor air quality has been a point of discussion for some time in Bement, IL. Traditionally, there have been a lot of questions about indoor air quality, particularly in the realm of new construction. Off-gassing occurs when newly manufactured items in our homes, including but not limited to, carpet, drywall, and tile adhesive release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals.
Why Have Your Ducts Cleaned?
The question is often asked, “Why should I clean my ductwork?” The simple answer to that question is that the ducts get dirty. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association website says, “Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the ductwork. “
Some accumulation of dust and dirt is normal in any home or business that uses air ducts. However, some additional factors can increase the need for cleaning your HVAC system and your ducts. These factors include, but are not limited to having pets, recent construction or remodeling, water contamination, cigarette smoke, lingering odors, and occupants with medical conditions. The elderly, very young, and those with asthma or allergy problems can all be more susceptible to poor indoor air quality.
The Impact of Dust and Dirt on Your Building and Your HVAC System
- The dirt in the air ducts of your home or business isn’t necessarily a health hazard. However, excessive buildup in your ductwork can contribute to an environment where other contaminants can grow and create more serious problems for people with respiratory issues.
- Dirt and dust are among the major causes of HVAC system failure and other repair issues. It’s estimated that between 23-30% of all energy used to operate your HVAC system can be wasted by inefficient ductwork. Dirt, dust, and contaminants built up in your ductwork can cause your system to work that much harder and can shorten the life of your equipment.
- When your ductwork is clean, you change your filter regularly, and you have regularly scheduled maintenance performed by a professional, your system simply doesn’t have to work as hard. That means you’ll use less energy to operate your heating and cooling equipment.
Call the Experts at Lanz Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. Today
At Lanz Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc., we can help you with professional duct cleanings and any other HVAC issues in your home or business. Just give us a call to let us know when you’re ready to get your ductwork cleaned and we’ll be there for you.