As the weather warms up in the Omaha area, we tend to increase our outdoor activity. Kids are out of school and are constantly running in and out, bringing dust, dirt and pollen into your home. Your pets are probably enjoying the warmer weather, too.
In addition to the dirt they are bringing in from outside, you have probably noticed more hair as they shed on furniture and rugs! So how can you use duct cleaning to help increase your home’s indoor air quality? Find out below from the experts at Getzschman Heating & Cooling!
Air Conditioners Filter the Air in Your Home as Well as Cool It
Did you know that your air conditioning system doesn’t just cool the air in your home, but that it also filters? Typically, the AC will circulate the air in your home five to seven times a day. Warm, stale air is pulled in through the air return and moved along the ducts of your HVAC system. The air laden with dust and debris moves through your air filter, where many of the particles are trapped. The cooler, cleaner air is then pumped back through the ducts to each room in your home.
Duct Cleaning Supplements Your AC’s Filtering
If the filter is cleaning the air, why should you consider duct cleaning services as well? In the hot summer months, you want as much cool air as your system can generate and a dirty filter may be slowing you down. As dirt, hair and dust start to clog your filter, your air conditioner’s fan needs to work harder to push air through. Removing debris and cobwebs eases airflow and increases the efficiency of the system, in extreme cases by as much as 40%.
How to Tell if Your Ducts Need Cleaning
- If you see clumps of dust, cobwebs or particles blowing out of supply registers, your ducts need cleaning.
- Take the register off one of the vents and inspect the inside surfaces for visible mold, rodent droppings or dead insects. If you see any of those, it’s time for a duct cleaning. Remember, there may be accumulation further into the ducts than you can see.
- If your ductwork is made of fiberglass, it tends to collect more dust along the surface than sheet metal. Not sure what your ducts are made of? Just ask your heating and cooling contractor the next time they come out to conduct routine maintenance on your system.
For more information about duct cleaning in the Omaha area, give Getzschman Heating & Cooling a call.