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Do I Need Regular Duct Cleaning?

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Duct cleaning services sometimes get a bad reputation, but this is because there are many disreputable people out there who try to sell subpar duct cleaning that doesn’t do much more than dust the vent covers and vacuum a foot or so inside the ducts themselves. But genuine duct cleaning from licensed HVAC professionals can make a major difference in air conditioning, heating, and indoor air quality for a house. 

So, does your home need duct cleaning?

Probably…

Honestly, the only time a house will never need duct cleaning is if the house doesn’t have ductwork at all but uses a ductless mini split or boiler system for comfort. If a house has ductwork, the ductwork will accumulate a layer of dust and other debris over time. 

Considering that a six-person home will circulate on average 40 lbs. of dust through the ventilation system each year, it’s impressive the ducts don’t become coated with dust, lint, etc. much quicker than they do. It only takes about a year for a thin layer of dust to accumulate, and that’s enough to start to affect the HVAC system’s performance. Your home will need duct cleaning at some point.

What About Right Now?

Okay, let’s look at the current situation. First, have you ever scheduled duct cleaning before in this house? If you haven’t and you’ve lived in the house for more than three years, then you’re due for duct cleaning. In general, we recommend duct cleaning on a 3 to 5-year schedule, and so you’ll be in the right place for getting the job done before the ducts get any dirtier.

You can make a visual check to help with the decision. Unscrew the vent cover from one of the supply vents in the house. Reach down inside the ductwork with your smartphone or a digital camera, then snap a photo (with flash) of the interior. If the image you see looks like the clogged air filter for a car, then it’s time to call us for duct cleaning. 

How Is This Beneficial?

We wouldn’t recommend calling us for duct cleaning in Newtown Square, PA if we didn’t know the benefits of the service. Duct cleaning gives the ventilation system in your home a “reset.” When you have clean ducts, you’ll enjoy the following advantages:

  • Lower energy bills: The most damaging effect of dirty ductwork is that it places resistance against the airflow through the ducts, and this forces the HVAC system to work harder to do its job. You’ll see your comfort bills decline after duct cleaning.
  • Longer equipment life: Removing the additional strain from the HVAC system will help the AC, heater, and other components last for longer. 
  • Better indoor air quality: Think of the ducts as a reservoir for huge amounts of dust and other contaminants that will keep circulating through your house. Duct cleaning takes away this large source of indoor air pollution.

If you have any questions about duct cleaning, feel free to talk to us.

Schedule duct cleaning with Michall Daimion Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.—The Main Line’s Premier Service Provider since 1976!

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