Do you know what could be lurking in the air ducts of your home? Just as you have lungs that bring air to the rest of your body, your home has an HVAC system that moves air throughout all its rooms. If it’s been a while since your ducts were cleaned, it might be time for a breath of fresh air.
Indoor Air Quality
Everyday activities in your home release dust, dander, dirt, chemicals and other contaminants into the air. These contaminants aren’t necessarily dangerous for a normal, healthy adult, but they can contribute to problems for some vulnerable groups, especially people with allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems as well as those with autoimmune disorders, the very young and the very old.
Up to 40 percent of the energy used to cool or heat your home is lost, according to the Department of Energy. Dirty ducts make it harder for your HVAC system to "breathe." When the air ducts become clogged with dirt and debris, the whole system has to work harder to push air throughout your home. Clean ducts allow your HVAC system to breathe more freely, reducing energy use and improving cost-effectiveness.
What Causes Dirty Ducts?
The same dust that settles on your furniture and floor can also find its way into your ductwork. Other debris that can contaminate your ducts includes:
- Pet dander and fur
- Pollen, mold and mildew
- When to Clean Ducts
There is no set schedule for duct cleaning because each home is as unique as the people who live there. The best rule of thumb is to clean your ducts when they look dirty. MasterCare’s certified HVAC professionals can also inspect your air ducts to determine if they are due for a cleaning.
Cleaning Your Air Ducts
This isn't a job you can tackle on your own. Ducts run throughout the deepest parts of your house and can be impossible to reach with tools the average homeowner has on hand. MasterCare uses Source Removal cleaning methods to get your ducts squeaky clean again. During the cleaning process, we use a powerful specialized vacuum, and the negative air pressure pulls the dirt through the entire system. Devices can be used to dislodge any attached debris, which is then also vacuumed out. The entire process takes about 3 to 5 hours for a standard three to four bedroom home but can vary based on the type of home and system accessibility.
Contact MasterCare today
Are you and your home ready to breathe freely again? Contact the experts at MasterCare to learn more about keeping your ducts clean or to schedule an appointment with our team.