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The air ducts in your Frisco, TX home play a major role in keeping your home heated and cool. The ducts are responsible for delivering heated or air-conditioned air from the HVAC system to the vents in each room of your house.
Many homeowners neglect the health of their air ducts. It isn’t because they don’t care or don’t want to worry about the cost of a duct cleaning service. Most people neglect their air ducts because it is easy to forget about them.
The air ducts in most homes are located behind the walls, under the floor, or in the ceiling. Because you cannot see them, it is easy to forget about them.
Over the course of just one year, up to five pounds of dust, dirt, pet dander, and other debris can build up in the air ducts. It is recommended that you have a duct cleaning service performed every year.
If you aren’t sure if this service is worth the time and cost, you should consider the reasons why an annual duct cleaning is so essential.
#1 Improve the Air Quality In Your Home
You keep your windows closed when your heater or air conditioner is running. If debris is built up in the air ducts, it will circulate through the air in your home when the HVAC system is running. Because the windows are closed, the debris will have nowhere to go, and it will remain in the air your family breathes. Breathing in the debris from the air ducts can cause allergy symptoms, such as a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and a scratchy throat.
The best way to ensure the air quality in your home is safe for your family to breathe is to schedule a duct cleaning every year.
During the duct cleaning, your HVAC tech will clean the air ducts in your home, removing all the built-up debris. When they are done, you will have peace of mind that your family is breathing clean air.
#2 Mold Removal
The air ducts in your home are dark. Also, when it is humid, the humidity can create moisture in the air ducts. Mold grows best in dark, damp areas, and your air ducts are the perfect environment for mold growth.
Mold growth in the air ducts is a serious issue. When your heater or air conditioner is running, the mold spores in the air ducts will circulate through the air that your family breathes.
Breathing in mold spores is very harmful to your health. It can cause allergy symptoms, respiratory issues, and a weakened immune system. If a member of your household has chronic lung or respiratory issues such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, COPD, or lung cancer, breathing in mold spores can exasperate their condition.
During a duct cleaning service, your HVAC tech will inspect the ducts for the presence of mold. If they find any, an antimicrobial fogger will eradicate the mold and prevent mold growth in the future.
Having a duct cleaning every year will ensure the air in your Frisco, TX home is safe for your family to breathe.
#3 Keep Your Energy Bills Down
If large amounts of dirt and debris are built up in the air ducts, the debris can obstruct the air ducts. This can result in poor airflow when your heater or air conditioner is running. Inadequate airflow will cause your HVAC system to work harder for your home to reach the desired temperature. When your HVAC system works overtime, it will cause an increase in your energy bills.
If you have a duct cleaning performed every year, the debris will be removed, allowing adequate airflow.
Although there is a charge for a duct cleaning, it will pay for itself in the money you will save on your energy bills.
#4 Extend the Lifespan Of Your HVAC System
As mentioned above, when debris obstructs the air ducts, the poor airflow will cause your HVAC system to work harder than necessary. This issue will do more than cause your energy bill to increase; it will also reduce your HVAC system’s maximum lifespan.
The average cost to have an HVAC system replaced is between $5,000 and $10,000. Because this is a huge investment, you should do everything possible to help your existing HVAC system lasts as long as possible. One way to do this is to have a duct cleaning service performed every year. When an HVAC tech cleans the ducts, the heated and air-conditioned air won’t be obstructed by debris, and your HVAC system won’t have to work harder than necessary. Because so much debris can build up in the air ducts in such a short amount of time, the best thing you can do for your HVAC system has a duct cleaning performed every year.
#5 Detect An Insect Or Rodent Infestation
When it gets cold outside, insects, rodents, and other critters are looking for a place to stay warm. Unfortunately, the air ducts in your home are the perfect place for these creatures to ride out the winter. Not only are the air ducts dark, but they are also quiet.
Just because you cannot see the insects or critters that have infested your air ducts, this issue is still a cause for concern. The creatures living in your air ducts will leave behind waste and droppings, which will circulate through the air when your heater or air conditioner is running. Breathing in insect and rodent waste and droppings can be very harmful to your family’s health, which is why an annual air duct cleaning service is so essential.
During the air duct cleaning, the HVAC tech will inspect the ducts for evidence of an infestation. If critters are living in your air ducts, the HVAC tech can remove them, along with any waste and droppings they left behind. This will benefit your family’s health and protect your air ducts from the damage the critters can cause.
#6 Detect Issues With the Air Ducts
Because the air ducts in your home are hidden, you won’t be able to see any visible damage. If there is a crack or hole in the air ducts, the only sign will be reduced airflow. The heated or cool air will escape through the crack or hole, reducing the airflow and making it difficult for your home to reach the desired temperature. Damage to the air ducts can cause an increase in your energy bills and put excess strain on your HVAC system.
When you have a duct cleaning service performed, the HVAC tech will inspect the health of the air ducts. If they find a crack or a hole, it can be repaired, preventing the heated or air-conditioned air from escaping.
If you have a duct cleaning service performed every year, you can be sure there are no issues with your air ducts.
#7 You Have Pets
If your furry pets, such as cats or dogs living in your Frisco, TX home, you should make an annual duct cleaning service a priority.
When your pet sheds, the fur will build up in the air ducts and circulate through the air in your home. Even if your pet doesn’t shed much, their pet dander will build up in the air ducts.
When pet fur and dander are circulating through the air your family breathes, it can cause allergy symptoms. If you have a duct cleaning performed every year, the pet fur and dander will be cleaned from the ducts, ensuring the air your family is safe to breathe.
In addition, the pet fur and dander will clog the air ducts, resulting in poor airflow, uneven heating and cooling, and increased energy bills.
#8 There Is Visible Dust On the Vents
The most obvious sign that it is time for a duct cleaning service is if you can see dust build-up on the vents. This often signifies a large amount of debris in the air ducts that should be cleaned immediately. A buildup of debris this large can have a major effect on the air quality in your home.
During a duct cleaning, the HVAC tech will remove all the debris in the air ducts, ensuring healthy air quality.
#9 You Have To Clean Your House More Often
If you are cleaning your Frisco, TX home more than usual because it quickly gets dirty, your air ducts could be to blame. When dust, dirt, pet dander, and other debris build up in the air ducts, it will circulate through the air when your HVAC system is running, landing on surfaces including tables, furniture, and the floors. You will have to dust, vacuum, sweep, and wash your floors more often when this happens.
If you schedule an air duct cleaning service every year, the debris will be removed from the air ducts, and you won’t have to spend so much time cleaning.
#10 There Is a Smoker In Your Home
If someone in your household is a smoker, it is best that they smoke outdoors. If they insist on smoking in the house, you should make scheduling an annual duct cleaning service a priority. The smoke will find its way into the air ducts, and when your heater or air conditioner is running, the toxins in the cigarette smoke will circulate through the home, which is very hazardous to the health of the rest of your family.
In addition, the air coming from the air ducts will have a stale cigarette smell, making it difficult to keep your home smelling clean and fresh.
An annual duct cleaning service will ensure the air ducts are clean, and the nasty cigarette smell will be eradicated.
#11 You Recently Remodeled Your Home
If you recently remodeled your home or just a room or two, you should schedule a duct cleaning service appointment as soon as the work is done. The construction will leave sawdust and drywall dust on the floors and also in the air ducts. When the HVAC system is running, the debris left from the construction will circulate through the home, affecting the air quality. In addition, you will need to clean your newly remodeled Frisco, TX home more often than necessary.
#12 Furnace Replacement
A duct cleaning service is essential if you recently replaced the furnace in your home. When an HVAC tech replaces the furnace, the work will kick up soot that can end up in your air ducts. Ignoring the issue will have a negative effect on your home’s air quality.
It is best to have a duct cleaning service performed immediately after the furnace is replaced.
Why Choose One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating Of Dallas?
If you are due for a duct cleaning service, schedule an appointment with One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating Of Dallas. We have been serving customers in the area since 1988, and many of our customers have been loyal customers for as many as two decades.
We understand that you want to feel safe when our techs are working in your home, which is why our employees must pass a drug test, background check, and they are required to register with the state of Texas. Our techs are also highly trained and NATE certified and can handle any HVAC issue.
If you have an HVAC issue when our office is closed, don’t worry. We provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To schedule an appointment for duct cleaning service or any other HVAC service, give us a call today.