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The air ducts in your Fort Worth, TX home are responsible for carrying the heated or cooled air from your HVAC system to the vents in each room. If you are like most homeowners, you don’t think about your air ducts very often. The ducts are often hidden behind the walls, ceiling, or floor, making it easy to forget all about them, which is a mistake. If there is an issue with your air ducts, it will be difficult for your home to reach the temperature set on the thermostat, along with other issues.
Because the air ducts in your home are partially responsible for keeping your home comfortable, you should have a duct cleaning service performed every year. If you aren’t sure if a duct cleaning is worth the cost or the time you have to spend at home during the appointment, you should consider the reasons why an annual duct cleaning is so essential.
#1 A Significant Amount Of Debris Can Build Up in the Air Ducts
Regardless of how clean you keep your home, dust, dirt, pet dander, and other debris can build up in the air ducts. Over the course of one year, up to 5 pounds of debris can build up in the air ducts. When you have a duct cleaning service performed every year, an HVAC tech will remove all the debris in the ducts.
#2 Improve the Air Quality In Your Home
When dust, dirt, pet dander, and other debris build up in the air ducts in your home, it will circulate through the air your family breathes, affecting the air quality. Breathing in allergens can cause your family to develop allergy symptoms, including runny or stuffy noses, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and scratch throats.
If you have a duct cleaning performed every year, the ducts will be clean, improving the air quality in your home. When the duct cleaning is complete, the air in your home will be safe for your family to breathe.
#3 Detect the Presence Of Mold
The air ducts in your home are the perfect breeding ground for mold. The air ducts are dark, and when it is humid, moisture can form in the air ducts, which is the perfect recipe for a mold issue.
Mold in the air ducts is more serious than you may think. When your heater or air conditioner is running, the mold spores in the air ducts will circulate through the air that your family breathes. It is very dangerous to breathe in mold spores. Mold can cause allergy symptoms, respiratory issues, and a weakened immune system. In addition, if a member of your household has a chronic respiratory issue such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, lung cancer, or a weakened immune system, breathing in mold can worsen their condition.
During an annual air duct cleaning service, the HVAC tech will inspect the air ducts for the presence of mold. If they find any, the tech can use an antimicrobial fogger to eliminate the mold from the ducts. The fogger can also prevent mold growth from reoccurring until your next duct cleaning is scheduled.
#4 Reduce Your Energy Bills
When there is a significant amount of debris in the air ducts in your Fort Worth, TX home, it can obstruct the heated or cooled air coming from the vents. When this happens, your HVAC system will need to work harder to keep your home at the desired temperature. This extra work will cause an increase in your monthly energy bills.
If you don’t want to pay for a duct cleaning service, you should consider the amount of money you can save on your monthly energy bills. Within a few months, after you have the duct cleaning performed, the service will pay for itself in the money you save on your energy bills.
#5 Increase the Lifespan Of Your HVAC System
The average cost to replace your existing HVAC system is between $7,000 and $10,000. Because this is a major investment, you should do whatever possible to make your existing HVAC system lasts as long as possible. One way to do this is to schedule an appointment for a duct cleaning service every year.
As mentioned above, built-up debris in the air ducts can reduce the airflow in your home, causing your HVAC system to work harder than it should. This excess work adds strain on your HVAC system, reducing its maximum lifespan.
If you have a duct cleaning performed every year, the debris will be removed, and your HVAC system won’t have to work harder than it should.
If you are worried about the cost of a duct cleaning service, consider the cost of replacing your HVAC system earlier than you should because you neglected your air ducts. The cost of a duct cleaning is a tiny fraction of the cost to replace your HVAC system.
#6 Detect the Presence Of An Insect Or Rodent Infestation
When it starts getting cold outside, insects and rodents will begin looking for a warm, comfortable place to ride out the winter. The air ducts in your home make a great home for pests. The air ducts are dark and quiet, which makes them an attractive home for pests. Pests in the air ducts can cause damage to the ducts and strange sounds behind the walls. Pests in the air ducts can also affect the air quality in your home. When the air conditioner or heater is running, any waste left behind from the insects or rodents will circulate in the air your family breathes, which can be harmful to their health.
When you schedule a duct cleaning service appointment, the HVAC tech will inspect the ducts for evidence of an infestation so that the pests can be eradicated. An annual duct cleaning will ensure your ducts are free of pests and the air in your home is safe to breathe.
#7 Detect Air Duct Damage
If you have a crack or hole in the air ducts in your Forth Worth, TX home, the heated or cooled air will escape, resulting in poor airflow to the vents. This can make it difficult for your home to reach the desired temperature.
When you have a duct cleaning service performed, the HVAC tech will inspect the ducts for any damage or issues so that the necessary repairs can be made.
#8 You Have Pets
If you have pets living in your home, you should make having an annual duct cleaning service performed a priority. When your pet sheds, their fur will end up in the air ducts, which will circulate through the air, affecting the air quality in your home. Even if you have a breed known for not shedding, their dander will still get into the air ducts. When pet fur and dander circulate through the air, they can cause you and your family to develop allergy symptoms.
If you have a duct cleaning performed every year, all of the debris, including the fur and dander, will be removed from the air ducts, ensuring the air is safe for breathing.
#9 You Need To Clean Your Home More Often
If you noticed recently that you have to clean your home more often to keep it looking nice, your air ducts could be to blame. When dirt, dust, and other debris build up in the air ducts, it will circulate through the home and land on tables, furniture, and the floor. This will require you to dust, sweep, vacuum and mop more often than you normally do.
When you have a duct cleaning service performed every year, the debris will be removed from the air ducts, and your Fort Worth, TX home will stay cleaner, longer.
#10 There Is a Smoker In the Home
If you or a member of your household is a smoker, it is best for the health of everyone in the home to smoke outdoors. If someone smokes inside your Fort Worth, TX home, you should schedule a duct cleaning every year.
The smoke will circulate through the air and get into the air ducts. When the heating or air conditioning system is running, the smoke will circulate through the air, causing a stale cigarette smell in your home.
During an annual duct cleaning service, the HVAC tech will clean the ducts, making the air safe for your family to breathe, and your home will smell fresh all year long.
#11 You Recently Remodeled Your Home
If you recently remodeled your home or renovated just one room, you should schedule an appointment for a duct cleaning service as soon as the work is complete. During the renovation process, a significant amount of drywall dust and sawdust can build up in the air ducts and circulate through the air when your heater or air conditioner is running.
When you schedule a duct cleaning appointment, the HVAC tech will remove all the debris left over from the construction. This will keep your home cleaner and will ensure the air quality in your home is safe.
#12 You Installed a New Furnace
If you recently replaced the furnace in your Fort Worth, TX home, you should have a duct cleaning service performed when the work is complete. Removing an old furnace and installing a new one can kick up a significant amount of soot that will end up in the air ducts.
An HVAC tech can perform a duct cleaning service after installing the furnace to remove the soot and protect your home’s air quality. The air duct cleaning will also keep your home cleaner.
Why Choose One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating Of Fort Worth?
If you are due for a duct cleaning service or never had this service performed, contact One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating. We have been providing HVAC service for customers in the area since 1988. We have earned an excellent reputation in the community during this time, and many of our regular customers have been loyal customers for as many as 20 years.
All of our HVAC techs are highly trained, skilled, and NATE certified. They are also required to undergo ongoing training. We understand that HVAC technology is constantly evolving, and we want our HVAC techs to be able to install and replace the newest HVAC systems.
We understand that you want to feel safe when you allow one of our techs into your home. This is why we require our employees to pass a drug test, background check and register with the state of Texas before they are hired.
Your constant comfort is important to us, which is why we offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have an issue with your HVAC system outside our regular business hours, we will do our best to get to your home as quickly as we would if you had called during normal business hours.
If it is time to install a new heating system or air conditioner, our staff can help you save money. We can give you information regarding programs that can save money on the heating or air conditioning system, as well as any rebates and tax incentives you qualify for.
To schedule an appointment for a duct cleaning service or any other HVAC service, give us at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Dallas a call today.