You rely on your home’s HVAC system most of the year. Summers in Frisco, TX, are hot, and the temperature reaches 90 degrees or higher on most days, and your air conditioner is necessary. Winter days are generally mild, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s; however, the daytime temperature can drop considerably when a cold front rolls in. In addition, the temperature at night drops to the 30s, and you rely on your furnace to keep the home warm and comfortable.
The best way to ensure your HVAC system functions correctly when you need it is to have an HVAC professional inspect and tune up the unit,
Routine HVAC tune-ups aren’t the only way to ensure your HVAC system functions correctly. You should also have a duct cleaning service performed every three to five years. The air ducts are the path the air-conditioned and heated air takes to reach the vents, and air duct issues can affect your home’s temperature, and some problems can put your family’s health at risk.
If you aren’t sure if a duct cleaning service is really necessary and worth the time and cost, you should understand why this service is so essential. It would also help if you understood how this service can protect your family and their comfort.
#1 Improved Air Quality
In one year, up to five pounds of debris can accumulate in the air ducts, and when the heater or air conditioner runs, the debris will circulate in the air, affecting your home’s air quality. The windows must be closed when the heat or air conditioner runs, and the debris will continue circulating in the air.
Fortunately, a duct cleaning service involves cleaning the debris from the air ducts, improving the air quality.
#2 Keep Your Family Healthy
When debris from the air ducts circulates in the air in your Frisco, TX home, it can affect your family’s health. Breathing dust and debris can result in allergy symptoms, such as itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, scratchy throat, and coughing. Also, if a family member has a chronic lung or respiratory condition, breathing the debris from the air ducts will aggravate their symptoms.
An HVAC tech can perform a duct cleaning service and remove the debris from the ducts, keeping your family healthy.
If you’re worried that a duct cleaning isn’t worth the time or money, you should keep your family’s health in mind and realize that the service is worth it.
#3 Keep Your Energy Bills Down
When a significant amount of debris accumulates in the air ducts, it can clog the ducts, reducing the airflow from the vents in your Frisco, TX home. Restricted airflow will cause the HVAC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable, drawing more energy and increasing your energy bills.
An HVAC tech can perform a duct cleaning service to remove the dirt and debris from the ducts and restore the airflow.
According to Home Advisor, the average cost of a duct cleaning service can range from $269 and $486 every three to five years. The money you will save on your energy bills will pay for the service, so the cost should not be a reason to neglect to perform a regular duct cleaning.
#4 Extend the Lifespan of the HVAC System
The HVAC system in your home should last around 10 to 20 years. The air conditioner and heat pumps generally last about 10 to 15 years, and your furnace should last 15 to 20 years. If you neglect to perform a regular duct cleaning service, your HVAC system won’t last as long as it should. When a significant amount of debris accumulates in air ducts and reduces the airflow, the unit will work harder to keep your home comfortable. The excess work will strain the system, reducing its maximum lifespan.
The average cost to replace an HVAC system is between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the size of your home. When you compare the price of a duct cleaning service and the cost of replacing the unit sooner than necessary, you’ll see that the duct cleaning is worth the expense.
#5 Detect Damage To the Ducts
When you schedule a duct cleaning service, the HVAC tech will inspect the air ducts in your Frisco, TX home for any issues that can cause the air to leak in the ducts. For example, if there’s a crack or break in the ducts or the seal has failed, the air will escape from the ducts before reaching the vents, affecting your home’s temperature. In addition, your energy bills will increase, and the unit’s lifespan will decrease.
If the tech finds any potential leaks during the routine duct cleaning service, they can fix the problem to avoid further issues.
#6 Detect Mold In the Air Ducts
It isn’t uncommon for mold to grow in the air ducts. The air ducts in your home are hidden behind the walls, under the floors, or above the ceiling, and they are dark. When it gets humid in the house, moisture will form in the ducts, and because the ducts are dark, the water won’t dry quickly, resulting in mold growth. Fortunately, the mold can be detected and eradicated during a regular duct cleaning.
Mold in the ducts is a serious issue because when the heat or air conditioner runs, mold spores will circulate in the air, which is a significant health hazard, and in many cases, you’ll smell mold when the HVAC system runs. According to the CDC, mold exposure can result in several health issues, including:
- Allergy symptoms
- Chronic headaches
- Burning eyes, nose, and throat
- Skin rashes
- Respiratory problems
- Weakened immune system
- Worsens chronic lung or respiratory conditions and symptoms
When you schedule a duct cleaning service, the tech will inspect the ducts for mold. If they find mold in the ducts, it can be eliminated with an antimicrobial fogger that will prevent mold growth.
Because mold exposure can affect your family’s health, you’ll see that the time and cost of a duct cleaning are well worth it.
#7 Detect Infestation
Unfortunately, the air ducts in your home are an attractive place for rodents to live. The air ducts are hidden and dark, and the rodents will have free reign in your house at night to find food. A rodent infestation in the ducts is very serious, and the infestation can be detected during a duct cleaning service.
When rodents live in your ducts, they’ll leave their waste behind. Mouse and rat droppings carry Hantavirus disease, and when the heat or air conditioner runs, your family could develop Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which is a severe lung disease. The early symptoms mimic the flu, causing fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. You can also experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. If you have this disease and are misdiagnosed or don’t get treatment, this disease can be fatal.
Considering how dangerous this condition can be, it’s essential to have a duct cleaning service performed regularly. If the tech finds signs of a rodent infestation, they can clear the waste from the ducts, and you can hire an exterminator or trap the rodents yourself, preventing you and your family from getting this severe disease.
#8 You Have Pets
Cats and dogs are wonderful pets and companions, but they leave fur and dander on your floors, furniture, bedding, and clothes when they shed. In addition, the fur and dander can accumulate in the air ducts and will circulate in the air when the heat and air conditioner run, and can cause allergy symptoms. If a family member has a mild pet allergy, the fur and dander will make it worse. If you have a breed that doesn’t shed, they will still shed dander, accumulating in the air ducts.
HVAC techs recommend having a duct cleaning performed every three to five years, but if you have pets in your Frisco, TX home, it’s best to have the ducts cleaned every three years.
An HVAC tech can remove the fur and dander during a duct cleaning service, preventing health issues.
#9 Your Home Will Stay Clean
Have you noticed that your house gets dirty faster than usual and you’re cleaning more often? If so, your air ducts could be to blame. When dirt and debris accumulate in the air ducts, they will circulate in the air, landing on the surfaces in your home. When this happens, you’ll need to dust, sweep and vacuum more frequently, which is likely one of the last things you want to do.
Fortunately, a duct cleaning will solve the problem. The HVAC tech will remove the debris during the duct cleaning service, keeping your home cleaner longer, and you will have more free time to do something you enjoy.
#10 There’s a Smoker In Your Home
If someone in your Frisco, TX home smokes, it’s best to smoke outside. However, if they insist on smoking inside, you should have a duct cleaning performed every three years. The cigarette smoke will get into the ducts. The harmful toxins in cigarette smoke will circulate in the air when the heater or air conditioner runs, putting your family at risk for serious lung and respiratory problems, including lung cancer.
A tech will clean the ducts thoroughly during a duct cleaning service, removing the toxins and ensuring the health of your loved ones.
#11 Recent Home Renovation
If you’re remodeling your home, or just a room or two, you should schedule a duct cleaning as soon as the work is complete and the workers are gone. Construction creates debris, such as sawdust and dry will dust, which can get into the air ducts. When the heater or air conditioner runs, the construction debris will circulate in the air, affecting your family’s health, and it will be challenging to keep your clean for long.
A tech will clean the construction debris from the ducts during a duct cleaning service, and you’ll be able to enjoy your newly renovated home without worrying about cleaning frequently.
#12 You’re Replacing Your Furnace
When the furnace in your Frisco, TX home reaches the end of its lifespan, you’ll need to schedule an appointment to have it replaced. When you schedule the appointment, you should schedule a duct cleaning at the same time.
Replacing a furnace kicks up a lot of soot and debris that can get into the ducts. When the heater or AC runs, the soot and debris will circulate in the air, making a mess of your house and can affect your family’s health.
When the tech finishes with the installation, they can move on to the duct cleaning service, and everything can be done on the same day.
Call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating Of Dallas
If you’re due for a duct cleaning or have never had one performed, call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Dallas. We are a full-service HVAC company and have served customers in the area since 1988. We’ve earned an excellent reputation in the community over the years, and many of our customers have been loyal customers for decades.
Our techs are professionally trained, licensed, and insured and have the knowledge and skill to handle HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair.
We want our customers to feel safe when they let our techs into their homes, so our techs must pass a background check and drug test and register with the state of Texas before they’re hired.
Our customers’ comfort is our top priority. If you have an HVAC issue that affects your home’s temperature or a problem that can’t wait until we have an available appointment, we provide emergency service. We’ll do our best to get tech to your home as quickly as possible to solve the problem.
To schedule an appointment for a duct cleaning service or any other HVAC service, give One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Dallas a call today.