How Duct Cleaning Helps Your Furnace

Monday, March 14th, 2022

comfort-first-logoIf you’re like the average Illinois resident, you probably don’t think about your HVAC ductwork too often. This makes sense! After all, it’s mostly hidden from sight, and you really shouldn’t need to think about it too much once it’s installed.

However, from time to time your ductwork may in fact need attention, especially in the case of cleaning. Your air ducts are largely inaccessible for you, but not for dust, allergens, and other debris that can make their way inside.

Fortunately, you needn’t look too far for professional duct cleaning services. Professional duct cleaning is beneficial for a number of reasons, which we’ll dive into more below. Overall, however, if you’re wondering if this service is worth it, we’re about to explain how it is! Read on…

Duct Cleaning Helps Furnace Performance

No, really! You might be wondering “how does a little dust affect my heater?” But the truth is, after a few years, your ductwork can accumulate pounds of dust, dirt, and other debris that can restrict airflow. And when airflow is restricted, it makes it harder for your furnace system to reach the desired temperature on your thermostat. This is very inefficient.

Dirty ducts create friction and resistance that slows down air, and therefore ultimately leaves you paying more for your heating and air conditioning efforts than it should. Even worse, there’s a likely chance that your ductwork could have leaks, and you’ll benefit from having a professional assess whether you need duct sealing to keep conditioned air from getting out, and contaminants from getting in.

Duct Cleaning Also Helps Indoor Air Quality

A big reason homeowners choose to have professional duct cleaning done every 2-3 years is to boost their indoor air quality. Sure, your HVAC systems do have an air filter. In fact, you may even have added indoor air quality systems to help with any air quality issues you have in your home. But these filtration systems are placed at the return duct, where air first enters the system. The remainder of your air ducts remains largely unprotected.

Things like dirt, irritants, germs, and other contaminants can get into your ductwork through cracks in the ductwork, through your vents, or even just from years of sitting untouched. Professional duct cleaning service requires a professionally trained HVAC contractor to completely suck this debris out–which makes allergens and germs less likely to make their way into your home.

One More Thing…

One more thing you should know about duct cleaning is that there are, unfortunately, services out there who claim to do this service very affordably–but it’s likely that this is the only service they provide. Unless they have the extensive experience that HVAC contractors do, they probably don’t have the expertise to thoroughly do this job and can risk damaging your ductwork.

Be sure to trust a local HVAC contractor for your duct cleaning services!

To prevent problems with your furnace or your indoor air quality, call on our team for professional duct cleaning. Contact Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. today for all your HVAC services such as furnace repair in Shorewood, IL and more! 

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