How Can Clean Ductwork Improve Your Comfort In Winter?
Good indoor air quality (IAQ) is essential to a healthy lifestyle here in Texas, especially in winter when we tend to spend more time indoors.
Although winter may be shorter and milder here than in other areas of the country, our outdoor temperatures dip near freezing some nights, making us grateful for the furnaces, heat pumps, and ductwork that keep us feeling warm and toasty in our Round Rock homes.
Clean, warm air makes your living space comfortable and cozy during the heating season. Maintaining a healthy and heated home atmosphere is easy if you keep your surroundings clean and dust-free. That includes your ductwork and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
Clean Ducts, Save Bucks
If you vacuum regularly, dust, and change your furnace air filter at least every three months, you are well on your way to improving your indoor air this winter. Your cleaning routine also should include vacuuming air vent grilles and registers.
What about cleaning inside the air vents and ductwork? Leave that task to the professionals.
At AiRCO Mechanical, we strongly recommend cleaning ductwork every few years to improve comfort and air quality. Cleaning ductwork can reduce pollutants that can be harmful to your health. Our experts will remove dust, pests, dirt, mold, even debris buildup when cleaning your ductwork.
We maintain, repair, replace, and install ductwork, in addition to cleaning it. Our pros can seal holes and cracks that contribute to air loss in your ductwork. Damaged ducts can allow debris to enter your heating and cooling system.
Why Clean Ducts During Winter?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection, Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where pollution can be two to five times higher than it is outside.
Dust and debris stirred up by your forced-air heating system drift through your return air vents and build up in your ductwork. The collected debris may disrupt airflow and circulate back into your living space, worsening indoor air quality in your Round Rock home.
Eww, What Am I Breathing?
What else can get into your ductwork? Believe it or not, insects, insect parts, rodents, mold, mildew, pet dander, and dust mites may have taken up residence inside your air ducts. They may be the reason you find yourself wheezing, sneezing, and coughing during the heating season.
Outdoor pollution can contribute to poor indoor air quality too. Contaminants enter your home through holes, cracks, open windows, and doors.
Indoor air pollution, including the particulate matter that collects in your ductwork, can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat. It can cause headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. It can worsen respiratory and heart diseases. Contaminants such as smoke, insect parts, pet dander, and mold can trigger asthma attacks.
At AiRCO Mechanical, we are committed to improving your comfort and air quality with affordable solutions. Ductwork cleaning tops our list of recommendations. A well-maintained HVAC system also is essential for ventilation and filtration. In-duct air purifiers, ventilators, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers can assist your HVAC system in keeping your air clean.