If your indoor air quality is poor, one of the HVAC troubleshooting steps to consider is cleaning your air ducts.
If you’re suffering from unusually dirty indoor air, some HVAC troubleshooting may be necessary. One of the first places to start is to check your air ducts. But besides simply having cleaner indoor air, what are some of the benefits of getting your air ducts cleaned? Here are three big ones:
Breathing easier is likely the single most important reason to have your air ducts cleaned. From a psychological perspective, it's easier to breathe knowing your indoor air is as clean as possible. From a physical perspective, having cleaner indoor air means fewer problems with asthma or allergies. There's nothing like a fine powder of insect body parts, dead skin cells and dirt particles to aggravate the lining of the lungs, throat and sinuses!
The cleaner the air is, the longer life you can expect from your HVAC system. When air flows through the air handler, airborne contaminants will slowly land on the mechanical components, especially moving parts. Over time, this buildup of dirt and dust can cause moving parts to wear down and potentially stop or at the very least, run less efficiently. Less efficient operations mean the HVAC system must work harder to produce a given amount of warm or cool air.
By now you've heard us and other HVAC experts emphasize the importance of having a clean air filter. But it's hard to predict when to replace the air filter. This is because the answer depends on how dirty the indoor air is. The dirtier the air, the more often you need to replace the air filter.
With dirty air ducts, the air flowing through the air filter will have more contaminants in it, which in turn, results in a more frequent air filter change. This can cost additional time, money and inconvenience.
If you suffer from respiratory ailments, then one of the first troubleshooting steps you can do is to see if your air ducts need cleaning. If they do, consider contacting our HVAC cleaning experts at Jerry’s Air Conditioning and Heating.