Why Should you get Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

Why Should you get Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

You probably pay very little attention to your air ducts, but that stuffy nose you can’t seem to get rid of may just be because of your air ducts.  The air ducts in your home are responsible for circulating warm and cool air throughout your home, no matter the season. Why should you get your air ducts cleaned?  The short answer is to keep the air in your home clean, but let’s break down the reasons to get your ducts cleaned.

  1. Reduces Allergens and Irritants

Air ducts contains dust, micro-organisms like pet dander, bacteria, mildew, and other harmful contaminants. People who suffer from diseases like asthma, allergies and other respiratory diseases get affected by these air borne particles. When the air duct is cleaned it reduces the amount of pollutants that circulate in the air in your home reducing the number of allergens.  Here is a look at what lives in your air ducts when you don’t have them cleaned.

  1. Helps everyone breathe easier

There might be no one suffering from those respiratory diseases in your home, but who would really wants to breath dirty air? Nobody.  Clean air makes it easier for everyone to breathe. By cleaning the air ducts, you would create a more comfortable environment which will keep everyone in your home healthier.

  1. Removes unpleasant smells and odors

Paint, perfumes, mold tobacco use and also food preparation all produce smells that get circulated in the air ducts. When the air conditioner or the furnace is running, these smells will flow through the house repeatedly. By having your air ducts cleaned, you can remove most of  the odors that are found in your home, making it smell fresher.

  1. Improves airflow efficiency

Registers and dust work which have grime and dust can alter the flow of air from the air conditioner and furnace making your system work extra hard to heat and cool your home. This may result in decreased efficiency level. On the other hand, having a clean system that operates efficiently doesn’t have to work as hard to heat or cool your home saving you money on utilities.

  1. Creates a cleaner living environment.

Everyone wishes to live in a clean environment. Having your air duct cleaned reduces the amount of dust that circulates in your home landing in your bedding, furniture, floor, the list is endless. A thorough air duct cleaning will reduce the amount of dust and cleaning you have to do to maintain a clean environment.

There you have it, five compelling reasons why you should have your air ducts cleaned at least once per year.

Why Should You Get Your Dryer Vents Cleaned?

Why Should You Get Your Dryer Vents Cleaned?

Do you ever give your dryer vents a second thought?  No…don’t worry most homeowners don’t pay any attention to them until something goes wrong.  You can remember to clean out the lint trap on the dryer because it is right in front of you but the vents you completely ignore.  But, over time the vents attached to your dryer collect lint, dust and debris and it needs to be cleaned out.  Why should you get your dryer vents cleaned?  Here are a handful of the reasons why.

Keep Your Dryer Working

At some point you have tried to use a dryer that wasn’t working properly.  You put your wet clothes in and turn the dryer on, come back in 45 minutes or so expecting dry clothes and they are still soaking wet.  You have to turn it on for another 45 minutes before they are even close to being dry.  Not only do you have a pile of wet clothes that you can’t wear but your electric bill is going to go through the roof!

While there are several reasons that your dryer isn’t working properly one of the most common is that warm air can’t circulate because your dryer vents are clogged.  Over time the air flow becomes constricted because of the trapped lint, dust and debris and it takes longer and longer to dry a load of clothes.  Energy costs aren’t the only issues.  Clogged dryer vents are a leading cause of house fires, and that you do not want!

Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

Cleaning your dryer vents is nothing like cleaning the lint trap it is far more complicated.  Right behind your dryer is a big flexible hose that goes to the fitting on the wall where air goes out through the exterior vent.  Professional vent cleaners have specialized equipment that attaches to the exterior vent on the outside of your home along with a vacuum that attaches to the other end inside your home.  It allows them to remove any blockages that might be in your vents along with all of the remaining dust and debris.

You’re probably thinking that doesn’t sound so hard, I can do that by myself.  Not so fast, without the right equipment you may end up doing damage to the ductwork or the dryer.  Either of those things is going to be expensive to repair or replace.  Not to mention that your dryer vents probably aren’t exactly easy to get to. Save yourself the trouble and get the pros into to clean them for you.