Air ducts are a key component of
any HVAC system. Unfortunately, they don’t receive the recognition they
deserve. In fact, air ducts are often overlooked entirely. Many people either
wait too long to have them cleaned or avoid the procedure altogether. Both of
those practices wreak havoc on your HVAC system and your health.
Not only that, but many people fail
to replace their filters on a regular basis, which adds to the dirt and debris
that builds up inside the ducts. Before you go another year without cleaning
your ducts, take a look at the list provided below. These are the risks you
face when you don’t keep the air ducts in your home as clean as they should be.
1. Increased Carbon Monoxide Risks
Carbon monoxide is a serious threat
to you and your family. Carbon monoxide exposure can cause headaches,
dizziness, and vomiting. Moderate exposure to carbon monoxide, over a prolonged
period of time, can be fatal.
Unfortunately, if you don’t have
your ducts cleaned on a regular basis, you increase your risk for carbon
monoxide exposure. That’s because the dirty ducts cause your heater and air
conditioner to overheat, which leads to elevated carbon monoxide levels.
2. Decreased Air Quality
If allergies, asthma, or other
breathing-related medical conditions are a problem for your family, you need to
have your ducts professionally cleaned. Your ducts attract and trap dirt,
allergens, and pollutants.
Once the ducts are clogged with
those particles, your air will no longer be clean, which means you and your
family will breathe in more of the contaminants. If you have dirty filters, the
problem will be exacerbated. That’s because dirty filters increase the amount
of dirt and allergens that flow through your ducts.
3. Diminished Air Flow
Whether you want to stay cool during
the summer, or warm during the winter, maximum air flow through the vents is
crucial. After all, you can’t keep your home a comfortable temperature when air
flow is down to a trickle.
Unfortunately, you won’t get peak
airflow through the vents when the ducts are clogged with dirt and other
particles. The best way to ensure maximum airflow is to have your ducts
professionally cleaned at least once a year.
4. Damage to Limit Switch
Your furnace contains a variety of
essential components. One of those components is the limit switch. The limit
switch serves two functions. First, the limit switch helps the blower remove
excess heat from the heat exchanger.
Second, the limit switch shuts down
the system if the heat exchanger does get too hot. A clean air duct system
protects the limit switch, and prevents malfunctions. However, if your air
ducts are clogged, your limit switch and your heat exchanger are at risk.
5. Increased Energy Bills
If you’re like most people, you
look for effective ways to reduce your energy bills. One simple way that is
often overlooked, is to have your air ducts cleaned whenever you see dirt on
the walls around your air vents. In most cases, that’s once every one or two
If you live in a particularly dusty
environment, or you deal with high pollen counts on a regular basis, you should
stick to the once a year schedule. A clean air duct system helps your HVAC
system operate more efficiently, which reduces those monthly energy bills.
If you’ve encountered problems with
your HVAC system, the problems could lie with your air ducts. Dirty ducts pose
a variety of problems for you. If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in several
years, and you live in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, contact us at
978-681-5023. We’ll come out and remove the dirt that’s got your ducts clogged
By Carolina Ductmasters