While most of your ductwork is hidden away, that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. After a busy cooling season, it’s likely that your ducts have accumulated dirt and debris and need a good cleaning. Cleaning your air ducts has several benefits and is fairly simple to do.
Why You Should Clean Your Air Ducts
The primary reason you need to keep your ducts free of dirt and other contaminants is to keep your indoor air quality high. When dirt or dust accumulates, your ducts will blow out air that contains these particles, which can then cause breathing issues.
The efficiency of your system can also be lowered by dirt and other particles in your ductwork. Airflow can be impeded, especially if the air filter becomes clogged, and heat transfer efficiency can be lowered as a result of mold or dirt buildup on the indoor coil. Both of these conditions make your HVAC system work harder and will result in higher bills and a shorter system lifespan.
How to Clean Ducts
Most dirt can be simply sucked out of the ducts, but a special vacuum with an extremely long hose is needed. For most homeowners, the only option is to call in an HVAC service company to do a quick cleaning of the ductwork.
You can opt to do a partial cleaning of the sections of ductwork nearest to your vents. You can remove the vent cover and vacuum as far down as your vacuum will reach, as well as washing the ends with an appropriate cleaning solution.
If you are looking for more information on how to clean your air ducts, or are interested in a professional duct cleaning service for your San Diego home, contact Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air.