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What’s lurking in your ducts? Air duct cleaning can help.

Regular air duct cleaning could make a positive difference in the indoor air quality of your home

Even if you dust and vacuum regularly, your home’s air quality may be affected by indoor pollution. The air ducts of your home’s HVAC system can collect impurities, which are then released into the air when you turn your air conditioner or heater on.

Substances can gather in your air ducts making them dirty over time

Depending on the residents and the activities in your home, your air ducts can harbor a lot of unpleasant contaminants. 

Just like any other area of your home, your air ducts can get dirty over time. Dirt, dust, spider webs and other debris can all become trapped in the walls of your duct work. Certain things can cause the ducts to become dirty even more quickly, including:

  • Pet hair and dander
  • Smoke and tar from cigarettes, cigars and pipes
  • Smoke and grease from cooking
  • Dust from home renovation projects
  • Chemical residue from cleaning products
  • Leaks and water damage that cause mold and mildew

How often should air duct cleaning be performed?

How often you need your air ducts cleaned depends on a number of factors. If you have allergy sufferers in your home, annual cleaning can make a great difference in their symptoms. In other cases, having your ducts cleaned every three to five years may be enough to remove contaminants and improve the quality of the air that you breathe.

Air duct cleaning is also good for the system itself. You will find that your air conditioner does not have to work as hard to circulate the air when the air ducts are cleaned. This means lower power bills and less wear and tear on this expensive system.

What can you do between cleanings?

Your air duct system will stay cleaner if you take precautions to keep contaminants out. Change the filters regularly to keep dust and dirt from getting into your system. Vacuum on a regular basis to pick up dust and dirt before it can be sucked into your ducts. During the times of year that the pollen is heavy, consider changing immediately when you get home to keep pollen out of the air that you breathe.

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Why you should invest in annual air duct cleaning services

You make sure your home stays clean, but are you doing the same for your HVAC system’s air ducts? Here are some reasons Lakeview Heating and Cooling Chicago recommends annual air duct cleaning for your home or business property:

Getting air ducts checked will improve system maintenance

HVAC systems Chicago that are clogged with dust and debris naturally do not function as well as those that are clean and free of debris. They must work harder to do the same job, and this can drag down their overall performance. Air duct cleaning results in better air flow throughout the system and improved performance in both summer and winter.

Cleaning air ducts can help you save on energy costs

A more efficient, better-performing system also uses less energy. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that up to 40 percent of the energy used by HVAC systems is wasted when there are contaminants in the system. While changing the filter regularly can help, debris can also become caught in the walls of the vents, dragging down performance and increasing energy usage needlessly.

Improve indoor freshness and air quality

Airborne pollutants can dramatically impact your indoor air quality. Air ducts can be a breeding ground for microorganisms, contaminants, bacteria, pollen, mold, pet dander and more. When this air circulates throughout the home, it can create odors and an unpleasant breathing experience. Regular air duct cleaning from Lakeview Heating and Cooling Chicago reduces the presence of these contaminants, creating a fresher, cleaner home environment.

Overall good health and quality of life

Regular air duct cleaning is essential to preserving and maintaining air quality, especially if any members of your household are prone to asthma or other sensitivities. Prolonged exposure to dirt and particulates in the air can also cause health problems. For increased quality of life, an annual air duct cleaning is highly recommended.

The benefits of regular air duct cleaning are quite clear. From improved system performance to better air quality in the home, the value of this service is well worth the cost. 

Air duct cleaning is one of the small maintenance tasks that can make a huge difference in your home

Many people find that the indoor air quality is noticeably better after an air duct cleaning is performed. At Lakeview Heating and Cooling, we perform the maintenance you need to keep your heating and cooling systems running great. Do you remember when you last had your ducts cleaned? If it’s been awhile, it may be time for maintenance. Call for an assessment today.