You may have heard the saying that you have to spend money to make money, and this certainly applies to maintaining your home. Your HVAC system has a lot of moving parts that need to be maintained, including the air ducts. The ducts that run through your home are responsible for delivering the hot and cold air your family relies on for comfortable indoor temperatures.
As air moves through your ducts, dust and debris accumulate on the interior surfaces of the ducts. Dirty air ducts are more than just a pesky problem; they can be a real money pit.
Having your air ducts cleaned out regularly by a professional will help you conserve valuable cash in other areas throughout the year.
1. Healthcare Costs
The cleanliness and condition of your air ducts can have a direct impact on the quality of your home’s indoor air. Since most families spend a significant amount of time inside the home, poor indoor air quality could be negatively affecting your family’s health.
Dirty air ducts allow dust particles and allergens to be picked up by the heated or cooled air moving through your home. Exposure to dust and allergens can result in respiratory problems and can aggravate existing issues.
Family members might experience coughing, inflamed airways, and stuffy noses. Residents with asthma and allergies may experience more severe symptoms than usual. Poor indoor air can also compromise the immune system and leave your family more susceptible to illnesses.
Having a professional clean out your air ducts on a regular basis could help reduce your annual healthcare costs by eliminating the contaminants that contribute to poor indoor air quality and cause health problems.
2. Utility Costs
Heating and cooling your home can be expensive. Utility costs are something that homeowners must factor into their monthly budget, and these costs can vary depending on the condition of your HVAC system.
When your air ducts become dirty, your furnace or air conditioner must work harder to push the air required to maintain comfortable temperature into your home. A lot of the heat generated by a furnace can be lost in transit, as air takes longer to travel through dirty ducts than it does to travel through clean ones.
You may find that you have to turn up the setting on your thermostat to achieve the right temperature in your home. This will require the use of more electricity and natural gas, which could send your utility bills through the roof. Keeping your air ducts clean will help you avoid rising utility costs in order to keep your living expenses as low as possible.
3. HVAC Repair Costs
Because your furnace and air conditioner must work harder to meet the heating and cooling needs of your home when air ducts are dirty, there is more opportunity for major components within your HVAC system to fail.
Dirty ducts can contribute to significantly higher HVAC maintenance and repair costs over time. The increased demand for heated or cooled air caused by dirty air ducts could lead to parts of your HVAC system wearing out prematurely. Really dirty air ducts could even result in the total failure of your HVAC system, requiring an expensive replacement of your furnace or air conditioner.
It might seem like you can’t afford to invest in regular air duct cleaning on the surface, but overlooking this important HVAC maintenance task could actually cost you a lot of money in the long run by compromising the function and efficiency of your HVAC system. Contact HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Drains for more information on the benefits of regular duct cleaning.