Out of all the myths about geothermal systems, the most deceiving is that they don’t require ductwork, and thus don’t require ductwork cleaning. This couldn’t further from the truth. No matter if you have a geothermal system, a solar HVAC system or a central air conditioning unit, you will need to clean the air ducts before the start of the winter. While some people disagree about the importance of ductwork cleaning, it is still an imperative maintenance measure that can protect the efficiency of your HVAC system and your health. Before the winter starts, you want to make sure that your ductwork is clear of any mold, mildew, dust, dander and all the other pollutants that can build up. Here are some reasons to clean your air ducts in your home before winter.
First and foremost, you want to clean your air ducts for the sake of your health and well-being. All those pollutants in your ductwork can end up getting spread around your home the next time you turn on your heating system. If you were blasting your AC over the summer, there is a good chance that the moisture created an eco-system of mold and mildew so before you turn your unit on again, you’ll want to give your ductwork a simple cleaning.
Specifically- mold, dander and dust can cause allergy symptoms and asthma to flare up if they’re not dealt with regularly. The side effects from these pollutants can range from being mildly irritating to even deadly. If you are allergic to mold spores, you could have a major reaction that could potentially send you to the hospital. If you have asthma, the dust and dander can bring on an attack if you’re not careful and if you have kids with asthma, this can be especially harrowing. You definitely want to make sure that your ductwork doesn’t have any of these harmful properties or pollutants building up inside of them.
Another reason why you may want to clean your ductwork is if you begin to notice that your HVAC system is starting to work inefficiently. Sometimes dust and dander can build up to the point where it causes your entire system to slow down. If you are experiencing uneven temperatures or poor temperature control, it is probably time to clean out your ductwork. You also may just want to clean out the ductwork for the sake of making sure your system doesn’t become inefficient in the future. During the winter, your heater can very easily slow down as it’s only pulling in air from inside the home, which is very polluted, and that can cause your energy bills to rise. It’s worth considering cleaning out the ductwork in the early fall to circumnavigate this from happening.
As you can tell, ductwork cleaning is important for a number of reasons. It will make sure your home stays clean and it will prevent a number of health issues that have to do with mold poisoning, asthma attacks and allergy flare ups as well. Before winter arrives- the time when you will really be relying on the power of your HVAC system and your ductwork to be working the hardest- you should consider making ductwork cleaning a crucial part of your annual maintenance duties to avoid some major homeowner headaches in the future.