Several studies have shown that Americans spend most of their time indoors. It has also been established that outdoor air is usually several times cleaner than indoor air. Exposure to contaminated indoor air can lead to conditions such as sore throat, asthma, skin irritations, allergies and memory loss.
This is according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is just one of the reasons you need to clean your heating and cooling equipment as often as possible.
Here are other reasons that might compel you to take action:
Energy Inefficiency in the System
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that consumers waste up to 40% of the heating and cooling energy. The presence of contaminants in the system is a big cause of this inefficiency. Even if your filter seems fine, dirt will still find its way into the ducts over time.
Dampers, fans, cooling coils and other components will only operate at their peak if they are clean. To take control of dirt, make sure you clean HVAC components regularly or according to manufacturer specifications.
Dirt Shortens Life
Air duct cleaning is one of the easiest ways to extend the life of your HVAC system. When there is dirt in the duct, all the other components have to work harder for the same results.
The result is a shorter life span for your system accompanied by high maintenance costs. It makes sense to spend more on comprehensive cleaning today than to have to replace the system in a few years.
Identify Physical Problems
Dirt in your system may first appear as tiny specks on your papers and desk. If you fail to react in time, bigger particles such as fiberglass fuzz will appear. Even after such obvious signs of a problem in the HVAC system, some people still delay the inspection. Simple HVAC maintenance may not solve the problem either.
The cleanliness of your HVAC system is critical for the health of your family. Over and above that, energy costs and physical damages should also prompt you to have the system cleaned regularly.