It’s easy to forget one or more systems in your property if everything is working properly. However, things can change for the worse if the system does not get the attention it deserves. This is true for power supply, drainage, water supply, heating and air conditioning systems. In the case of HVAC systems, lack of maintenance can reduce the efficiency and performance of the system as well as its lifespan. Lack of maintenance, particularly lack of duct cleaning, will lower the quality of air circulating inside the building.
Importance of Duct Cleaning
Air ducts should be cleaned several times in a year to get rid of dust and other airborne particles that may contaminate air. Since air ducts transport unfiltered air from the room to the cooling or heating system, there’s bound to be a lot of dust trapped inside the air ducts. If your system has a damaged air filter, which allows dust to pass through the HVAC system, other parts of the air duct system will also have dust trapped on the walls. As a result, indoor air quality will remain bad since the air filter cannot remove dust that has settled past the filtration system.
Ideally, cleaning of air ducts should be done before air filters are replaced. Once the air ducts are free of impurities, a new filter can be installed. It is important to note that poor maintenance can also allow birds and rodents to start nesting inside the air ducts. Birds may bring twigs, leaves and grasses, among other types of debris, to try to create a nest. These obstructions can reduce the rate at which air flows through the air ducts, thereby reducing the efficiency of the system and increasing energy bills. For this reason, property owners should hire experienced HVAC companies to clean their air ducts thoroughly and safely.