How Clean Air Ducts Affect Your HVAC’s Performance

Since it’s hidden from view, many people tend to overlook their air ducts. The ductwork in your home distributes hot or cold air throughout your home and when properly maintained, helps your system maintain the correct temperature, promote circulation and ventilation, and improve healthy air quality throughout your house. Dirty or leaking ducts waste energy and can trigger medical conditions such as allergies and asthma.  The HVAC professionals at Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling can inspect your ductwork, make any necessary repairs, and give them a thorough cleaning.

Here are some signs that your ductwork needs attention:

  1. Higher energy bills. If your heating and cooling bills are inching (or jumping) up, leaking air ducts could be the cause. Dirt and debris can clog registers and returns that restrict airflow. Also, build-up around mechanical parts of the HVAC system can hinder its performance.
  2. Dust emits from the registers. That’s a sure sign that your air ducts need a thorough cleaning. If you notice a more frequent and heavier build-up of dust on surfaces around your home than usual, you probably need your ducts cleaned. Or, at the minimum, have the air filters replaced.
  3. Worsening upper respiratory conditions. If anybody in your household suffers from allergies, asthma or other conditions, poor indoor air quality definitely isn’t helping. Your air ducts can harbor dust mites, dirt, pollen, pet dander, and even mold. All of these can contaminate the air, which can cause coughing and breathing problems.

Check out our Duct Cleaning video to learn more about the benefits of having your ductwork cleaned.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every three-to-five years. This timeframe might be shorter for you if you live in an area where there is a lot of dust, if you have indoor pets, household members smoke, or if anybody in the family has a chronic respiratory condition such as asthma.  A study by the NADCA also revealed that air duct cleaning of heavily-soiled systems can reduce energy bills by 11%.

Atlas Butler’s team of experienced HVAC professionals can do an inspection of your ducts to see if they need to be cleaned and give you an estimate. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and provide service for your HVAC systems. We have the largest crew and fleet in the Central Ohio area and the only one to offer our Same Day Comfort Pledge. Call us at 614-681-2167 or visit scheduling page to book an appointment. While you’re at it, ask us about our Comfort Club, where you can save on routine maintenance, repairs, and annual tune-ups.