Keep Your Air Ducts Clean This Winter. Now that winter is in full swing in the Twin Cities, you’re no doubt spending a great deal of time indoors. As your furnace works 24/7 to pump warm air throughout your home, you might have noticed you’ve developed more congestion than usual. If you haven’t had your ductwork cleaned in some time (or ever), a thorough duct cleaning might be the solution for your congestion troubles.
Benefits of Cleaning Air Ducts In Winter
1.Reduces Winter Allergies
One wouldn’t think that there is such a thing as winter allergies, but there is. Most people get allergies in the spring or summer from pollen. However, winter allergies are mostly dust mites, pet hair, and mold. And since we are inside most of the winter, we are exposed to more of these allergies. Cleaning air ducts during the winter is the best way to remove these allergies from the air and breathe in clean air.
2.Reduces Virus & Bacteria
Reducing viruses and bacteria in the winter is one of the things clean air ducts can provide. The home has more viruses and bacteria in the winter because of the holidays. People stay indoors more often, preventing airflow from moving around. Things like mold, bacteria, and viruses thrive from warm and moist areas from the heater! The heat rises into the roof or walls, causing condensation, which is how winter mold forms. If people perfectly seal their homes for the winter, the air cannot move, causing mold.
3.Increased Heat Efficiency
Cleaning the air ducts in the winter can increase the heat in the home! Think of air ducts as a long tube. And now, let’s add holes to it and paper inside. The HVAC furnace has to work harder to give the house heat because things are preventing it from doing so.
Reasons to Have Your Ducts Cleaned in Winter
1.Improves Your Air Quality
Cold weather forces you to turn your heat on. With your heat on you’re unable to open your windows, as you would in the summer, to get fresh air running through your home. If your windows opened and your heat is turned on, you risk the chance of heat escaping and your utility bills climbing. With a lack of fresh air, the air within your home gets recycled through your duct system. Keep in mind that your duct system collects particles and debris over time, and if you haven’t had them cleaned since the summer, there could be lots of pollutants and other allergens being recycled throughout your home.
2.Can Save You Money
With the extreme cold that Canadian winters bring, it’s inevitable that your duct system is going to be working overtime to heat your home. Naturally, your ducts will collect debris which will block air flow. This obstruction will put more strain on your duct system resulting in inefficiency as well as increased utility bills. By getting rid of the extra debris in your ducts it will allow the system to run more efficiently, saving you money.
KEEP YOUR AIR DUCTS CLEAN THIS WINTER
Air ducts are the conduits in your home which are used for air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems (HVAC). Air ducts are one of the major components of the HVAC system and imperative to keep clean so that they work efficiently. In fact, dirty air ducts can recirculate infections and germs. Not a long time ago, the CDC reported of a Covid-19 outbreak, caused by airborne articles carried by the air conditioning. Dirty air ducts commonly cause bad indoor air quality, becoming the breeding ground for mold and mildew, viruses, and bacteria, as well as carrying airborne allergens.