There are several reasons why it is beneficial to have the air ducts of your home done professionally by an air duct cleaning service such as healthier breathing air and better energy efficiency, but in between professional cleanings, the homeowner must perform maintenance on the air duct system to keep it running efficiently. By following these maintenance tips, you can keep your air ducts working properly and address any problems you find between cleanings.
Change the Air Filters
As the air duct system works to draw in and circulate air, the air filter captures all the dirt, dust, and other debris that travels through the system. The filter eventually becomes obstructed by the debris which can slow the air flow of the system to decrease its efficiency and cause contamination of the breathing air. By changing the air filter, you can increase the energy efficiency of the air duct system by removing the obstruction and contribute to healthier breathing air in the home. It is recommended to change the air filter every 30 to 90 days while homes with pets and allergy sufferers should change it more frequently.
Clean Internal Components
In addition to changing the air filter, homeowners must also maintain their air duct systems by cleaning the internal components of the system such as the coils, blower motor, condensate pan and drain, and the interior housing. These components, especially the coil, can accumulate debris as it travels through the system which will cause it to work much harder; decreasing its overall efficiency while increasing the risk of a malfunction. The air conditioning components can also cause problems because the condensation from the coil could harbor mold growth that could spread throughout the system. Cleaning each of these components regularly will allow the air duct system to operate at its maximum efficiency and contribute to its longevity.
It is important to keep the air duct system of your home properly maintained between professional cleanings to maximize its efficiency and have cleaner breathing air. While these maintenance tips are beneficial for the air duct system, it is still recommended to have your air ducts professionally cleaned as necessary. A good professional air duct cleaning company uses advanced vacuuming equipment that safely removes contaminants from the air duct system without allowing them to contaminate the breathing air. With the proper maintenance between professional cleanings, you can maintain a healthier environment in your home.
With Spring rapidly approaching, if you need to schedule your air duct maintenance, don’t wait and contact a professional like ServiceMaster by Monroe Restoration.