Dirty Ductwork can affect your AC in many ways. An HVAC system depends on a system of ducts to distribute hot or cold air throughout your home. Over time, pollutants like dust, pet dander and debris can build up inside those ducts. In addition, the Florida humidity can cause mold and mildew to grow. Over time, these things can create severe problems with the quality of your indoor air.
Dirty Ductwork Causes Restricted Air Flow
First, air flow through the ducts can be restricted if the build-up gets high enough. Reduced air flow means that the air isn’t circulated through your home as quickly as it could be, slowing the heating process and forcing your system to work harder to get to the temperatures you need it to be. That means higher monthly heating bills as well as increased wear and tear on the components.
Clogged Air Filters
Dirty air ducts can also lead to clogged air filters, which can cause your air conditioning system to cool less effectively. Really dirty filters can restrict air flow so much your AC will shut down! If you have to change your AC’s filters often because they keep getting clogged, it’s a good sign you need your ducts cleaned.
The average six-room house will circulate 40 lbs. of dust through its HVAC system every year. That is an enormous amount of airborne contamination. Dust is one of the principle respiratory irritants, and high concentrations of it in the air in a house can contribute to a number of health problems.
Allergies or Asthma
The biggest concern is for people who have allergies or asthma, which triggers potentially dangerous asthma or allergy attacks. But, even people without health issues see symptoms similar to allergies and asthma because of pollutants in the air. Along with dust, dirty air ducts will collect pollen, chemical residue, and dust mites, which can be hazardous for anyone. Studies of low indoor air quality link it to conditions such as insomnia, skin and eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, and cold and flu-like symptoms.
Professional duct cleaning will remove the contamination that causes low indoor air quality. No matter how clean your home is, you may have plenty of harmful pollutants hiding inside the ducts, and it takes professionals to eliminate the problem. If you have any questions about duct cleaning, please give us a call at 813-428-6086.