The air in our home cycles through our duct system multiple times each day. Also, through duct leakage and ventilation, outside air is introduced into our home as well. While the air is in our ducts, that is our best chance to not only condition it but also help combat all the pollutants from inside and outside of the home.
The EPA estimates that Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.
If anyone in your home suffers from allergies or a respiratory illness, keeping your duct system clean can be an important step in helping improve health conditions.
In many cases, the ducts in your home can still be coated with construction debris from when it was originally built. Most ducts are left open during construction. From sheetrock dust, to construction materials and waste, there could be years worth of build up in your ducts.
Think about your air ducts like a drinking straw. If dirt and debris lines the walls of your ducts, it can increase the static pressure of your HVAC system causing your blower to work harder than it should to try and get the air through a more restricted space. Keeping those ducts clean helps air flow through smoothly and get to your home in the volume it was originally intended.
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