Prolong the Life of Your HVAC Unit with Duct Cleaning Services
The air inside your home might be more polluted than the air outside, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. When air circulates throughout your home, it travels through a series of ducts. This air contains dust, allergens and other microscopic particulates that accumulate in your home’s ductwork. HVAC filters do a good job at trapping the debris if you change them as often as the manufacturer recommends. However, air leaks, maintenance neglect or dusty projects (i.e., home remodeling) can cause dust, mold, pollen, dander, allergens and other pollutants to build up in ductwork over time. With the help of professional duct cleaning, Portland residents can breathe easier and save on energy costs.
- Improve the efficiency of your HVAC system: When dust and debris build up in a home’s ductwork, air doesn’t flow as freely throughout the heating and cooling system. When this occurs, the system has to work harder to maintain a consistent airflow throughout the home. Dust that accumulates on components such as the blower’s motor fan blades, coils and ducts, can block airflow by up to 40 percent. When an HVAC unit works harder, it uses more energy. As little as 0.042 inches of dust can reduce a furnace’s efficiency by up to 21 percent.
- Extend the life of your heating and cooling system: When an HVAC system works in optimal conditions, it doesn’t exert any extra effort to perform. Conversely, when machinery has to work harder to perform a task, the parts wear prematurely, resulting in frequent repairs.
- Leak detection: When ducts have air leaks, the warm or cool air that’s supposed to go into your home may escape into places that don’t need it, like between the walls. Therefore, to maintain the comfort levels in your home, your HVAC unit has to work harder to compensate for the lost air. While performing duct cleaning, Portland contractors may also inspect the ductwork for energy wasting air leaks or splits.
- Improve the quality of indoor air: Ducts are a treasure trove of allergens. Even if you don’t suffer from allergies, the dust that accumulates may become the perfect environment for bacteria and dust mites. Other items that may lurk in ductwork include dead insects, rodent droppings, cobwebs, dead skin cells, particulates from building materials and mold spores.
How the Pros Clean Ducts
When you hire a duct-cleaning service, make sure the company holds a certification from the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Reputable contractors use large trucks with a mounted vacuum system that blasts compressed air at 180 pounds per square inch and sucks at a rate of 15,000 cubic feet per minute.
To complete the job, technicians prepare your home, connect a vacuum hose to your home’s air handler and the air compressor hose the ductwork. The air blasts the debris off the insides of the ducts and the vacuum sucks it into the truck. The process generally takes less than day to complete.
Duct Cleaning, Portland Residents May Need it When…
- Purchasing a new home
- Musty or unpleasant odors come out of the registers
- There are dead insects, rodent droppings or mold in the ductwork
- Debris, dust bunnies or other particles blow out the registers
- Recently completed a remodeling project or some type of construction in the home
- It’s been more than five years since the last ductwork cleaning
- The HVAC unit receives regular maintenance and is in good shape, but the home seems overly dusty
- The HVAC needs frequent repairs because of dust buildup within the system
Duct cleaning is a vital maintenance service that your home and HVAC system occasionally need. While there are no studies that link a lack of duct cleaning with health problems, there is significant proof that the task can increase the efficiency and longevity of a heating and cooling system. The cost of the professional service more than makes up for itself in the energy saving that you experience and the reduced frequency of repairs.
Choosing the right furnace for your home or office can be a challenging task . It’s important to understand the basics like different furnace fuel types, different levels of efficiency, and different unit sizes. From there, factors like comfort, aesthetics, and environmental impact are all important to keep in mind when making a decision. Once you know the essentials to make an informed choice, a professional can guide you through the entire installation process. Read our infographic to help you choose the right furnace for your next home or office installation.
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Regular furnace maintenance is key to keeping it in tip top shape and keeping you warm! Learn the signs that your furnace may need a check up, whether your should repair or replace and how to tell if your furnace is energy efficient. All of this and more is explained in our latest infographic.
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Portland Residents Should Assess Their Furnace’s Efficiency
Well we’ve quickly transitioned into heating season from one week to the next here in Portland, Oregon. I’m still seeing a lot of old and inefficient furnaces out there and most people don’t realize what that is costing them. If your furnace was originally 80% efficient and it’s now 20 or 30 years old, it’s going to cost you more for heating your home each year you keep it. Let’s say your furnace is 25 years old and was 80% efficient when you purchased it, most likely it is now, “at best” running at 65% efficiency.
What does this all mean as far as what you pay to heat your house? Quite simply, for every $100 you spend to heat your home, $65 is going towards heating your home and $35 is going up and out the exhaust vent pipe. Most people I talk to say their heating bills are over $200 per month. That means that approximately $70+ per month is money you’ve wasted! I can think of a lot of other things to do with $70, like buying a more efficient furnace.
New furnaces are now up to 98% efficient! There are also additional features in the last 6-10 years that can boost their efficiency. I will talk about those additional features in my next blog post on furnaces.