Keeping your air ducts clean can save money by boosting energy efficiency.
An often neglected method of improving the energy efficiency of your HVAC system is to clean the air ducts. Here are a few of the reasons why doing so can help save money with lower energy bills.
Dirty air ducts serve as roadblocks to air flowing through the HVAC system. Even a small buildup of dust and dirt along the inside of the ductwork and air pipes can reduce the flow of air. When the air ducts become especially dirty, air flow can drop so much that you can actually feel less air coming out of your vents. Getting rid of this dirt will allow air to move faster and more freely.
Another reason to clean your air ducts is to keep your indoor air as clean as possible. When the air moves past the dirty ductworks, bits of dust and dirt break loose and travel through the ductwork and out of the air vents. Much of this airborne contamination will find its way into your air filter. Initially, this doesn't pose a problem, as the air filter is doing its job. But this can lead to reduced efficiency because as the air filter catches contaminants, it becomes harder for air to freely flow through it. This is why replacing or cleaning your HVAC’s air filter is so important.
Assuming you are okay with dirtier indoor air and reduced air flow, you're probably not going to be okay with your heater or air conditioner not working as well as it should. Dirty air ducts reduce the performance of your HVAC system. This usually results in you compensating by running the HVAC unit harder or longer. This then increases your energy usage, which is the direct result of lower efficiency. And don't forget that running your HVAC harder and longer than necessary reduces its overall service life.
Cleaning air ducts can do a lot to improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. To discover more about what a duct cleaning will entail, contact our team at Climate Control today.Back to Posts