Excellent air quality in your home is vital to the overall health and well-being of you and your family. Your HVAC system can be the greatest contributor to good health, from respiratory to emotional health. Over time, the ducts that distribute air conditioned or heated air can become dirty. The average home can accumulate up to forty pounds of particulate matter per year. Air duct cleaning performed by well-trained professionals can ensure a clean environment to breathe in as well as keep your system running smoothly for years to come. A clean system will also conserve energy by allowing your equipment to run unimpeded by heavy dust build-up.
Poor air quality can cause many health conditions. A dirty air conditioner can cause asthma, irritated eyes, depression, skin problems, and even migraines. The problem with the build-up that occurs over the years is that it isn’t only dirt hiding in dark corners. These places are also ideal habitats for mold, which can cause severe respiratory issues. Pet dander and hair also contributes significantly to allergy symptoms.
There are also mechanical repercussions with a dirty duct system. Dust and dirt have a way of settling on anything they pass. From the point at which the air is sucked into your air handler, where the filter is, fine particles enter. After it goes through the filter, it begins to coat the coil; the part responsible for exchanging the refrigerant. This coating will gradually reduce the coil’s ability to cool and can cause the condensing unit (the outside part of the system) unnecessary strain. Just above the coil is the blower. Despite spinning very quickly, dust can still cling to the blades. Over time, the weight of the build-up can strain the blower, causing an eventual failure.
As the dust and particles make it through the air handler, they then distribute throughout your network of air ducts. It will not only settle in the bends and curves, but it will also be blown out through the registers. This is when air quality suffers. Air duct cleaning can remove this problem. A reputable professional will begin by inspecting your system with the use of cameras and other specialized tools that can reach into places they cannot see. Most contractors also have the capability to test for mold.
When the cleaning begins, the contractor will vacuum all the dark corners that dust loves to settle into, including everything from the vents all the way back to the air handler. Though the duct work is considered separate from the air handler, the air duct cleaning can extend to cleaning a dirty coil and the blower. Boiler Repair Toronto is wise to have the entire system cleaned while they are there since your air conditioning is essentially the lungs of your home.