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The Importance of Cleaning Your Air Duct

Posted by Empire Blog at 10:14 am on August 31, 2014

The duct work in your home serves a very simple yet important purpose: to transfer and evenly distribute heat and air conditioning throughout the house. That network of metal tunnels is the one thing keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, though most homeowners never give it a second thought.

Duct Cleaning Is A Necessity

Routine Atlanta HVAC maintenance is crucial for maintaining system efficiency and for preventing unexpected repairs. Remember, the cost of preventative upkeep is always less in the long run. This does not mean you have to hire an Atlanta HVAC contractor on a monthly basis, but from time to time, the buildup of dust, dirt and other debris in your ducts will need to be removed.

Not only does this buildup affect airflow and create blockages that cause the compressor to work in overdrive; it also has a major, negative impact on the air quality in your house. Over time, breathing in these contaminants can lead to respiratory problems, especially for people who already suffer from conditions like asthma. Needless to say, clean air ducts are paramount for your health and that of your AC system.

In addition to ousting airborne contaminants and getting your duct work back to tip-top shape, professional duct cleaning services also inspect and fix any potential air leaks that may be occurring. Compromised duct work is no small matter as even the simplest defect can account for up to a 30 percent increase in your home’s heating and cooling bills. Air quality also suffers significantly any time a leak is present, so it is definitely in your best interest to hire a specialty Atlanta air conditioning repair company.

The good news is that this service need only be performed every five years, and your return on investment is worth the upfront cost. The longer you wait to have the ducts cleaned, the shorter the lifespan of your AC system. If you are unsure of when your home last had this service conducted, we highly recommend getting in touch with our heating and air services contractors at Empire Heating and Air.