Your HVAC system uses a system of ducts that wind through your Jacksonville home to get heated air to where it is needed. Over time, your home’s ducts can fill with dust, reducing the efficiency and effectiveness of your heating and cooling system. To help improve your home’s comfort, you can have your ducts cleaned to remove all of the built-up dust and debris. Many people opt to have their ducts cleaned during the spring or summer. However, winter is also a great time to take advantage of these cleaning services from McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning. Here are a few benefits of duct cleaning in winter to help you understand how important this service can be.
A Quick Look at Duct Cleaning
It’s easier to understand the benefits of duct cleaning in the winter when you understand the process. To properly clean your ducts, a technician will first close all of the vents in your home. This prevents dust from escaping through the vents and into your home. Next, they will inspect your ducts using a camera. After they determine where the dust and debris are located, they will use a powerful vacuum with a brush to agitate and remove the dust from the ducts. Special care is taken to ensure that none of the dust that gets removed ends up in your home. After the cleaning is complete, the technician will inspect your ducts again to ensure the final product meets your expectations.
Protect the Heat Exchanger
Clogged ducts can significantly restrict the flow of air as it exits your furnace. This can be bad news for your furnace’s heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is a metal coil that helps to transfer heat energy into cool air as it moves through the furnace. While the heat exchanger in your furnace is essential for efficient heating, it tends to be fairly susceptible to changes in temperature and air pressure. If your ducts are clogged, excess air pressure and heat energy will build up around the heat exchanger. This can cause the heat exchanger to crack, which essentially renders your furnace useless. McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning can clean your ducts to reduce the potential for heat exchanger damage and resulting repair bills.
Remove an Allergen Hotspot
Another problem with dirty ducts is that they can become a welcoming hotspot for allergens to collect and multiply. Since allergens can be especially hard to deal with in the winter, the last thing you want is to have an allergen hotel in your home’s ducts. An especially problematic allergen that can be found in dirty ducts is mold. Mold feeds on organic matter, and since dust contains organic matter, untouched dust in your ducts is especially problematic. When mold takes hold, it can then be spread throughout your home as the air from your HVAC system blows through. In clean ducts, however, allergens won’t have anywhere to collect or grow.
Avoid Hot and Cold Spots
It can be frustrating in the winter when one room in your home is warm and comfortable while another room is ice cold. One great way to prevent this problem is to make sure your ducts are clean. At McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning, we often see certain sections of ducts in a home that are completely or partially blocked, meaning that little or no conditioned air gets through them. Any of the rooms supplied by these duct sections will be cold in the winter and warm in the summer. In addition to being uncomfortable, these off-temperature rooms force your HVAC system to run longer to allow your home to achieve the desired temperature. Although you may still have cold spots in your home after you have your ducts cleaned, having clean ducts will make it easier to diagnose the cause of these cold spots.
Keep Indoor Air Fresh
During long cool stretches in Jacksonville, it can be easy to go for several days without opening a window to let in any fresh air. Although keeping your windows closed has benefits for your heating bill, it can lead to stale, musty air in your home. This problem becomes especially pronounced if you have dirty ducts. That’s because the dust in your ducts can trap odor-causing particles along with allergens and other problematic contaminants. As these particles sit in your ducts, they tend to become more pungent. Then, when air flows past these pungent particles, the odors they release will carry throughout your home and leave you with a stale-smelling living space. Clean ducts may also reduce the amount of dust circulating throughout your home, making your house easier to keep clean.
Identify Air Leaks
A secondary benefit of cleaning your ducts comes as a result of the post-cleaning inspection process. When a technician from McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning inspects your ducts, they are doing more than checking for cleanliness. Something else they check for is air leaks. Air leaks can come in the form of gaps between the different sections of ducts or cracks in the ducts caused by a variety of factors. During the winter months, air leaks can cause your furnace to run inefficiently because it’s releasing conditioned air into undesired spaces in your home, like the attic. By identifying these air leaks, the technician can make recommendations for sealing your ducts so that you don’t continue to waste money on leaking conditioned air. Without scheduling a duct cleaning, you might never know about these air leaks.
Keep Your Furnace Running
As furnaces age, they tend to become less efficient. Rather than waiting until your furnace completely breaks down, it’s best to replace it at the point when its inefficiencies outweigh the cost of installing a new furnace. Fortunately, having McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning clean your ducts can turn this equation on its head. A furnace of any age that can effectively send the correct volume of warm air throughout your home will typically be more cost-effective to keep around as long as there are no other problems with the furnace.
Schedule Future Cleanings
Another benefit of scheduling duct cleaning in the winter is that you’re more likely to get a fast response. As long as it’s not bitterly cold, HVAC companies in Jacksonville tend to be a little less busy in the winter. This means you won’t have to wait to enjoy all of the benefits of duct cleaning that you’ve read about in this article. Plus, you may be able to schedule your next duct cleaning in advance to ensure that your HVAC system continues to perform well. By getting on a winter cleaning rotation, you’ll ensure that you never go too long until your next cleaning.
Contact the Pros
At McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning, located in Jacksonville, we do a lot more than just clean dirty ducts. We also repair, maintain, and install heating and cooling systems. In addition, we provide insulation, indoor air quality, and commercial HVAC services.
For over 45 years, we’ve been surprising and delighting the people of our community with our top-notch service. That’s a big reason why we consistently receive five-star customer reviews. To learn more about the benefits of duct cleaning and schedule an appointment, contact us at McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning today.