The ductwork in your home can harbor a host of contaminants that degrade indoor air quality and wreak havoc on your family’s health. Bad indoor air can worsen respiratory conditions and cause symptoms, such as nasal congestion, headaches, eye irritation, fatigue, and nausea. That doesn’t sound like fun, does it?

But the problems don’t stop there. When dirt accumulates in ductwork and infiltrates HVAC system components, it can also erode energy efficiency, increase operating costs and cause equipment breakdowns or premature failures. Preventing dirty ductwork before these serious issues develop is the best approach if you want to keep your family and HVAC system as healthy as possible.

Effective Ways to Prevent Dirty Ductwork

Knowing what steps to take to keep your ductwork clean makes this an easier task to accomplish. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Schedule yearly professional equipment maintenance. Having your system inspected and cleaned every year stops dust, mold, and other undesirables from reaching sensitive HVAC components and building up in the ductwork. When the system is clean and properly maintained, it operates more efficiently, and you’ll also benefit from improved indoor air quality.
  • If you’re remodeling, insist that your contractors properly seal your ductwork to keep the entire HVAC system free from construction debris and damaging dust. The last thing you need is sawdust and chemical residue taking up the house in your ductwork!
  • Here’s an easy one. Thoroughly dust and vacuum your home frequently. Getting rid of dust helps keep debris, such as hair, skin cells, pollen, animal dander, dust mites, mold spores, and soot from entering the ductwork through return air registers.
  • Don’t overlook potential contamination sources near air return grilles. For example, you should pay special attention to mold that develops in a moisture-prone bathroom and gets drawn into a nearby air intake, causing system-wide contamination.
  • Have your ducts inspected and cleaned as part of an HVAC system preventative maintenance strategy. Your friendly neighborhood HVAC professional can provide the best advice on how often this is necessary based on a variety of factors.

For more expert advice about preventing dirty ductwork in your New Jersey home, please contact Pipe Works Services today.

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