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Winter is Coming - The importance of Seasonal Duct Cleaning

Winter is Coming - The importance of Seasonal Duct Cleaning

August 24th, 2017

Summer is winding down, kids are getting ready for school again, and the leaves are beginning to change. These are all signs of the inevitable return of winter in Canada, and remind many homeowners that it’s time to start planning for the long, snowy months to come. One thing that is often overlooked as part of preparations for winter is to arrange a duct cleaning service for your home, and yet it is something that can have a significant impact on your home comfort. Here, we will look at a few of the key benefits of a pre-winter duct cleaning.

Duct Cleaning Removes Dust, Dirt and Pet Dander

The main reason most homeowners get their ducts cleaned is due to a build-up of dust and dirt in the air ducts. Also, if you own pets like cats or dogs, their hair and dander can collect in the air ducts just like dust and other airborne particles. Having a thorough duct cleaning will remove dust, dirt, pet hair, pet dander, and other contaminants and prevent them from re-entering the air in your home. This keeps your air clean and can reduce the effects of allergens for your family.

In addition, summer is often a time when many homeowners invest in new renovations or upgrades to their homes. Projects that involve sanding or painting, or other jobs that produce small particles like sawdust can all accumulate in the ducts of your home, and will stay there until the ducts are professionally cleaned. If you did any home improvements this season, it’s another good reason to arrange for a duct cleaning.

Improve the Efficiency of HVAC Units

When arranging a duct cleaning, also ask for your home comfort experts to service and clean the heating and cooling coils, motors, and air handling units in your home to improve their efficiency. Making sure that these components are clean and functioning properly will help keep your HVAC system running as efficiently as possible, minimizing operating costs and saving you money in the long run. Think of it as similar to changing the oil in your car. When things are dirty, they don’t work as well or as efficiently, so keeping things clean can make a real difference.

This is also the perfect time to change out that furnace filter. Make sure you install a high-quality and high-efficiency furnace filter that traps dust and airborne particles and keeps them from circulating in the air of your home. The better the filter, the cleaner your air will be, so choose a quality filter from a reputable brand. You can always ask your home comfort expert for recommendations on which furnace filters are best, as the selection of filters available is quite large.

Identify Problem Areas & Poor Air Flow

When your home comfort experts show up to perform your duct cleaning, take this opportunity to fine-tune the airflow in your home. Ask for their assistance in identifying any airflow issues that may exist, such as low airflow to one room, or too much in another. This can be easy to spot if you have one room in your house that is always either too hot or too cold compared to the rest of the home. Sometimes it can be as simple as adjusting the dampers in the ducts to allow more or less airflow to the different areas of your home, or perhaps it’s due to a section of duct that’s been improperly sealed. Either way, now is the time to fix those problems so that your house is more comfortable than ever this winter.

Arranging your winter duct cleaning early is the best way to ensure that you’re prepared for when the temperature unexpectedly drops and you need to run your furnace earlier than you thought. Contact our home comfort professionals today to arrange your winter duct cleaning, or to have any of your questions answered. We are happy to help in any way, and look forward to speaking with you.

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