Monday, 18 November 2013

Clean Ducts Improve System Efficiency

Dust and other particles that build up inside air ducts can affect the performance of the heating system. Newly constructed homes, recent renovations or remodelling projects, and poorly installed ducts are among the major causes of dust and debris buildup inside air ducts. This is because there are more particles floating around that gets sucked through the return duct and stays within the system.

Another good reason to clean the ducts is when leaks or flood and water has penetrated the duct system. Moisture promote moulds, and mould growth inside homes pose health risks, especially to those who are allergic to the fungi.

While there have been no conclusive evidence to support that health problems can be eliminated by having clean ducts, it is still recommended to have duct cleaning from time to time. Having the system cleaned of dust and other particles can improve the system's performance, allowing homeowners to save on energy costs.

Excessive buildup of dust and debris can clog the duct system and blocking air flow into an area in the house. If the air ducts are also blowing out particles, then it's a sign that the system has to be cleaned. Reputable companies should also be hired to clean the ducts to ensure a thorough job.

Important Reminders Before Cleaning Your Furnace

Furnace cleaning can be very difficult if you don't know how to take the machine apart and put it back together. It's not enough that you simply dust off all the dirt and grime from the furnace to really clean it. You have to make sure that every crevice and corner receives the same treatment. Typically, the parts of the furnace that need cleaning are filter, blower, and fan assembly.
The filter is arguably the most important since this is the one that leaves a huge impact on your health. All that warm air that you've been basking in may have harmful microbes all this time! Fortunately, it's not that hard to find since it is usually located near the vent of the furnace. Experts recommend cleaning this part of the furnace at least once a month and completely replacing it once a year. You'll need to hold the filter against the light to see if it's free of any particulates because even the smallest grain of dirt can give you a lot of trouble.
You can access the blower assembly by simply removing the panel that houses its main machinery. On the other hand, you may need to remove the fan from the fan assembly itself when you clean it. As these areas are also lined with circuits and wires, don't forget to unplug your furnace before you clean them!