Your home should be a refuge—a haven from the pollutants and allergens of the outdoors. But what if your indoor air quality is actually the opposite? What if your air ducts are super highways for dander, dust, and other contaminants?
If this sounds unlikely, think again. Read on to learn more about the health and economic benefits of having your air ducts cleaned. Trust us… it’s important.
According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), a typical six-room home can accumulate up to 40 pounds of dust annually through everyday living. Yes, 40 pounds. These contaminants are pulled in through the system and re-circulated up to seven times a day. This re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the ducts, so that dirty air continuously flows as the heating and cooling system operates.
While you may feel fine, this contaminated air may lead to health issues down the road (especially for children), and are particularly harmful for those with respiratory conditions, autoimmune disorders, and allergies. Duct cleaning by Washington Energy removes the pollutants, and by extension, some of the underlying causes for these health conditions.
Not only are dirty air ducts potentially hazardous to your health, they can be hazardous to your wallet as well. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. That’s money being thrown away with every turn of the thermostat. Plus, the build-up of dust, dirt, dander, and allergens in your heating and cooling system causes it to work harder than it needs to, thus shortening its lifespan.
Stay on schedule.
In the Puget Sound area, many homeowners opt to have their ducts cleaned every two years, as our climate serves as a perfect host for mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria, in addition to the contaminants mentioned previously. Fall is an ideal time to have this service completed, before you kick your furnace into high gear for winter.
If you’re concerned with the air quality of your home, have a family member suffering from respiratory issues or allergies, or simply want a fresh start with clean ducts and a renewed peace of mind, contact Washington Energy. When it comes to your physical (and financial) health, we can help you breathe easy.