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The heating and air conditioning system in your Fort Worth, TX home is made up of multiple parts. These include:
- Heat exchanger
- Blower motor
- Evaporator coil
- Air ducts
Many of these parts are in view, and you see them on a daily basis. However, the air ducts are hidden behind the wall, under the floor, or in the ceiling, making it easy to forget about them.
The air ducts are responsible for delivering heated or cooled air from the HVAC system to every room in your home. Because the air ducts play such an essential part in keeping your home comfortable, it is imperative that you care for them properly.
The best way to ensure your air ducts are healthy and can transfer the treated air to different areas of your home is to have a duct cleaning service performed every year.
The average cost of a duct cleaning is between $269 and $489. The actual cost would depend on the size of your home and the HVAC company you hire.
If you aren’t sure if a duct cleaning service is worth the cost, you should consider the benefits of having this service performed every year.
#1 Better Air Quality
In just one year, up to five pounds of dust, dirt, pet dander, and other debris can build up in the air ducts in your Fort Worth, TX home. When debris builds up in the ducts, it will circulate through the air over and over again, which can affect your home’s air quality.
When you have a duct cleaning performed every year, the debris will be cleaned from the ducts, and the air your family breathes will be clean and safe.
#2 Keep Your Family Healthy
As mentioned above, the debris in the air ducts will circulate through the home your family breathes. Suppose you neglect to have a duct cleaning performed every year. In that case, the debris in the air can cause your family to develop allergy symptoms, such as runny or stuffy noses, itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throats, sneezing, and coughing.
After having a duct cleaning performed, the air in your home will be free of debris, and your family’s allergy symptoms should subside.
#3 Eradicate Mold
The air ducts in your home are hidden; therefore, they are dark. In addition, humidity and other factors can create moisture in the ducts. The combination of darkness and dampness can cause mold to grow in the air ducts, which is a very serious problem.
When mold builds up in the air ducts, it will create a moldy or musty smell in your home when your heater or air conditioner is running. In addition, when the HVAC system is running, mold spores will circulate through the air your family breathes. Breathing in mold spores can cause allergy symptoms, respiratory issues, and a weakened immune system. If a member of your household has a chronic lung or respiratory problem, breathing in mold spores will worsen their symptoms and condition.
During a duct cleaning service, the HVAC tech will inspect your air ducts for the presence of mold. If mold is present in the ducts, the HVAC tech will use an antimicrobial fogger to eradicate the mold and prevent future mold growth. Having a duct cleaning performed every year will ensure your family’s health all year long.
#4 Your Home Will Be More Comfortable
When too much debris builds up in the air ducts in your home, it can obstruct the heated or cool air coming from the vents. This obstruction can make it difficult for your home to reach the desired temperature.
If you have a duct cleaning service performed every year, the debris will be removed, which will provide proper airflow from the vents.
#5 Keep Your Energy Bills Down
As mentioned above, the debris in the air ducts can obstruct the airflow coming from the vents. Your HVAC system will have to work overtime to keep your home at the desired temperature when this happens. This extra work can result in higher-than-average energy bills.
If you are worried about the cost of a duct cleaning service, you shouldn’t be. The service will pay for itself in the money you can save on your monthly heating and cooling costs.
#6 Extend the Lifespan Of Your HVAC System
The average cost to replace an HVAC system is around $7,000, with a typical range between $5,000 and $10,000. Because this is such a significant investment, you should do whatever possible to extend the lifespan of your existing system.
One way to do this is to have a duct cleaning performed every year. When debris builds up in the air ducts and your HVAC system has to work overtime to keep the home at the desired temperature, it will put excess strain on the system. This added strain can reduce the lifespan of your HVAC system, requiring you to replace it sooner than necessary.
When you consider the cost of a duct cleaning service compared to the cost of replacing the system sooner than necessary, a duct cleaning service is well worth the cost.
#7 Detect Air Duct Damage
Because your air ducts are hidden behind the walls, ceilings, and under the floors, you won’t know if they are cracked or damaged in any way. Issues with the air ducts can result in poor airflow from the vents because the treated air will escape from the crack. In addition, damaged ducts can cause high heating and cooling costs and can decrease the lifespan of your HVAC system.
During an annual duct cleaning service, the HVAC tech will inspect your air ducts for damage that can cause issues. They will be able to repair the air duct quickly, preventing problems all year.
#8 There’s a Smoker In Your Home
It is best to have smokers smoke outside. However, if someone does smoke in your home, you should have a duct cleaning performed every year. The smoke will get into the air ducts, creating a nasty, stale cigarette in your home whenever your HVAC system is running. In addition, the harmful toxins will circulate through the air, putting your whole family at significant risk.
The duct cleaning service will remove the smoke and toxins from the air ducts, ensuring the air your family breathes won’t make them sick.
#9 You Have Pets In the Home
If you have a cat or dog living in your Fort Worth, TX home, you should make it a priority to schedule a duct cleaning service every year. Over time, your pet’s fur and dander can build up in the air ducts. Even if you have a breed that doesn’t shed fur, their dander will still build up in the air ducts.
When the fur and dander build up in the ducts, it will continue circulating through the air over and over again, affecting the air your family breathes. Breathing in fur and dander can cause your family to develop allergy symptoms.
Having a duct cleaning service performed every year will ensure your ducts are free of fur and dander, ensuring safe air quality in the home.
#10 You Are Cleaning More Often Than Usual
If you are dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, and washing the floors more often than necessary because your home is getting dirty often, your air ducts could be to blame.
When dust, dirt, and other debris builds up in the air ducts, it will circulate through the air, again and again, landing on the surfaces in your home.
When you have a duct cleaning service performed, the HVAC tech will remove all the debris from the ducts, which will keep your home cleaner longer. After the ducts are clean, you can return to your regular cleaning schedule, saving you a significant amount of time.
#11 You Recently Renovated Your Home
A home renovation and renovating just one room will create a lot of sawdust and drywall dust. During the construction process, this debris can end up in the air ducts. If you don’t have a duct cleaning service performed after the work is done, the sawdust and drywall dust will circulate through the home in the air your family breathes. Also, it will be impossible to keep your home clean.
Having a duct cleaning service performed will ensure the debris left behind from the construction is removed, improving the air quality and cleanliness in your Fort Worth, TX home.
#12 You Replaced Your Furnace
When you have your furnace replaced, the work will kick up a lot of soot and other debris that can easily get into your air ducts. When this happens, the debris will circulate in the air your family breathes. Breathing in soot can be dangerous, and soot in the air will leave you with a big mess to clean every day.
A duct cleaning service will ensure the soot and debris have been removed, keeping your family healthy and your home cleaner.
#13 Recent Water Damage
If your basement is damp or has flooded due to extreme weather or a broken pipe, you should schedule a duct cleaning service as soon as the basement is dry.
The water can create moisture in the air ducts, creating a hospitable environment for mold in the air ducts, which is a very serious issue.
The HVAC tech will dry the moisture in the air ducts during the duct cleaning service, preventing mold growth. If they find that mold has already begun to grow, the HVAC tech can eradicate it quickly before it can cause serious air quality issues.
#14 Eradicate Insect and Rodent Infestations
When it starts to get cold in Fort Worth, TX, insects, and rodents will start looking for warm places to ride out the winter. Your air ducts are dark and quiet, which makes them a perfect winter home for pests. If pests are living in your air ducts, their waste will circulate through the air, causing a nasty air quality issue in your home.
During an annual duct cleaning service, your HVAC tech will inspect the ducts for the presence of insects and rodents so the infestation can be eradicated. They will also remove the waste left behind.
Why Choose One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating Of Fort Worth?
There are plenty of HVAC companies around today, and trying to choose the right one can be overwhelming. Rather than selecting the first company that pops up during a Google search, call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating Of Fort Worth.
We have been serving customers in the area since 1988 and have extensive skills and experience. Many of our customers have been loyal customers for as many as 20 years, thanks to the excellent service we provide. We want you to trust the HVAC tech you allow into your home, which is why our techs must pass a background check, drug test, and register with the state of Texas.
We want our techs to be able to handle any job our customers have, so our techs must be NATE certified. We realize that HVAC technology is constantly evolving, which is why our techs are required to receive ongoing training. We want our techs to be able to install, maintain and repair the latest HVAC technology, and our tech’s continuing education will do just that.
We have been in the HVAC business long enough to know that HVAC issues don’t always occur at the most convenient times. This is why we offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your comfort is our priority, and we will do our best to get a tech to your Fort Worth, TX home quickly, whether you call when we are open or outside our regular business hours.
If you have an issue and our tech decides that you need to have your HVAC equipment replaced, our team will give you information on programs to help you save money on the equipment. We will also do our best to find something that will work with your budget.
To schedule an appointment for a duct cleaning service or any other HVAC service, give us at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth a call today.