Duct cleaning often comes as an afterthought for many homeowners, but there’s a reason you should be more keen on getting your ducts cleaned once every 3–5 years: lowering your energy bills. Sounds like a bit of a stretch, but there are a few reasons why your duct cleanliness directly affects your expected monthly energy spending.
We’ve handled a lot of duct cleaning in Shreveport, LA in our time, and it’s given us insight into just how much you can save. While your mileage may vary, trust us when we say this does have an effect on your energy bills. It has a few other benefits as well.
Proper Airflow to Your Vents
Your AC cools air, a fan blows it into the ductwork, and it comes out of your vents. Sounds like a simple process, and that’s because it is. But it gets complicated when thick layers of dust sit around the interior of your ductwork.
That dust can get pretty fluffy over time, especially when it captures debris. As air travels through your ducts, it now hits resistance against this dust, and that’s like slowing down the speed of airflow from your air conditioner on purpose. It’s going to take more time to cool your home as a result.
Air resistance is one of the biggest energy wastes we see in homes, and it’s because too many homeowners neglect duct cleaning as a service altogether. This is the most direct way it saves you money on your energy bills, but it’s not the only one.
Adds Strain to Your HVAC System
It’s time to look at how slower airflow from your ducts affects the loop of heating or cooling your home. Now that it’s taking longer to achieve your desired temperature, your HVAC system is running for a longer duration just to meet demand. It’s not the machine’s fault—it’s dirty ductwork that’s slowing it down.
With clear vents, you run your air conditioner and heater for slightly shorter cycles. Those scraps of time saved add up quickly, and given how many kWH many HVAC systems use, you can expect to see a monthly decrease in your total energy usage.
Less Money on Filters
After your ductwork has enough buildup in it, dust and debris get kicked into the air you breathe. Naturally, as your HVAC system works, it pulls air in from your home and through the filter. You can technically let your filters go for 90 days and change them, then instead of doing it every 30 days, which would save you ⅔ of all the money you spend on filters every single year.
You might have seen that the frequency that you change your air filter depends on the use your system gets. That’s a big part of it, but if you can reduce the volume of dust and debris in the air, then reasonably you could let your filter go for a bit longer.
Let’s Clear Out Those Ducts
Now that you know what you stand to gain when you clean your ductwork, put a plan in place. Contact us today and we’ll get to your home as soon as possible to clear out those ducts. It’s time to stop wasting money and stressing out your HVAC system at the same time.
Contact us today to schedule your duct cleaning services as soon as possible.