Have you been told that your HVAC ductwork is very dirty? Do you have someone in your home with serious allergies to dust, pet dander, mildew, mold or fungi who never seems to feel good, even after your ducts are cleaned?
While cleaning ductwork is a great way to remediate some of these issues, in certain cases, especially older homes, replacing ductwork is a more effective way to keep you and your family healthy.
The 411 on HVAC Ductwork
Here’s the situation. Inside your walls and ceilings is an intricate pathway of HVAC ductwork, which delivers your desired temperature to the rooms of your home when you set your thermostat.
Every month, you’re supposed to replace your air filter, which is a protection process in place to try to keep your ducts cleaner. But air filters don’t catch everything, which means that micro particles of things like dust and pet dander can be transferred from room to room via your air ducts, just because you have your heating or AC turned on.
Additionally, ducts are the perfect breeding grounds for mildew, mold and fungi, all of which can cause seriously health problems.
Ducts are dirty. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that, thanks to ducts, the indoor air quality of the average home is 3 times worse than that of the air quality outside! Additionally, the average, well maintained home collects up to 40lbs of dust every year – and that’s with proper cleaning!
If you have someone in your family who just doesn’t seem to be getting over their known allergies, despite medications and ductwork cleaning, you might want to consider replacing your ductwork altogether.
Reasons to Replace Ductwork
In addition to wanting to keep your allergy-prone family member healthy, there are several HVAC related reasons to replace your ductwork.
- Cleaning Ductwork Alone Doesn’t Always Get Them Super Clean
Despite their best efforts, it is not always possible for duct cleaners to always scrub the nooks and crannies where dust, pet dander and other airborne contaminants like to hide.
- Cleaning Ducts Doesn’t Locate or Fix Leaks
Just like everything else in your home, ducts can fail and get damaged. Leaks can occur in your ductwork, allowing for the infiltration of even more contaminants. While a ductwork cleaning can temporarily spruce up the inside of your ducts, it can’t diagnose problems such as leaks and holes.
- Cleaning Equipment Can Inadvertently Damage Ducts
Don’t trust just anyone to clean your ductwork. You want to make sure you are working with a reliable professional, as ductwork is often soft and flexible, with lots of curves and turns. In fact, working with an inexperienced ductwork cleaner may end up causing more harm than good, as ductwork cleaning equipment can damage your ducts forever.
- Damaged Ducts Are No Good
If your ducts are damaged, either from an improper cleaning job or just the test of time, they definitely need to be replaced. Damaged ductwork can pull in all types of contaminants that you and your family don’t want to be breathing in, such as nasty air from that dirty ole attic and even fiberglass!
- Replacing Ductwork Guarantees it’s Clean
If you or a family member has serious allergies, and you want to ensure they are breathing in the cleanest air possible, then replacing your ductwork is the best way to guarantee they are.
- Replacing Ductwork May Be Just as Cost Effective
Depending on the state of your ducts and your home’s unique circumstances, it may be just as cost effective for you to replace your ductwork than it is to clean them. New ducts for the same price as cleaning old ones? Who can pass that up?
Contact Us For an Estimate
If you think replacing ductwork is the route you need to take to protect an allergy-prone familymember, then we’re here to help. Contact us online or call us today for a free quote at (985) 892-7071.