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Get Your Ducts Cleaned This Winter

Winter is here, and many homeowners have already prepared for the cold weather with things like heating system maintenance. While that’s a great way to make sure that your heating system is up to the strain of daily use, it’s far from the only thing that you need to do to prepare for winter. In fact, one of the best things you can do, both for your heating efficiency and your health, is something that is often completely overlooked. Read on for more information about the advantages of duct cleaning.

Why it’s Necessary

Ducts often don’t benefit from standard cleaning efforts, primarily due to their location. That makes them a prime haven for dust, pollen, dander, germs and mold spores, among other things. The ducts also serve as a transportation network for these airborne contaminants. Every time you turn on a forced air system (like your heater) you are circulating all of these contaminants all over the house. This makes it far more likely for you to have allergy attacks, get sick, and develop chronic conditions like asthma.

If it has been many years since your ducts have been cleaned, the dust and dirt buildup can also act as insulation for the ducts. This makes it harder for air to travel through the ducts, making your home heating system that much less efficient and costing you money.

How it’s Done

Duct cleaning is often done using either a blower door or a series of specialized brushes. Which tool is used will depend on the kinds of ducts you have. Your technician will be able to identify the best solution for your needs. What is important is that you schedule duct cleaning at least once a year in order to keep everything functioning properly.

If your ducts are in need of cleaning, call Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. We offer duct cleaning services throughout Lake Butler, FL. 

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