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Guest Blogger: Benefits of Cleaning Home Air Ducts and Vents

 Guest Blogger #954, Entry #2391, May 7, 2013

Air quality is of the utmost importance in the home. Poor indoor air quality can have a number of negative health effects, like chronic lung disease, asthma, nasal congestion, headaches and fatigue. For people who already have trouble breathing or have chronic lung disease the risk is even greater. This summer when you blast the air conditioner to stay cool it is important to take into consideration what some of these risks are. Moreover, making sure that the air circulation in your home is clean and running efficiently will have a number of other benefits too.

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Keep your indoor air quality clean and healthy

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Here are 5 benefits of cleaning the air ducts and vents in your home.

1.) Your heating and air conditioning system will last longer.

Keeping up with basic maintenance, like cleaning and making sure that the filters in your air ducts and vents are free from dirt, dust and grime is the number way to keep your system from breaking down. In fact, 9 out of 10 heating and air conditioning systems break down as a result of people not taking the proper steps to clean their air ducts and vents. Parts and labor can be expensive and over time can really start to add up. In addition, having to replace the entire system can really set you back financially.

2.) Cleaning the air ducts and vents will also increase energy efficiency.

They say that even minimal removal or vacuuming of dust can increase energy efficiency by up to 20%. This can, effectively, save you a tremendous amount of money on your next utility bill, but can also hugely reduce your home’s impact on the environment.

3.) It’s good for your health.

Making sure that your air ducts and vents are free from common indoor air pollutants, like pollen, pet dander, mildew, mold and more, will improve your home’s air quality. Basically, if you don’t clean out your ducts and vents, all of these pollutants can be sent into the air of your home. Not only does poor indoor air quality have disastrous effects on your health, but your home too. Excess moisture from an inefficient AC system can cause structural rot in the walls, window frames and even roofs.

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Have you cleaned your home vents lately?

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4.) Cleaning can lead to a better smelling home

Routine cleaning and removal of pollutants in your air ducts and vents will also make your home smell better. No air freshener, incense, floral candle or cookie baking is going to remove the smell of mildew or mold that emanates from an unclean air duct system. If you want to go ductless you could go with a mini-split system to avoid the unnecessary expense and effort of having to clean your ducts and vents (visit to learn more).

5.) Maintain your property value.

Lastly, cleaning out your home’s air ducts and vents will maintain the property value of your home. Letting your air ducts and vents get too dirty will cause serious problems for your home, like yellowing of walls and peeling of paint. Cleaning out your heating and air conditioning system should be an essential part of your home’s basic annual maintenance and should never be ignored, because a clean home is a happy home.

For more cleaning & maintenance tips on Stagetecture, click here.

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