Have you recently purchased a home? Are you making sure that it's ready for the winter season? While you're busy checking to make sure that the furnace is in good working order and that the weatherstripping around the doors and windows is intact, here are some reasons to also hire a duct cleaning service:
Prevent mold allergies: When cool and potentially humid air returns from your air conditioning unit and enters your ducts, the moisture can encourage the growth of mold spores. Left uninhibited, mold and mildew can grow and cause or exacerbate either allergies or asthma in some people. The dryer air from your furnace could make your duct work dry out and allow the mold and mildew growths to partially detach. A good professional duct cleaning will help to prevent mold and mildew particle levels from rising inside your home.
Eliminate pet hair: You may not have a pet right now, but the house's previous owners may have had one. If you've ever had a pet or have talked to pet owners, you're aware of how pet fur and dander can end up seemingly everywhere. Although they may have used a proper air filter, stray pet hairs may still have been able to enter the duct system. Besides pet hair possibly triggering allergies if expelled into the house itself, clumps of pet hair may increase the chance of a fire if they gather in the furnace itself.
Increase efficiency: Even if you don't have any allergy or asthma problems, dust clogging your duct work can cause problems. This is especially true of your home has no air conditioner or if your air conditioner uses separate ducting than your furnace. During the warm months, household dust can filter into and settle inside of your ducts. If you've ever forgotten to dust your knickknack shelf for a few weeks and wound up with a thick layer of dust, you have an idea of just how much dust may be waiting in your ducts. When you turn on your furnace, the dust inside can get blown into your rooms in a single large cloud. The dust that doesn't get expelled can build up year after year, so that the duct's airflow can eventually be severely restricted and start to increase your heating costs. By getting a professional duct cleaning before you turn on your furnace for the year, you'll be able to get rid of the dust before it becomes a problem for you.
For more information, contact a professional like Coastal Home Services.