Most homeowners today will have the air ducts of their HVAC system cleaned to improve indoor air quality. However, what most individuals don’t realize is that air duct cleaning can also play a significant role in overall energy efficiency of your HVAC system.
It makes sense that if you have a variety of debris in your ducts – from dust, lint and pet hair to bigger items from your last home renovation – that the system has to work harder to circulate air throughout the ducts to each room of your home. Air duct cleaning performed according to NADCA standards and protocol will thoroughly remove this debris saving your system extra effort and energy on a daily basis.
Another air duct cleaning issue that can negatively impact energy efficiency is air filter quality. Some air filters tend to clog more quickly. If you haven’t changed yours in a while or can’t remember the last time it was changed, it’s probably a good idea to change it. Dapper Ducts recommends changing your air filter monthly. A clogged air filter causes your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy when cooling or heating your home.
If you are researching air duct cleaning options for your home, be sure that the professional you hire is insured, licensed and accredited by the National Air Duct Cleaner’s Association (NADCA) as they are knowledgeable, and experienced on all aspects of air duct cleaning. Dapper Ducts would love to earn your business!
There are a number of reasons why house fires get started including dangerous smoking habits, faulty electrical equipment and wiring, grease that ignites when cooking, and so on. Of all the house fires that occur every year, roughly 17,000 of them are attributed to improper dryer vent cleaning and not cleaning out your dryer’s lint trap. Dryer fires are oftentimes attributed to the type of ductwork material that is used in the exhaust and venting system as well.
Aside from regular lint trap and dryer vent cleaning, the use of proper building materials can greatly reduce the risk of a house fire starting from your dryer. Dapper Ducts can assess whether the venting hose used in your home is up to code. Depending on the material used and configuration of your dryer duct, which is different in every home, you can make the accumulation of debris and lint far less likely to happen.
Regardless of the type of venting material used, regular dryer vent cleaning is always recommended whether you live in northern Virginia, Washington, DC or Maryland. Depending on how frequently you use your dryer, the vent should be cleaned at least once every 12-18 months.
If you are not sure about the last time your dryer vent cleaning was completed, you should contact a National Air Duct Cleaner’s Association (NADCA) approved, like Dapper Ducts, to have the cleaning performed.
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