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How Duct Cleaning Can Save You Money on Your Utility Bills

duct cleaning can save you money

You probably know that duct cleaning can improve your health. But did you know that it can also save you money on your monthly energy bills?

In this post, learn about the double benefit you get when you have your ducts cleaned and maintained regularly.

What Can You Expect from a Duct Cleaning Service?

Duct cleaning can remove the estimated 40+ pounds of dust that accumulates in your home each year. That is a lot of dust!

Much of the dust includes allergens such as dust mites, pollen, pet dander, hair, dead skin flakes, mildew and mold in powder form, toxins, chemicals, and other airborne items. So when you have your ducts cleaned out, all of these undesirable elements are gone too.

During a duct cleaning, the technician will clean all parts of your ductwork system, including the air registers, heat exchangers, grilles and diffusers, heating and cooling coils, drip pans, drains, fans (plus housing, motor) and, of course, the air ducts themselves. It is a comprehensive cleaning service that eradicates dust accumulation throughout your system.

As well, the air duct cleaning service will identify areas where ducts may be improperly sealed or unsealed, which lets in more environmental toxins, dust, and outdoor pollen and allergens to create a burden on your HVAC system.

In fact, Energy Star estimates indicate that you can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system by 20 percent or more simply by cleaning, sealing, and (if needed) insulating your ducts. This assumes proper installation in the first place—something else a routine duct cleaning service call can evaluate and address for you. This is important because you can lose up to 30 percent efficiency just through improper installation.

Most families report spending an average of just over $2,000 for HVAC-related energy. So if your ducts become 20 percent more efficient, this can translate into a $200 savings!

Perks of Air Duct Cleaning

In addition to lower energy costs each month, you can look forward to cleaner, healthier indoor air for you and your family once you begin having your air ducts cleaned and serviced regularly. Insulating and sealing your ducts should need to be done only once, and you can have your technician make any spot repairs during your regular cleanings.

Cleaner Indoor Air Equals Fewer Trips to the Doctor

Getting the jump on dust mites, pollen, allergens, toxins, mildew, mold, dirt, and other debris that may have worked its way into your system can be especially beneficial for family members who suffer from allergies seasonally or year-round. The cleaner your indoor air becomes, the lower your costs for allergy medicine and the fewer doctor visits and respiratory emergencies.

Cleaner Indoor Air Equals a Quieter and More Efficient HVAC System

When your HVAC system functions more efficiently, your utility costs will go down because your unit will draw less power to do the same job. But you will also enjoy a faster, more responsive and quiet HVAC system that keeps your indoor temperature smooth and steady.

Cleaner Indoor Air Equals a Safer Home

Many families fail to factor in the inherent dangers of dust and debris buildup in the interior ductwork of the HVAC system. This dust and debris can quickly turn into a fire hazard if a problem develops with the thermocoupler, heat exchanger, pilot light system, gas lines, or electrical wiring.

When you have your air ducts cleaned and maintained regularly, your technician can check for any impending safety issues that may affect the safety of your home and increase your risk for fire.

The Best Time for a Duct Cleaning

While it is always good to schedule an air duct cleaning and maintenance check at least once annually, there are certain specific situations that may require an immediate air duct cleaning.

These situations include the following:

  • If you have recently moved

  • If you have recently replaced any component of your HVAC system

  • If you have had your carpets and upholstery professionally steam cleaned

  • If the Rotobrush diagnostic test indicates that you have a dust and debris buildup in your duct system

About the Rotobrush Diagnostic Test

The Rotobrush Diagnostic Test can show you exactly how clean or dirty your home's ductwork system really is. There is a small camera attached to the end of a long, narrow pipe. By threading it through your duct system, your service technician can show you in real time what the interior passages of your ducts look like.

If there is very little dust and debris, you will see that the ducts look relatively clear. More common is the camera fighting its way past dust and debris that has built up on the inside walls of the ducts to the point where the air passageways have narrowed commensurately.

This handy on-site test can give you an accurate estimate of whether your ducts need to be cleaned and checked now or if you can wait. If your ducts are very clogged, you may want to schedule the cleaning for that same day.

By keeping your HVAC system's ducts cleaned, insulated, and sealed, you will reduce the risks to your home and family from fire and toxins, improve your system's overall efficiency in maintaining your indoor air temperature, and lower your monthly energy expenses in a noticeable way.

If you are not sure how safe and clean your home's interior duct system really is, contact us today for a free consultation. You can call us at 905-549-4616 or visit us online and fill out a consultation request form at

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