How to Keep Your Ductwork Clean

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The air inside your Tallahassee, Florida, home goes through your ductwork up to seven times per day. Keeping your ducts in good condition increases your HVAC system's efficiency, lowers your utility bills, and prevents inconvenient breakdowns. It also increases your indoor air quality, which makes your home more comfortable and reduces allergy and asthma symptoms. You can prevent dirty ductwork by sealing your ducts, changing your air filters often, and installing a UV air purifier.

Seal Your Ducts

If your ducts are leaky, air from your home can get into them before passing through your HVAC system's air filter. This lets dust, mold, pollen, insulation particles, fumes from household chemicals, and other contaminants into your ductwork. These pollutants accumulate and eventually spread to all parts of your home. Leaks also waste energy and shorten your HVAC system's life. You can seal smaller, more accessible leaks yourself with sealant or duct tape, but a professional can repair all the leaks in your duct system.

Change Your Air Filter Regularly

To keep pollutants out of your ductwork and the other parts of your HVAC system, check your air filter once per month and replace it when it gets dirty. Change your filters at least once every three months. Many programmable thermostats can remind you to change your air filter. You can even add an air filter monitor that measures differences in air pressure and lets you know exactly when your filter is too dirty. Some monitors and thermostats can even send alerts to your smartphone.

Add a UV Air Purifier

A UV air purifier, also called a UV lamp, fits inside your ductwork to kill dust mites, mold, bacteria, and viruses and keep your indoor air quality at a high level. It only comes on when your HVAC system cycles on to conserve energy. You can also add a coil sterilization light to prevent mold growth in your HVAC unit's air handler.

Air Control Heating and Cooling can help you to keep your ductwork clean. We can improve your indoor air quality and install, maintain, and repair a variety of HVAC equipment. Call us anytime at 850-391-4300 for expert service and advice.

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