Did you know it’s recommended that you have your ducts and furnace professionally cleaned every 2-3 years?
While we rely on our furnaces quietly and dutifully to keep our homes warm in the winter, they are generally out of sight and can easily slip out of mind. As a result regular necessary maintenance, like Furnace and duct cleaning, can be easy to forget or neglect.
There are several benefits to homeowners who regularly have their furnace and ductwork cleaned. Let’s look at the top 5 reasons to have your furnace and ducts cleaned regularly:
1. It extends the life of your furnace
In Calgary, a new furnace can cost anywhere between $3,500 to $7,500. That’s a lot of money! Over time, dust and debris accumulate in the furnace. This debris inevitably works its way into the blower motor and blocks the cooling passages within the blower motor. This can lead to overheating and reduced airflow which will shorten the life of your blower motor (future link to ‘How Much does it cost to fix XX?’. Furnace filters will also become blocked far more quickly when your furnace and ductwork are dirty. This too results in reduced airflow.
Reduced furnace airflow is bad because it ultimately will lead to furnace short cycling. Short cycling is when the furnace runs for short periods of time, overheats, shut itself off and then runs again. Short cycling adds unnecessary heat cycles to your furnace heat exchanger, shortening its life and ultimately results in your home not holding a consistently comfortable temperature. Furnace and duct cleaning ranges from $139 for a small house and a basic duct cleaning package, while with typical single furnace homes in Calgary typically cost between $225 – $400 for a standard Duct Cleaning package. This is an investment into your furnace every 2-4 years can save you the thousands of dollars to prematurely repair or replace a neglected, unmaintained furnace.
2. It improves air quality
Your furnace circulates warm air through your home’s supply and returns ductwork. Over time, household dust, dirt, and debris will collect in the ductwork. If the ducts aren’t regularly cleaned, this dust will be circulated through your furnace and back out through your supply vents into the living areas of your home whenever the furnace motor is on. This can reduce air quality, and make the air stuffy, it also results in dust accumulating more quickly on countertops, window sills, and floors. When your ducts are cleaned, all of this dirt and buildup is removed from the ductwork, and efficiently sucked from your home into the vacuum truck outside. If you own pets, a cleaning removes hair and dander that has built up in your furnace and ductwork.
3. It can reduce your energy consumption
Debris in the furnace and ductwork can cause the furnace blower motor to work harder than it should. This will have a direct impact on its performance and energy efficiency. Because your furnace blower motor has to work harder and run more frequently, the furnace will consume more electricity and more natural gas to adequately heat your home. Cleaning your furnace and ductwork will enable your furnace to operate at it’s as designed, peak efficiency and minimize your energy consumption.
4. It can remove allergens from your home
Anyone who suffers from allergies knows that poor indoor air quality can trigger symptoms, turning your home from a refuge to a prison. A wide variety of common allergens can enter your home and accumulate in the ductwork – cause sneezing, itching and irritation. This includes dust (and dust mites), pollen, mold, pet dander lint, and more. If you have allergies, it is worthwhile to choose to go with a duct cleaning package that includes the use of brushes to physically loosen debris from the wall of your ductwork for a more complete clean.
If you suspect mold, bacteria or viruses may be present in your furnace and ductwork, a ‘Sanitizing package’ can be added onto any furnace and duct cleaning package. The technicians will circulate an atomized sanitizing solution through the ductwork. The 2 most popular options are Benefect which is a hospital-grade sanitizer and Benefect with is an all-natural sanitizer using the active ingredients from thyme, both are capable of killing 99.9% of germs, bacterias, viruses, funguses and molds. Whether you have allergies or not, these pathogens can have a negative effect on your health and a Sanitizing treatment of your furnace and ductwork can help improve air quality.
5. It will capture sawdust and debris following a renovation
Even a small renovation can generate a lot of construction-related contaminants. This can include everything from sawdust to drywall dust. Prior to turning on your furnace after a reno, it’s always recommended that you book a duct cleaning appointment to prevent all of these materials from being spread throughout your newly finished home