The Dirty Truth About Duct Cleaning

Dirty air duct fan vent.

Building owners and managers have a laundry list of to-dos to keep their facilities running smoothly. One high-priority item on that list is the upkeep of the HVAC system to ensure the safety and comfort of all occupants and visitors. From cost-effectiveness to occupant health, a clean HVAC unit and ductwork system are paramount to achieving just that.

When was the last time your HVAC system and ducts were cleaned? If it has been a while (or never), it could be time for your building to get its cleaning on. Dust, dander, water contamination, and remodeling projects are a few top offenders that contribute to a dirty HVAC system. Even though filters are used to help keep much of these pollutants at bay, your building’s HVAC unit and ductwork will still become dirty with normal use over time.

Ducts before and after cleaning.

Wondering if duct cleaning is really that necessary for your facility? Take a look at a few leading reasons to consider cleaning the ducts and HVAC system in your commercial building:

Improve indoor air quality by keeping HVAC system and ductwork clean.

When an HVAC unit and ducts are dirty, the system must work harder to maintain the temperature and comfort level you want for your facility. This results in more energy waste, and therefore higher energy bills. Having a clean HVAC system and ductwork means more efficient operation, less energy use, and lower utility costs. And who doesn’t love pulling out less of the maintenance budget each month?

Improve your HVAC system’s life with clean ducts.

Because your HVAC system must work harder when it’s contaminated or dirty, you not only lose money due to decreased efficiency, but this can compromise the overall health of the unit too. In addition to scheduled preventative maintenance appointments with your professional HVAC technician, properly maintained cleanliness in ducts and equipment can help to extend the life of your HVAC system and ensure it’s running optimally. HVAC units are vital to a building’s comfort and a significant investment, so the longer you can keep them in tip-top shape the better.

How clean ducts and HVAC units can lower energy bills.

Ensuring optimal indoor air quality (IAQ) is an important part of managing a commercial space, and clean ductwork and HVAC units are essential parts of achieving this. Most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors – much of which is during office hours – and studies show that indoor environments can actually have higher levels of pollutants than those found outside. Contaminants or pollutants in ductwork can contribute to health issues and cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders, or environmental allergies. For more information on IAQ contributing factors and steps building managers can take to improve IAQ, click here.

A clean HVAC unit and system of ductwork result in a more safe, healthy, and productive working environment. Keep your budget in check, increase the life of your HVAC system, and improve your building’s indoor air quality for the overall wellbeing of occupants with a thorough cleaning. You can visit the National Air Duct Cleaners Association website to find a professional near you, and make sure to schedule your preventative maintenance appointment as part of your HVAC health routine.