Picture this: you wake up early in the morning, and notice that something seems a bit off. As you pull away from the warm, cocoon-like embrace of your blankets, it quickly hits you: your formerly comfortable abode has become frigid! The weather outside has taken a sharp dip, and you know you won’t be productive in the slightest until you can heat up. So what do you do? Head to the thermostat and crank up the heat!
How many times have you found yourself in this situation? Most of us are hesitant to sacrifice comfort for energy savings, and in the winter, this can mean large heating bills. Is there any way to help control the costs without turning off the heat entirely? You can improve air quality and your heater’s efficiency by ensuring that your air ducts stay clean and leak-free.
St. Louis Air Duct Cleaning Tips
1. Routine vacuuming or dusting of your HVAC registers is the first step to making sure that enough warm air is properly circulating throughout your home. These registers build up dust over time, and as it accumulates, your vents will become less efficient at distributing warm air!
2. The next step is to evaluate your home or business. When was the last time you had professional air duct cleaning done? According to an article from Angie’s List, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers have conducted research showing that dirty coils and blowers in commercial buildings can cut efficiency by as much as 40 percent! A residential home that has gone several years without air duct cleaning could similarly see decreases in efficiency. For that reason, it’s recommended you get them cleaned periodically. The frequency will depend on the size of your home, the number of people living in it, pets, and the amount of dust you are accumulating. However, St. Louis air duct cleaning once every year or few years is a safe bet for a typical home or business owner.
3. Lastly, check your ducts to see if they are leaking! This can be caused by several things, such as tiny holes in the ducts, to poor connections between pipes. The best way to check your ducts is to turn your thermostat from “automatic” to “on” and then locate the ducts in your home. This will allow you to manually inspect them for any leaking air. From there, turn off the HVAC and apply mastic sealant, metal tape, or aerosol sealant to patch up any leaks you come across.
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