At hot times like these, we rely on our air-conditioning even more than we know. It might seem like living in a nice and cool, AC-rich environment is a perfectly natural way to live because we’re just so used to it. The fact of the matter is, there’s a lot of support that goes into your home’s HVAC unit to keep it working properly. Nowhere is this more evident than in your air circulation. To keep your air flowing properly, you need to have your vents and ducts cleaned on a regular basis. This goes for both your air ducts and your dryer vents. While they both need to be maintained to work properly, they are two entirely different elements in your home. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
While not connected to your HVAC system, your dryer vents also need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Dryer vents are entirely self-contained, and their sole purpose is to move air from your clothes dryer to the outside. If they’re not cleaned on a regular basis, lint can block off the vents, keeping the hot, dirty air inside your house. In a worst-case scenario, if there’s not enough circulation, blocked vents can actually be a fire hazard. When having them cleaned, it is vitally important to make sure that the entire system, including the lint trap and the outside vent, are included.
Air ducts are like the respiratory system for your home’s HVAC unit. In order for the air in your house to be cooled or heated, it needs to start from the HVAC and then spread out into your home via your home’s ductwork. For this process to work efficiently, your air ducts will have to be cleaned on a regular basis. When not cleaned regularly, they can become filled with dust, pollen, mildew and other debris that can seriously degrade the air quality in your home. Furthermore, the more things that have the potential to block the airflow, the harder your HVAC has to work to heat or cool the house effectively. This puts tremendous strain on the HVAC itself, and results in higher monthly energy bills for you. Not only should you have your air ducts cleaned, but they should be sealed as well. Duct sealing repairs holes and gaps that can appear in your ductwork, and that can result in impaired performance from your HVAC. At Gainesville Mechanical, we’re experts in duct sealing in Northern, GA, so we can get you the best performance out of your air conditioning system.