4 Reasons To Add Duct Cleaning To Your 2019 List Of Home Maintenance Chores
When was the last time you your air ducts were cleaned?
Was your answer “I can’t remember” or even “Never”?
Just like the rest of your house, your air ducts can get dirty over time. And if they’ve never been cleaned, you can find dirt and grime from construction still left inside. Do you really want your family to be breathing in that air supply?
There are a number of reasons you should make this the year you add duct cleaning to your home maintenance list.
1. Better HVAC Performance. The most obvious reason is to make your HVAC system more efficient. Your HVAC system’s job is to heat and cool your home. As it blows out conditioned air, the air supply flows through the duct system and into each room in your home. If the duct system isn’t clear, the air supply is inhibited from getting where it needs to go. That’s costing you money.
2. Fresher Air Supply. Have you ever gone into the middle of a forest with nothing else around and breathed deep? A clean air supply just feels better. A lot of people maintain sickness levels because they consistently take in a less-than-healthy air supply. If dust mites, pollen, and other biological growth exists within your air ducts, you’re breathing that in every time your furnace or air conditioner turns on.
3. Fewer repair problems. When ducts are weighed down with dirt, moisture, and other debris, they are more likely to fail and leak. That is a direct line into your furnace and air conditioner. If they are working harder, they will require more repair. Keeping the entire system – heating, ventilation, and air conditioning – in top condition means a more comfortable investment for you.
4. Peace of mind. If you’ve just moved into your home, do you have any idea what condition your ducts are in? Even with a home inspection, inspectors rarely look deep into the ventilation system. They test the heating and cooling system and move on. What’s lurking in your ductwork? An inspection and cleaning can give you peace of mind knowing everything in your home is working inside and out.
When was the last time you had your ducts cleaned?
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What’s a Vapor Barrier and Why You Need It With Blown-In Insulation
Your house was built to provide shelter, warmth, and comfort. On the stormiest of days, it provides shelter from the elements. On the hottest days, it protects you from the heat.
It takes more than a few pieces of wood to do that. Insulation helps thermal performance, and provides you with comfort no matter what’s happening beyond your walls.
But no matter how well your home was built, it might have leaks. Air infiltration has a major impact on how well your home’s heating and cooling system operates.
Insulation stops air movement. It traps air between its fibers or pores, and prevents it from moving where it shouldn’t be. The higher the density of the insulation, the better it is at preventing air movement. This is called R-value; the higher the R-value, the better it is at lowering your energy bill each month.
Every insulation product has a listed R-value. To achieve this, it must be installed correctly. If not, it can actually make matters worse.
When insulation is tucked into your attic, basement, or crawlspace, it often faces harsh conditions. If a leak exists in your attic, for example, a slow trickle of water can settle in. The problems can mount and move to other parts of your home. That’s why for some insulations, a vapor barrier is required.
A vapor barrier’s job is to damp-proof the area. It’s a plastic or foil sheet that resists moisture from penetrating and spreading to walls, floors, ceiling, or roof.
For blown-in fiberglass, a vapor barrier is needed. These fluffy bits of spun glass make a good insulator because they are noncombustible and won’t decay. It’s blown in dry and must remain dry, which is why the vapor barrier is needed.
For blown-in cellulose insulation, a vapor barrier isn’t needed. Cellulose is made from pulverized newspapers. It’s treated with boron to resist both fire and pests. It can be put into place either dry or wet.
Cellulose manages moisture. By blocking it, you’re preventing the natural process cellulose undertakes to move moisture to manageable levels throughout its surface.
What type of insulation is best for your home? One of our trained technicians can help you decide.