Those white vents on the walls that you often ignore until they get dirty to the point they annoy you and you start cleaning them are an integral part of your HVAC system. Your HVAC system couldn’t run without air ducts. Without air ducts, your home would be thrust back in technology 100 years, and you wouldn’t have central heating or air conditioning. A fireplace in the winter and a hand-held or electric fan in the summer would have to suffice — an unpleasant thought to most of us.

J.R. Air Duct Cleaning can clean your air ducts in Hackensack and the surrounding cities. We offer both residential and commercial air duct cleaning services, as well as dryer vent cleaning for your home or business. We are passionate about bringing you the best air duct cleaning today. Below, we’ll review how your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system works, how your air ducts play a role in your HVAC system, and some common problems associated with your air ducts. Contact us today to get started!

HOW YOUR HVAC SYSTEM WORKS

Air Vents, Air Ducts & More

It all begins with those white vents in your walls near the floor. These air vents suck in air when your heating and air conditioning is running, filters it, and then cools and/or heats it. This air then travels through air ducts to be released through other vents in your home, which are often the vents you notice since air is coming out of them. They may even be by the favorite spot in your home to either warm up or cool down, depending on the season. When all of the component parts in your HVAC system are working properly, J.R. Air Duct Cleaning notes that your home or business stays comfortably cool and warm all day long.

COMMON AIR DUCT PROBLEMS

Leaking Air Ducts

On average, your home can lose between 20 and 40% of heated or cooled air via holes or cracks in your air ducts. Not only does this shorten the life of your HVAC system by making it work twice as hard to heat or cool your home, but it also increases your energy bill significantly. J.R. Air Duct Cleaning notes that by simply repairing and sealing your air duct holes and cracks, you will lose a lot less air, saving you significantly in the long run. Furthermore, not only do you lose air out of your air duct holes or cracks, but you could also inadvertently be letting in air, which may contain household pollutants or allergens that could negatively affect the air quality of your home or business. Be sure to also seal your vents and duct grills (or registers) as well. These are also places where air can leak and cause inefficiencies in your HVAC system.

Uninsulated Air Ducts

Besides leaks in your air duct system, the biggest loss of air comes from uninsulated air ducts. Insulation works to keep hot and cool air in your duct work, helping to prevent the loss that naturally occurs in these systems. Simply by insulating your air ducts, you will notice a dramatic decline in your overall heating and cooling bill for your home or office. Many homeowners and business owners forget to insulate the ductwork in their attics, which being so close to the outside of the home, can be a place where a lot of air is lost. Be sure to check the ductwork in your attic for proper insulation.

Improper Installation and Design

Sometimes your air ducts are laid out in your walls and attic in inefficient and twisted ways that just don’t make sense — and not only do they not make sense, but it is also impacting your pocketbook. J.R. Air Duct Cleaning sees this a lot in older homes where central air conditioning was added after the home was built and the HVAC installers just laid ductwork where they could. However, improper installation can impede air flow and even your health as allergens become stuck in kinks and such. Similarly, sometimes air ducts are so long that they lose air because of the distance it has to travel. When you have your next air duct cleaning, ask your technician about the installation of your duct work.

Kinks in Your Air Duct

We alluded to this point above, but it deserves its own section. Many people have flexible ductwork installed in their home, meaning that it can bend. This makes duct work easier to install and fit in your home. However, because it can bend, your duct work can therefore develop a kink, especially as it ages, which can restrict air flow, impacting the amount of air getting through into your home. Every now and then, peak into your ductwork to see if there are any kinks or make sure during your annual air duct cleaning that you ask your technician about it.

Dirty Air Ducts

The vast majority of homes and businesses never get their air ducts cleaned. This can result in a huge amount of build up of dirt, dust, allergens, and other debris in your air ducts. As you can imagine, this forces the heated or cooled air to go through a smaller space, which makes your HVAC system work much harder than it should be. Again, this will result in increased heating and cooling bills. Furthermore, allergens build up in your HVAC system simply because they travel in air. When you have dirty air ducts, these allergens get circulated throughout your home or office, which can cause those with respiratory issues additional problems.

HOW AIR DUCT CLEANING HELPS YOUR HVAC SYSTEM PURR

Most of us have enough to worry about without having to worry about our HVAC system running properly. By investing in annual air duct cleaning services by J.R. Air Duct Cleaning, you won’t have to worry about inefficiencies in your HVAC system, allergens in your home or office, or high energy bills. You’ll be able to breathe easier, and you won’t have any unpleasant smells to contend with. Your heated and cooled air will be able to flow efficiently, heating and cooling your home faster for optimal comfort levels.

Air duct cleaning just makes sense. Call J.R. Air Duct Cleaning in Hackensack today to get started!