Duct cleaning is probably not one of your common concerns in the winter. Mostly it would be in the spring, when seasonal allergies start to be a problem. However, allergies can be frustrating all year round, so cleaning your ducts, even in the winter, can help with this.
Mold, dust mites, and pet dander do not hibernate during the winter. They circulate throughout your home through the ducts and can wreak havoc on your allergies. As you probably spend more time indoors during this time, they can hit especially hard. This is especially an issue when it’s very cold, since your furnace will be running more.
Fight Colds and Flu
Airborne illnesses tend to be more widespread in the winter when people stay indoors. The contaminated air is easily spread when people are exposed for longer periods of time in enclosed spaces. Cleaning the ducts will sanitize the air and help prevent spreading illness. It will improve the air quality and keep your family breathing easier.
A Sweeter Smell
With everyone spending so much more time indoors, it can start to smell a little bit. This includes children and dogs. Pet hair can build up, people sweat and get dirty, and all of those scents can spread throughout the home through the ducts. Clean ducts will help keep the air smelling fresher and make your time indoors more pleasant.
If your ducts are blocked, then your furnace will have to work harder to properly heat your home. Cleaning them out will help your furnace run more efficiently. This will extend the life of your furnace, and lower your energy costs.
Allergies and air quality are not only issues during the summer months. Make sure that you are prepared by having your ducts cleaned before the winter.