There are many factors that go into your HVAC’s energy consumption and your home’s air quality. A main concern many people have is growth being present in their air ducts. While growth particles can affect your air ducts’ efficiency, there are several steps you can take to prevent growth from spreading or even starting.
How to Prevent Growth
Humidity and temperature are the two main factors that dictate the growth in your air ducts. For this reason, it is vital to make sure you have constant airflow through your ducts. Leaving your AC on reduces both the temperature and humidity levels of your home. Without these factors, you can prevent growth from starting in the first place.
Although it may not seem to pose a problem in Florida since many of us keep our AC on year-round, you may turn it off for an extended, out-of-town trip to save money and energy. This can make the air stagnant and lead to growth formation while you’re away.
High levels of humidity can cause growth anywhere, but it’s specifically a concern in Florida with our humid climate. Growth needs about a 60% humidity level to spread. The average Florida summer day can have relative humidity levels ranging from 60% to 100%.
While your AC works hard to reduce the humidity of your home, these high humidity levels can cause air condensation in your air ducts. Keeping your indoor humidity levels at 30%-50% will ensure you stop growth before it starts.
If you’re concerned about humidity levels in your home or want to reduce air duct condensation, investing in a dehumidifier system with Comfort Temp can help further reduce the humidity affecting your central AC.
Air filters are your main line of defense against any allergens or growth particles that may be in your air ducts. They trap small particles and keep them from entering your home. HEPA filters are known to be the most efficient in removing growth particles from the air.
Over time, these filters can wear down or get clogged up. This both reduces the efficiency of your HVAC system and increases the risk of growth in your ducts. This is why it is vital you have a consistent, frequent schedule to replace your air filters. High-quality air filters, like the filters Comfort Temp installs, may only need to be replaced a couple of times a year at most.
Air Duct Cleaning
One of the most important things you can do to prevent growth in your air ducts is to have regular air duct cleaning. Not only will cleaning your air ducts help your AC run more efficiently and reduce your energy bill, but it will also remove any allergens, dust, or growth particles that may be present.
Air duct cleaning is a task best left to professionals. Trying to clean your air ducts yourself could actually make them more dirty or, worse, cause injury to yourself. When done by professionals, you should not need your air ducts cleaned for another 3 to 5 years.
Keep Your Air Ducts Clean With Comfort Temp
You want to make sure you’re in good hands when you’re dealing with your family’s health and your home’s air quality. Comfort Temp’s HVAC professionals are here so you can feel sure you and your family are breathing fresh, clean air.
We offer expert air duct cleaning services in the Gainesville and Jacksonville areas. Our team removes any growth that may be present and offers duct sealing to increase your air quality and energy efficiency. Schedule a duct cleaning service with us today!