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Air Ducts—who cares, and why should I worry about cleaning them?

Air Ducts—who cares, and why should I worry about cleaning them?

Ok.  So the air ducts in your home aren’t exactly on your high priority of things to think about.  You ask yourself, “Why should I worry about it?”  Well, if you’re experiencing issues in your home that point to indoor air quality, and it has been a few years since you’ve had your air ducts cleaned out, you may want to rethink.  If your ducts look dirty, they probably are.  And if they are dirty, you can assume that your indoor air quality isn’t all it should be.  We tend not to think of these things in the summer, when the weather is nice and we have our windows open.  Winter in Minnesota brings out the whole hibernation thing and we burrow in, all snug in our homes with our furnaces on to keep us all toasty.

Did You Know?

In a typical residential home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living. Consider your heating and cooling system as if it were the respiratory system of your home. It takes air in and breathes it out.

Through normal habitation in our homes, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These are pulled into the AC/furnace system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the ductwork of your home.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, they may be contributing to larger health issues or spreading contaminants that can cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or allergies.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness. And saving money is something we all appreciate.


Energy Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in our heating and cooling systems cause them to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, heating and cooling systems still get dirty through normal use.

When ducts are clean, your system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain temperatures.  Less energy is used, resulting in a lower energy bill and better air quality. The bottom line – clean your air ducts at least annually to ensure better air flow, a more efficient operation of your heating and cooling system, and better home comfort.


At Rumpca Services, we care about your health and well-being!  For information about the benefits of duct cleaning, please contact us on our website at


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