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How does a dirty air system impact your energy bill?
These days, we all want to save money when it comes to our energy bills. Too often we end up paying too much on our bills, and when expenses are tight, that is not a good situation to be in. We all know of the various ways we can save energy in the home, from fans that pull up or push down the warm or cold air, curtains that block out the cold and bring in the sun, or even appliances that are energy efficient.
The funny thing is, we will spend all this time saving costs around the house without even realizing that a huge drain on our energy resources comes in the form of a dirty air system, which includes our furnace and the air ducts that deliver us heat.
You may wonder why you should clean out air ducts. You don’t see them, your house is still warm, what difference does it make if your ducts are a bit dirty?
Take a straw, pack sand and mud into it. Then blow through the straw. Sure, you can get air through, but you have to blow extra hard just to get any airflow. The same is true with your furnace and the air ducts. Sure, it will get the warm air to you, but it has to work harder to do so. When your furnace works harder, your energy bill is going to go up.
That is why you must ensure you keep the air ducts clean on your furnace.
To have your ducts cleaned, you need to contact a professional with NADCA. This organization exists to ensure consumers have an option for professionals who handle duct cleaning. All members of NADCA must sign a Code of Ethics, promising to uphold the standards of the organization. When you hire a professional through NADCA, you are getting someone who knows what they are doing, has the experience to back it up and won’t scam you out of your money while you are hoping to save money with clean air ducts.
How Much Can I Save?
When you decide to have the ducts cleaned on your furnace, you can save quite a bit on your heat and energy bill. Estimates of how much you can save will vary greatly, depending on how dirty the ducts were and the age of the furnace.
Generally, you can expect to see savings on your heat and energy bill of as much as 10 to 25 per cent. That can amount to a lot these days, especially with the cost of energy being so high, thanks to oil prices. When you are counting your pennies, and cutting costs all over the budget, saving 10 to 25 per cent can mean more food on the table, more savings and a better feeling of well-being in your life.
If you don’t believe us, get your ducts cleaned and see your energy bill. Chances are, you are going to feel pretty good once you see those savings on your bill.