I noticed that my home was dusty no matter how many times I cleaned and vacuumed.

I also realized that whenever the furnace started up, my kids would sneeze, cough and complain of congestion.

I was experiencing trouble sleeping and my husband was suffering from frequent headaches. At the same time, our heating bills were way higher than expected and yet certain rooms of the house always felt slightly chilly. I researched my complaints with the furnace and learned that the problem was probably the duct system. It occurred to me that I dust, sweep, vacuum and scrub surfaces in the house at least once per week. We’d lived in the house almost eight years and never once had the ductwork cleaned. Because of this, dust and other contaminants concealed inside the ducts were getting circulated throughout the house every time the furnace started up. Plus, the buildup of debris within the pipes was restricting airflow. The heated air was taking much longer to reach the intended destination. This forced the furnace to run longer, use more energy and result in more expensive utility bills. The wear and tear was definitely not good for the furnace. I’m fortunate it didn’t malfunction and cost me a small fortune for an emergency repair. The process of duct cleaning is simple, affordable and fairly quick. The technician brought in a machine that resembled an industrial-sized vacuum cleaner. It included an especially long hose with a brush attachment that was inserted into the duct system. The brush worked to dislodge stubborn contaminants that were then sucked up into the hose. The improvement in the smell, cleanliness and comfort of the home was immediate.



energy saving tips

By Steve