I have regularly been absolutely conscientious about replacing the air filters in the oil furnace & air conditioning every month, but i schedule professional service for the heating system in the fall & the cooling system in the Springtime.
- I am not sure why I forgot about taking care of the HVAC duct.
I think that because the pipes are hidden in the walls & ceiling, I just never considered the need for service. I was not thrilled when our oil furnace had trouble keeping the modern home sizzling last winter! The gas furnace seemed to be running non stop & yet the temperature was inconsistent from 1 room to another. No matter how high I adjusted the thermostat, the modern home felt freezing. The oil furnace is not that old & should have been able to handle the cold weather. I also noticed that there seemed to be a lot of dust floating around, & our daily utility bills were higher than normal. I finally hired an Heating, Ventilation, & A/C company to check out our oil furnace. The company checked the gas furnace & found that the problem was caused by the HVAC duct. There was a considerable buildup of contaminants in the pipes. The accumulation of dust, pet dander, pollen, mold growth & even dead rodents was blocking airflow through the pipesâ€¦ Because the maximum amount of air was failing to reach the various rooms, it was forcing the oil furnace to run more often, work harder & use more energy. There was greater wear & tear on the gas furnace. The company offered a duct cleaning repair using unit that looked a lot like an industrial vacuum cleaner.