The Importance of Coil Cleaning

As summer officially turns into fall we are reminded that we will soon feel the chill of autumn in the air. And, as we begin to shop for sweatshirts and sweaters in lieu of bathing suits and flip flops, we must also prepare our homes for the coming change in temperature. Swapping out summertime décor for mums and pumpkins, booking a heating system tune up, changing the HVAC and water purification filters, and cleaning out gutters are all a must. But, is coil cleaning necessary?


Is Coil Cleaning Really Necessary?


The simple answer is yes, coil cleaning is necessary. It is, in fact, a very important service for your HVAC system. Over time, the coils get covered in dirt, dust and debris that are carried by the airflow to and from your system. And, as that coating of small particles accrues, the coils get bogged down and have to work harder, putting a strain on your entire HVAC system, which can cause operating parts to burn out and your utility bills to spike.

Dirty coils can also have a negative effect on your home’s air quality. As dirt and dust build up, your coils can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew to grow. And, with dirt-covered coils, the humidity level in your home can rise to unhealthy levels, creating a breeding ground for bacteria inside of your home as well.


How Often Should Coils Be cleaned?


Your coil cleaning should be scheduled regularly, but a couple of factors can affect the timeframe that we would recommend. Our HVAC technicians advise you to have them cleaned a minimum of once every three years, but strongly suggest that older equipment and equipment with high usage levels have their coils cleaned more frequently.


Can I Clean HVAC Coils Myself?


Coil cleaning is a job that should get left to the professionals. Your HVAC system’s coils are not only an integral part of the machinery, but they are very delicate. Using the wrong tools or pressure can easily damage the coils, which are an expensive component to replace.


Schedule Your Coil Cleaning Today.


Has it been a while since your HVAC system’s coils were cleaned? Give Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air a call today. We will have your coils in tip-top shape in no time, which will help your system to operate more efficiently (this service pays for itself very quickly!) while prolonging the life of your equipment and maintaining your indoor air quality.

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