**Sizzling Summer Savings Going On Now! Call us today for more details!** Read More

Skip navigation


24 Hour Emergency Service


Shafer Heating & Cooling, LLC Blog

How Dirty Ducts Impact Efficiency

When it comes to heater efficiency, there are a few extra things that you can do to maximize how much energy your heater is using. One of those things is investing in a duct cleaning in Hillsboro, Ohio. Cleaning out the inside of your ductwork to eliminate dirt and grime is an easy way to improve heater efficiency while all so elevating your indoor air quality.

You can keep reading to learn more about this valuable service and why you might want to schedule it now ahead of the winter season. Then give our team a call to schedule your in-home assessment for duct cleaning to check one thing off of your fall to do list.


It can be hard to imagine that a little bit of dust inside of your ductwork can have that big of an impact on airflow, but it really does. Dirt and dust don’t accumulate in your ducts overnight. It can take years for enough dust in dirt to build up on the surfaces inside of your ductwork and impact airflow. 

But when it happens, the results are really impactful. You can see a significant increase on your monthly energy costs without understanding why. What happens is that otherwise streamlined airflow mixes up with dirt to trap conditioned air inside of your ducts. 

AC Works Harder

When your air conditioner is not as efficient, it has to work harder to produce results. Not only does this cost you more on your energy bills, but it also adds to wear and tear on your unit. Your air conditioner was only designed to work at a certain level to provide cooling for your home. When airflow gets interrupted in the ducts, because of dust and dirt, less of the cool air produced by your air conditioner actually reaches the walls of your home. 

As a result, your air conditioner has to stay on longer or turn on more frequently to get enough cool air into your home. This may not seem like a huge deal, but if it is a battle that your air conditioner has to fight day after day the wear and tear can add up quickly.

Long Term Impact

Short term energy costs are definitely a big consideration. But the bigger consideration is your air conditioner’s expected lifespan. The average air conditioner will last for around 15 years before it needs to be replaced. But additional wear and tear can shorten this lifespan so that your air conditioner only lasts for 10 years instead. 

When you consider that regular maintenance, which includes air duct cleaning, can extend your AC lifespan to 20 years or longer, that’s the potential to get up to two times a life out of your air conditioner. Of course, dirty ducts are not the only thing that impact AC lifespan, but it is definitely a major contributing factor that many homeowners don’t consider.

Shafer Heating & Cooling, LLC: You are just one call away from the comfort and savings you deserve! Schedule an appointment today for AC service.

Comments are closed.