You may not think about your air ducts often, but they can significantly affect your HVAC system and Berks County home in a variety of ways. While most homeowners tend to focus on their furnace and air conditioner, it is also important to maintain your air ducts. Below you will find three ways the status of your air ducts can affect your home and HVAC system. Then you will also find three B&L Ott services that can help you keep your air ducts in good condition. 

Air Quality

When the air is clean, it smells fresh, it is easier to breathe, and your family generally seems healthier. On the other hand, dirty air smells funny, is harder to breathe, and can cause breathing issues. You may notice your family sneezing, coughing, and wheezing when the air is dirty. This is because pollutants irritate their respiratory system. With this in mind, it is important to keep your air clean. This includes your air ducts as they are the transport system for the air in your home. 


When it comes to your HVAC system, efficiency is one of the main goals. The more efficient your system is, the less energy you use. This also means lower energy bills. Keeping your unit running efficiently can also help extend its life expectancy. 

With all of this in mind, you should pay attention to how your air ducts affect your entire HVAC system’s efficiency. If your air ducts are dirty, the debris can block the airflow into your home and cause your furnace or air conditioner to run longer. Also, if your ducts are damaged, they can leak and cause similar issues. 

Home Comfort

As mentioned above, if there is debris in your air ducts, it will block the airflow into your home. Along with efficiency, this can also affect the comfort of your Berks County home. If the conditioned air your HVAC system produces gets stuck in your air ducts, your home will not be heated thoroughly. In this case, you may notice warm and cool spots throughout your home. It is important to make sure your air ducts are clear and that your vents are not blocked. Doing so will help keep your home comfortable. 

ryan ott, owner of ott hvacHow B&L Ott Can Help

Here are three ways B&L Ott can help you keep your home clean, comfortable, and running efficiently. 

Preventative Maintenance

Scheduling preventative maintenance with B&L Ott helps keep your HVAC system clean and gives you a chance to catch small issues before they turn into costly problems. If we notice any problem with your air conditioner, furnace, or air ducts while inspecting your system, we will inform you and repair it with your permission. We recommend scheduling maintenance two times per year to keep your HVAC system running efficiently.  

Duct Cleaning

To promote proper airflow, your air ducts should be professionally cleaned every 8-10 years. Be sure to use a professional HVAC contractor as only they have the proper tools to get the job done properly. For instance, B&L Ott uses the Air Scrubber Plus®. It can clean up to 99.9% of the harmful contaminants in your Berks County home. Once you have B&L Ott clean your air ducts you will likely notice cleaner air and improved efficiency. 


Finally, if your air ducts are leaking or have been damaged, B&L Ott can help repair or replace them for you. This way, your HVAC system can run efficiently and you won’t have to waste energy when warming or cooling your home. If you would like to schedule any of B&L Ott’s services, you can do so here: You can also call us at 610-927-5133. We will help you keep your Reading area home running efficiently.