Advice from the US Environmental Protection Association
Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, committing to a good preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination.
To prevent dirt from entering the system:
Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system.
Change filters regularly.
If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently.
Be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.
When having your heating and cooling system maintained or checked for other reasons, be sure to ask the service provider to clean cooling coils and drain pans.
During construction or renovation work that produces dust in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust.
Remove dust and vacuum your home regularly. (Use a high efficiency vacuum (HEPA) cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts).
What is Air Duct Cleaning?
Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. Regular cleaning of heating/cooling air ducts is a service that may greatly impact your home's indoor air quality and the comfort of family members - especially those with certain respiratory and health conditions.
Duct cleaning includes the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing. A thorough air duct cleaning job includes all components of the heating and cooling system, cleaned by a technician that is trained and qualified to perform this service. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits of the cleaning service. For example, an inadequate vacuum collection system can release more dust, dirt, and other contaminants than if you had left the ducts alone. A careless or inadequately trained service provider can damage your ducts or heating and cooling system, possibly increasing your heating and air conditioning costs or forcing you to undertake difficult and costly repairs or replacements, according the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, HVAC components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth such as mold is increased. Spores from such growth may be released into the home's living space, causing allergic reactions or other symptoms in some people who are exposed to them. Duct cleaning methods involve use of specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts, which are then vacuumed out with a high-powered vacuum cleaner.
When is DUCT CLEANING necessary?
If anyone in your household suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms or illnesses, a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts may indicate your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold and duct cleaning is recommended.
- While it is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate, visible dust deposits inside the ducting means it's time to give us a call. (Also, note that many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask our inspection services are available for a more more thorough analysis of your duct system.)
- Visible vermin, such as rodents or insects - or evidence of their droppings - indicate the need for duct cleaning services
- Visible mold indicates a moisture problem. Mold can cause allergic reactions and discomfort in many people.
- If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced. If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.
- There is some evidence to suggest that cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. While cleaning these areas of the system don't involve the ducting, we do include these services while cleaning your duct system.
Our pricing for duct cleaning starts at $499for up to 10 registers/vents. Please give us a call today with any questions, or to schedule a duct cleaning service at your home.
We have a complete duct cleaning system featuring state-of-the-art equipment that's operated by trained and certified technicians.
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