Air Duct Cleaning
What is Air Duct Cleaning?
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association has a general rule: if your heating & Air conditioning ducts look dirty, they probably are. Air duct cleaning is the process to remove dirt, debris, dust, and airborne irritants that can enter your home through the circulation of your warmed or cooled air during the height of HVAC season.
Air duct cleaning is a spring clean for the inside of the ductwork for homes with traditional HVAC systems. Air duct cleaning vacuums out the accumulation of dirt, dust, and debris such as pet dander reducing irritants and improving indoor air quality.
Why Should You Clean Your Ducts?
Dust and dirt naturally enter homes and heating & air conditioning systems. By regularly maintaining furnaces and A/C’s, homeowners can keep most of the debris out of the indoor circulated air. However, it is a good idea to clean the ducting at least every 3 to 5 years.
Improving the air you breathe in the home is the primary reason homeowners should consider investing in routine duct cleaning. But, there are many benefits to having the dust cleaned from the ductwork.
Improved Air Quality
Improved air quality can help homeowners and families suffering from allergies breathe easier. Homeowners with asthma may also find more relief with clean ducts. The NADCA recommends homeowners also invest in a quality air purifier as an add on to their HVAC system. The best method to purify the air is through UltraViolet lights. UV air purifiers can eliminate pollutants and kill bacteria circulating through the home, providing cleaner air.
Remove Foul Odors
Odors can permeate homes long after the offending source is gone. Cleaning ductwork can help to reduce or remove unpleasant smells from smoke, pets, fumes from remodeling projects, and food smells. By removing buildup in the ducts, the odors trapped will be released or greatly reduced.
Dirty filters, registers and ductwork can all contribute to blocked airflow. When airflow is reduced, the furnace and/or air conditioner has to work harder to achieve the desired temperature in the home. With annual tune-ups, regular filter changes, and routine air duct cleaning, San Diego residents can get the most out of the life of their HVAC system.
When is it Necessary to Clean Air Ducts?
Rodents, Renovations, Mold and Contaminants
Rodents and wild animals are known for finding industrious ways to stay warm and build nests for their family. It is common to find signs of rodents in ductwork. They can easily break through ducting with loose seals or cracks and set up house with homeowners never knowing. Rodents can leave behind unpleasant surprises that become problematic to health when circulated through the home. This is why it is important to ensure ducting is properly sealed and in tact. If you discover signs of rodents, clean the air ducts as soon as possible.
Home remodeling is great, but renovations can cause excess dust and contaminants from drywall and paint to circulate in the air. Hiring licensed contractors is best, as they will take measures to ensure their job sites are contained. However, dust and debris can still enter the ducting. As Part of your home remodel, consider scheduling an air duct cleaning once finished to enjoy fresh air with your upgraded living space.
Any homeowners who have had a flood can tell you that remediation is a long process, but a necessary one. When homeowners have experienced a flood, contact licensed water damage repair specialists to provide remediation. During the process, homeowners will be advised if mold growth is present. If it is, it will be contained and removed from the home, but it is an airborne growth that can get into ducting. Having a UV air purifier and air ducts professionally cleaned is a preventative and cautionary step homeowners may want to consider.
During annual tune-ups, make sure your HVAC professional inspects the ductwork. They will look for leaks, broken seals and can determine if air duct cleaning is necessary.
During your annual tune-up each season, professional HVAC specialists will also inspect duct lines, register ports, inlet/return ports, indoor fans/blowers and can look at exhaust fan ducts as well as cleaning and fine tuning your system.
No more sneezing, stale air and dust and allergens – welcome clean air and the freedom to live comfortably in your own home. If you think you could benefit from air duct cleaning; San Diego residents please call 1-800-BILL-HOWE (1-800-245-5469).