In recent years, air duct cleaning has become very popular, as many people became more aware of importance of IAQ (Indoor Air Quality).
Here’s some information to help you understand how to improve your home air quality and decide if you should get your HVAC ducts cleaned.
What is Air Duct Cleaning Service?
Professional duct cleaning services use specialized blowers, vacuums, and brushes to clean out the supply, intake, and return ducts throughout your home. A professional service should also include a thorough cleaning of the air handler, registers, grilles, fans, motors, housings, and coils of the HVAC system.
Why is it Important to Clean the HVAC?
There is evidence that dirty heating and cooling coils, motors, and air handling units can make your HVAC unit less efficient. Moreover, the system can spread debris, dust and mold. All of these above can have a negative effect on the overall health or your electric bill.
When should I schedule a duct cleaning?
You should schedule a HVAC cleaning in the following cases:
- Renovation: If your home has been remodeled – especially if there was asbestos abatement, lead paint removal, or significant dust – your ductwork may need to be cleaned.
- Animals and pesticides: If there’s evidence of animal infestation, nesting or pesticides nesting in your ducts or HVAC system, have the animals removed then clean the ductwork and HVAC unit.
- Mold: If there is visible mold growth inside the ductwork, the ducts and HVAC system should be cleaned.
- Contaminants: If noticeable debris, pet hair, odors, or other contaminants are being released into the room through the ducts then the ducts may need to be cleaned.
- Illness: If someone in your family is suffering from an unexplained allergy-related illness, or heavy asthma, having clean ducts can help with cleaner air.
- Pets can trigger allergy and asthma attacks due to dander and hair. Vacuum and clean carpets, rugs and furniture often.
- Secondhand smoke from cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products can trigger asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Avoid smoking inside your home or car.
- Bathrooms are a common source of mold. Humidity from showers can cause moisture problems, which will lead to mold growth. Mold can cause allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory ailments. Make sure you have the proper ventilation to keep your bathroom dry.
- Dust mites can trigger allergy and asthma attacks. Dust mites are everywhere especially on pillows, blankets, carpets, upholstered furniture and stuffed toys. Dust and vacuum your home regularly, wash bedding, and use allergen-proof mattress and pillow covers.