Virtually every newer home and some older homes have a central heat and air unit. These units require regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly and efficiently. However, there are some parts of this routine maintenance that people tend to forget about. The main one is the air ducts. Very few people realize how important air duct cleaning can be.
Why Air Duct Cleaning Matters
Heating and air units take air from your home to circulate it and push it back into your home through duct work either underneath the floors or in your attic. This air is transferred to each room in your home. Over time, the normal dust that is in your home can also get into the duct work. If your duct work gets too much dust and dirt particles inside it, you either transfer gross air to all rooms of your home or your duct work won’t allow your heat and air conditioner to run efficiently. This means either you breathe in dust constantly or your power bill goes through the roof.
Why You Should Clean Them?
Some people feel that using just a vacuum cleaner to clear out the debris inside the vents is enough. This is true sometimes, however, not always the truth. If you have been doing renovations or your family is suffering from allergies year round, then you may need a more thorough air duct cleaning. This can easily be done by hiring a professional ductwork cleaning company.
The professional cleaner will not only get out anything that is inside your air ducts but they will also check your duct work for other potential problems that may result in your heat and air unit not being as efficient as it should be. They know what to look for and how to spot potential problems before it becomes a problem or a health concern for you.
You may also want to consider having your air ducts professionally cleaned if you just moved into a home or office. This will allow you to get rid of air issues that may have been there when the other person was. If they were smokers and you are a non-smoker, you can clean out the air ducts and eliminate the smoky smell that may still be lingering inside the home. If they had a cat and you are allergic to cats, you should clean out the air ducts to ensure that you aren’t sneezing because of their pets.
If you notice that there are bugs living inside your air ducts or you notice mold or standing water in it, then you should obviously have it cleaned by a professional who can check for a reason as to why these things are happening. Mold is a very common health concern and should be dealt with as soon as you realize you have it in your home, especially if it is inside the duct work which will keep the mold particles stirred up and floating throughout your home.
Another good reason to check out the duct work in your home is if you or your family has been sick a lot. It could be due to mold further inside the ducts than the eyes can see or it could be just the fact that your heat and air unit keeps the germs circulating inside your home. Either scenario can lead to illness that you can’t seem to get rid of or find the source of.
How Will the Air Ducts Be Cleaned?
A professional cleaner will come in and seal all the vents to prevent any dirt circulating through the home during the cleaning. They will then connect a HEPPA vacuum that has been specifically designed to clean out your air ducts to the main branch of the HVAC system, which is known as the trunkline. Then an agitation tool will be feed through each vent to perform the cleaning and with the assistance of the vacuum, remove any foreign objects that may be inside of the ducts and make sure that no future issues are noticeable.
The whole cleaning process shouldn’t take more than 3-5 hours to do and typically it won’t cost you a whole lot to have it done. In the end, you may discover that air duct cleaning was well worth the price and the time it takes them to get it done. Especially if it lowers your energy bill and means you breathe in healthier germ free air!