Expert air duct cleaning ensures healthy indoor air quality
Clear the air. Duct cleaning clears the passageways of your ductwork system so that dirt, pollen, dust, and other potential irritants won't be distributed throughout the house when your forced-air system is operating.
A ductwork system is a feature in any house that has forced-air heating or central air conditioning. This long network of air passageways is responsible for delivering conditioned (heated or cooled) air throughout the building, and for bringing air back to the furnace or AC coil so that it can be reconditioned.
Although any forced-air HVAC system will have an air filter, this doesn't prevent the interior of a ductwork system from getting dirty. Fine dust particles, pollen, pet dander, mold and bacteria can all collect inside ducts. When this happens, your ductwork system isn't just distributing conditioned air; it's also spreading hazardous indoor air pollutants throughout the house.
Ductwork cleaning helps to avoid health problems
The Environmental Protection Agency has identified indoor air pollution as a major health issue. Indoor air pollution can trigger asthma attacks and cause respiratory ailments and allergic reactions. Duct cleaning doesn't eliminate all indoor air pollutants, but it can help minimize them. Some contractors advertise duct cleaning services as "furnace duct cleaning," while others may refer to this work as "heating duct cleaning" or "air conditioning duct cleaning."
If dust accumulates quickly and thickly on flat surfaces in your house, this is a sign that your ducts need to be cleaned. Duct cleaning involves the use of special equipment designed to suck dirt and other debris from the interior of your ductwork system. A duct cleaning specialist can complete this work in a day or less. It's usually recommended that ducts be cleaned every two years, but some homeowners choose to have ductwork cleaning done every year.
Duct sealing is just as important as duct cleaning
If you are having your ducts cleaned, make sure to have your ductwork system sealed, if this energy-saving upgrade hasn't yet been completed. Unlike duct cleaning, duct sealing only needs to be done once. The leaks in a typical unsealed ductwork system actually allow dust, moisture and "bad" air from basement, crawl space and attic areas to enter your living space. This isn't air that you and your family want to breathe. Although duct sealing should be done when the ductwork system is installed, this rarely happens. But you can have this "once-and-done" improvement completed now for a reasonable price. When your ductwork is sealed and cleaned, you can breathe easy and enjoy improved comfort and energy performance.
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