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What's lurking in your Air Ducts?

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Air duct cleaning refers to the cleaning of various components of heating, cooling and ventilation systems like air ducts, grills, registers, diffusers, heat exchangers, drip pans, heating and cooling coils, and air handling unit housing and fan motors.

There were times when people used to think of it as an unnecessary task as long as the systems are working well but now people are much more aware of its importance. Air duct cleaning has become a necessary evil these days as more and more pollution enters our homes and work places. Almost everybody knows the benefits of cleaning air ducts; that it increases efficiency of the systems, reduces workload on the system, lowers electricity bills, increases life of the system and is compulsory for the health of the family. The  most common question that comes up is how often should you clean your air ducts. 

A plethora of companies in the business of air duct cleaning recommend different intervals extending from yearly to even a span of 3 to 5 years. Obviously the later one makes little sense. Usually an air duct cleaning on an annual basis or at least every other year should keep your system in good working order and you and your family healthy.  However, there are exceptions to this as there are situations that would require  more frequent cleaning of the air ducts.

Weather Conditions: If you live in an area subjected to severe climatic conditions then you need to clean your air ducts more  frequently especially when the climate is hot and humid.

Pets: If there are shedding pets in your home, their dander may contaminate air ducts through the air that is circulated and therefore require  more frequent cleaning of your air ducts.

Construction & Renovation: A recent construction and renovation of the home you live in makes an important consideration for an air duct cleaning. Similarly if you are moving into a new house, you may want to consider air duct cleaning because you never know what's in your ducts.

Smoking: If you smoke then a more frequent cleaning session is suggested.

Illness: If someone in the family is suffering from some respiratory disease or is an allergy sufferer, then air duct cleaning should be on the top of your to do list at the start of every season.

Your systems give clear indications about the right time to go for air cleaning duct session. Here are few of these:

Less air flow: Air flow from the vents is greatly reduced if ducts are dirty. You can feel it by putting your hands by the vents.

Smelly Odor: If you smell an odor within your house, perhaps it is time to get your air ducts cleaned.

Moist ducts: This is the ideal condition for mold growth and a clear indication that it is time to get your air ducts cleaned.

Debris Accumulation: Air registers show the sign of the need to clean your air ducts when they get dirty with debris.

Allergic Reactions: Another important reason for considering an air duct cleaning is allergic reactions with no apparent reason. This may indicate poor indoor air quality  and an immediate need to clean the air ducts.

Did you know SERVPRO provides air duct cleaning? View our website for more information on this service!


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