Do you know what's hiding in your ducts?
In today's air-tight homes, indoor air quality is a growing concern. Most household dust contains dust mites, mold, mildew, pollen and animal dander. Many of these contaminants are circulated through the central air systems in your home and can aggravate the symptoms of asthma and allergies.
So just how much dust and dirt can be in your home's duct system? On average, duct cleaning removes five to six pounds of dust, dirt, debris, pollen and other contaminants.
What could we remove from your ducts?
- Allergens and contaminants, including mold and fungi
- Pet hair
- Construction materials that over the years may have created a "cold spot," or airflow blockage
- Food like breadcrumbs and cereal that may grow mold and bacteria
- Small toys and other objects
What is duct cleaning?
Duct cleaning refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans, fan motor and fan housing and the air handling unit housing.
If not properly installed, maintained an operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth is increased and spores from such growth may be released into your home's living space. Some of the contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in sensitive people if they are exposed to them. It is important that all components of the system are cleaned. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits.
You should consider having your ducts cleaned if:
- There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system
- Ducts are infected with rodents or insects
- Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into your home from your supply registers
How often should I have my ducts cleaned?
On average, you should have your ducts properly cleaned every four to five years or more often if:
- You or a family member suffers from allergies and asthma
- You have young children and/or pets
- You or someone else in your home smokes
- You suspect that debris may be contributing to poorer indoor air quality
- There is water contamination or damage to your home heating and cooling system
Consider having your ducts cleaned immediately if you've recently:
- Moved into a new home
- Completed home renovations
- Installed a new furnace or central air conditioning system