What is the purpose of Air Duct Cleaning?
The majority of people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an increasing source of worry and public awareness. Many businesses promote items and services aimed at improving the quality of your indoor air. You’ve undoubtedly seen an ad, received a coupon in the mail, or been approached directly by a company promising to clean your air ducts to improve the indoor air quality of your home. Depending on the services provided, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, climatic location, and level of contamination, these services might cost anywhere from $450 to $1,000 per heating and cooling system.
Various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, such as supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and air handling unit housing, are all cleaned during duct cleaning.
The signs and symptoms of dirty ducts
- There is a lot of dust in the air.
- While indoors, you may get allergy-like symptoms.
- Dust, cobwebs, and debris clogging vents, or visible particles blowing out vents
- Mold can be seen on the interior surfaces of ducts.
- Inside the ducts, there are rodent droppings and dead insects.
Why do you need to clean your ducts?
- Cleaning removes collected dust, preventing it from shedding and being recirculated throughout the house.
- Debris and cobwebs are removed, which improves airflow and enhances system performance by up to 40% in some circumstances.
- Ducts made of fibreglass collect more dust than ducts made of sheet metal.
- The US Department of Energy estimates that 25 to 40% of the energy needed to heat or cool a home is wasted. Contaminants in your heating and cooling system make it work harder and reduce its lifespan. Despite the usage of filters, the heating and cooling system becomes unclean with time.
- When your HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep you at the desired temperature. As a result, less energy is consumed, resulting in increased cost efficiency.
How to maintain the cleanliness of your air ducts
- Use the highest-efficiency air filter recommended by your heating and cooling system’s manufacturer.
- Filters should be changed on a regular basis.
- Replace your filters more frequently if they become blocked.
- Make sure there are no missing filters and that air cannot get around the filter holder and bypass the filters.
- When having your heating and cooling system serviced or checked for other reasons, make sure to request that the cooling coils and drain pans be cleaned.
- Seal off supply and return registers and do not use the heating and cooling system until the dust has been cleaned up during building or remodelling work in your home.
- Vacuum and dust your home on a regular basis. (Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can accommodate.) Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air, as well as in your ducts, during and after vacuuming.
- If your heating system contains in-duct humidification equipment, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for operating and maintaining the humidifier.