A Breath of Fresh Air
Your air ducts see a lot of traffic, especially during temperature extremes. But do they really need the kind of cleaning other surfaces in your home do?
Your air ducts may need cleaning if you see these signs:
- An air duct with permanent or long-term water damage.
- Mold, mildew, slime, or other microbial growth.
- Debris buildup that restricts air-flow.
- Dust, cobwebs, or other debris visibly blowing from ductwork/registers.
- Evidence of insect or rodent infestation.
- Offensive odors from your ductwork or Heating and Cooling system.
- Frequent bouts of illness or allergies among your family.
- Fiberglass ductwork, which collects contaminants more easily than sheet metal.
Is cleaning my air ducts really that important?
During normal operation, dust can accumulate in ductwork that can lead to microbial growth. Duct cleaning has been shown to reduce this growth, as well as increase the efficiency of your system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Some occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help.
How are air ducts cleaned?
Duct cleaning depends on the extent of buildup in your ducts. A trained technician will inspect each air duct, opening all access panels. Once it is determined cleaning is necessary, equipment will be gathered to address your cleaning needs, including brushes and vacuum equipment specially designed to remove ductwork debris. In addition to cleaning supply ducts, return ducts, air vents, and diffusers, your system will also undergo routine cleaning and maintenance as well, addressing system components such as your heat exchanger, coils, drain pan, fan motor and housing, and system housing. This ensures thorough cleaning results as well as the smooth and efficient operation. In all cases of duct cleaning, it is also necessary to address the source of the dirty air to prevent recurrence, including moisture, water, dust and debris
Duct work have you wondering what’s down the proverbial rabbit hole? Don’t fear the unknown, contact EMG Mechanical today.