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Your home or business’s ductwork carries millions of seen and unseenDuctwork contaminants and particles through your air every day. Because your system becomes dirtier with time and use, air duct cleaning is a fundamental service needed to improve and maintain your indoor air quality. Our expert air conditioning and heating technicians at Aire Serve explain what you should know about our duct cleaning services, like reasons why you should schedule a service, the process, and what to look for in a quality cleaning.

Need to schedule a cleaning? Contact our team at (855) 259-2280 for friendly and professional service.

Why Duct Cleaning?

Whether your duct system was not properly installed, it was exposed to contaminants and moisture, or it has built up layers of dust over time, a duct cleaning service can be the clean start your home needs.

There are two main reasons home owners and business owners schedule duct cleaning services: health concerns and unit inefficiency.

Health Concerns

Dirty, contaminated ducts can harm you and your family’s health, especially for people with asthma, allergies, or illnesses. If your family members are experiencing coughing, sneezing, headaches, nausea, or other illness-like symptoms, you should call an HVAC professional to investigate your ducts for potential health problems.

Contaminants that could be lurking in your ductwork include:

  • Mold – Moldy ducts can be incredibly hazardous to your health. Your HVAC system could be contaminating your air and filling it with toxic mold particles. Mold typically grows in duct systems that have been exposed to moisture. If left untreated, mold can cause allergic reactions or even toxic poisoning.
    Not all mold grows in visible areas in your ductwork, which is why you should take notice of any strange odors or regular dizziness, fatigue, and headaches.If you believe mold is growing in your duct system, it is important to schedule a cleaning service inspection as soon as you can due to the potential health risks.
  • Health Concerns For Dirty Air DuctsDust– If you or someone in your family struggles with asthma or allergies, the dust in your duct system can impact their comfort in your home. Dust will collect in a duct system over time, hindering the air quality. Most dust builds up in layers, but the more your ducts collect the more potential for this contaminant to be blown around your home, polluting your air.
  • Dirt – Like water exposure, it can be incredibly harmful to your health for your duct system to be exposed to dirt and debris. Air ducts with wears and tears or systems that have not been sealed properly can be at risk of dirt contamination. Regular inspections and proper duct installation can help prevent this form of contamination from impacting your health.
  • Pet Dander – Though not deadly, pet hair is one of the biggest culprits behind allergies. If you have a pet that sheds a lot, your HVAC system can be clogged with hair and dander, impacting the health of those with allergies and reducing the quality of your indoor air.
    There are numerous ways to reduce pet dander in your home, but if you are moving into a home that was previously owned by pet owners, your ductwork could already be contaminated. A duct cleaning service can provide the clean slate your home needs.

It is common for vermin, such as insects or rodents, to make their homes inside a ductwork system. This can create a blockage in your system and spread disgusting germs into your air. If you notice pests crawling in and out of your vents and heating/cooling systems, schedule an inspection and cleaning as soon as you can.

HVAC Unit Inefficiency

During a scheduled AC maintenance service, you might have a technician recommend a duct cleaning. That is because really dirty ductwork can actually impact your system’s efficiency to heat and cool your home.

As dust and debris build in your system, it can block passages and make it difficult for air to travel through. When air filters and ducts are clogged up, your air conditioner and heater need to work twice as hard. That means wasted energy for your home and wasted money for you.

Another way debris and dirt can impact your unit is by damaging it. Unwanted particles that travel through your system will also travel through the sensitive parts of your machinery, causing clogs, wear, and early breakdowns. Cleaning your ducts can extend your unit’s longevity and keep it going.

When Is It Time for a Duct Cleaning?

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), there isn’t a clearly established time period for when a duct cleaning service is necessary. However, the NADCA suggests scheduling an inspection every three to five years and to stay wary of companies that suggest having cleanings more frequently.

Even though there isn’t a clear time period, there are events and situations that are recommended with a cleaning service, such as:

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  • Prior to moving into a new residence
  • After or during home renovations
  • If members of your household are experiencing allergies, asthma, or illness-like symptoms over a period of time
  • If you find rodents or insects traveling in and out of your duct system
  • If you experienced water damage or contamination in your home
  • If your pets shed high amounts of dander and hair
  • If you live with individuals that smoke

What Is the Process?

Step 1: The Inspection Process

An experienced professional isn’t going to dive into your ductwork blindly. An initial inspection will help garner a better understanding of what kind of cleaning will be most beneficial and whether or not there is any toxic or hazardous material that will need to be handled, such as asbestos or molds. Without a proper inspection, a duct cleaning provider can cause more harm than good, spreading harmful debris into your air.

Step Two: Addressing All the Components

Through the cleaning process, your technician should address and service numerous different components of the HVAC system, including:

  • Supply and return ducts
  • Heating and cooling coils
  • Diffusers and grilles
  • Drip pans
  • Fan housing and motor
  • Air handling unit housing

For a complete and thorough cleaning, each aspect of your HVAC system should be serviced, not just a specific section or part.

Step Three: The Tools and How They Are Used

List of tools used include:

  • Brushes
  • Air Whips
  • Skipper Balls
  • Vacuums

Brushes, whips, and skipper balls dislodge dirt and debris from the duct. It is important that only soft-bristled brushes are used on fiberglass or fiberglass-lined ducts.

The debris is cleared away with a high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) vacuum or vacuum that expels particles outside of the home or building.

Step Four: Quality Check

A professional service will ensure that the air duct system was not damaged and will reseal any access holes used during the cleaning process. He or she should then make sure your system is functioning properly and that no loose debris is spread throughout the home. Using the quality checklist provided below, you can ensure that your cleaning service has been complete and the service provided to you is what you were promised.

What to Expect After a Duct Cleaning?

Benefits of Clean Air DuctsThere are numerous benefits you can experience after a much-needed duct cleaning service, such as lower energy bills, easier breathing, better concentration, fewer headaches or dizzy fits, and more efficient temperature control over your home. It is essential that your cleaning service is carried out thoroughly and professionally, since an incomplete job can be more hazardous than no service at all, due to loosened debris and contaminants in your air system.

Here is a consumer checklist you can use to compare your service to the standard:

  • Did the technician clean the entire duct system, including the coils, fans, drain pans, and humidifiers?
  • Are you able to run the system after your cleaning service?
  • Are the interior ductwork systems free of visible debris?
  • If your system is made of fiberglass, is the material free of tears or damage?
  • Are the access doors attached with rivets, screws, or another reliable mount?
  • Is the amount of air leaking through the access doors slight to none?
  • Are all spaces which supplying or returning air free of debris?
  • Is the blower compartment free of debris?
  • If you shine a light on the cooling coil, does the light pass through to the other side?
  • Have both sides of the cooling coil been cleaned properly?
  • Do the coil fins look straight and in place, as opposed to bent?
  • Is the coil drain pan draining properly?
  • Is the heat exchanger surface clean?
  • Did the technician walk you through what they did and the final results?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, you should feel confident that the service provider did a professional-level and quality job.

At Aire Serv, our technicians are held to the highest level of workmanship and quality. Each member of our staff is trained on best HVAC service practices and we take pride in delivering the best customer service possible. When you schedule an air duct cleaning service with us, you can breathe easier knowing that we handled it.

Contact your local Aire Serv team to schedule an air duct cleaning service today – call (855) 259-2280 and get started!

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Why Keep Your Ducts Clean?

It's simple really: clean ducts are more efficient. When your system is properly maintained and cleaned, it will operate at the most efficient standards, providing faster responses and a more comfortable living space, as well as more affordable energy bills. Keeping your ducts regularly cleaned also prevents unnecessary stress for your system. When your ducts are clogged or dirty with debris, your system has to work harder to push the air out into the room. Instead of throwing away money and your machine, schedule duct cleaning for long-term savings and comfort!

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Even more important, clean ducts can help create a clean environment. When you are breathing clean air, you and your family will be healthier. Dust is comprised of bacteria, dead skin, pet dander, and other unwanted contaminants. If left to build up on your air ducts, they can create a breeding ground for ailments and other issues. Clean ducts give you peace of mind and improved health and comfort. That's why Aire Serv is here to provide the reliable cleaning services you need!

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