For most home and business owners, ducts stay out of sight and out of mind. And really, that’s what you want. Properly functioning ducts should be clean, quiet and not attract much attention. Experts agree, however, that duct cleaning service should be performed every few years. Read on to find out why and how.
Why Do You Need Duct Cleaning Service?
Your ducts are in use every time you use your heating and air conditioning systems. In our kind of climate, that can be very heavy use. Experts agree that regular cleaning is a good idea. If everything is functioning correctly, you should get this done every three to five years.
If someone in the space suffers from allergies, more frequent cleaning may be beneficial. Experts recommend annual cleaning in these cases. Regularly changing your air conditioner filters will help in the interim.
Clean ducts ensure that the air circulating in your building stays clean. If there are contaminants in the ductwork, they can spread as air passes through. Cleaning the ducts minimizes the amount of germs or allergens that circulate in the system.
Signs To Look Out For
There are some special circumstances that signal it’s time for a cleaning. If you see a puff of dust coming from a vent, your system likely needs a tune-up. Ducts can also harbor mold. If there is a black substance around the edges of your vents, it’s a good idea to give us a call.
Finally, pests love ductwork. If you have mice, squirrels or other animals lodging in your walls, they may nest in your ducts. Keep an eye out for signs of droppings near the vents in your rooms. You may also be able to hear small animals scampering through the ductwork.
What Does Duct Cleaning Entail?
The first step is a survey. Every system is different, and we want to take a look at yours
before getting started. For the cleaning itself, we start by cutting the power. We vacuum the interior of the ductwork attached to your unit. We clean the cooling coils, with a HEPA-rated vacuum and special coil cleaning solution.
After this, it’s time to clean the grills and registers. These are washed. The next step is cleaning the ducts themselves. This requires specialized equipment. Typically, we use something to kill odors, too. Finally, we put the grills back in place.
As you can probably tell, this is a time-consuming process. Depending on the size of the building, it can take a few hours. Although we work as quickly as possible, it’s important to do a thorough job.
Benefits Of Duct Cleaning
The biggest benefit of duct cleaning is peace of mind. A cleaning is an opportunity to notice problems in the system. It removes buildup that can trigger allergies. It’s difficult to quantify whether air is more pure after the ducts are cleaned. But most people report breathing easier once it’s done.
Give us a call to schedule a survey today!