Neglecting to clean (or hiring someone to clean) your air ducts can end up hurting you in the long run. Dirty air ducts pose a huge health risk to you and every who lives in your household. This is because unclean air ducts can have a buildup of harmful materials such as dust, zinc, lead, asbestos, and mold.
Since these dangerous particles are in your air ducts, that means they are also in the very air that you and your loved ones are breathing. Not only does failing to clean your air ducts mean that your safety and well-being are at risk, but your HVAC systems will also fail to work properly.
Allowing dust and debris to accumulate in your air ducts will decrease the amount of airflow in your home because your furnace and air conditioner are unable to function properly. This could lead to your furnace or air conditioning unit malfunctioning or heavily increasing the cost of your electric bill. Do not pay outrageous costs in bills, and do not put your or your family’s health at risk – get in touch with Ambient Edge today.
Signs Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning
There is an abundance of tell-tale signs that your air ducts need to be cleaned. The most obvious sign pertains to how long ago your air ducts were cleaned. It is time for deep cleaning of your air ducts if you cannot even remember the last time they were cleaned. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some other noticeable indications for cleaning include:
- Stark increases in your energy bill
- Dust or other debris accumulating near the entrance of the air ducts
- Dust visibly blowing out through the openings
- Mold or mildew growth
- Rodent or insect infestations
- Inconsistent airflow throughout your home
- Your furnace and/or air conditioner is making funny noises
- You and your loved ones are suffering from chronic respiratory issues
Your air ducts are overdue for a thorough cleaning if you notice any one of more than one of these signs. It would be smart to hire HVAC professionals to help clean your air ducts if it has been a long time and there are issues like mold, mildew, and asbestos. Cleaning the air ducts yourself could end with you accidentally damaging the ducts and HVAC units, or even harming yourself, which is all the more reason to hire licensed technicians.
How Often Should Air Ducts Be Cleaned?
You should never go long enough without cleaning your air ducts that you forget the last time that they were actually cleaned. There is actually no set standard as to how often your air ducts need to be thoroughly cleaned. It all depends on a variety of factors. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), these factors include:
- Your HVAC systems and their design
- If you have asthma, allergies, or other respiratory afflictions
- If you are a smoker
- Water damage to the home and/or HVAC system
- Having pets that shed large amounts of hair and dander
- Finishing a home renovation or remodel
- When moving into a new home
All of these factors play a role in how often you should have your air ducts cleaned. Noticing water contamination in your heating and air conditioning system means that you are going to need the air ducts cleaned as soon as possible. Having respiratory issues, like asthma or allergies, means that you are going to want your air ducts cleaned more often than those who do not suffer from asthma and allergies.
What to Expect from a Professional Cleaning
There is a lot that goes into a professional air duct cleaning service. Our skillful technicals will start out by inspecting the air ducts to make sure they are properly equipped for hazardous particles like mold and asbestos.
From there, we plan on using vacuum equipment to exhaust the particles out of the ducts. We are also not afraid to get down to the nitty-gritty. We will use a soft-bristled brush to scrub away any of the dirty particles on the fiberglass and sheet metal duct boards.
We also intend on re-sealing and re-insulating any holes and access ports we create. Protecting your carpet and furniture is also a top priority of ours. There are strict guidelines provided by both the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) that we always closely adhere to.
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How to Prevent Air Duct Contamination
Having the ability to hire licensed HVAC professionals to clean your air ducts is nice, but there are also preventive measures you can take to ensure that your air ducts stay clean. Always having to clean the ducts yourself or constantly calling someone to clean them can be exasperating. The most important step you can take to prevent dust buildup is to make sure that you have the highest-rated air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system.
Air filters do the job of cleaning for you, so you should want to invest in the highest-rated and most efficient one you can. It is also essential that you change out the air filters in your furnace and air conditioning units regularly.
Failing to switch out old air filters could damage your HVAC units. You can even attach filters over each of the hit air registers. Make sure to follow the guidelines by the manufacturers in order to not restrict airflow and cause damage.
Benefits of Ambient Edge
There are many benefits to hiring Ambient Edge to professionally clean your air ducts. We intend to improve your HVAC system’s efficiency and airflow, reduce allergens and bacteria in the air to help with your asthma or allergies, maintain a cleaner living and working environment, and reduce unpleasant odors. Our team of knowledgeable technicians works 24/7 to assist you with emergency repairs, and you can even sign a preventative maintenance contract to have us check your air ducts once a year.
We are only one call away from helping you no longer suffer from indoor air pollution.