Air duct cleaning is becoming an increasingly used service among homeowners and in commercial buildings because so many people have seen the benefits this service has to offer. But there are others who do not understand the details of air duct or the benefits it includes. In an effort to help those who are unclear, we at DM Carpet Cleaning would like to answer the most common of the frequently answered questions.
Air Duct Cleaning FAQ
Question: What is commonly cleaned out of air ducts?
A: Climate conditions and the specific details of the surrounding environment dictate the possibilities. Air ducts push much of the outdoor air through the system, collecting all manner of debris, contagions, allergens, and pollutants. Some of most common buildup includes:
– Dust, debris, soil
– Chemical and pesticide residues
– Pollen and allergens
– Insects and pests
– Mold Spores and microbes
– Dead skin cells
– Pet hair/fur and dander
– Cigarette ash
– Cooking debris
– Fire place soot
– Construction debris, sawdust, metal/plastic shavings
– Carpet fibers
– And more
Question: How frequently should I clean the air ducts?
A: Air ducts should be cleaned every 5 years on average or every three if any of the below factors apply.
– After any home remodeling or renovations are completed.
– Before moving into a new home.
– Multiple pets.
– Regularly smokers.
– Residents that often have allergies, asthma, or have other respiratory problems.
– After any smoke, fire, or water damage along with other contamination in the home or HVAC system.
Question: Is breathing mold from air vents harmful to health?
A: It is not difficult for mold spores to find their way into the air ducts and with consistent temperatures, darkness, moisture, and access to a food source, they can take root and thrive in as little as 24 hours. The dust is a banquet for mold and air ducts is the perfect place for mold to thrive. When mol id present, people can experience chronic allergies and flu-like symptoms that surfaces frequently after long term exposure.
Question: What is professional air duct cleaning?
A: The thorough cleaning with state-of-the-art equipment, clearing all buildup caught in the ductwork of your home is a professional air duct cleaning.
Question: Are health benefits to having the air ducts cleaned by a professional?
A: The cool or warm air that passes through the ducts and is dispersed into the various rooms is done so by way of the air ducts. When the air is pushed through and makes contact with any mold, dust or other allergens, pollutants, or contagions that has accumulated, it becomes tainted and you then breathe in that air. The contaminated air induces allergies, asthma attacks and if mold is present, flu-like symptoms.
Question: Does air duct cleaning improve energy consumption?
A: A clean system can run more efficiently, according to the research conducted by the U.S. EPA is proven to put less strain on your moving parts, which minimizes energy consumption, reducing cost as well as contributing to less wear and tear on the HVAC system.