It’s natural from time to time to consider residential duct cleaning services for your HVAC System ducts. After all, you spend a lot of time and effort keeping your home clean, so removing dust accumulation in your ducts makes sense.
But before you jump in, there are a few things to consider. These include understanding if your system is working efficiently, what’s wrong with it, identifying health risks and how to avoid damage to your ducts.
Before proceeding, here are five facts about residential duct cleaning you should understand.
Signs That There’s Something Wrong With Your HVAC System
Is your system working poorly? Are you seeing signs of excessive dirt in your ducts, such as dust stains on outlet vents and diffusers? While this may indicate the need to clean your diffusers, if cleaning the vents doesn’t work, it points to the fact that dust is getting into your system and needs to be removed. While doing this, also check your HVAC filter is clean and there are no leaks that are allowing dust to bypass the filter.
Health Risks Associated With Your HVAC System
Although normal dust doesn’t contain excessive levels of microbes, this is not true if you have any form of vermin infestation or mold in your ducts. You could be filling your home with undesirable germs. The same applies to water ingress, particularly if the ductwork remains damp.
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Not only does this pose a health risk, but it’s likely that your residential ducts will suffer damage. If this is the case, establish the reasons for vermin infestation, mold or water damage and have it corrected.
Signs That Residential Duct Cleaning Services Are Necessary
Sometimes it’s possible to fix the problem by changing your air filter. However, if this doesn’t work, or if there’s other contamination, then duct cleaning is necessary, especially if you notice any of the following:
- Mold: It’s important to clean or replace ducting that’s contaminated by mold.
- Vermin infestation: For health reasons, remove waste left by rats, mice, insects or birds
- Clogged ducts: Blocked or badly clogged ducts need cleaning
- Water damage: Repair and clean water-damaged ducting
Because the National Institutes of Health recommend against using biocide during cleaning, you may need to replace contaminated sections of duct. It’s essential the cause of residential duct contamination is identified and fixed so that you don’t experience a recurrence of the same problems.
Your Entire HVAC System Requires Residential Duct Cleaning Services
If you are going to get your residential ducting cleaned, then don’t neglect the rest of the system. Clean the entire HVAC system. Also, have the system serviced to make sure it’s working efficiently. Replace the air filter and get air leaks repaired. Clean the blower blades and heat exchanger coil, and remove debris and dirt on air-conditioner cooling fins. Seal access doors to prevent air leakage.
Beware! Duct Cleaning May Actually Cause Damage to Your Ducts!
Many HVAC duct installations use flexible duct work, known as flex-duct. This has a thin inner lining surrounded by insulation and a fragile outer cover. A steel or plastic coil internally supports the duct to retains its shape.
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The inner lining of the duct is very thin and easily torn by brushes used to clean ducts. If this happens, the torn duct will restrict air flow, reducing overall efficiency. Because some damage is inevitable, always allow for duct repairs.
Selecting a Residential Duct Cleaning Services Contractor
You want to be sure you select the right Residential Duct Cleaning Services contractor, so ask around for recommendations and select someone with a good reputation. Avoid contractors who make extravagant promises. Insist on a contract so you know exactly what the contractor is going to do and how much it’s going to cost you.
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