Q. Why do air ducts need cleaning and how often?
A. Your HVAC system and air ducts should be cleaned for the same reason that your home needs cleaning. Imagine the state of your home had it not been cleaned for three to five years! Most homeowners keep very clean homes, but do not have the proper equipment to keep their air ducts in the same condition. Even new homes can have air ducts that are filled with construction debris. It is recommended that HVAC systems be cleaned once every 2 -3 years to prevent buildup of molds, mildews, dust, hair, pollen, and other debris. Regular cleanings can also help catch any problems your ducts early, before major damage occurs.
Q. How often should I have my furnace and ductwork cleaned and inspected?
A. While other air duct cleaning companies will tell you to clean it annually, Premium Duct Cleaning will work with you to determine how often your HVAC ductwork requires cleaning. We base this on your family’s health concerns and the environment you live in.
Q. Why should I clean my ducts regularly?
A. Cleaning your air ducts is like washing your windows; they will stay clean for some time, but eventually will accumulate dirt all over again. Debris and indoor air pollution that travels through your house gets into your ductwork, constantly building up. This expedites the creation of harmful mold, mildew, bacteria and fungus. The EPA has found in a study of 10,000 households, indoor air was, on average, 37 percent more polluted than the air outside.
Q. Wouldn’t an air filtering machine remove the same contaminants from my air?
A. No filter, not even the expensive electrostatic kind, is 100% effective at filtering out contaminants from your duct system, as some can be microscopically small. Harmful contaminants can also enter your ducts from areas other than where your filter is located. Once air goes through your filter, it settles into the machinery that makes up your furnace and air conditioner. As a result, every time your system turns on, the moving parts and vibration shake up the dust that typically settles in your ducts — and the air that just went through your filter now blows dust into your home. The process of heating and cooling your home creates the kind of temperature and humidity changes in your ducts that enable the growth of unhealthy mold, fungus and bacteria, something air filtering machines simply cannot stop.
Q. How can I tell if I have harmful air duct contaminants?
A. Unhealthy contaminants are mostly microscopic, but there are ways for you to detect if these irritants may be blowing out of your ducts and into the air you breathe.
- Do people who live in your home suffer from allergy, sinus, or bronchial problems?
- Are there soiled or discolored areas around your vent covers?
- Are there any unusual odors when the furnace or air conditioning is operating?
- Have you experienced a recent fire, water loss or flooding?
- Have you had any recent remodeling or construction?
If you have even the slightest suspicion that your air ducts may be contaminated, now is the time to call us and let us find out for sure. The earlier you discover the problem, the easier and cheaper it will be to fix it.
Q. Will getting a vent cleaning save me money in the long run?
A. Yes! Research conducted by the EPA has shown that the removal of debris that builds up inside HVAC systems can improve air flow up to 20% or more. As a result, your system will not have to run as long to the job it was intended to do. This will reduce energy bills and heat and cool your home faster.