WHY SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR AIR DUCTS?
Did you know that dirty air ducts could be responsible for a number of household problems? Not only are dirty air ducts a fire hazard, they can have multiple negative effects on your home and family. Your home should be a happy, healthy place with high quality air. Don’t let dirty air ducts destroy the health and energy benefits of your home.
Why should you have your air ducts cleaned? Buildup of contaminants over time can lead to all kinds of health and energy problems around your home. Basic maintenance and air filter replacement are a must, but sometimes more than simple maintenance needs to be done. Here are some signs that your air ducts may be dirty:
You and your family have the sniffles. It may be more than just the changing season! Contaminants such as pet dander, mold, and other pollutants can build up around the heating element in your furnace system, causing allergies to kick into overdrive. If you and your family members need to breathe a little easier around your home, check into having your air ducts cleaned professionally. It’s recommended that households with young children, elderly members, or pets have their ducts cleaned more frequently.
Your HVAC system seems to be working overtime. Of course you want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible. Air has to flow freely in order for your system to effectively heat and cool your home. Contaminants in air ducts can clog or even block airflow causing your HVAC system to work overtime to keep your home warm or cool. If it seems you just can’t get the right temperature, dirty air ducts may be to blame.
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You see dust or dirt blowing from the vents staining or blowing dust onto your ceiling. Your air ducts may be dangerously dirty if it gets to this point and calling a professional sooner rather than later will be your best plan. Other imminent signs of ducts that need to be cleaned are visible mold or signs of rodent or insect infestation in your air ducts. You don’t want your family breathing that in! Air ducts with this big a problem are more than a health hazard. Your home could be at risk for fire and water damage, back ups in your HVAC system, and other dangerous problems.
While there is no specific scientific evidence directly linking air quality to health, we can all agree that cleaner air is better for us! There simply hasn’t been enough research into the benefits of cleaner indoor air, however, both experts and homeowners believe that air quality is important to a healthy, happy home. When it comes to your and your family’s health, why would you want to continue to breathe dirty air? Breathing quality indoor air in your home can make the difference between feeling run down and feeling your best.
Dirty air ducts could be responsible for your increased energy bill as well. Not only are dirty air ducts a dangerous fire hazard, they can cause heating and cooling problems too, causing your system to run less efficiently than it should. If your HVAC system is clogged, it cannot work like it’s meant to and cleaning may be in order. Experts agree cleaning out your air ducts periodically is a good idea because it can prevent fires, health problems, and other HVAC issues in your home.
Now that you know you need an air duct cleaning, what can you do? Identify if ac duct sealing is necessary to help mitigate microbial growth and dust. First, book an assessment of your air ducts. These are usually free and can be done on the same day as the cleaning. If your air ducts are dirty, the professional technician will be able to tell using special tools. Make sure the contractor you use is licensed and insured and has the proper equipment. Not only can skimping on the cost of air duct cleaning cost you more in the long run, using un-certified or unprofessional technicians can cause a host of other problems. Improper cleaning of your air ducts can result in tears and disconnections in the air ducts, dirt and dust blowing back into your home, and an increase in other household problems such as water damage and fire hazards.
How does air duct cleaning work? Along with regular maintenance and filter replacement that you do around your home, a highly trained technician can also give your air ducts a full powered cleaning. In order to clean your air ducts, the technician will first run a dislodging tool, also known as a snake, through the ducts to assess blockages and dislodge any clogs. Then the technician will use a high powered vacuum to remove smaller debris and clean the ducts thoroughly.
Remember to choose a licensed and insured professional to clean your air ducts properly and without risk to your other property. This is not a job for a neighbor with a shop vac or a cut rate contractor. Without the proper equipment, such as a HEPA vacuum and a whip brush, your air ducts may not be cleaned properly and other problems such as torn or disconnected ducts, dirt in your home, or damage to walls, ceilings, and other property may occur. Treat your home and family to clean healthy air today!
HVAC Cleaning Services: Enhancing Indoor Air Quality and System Efficiency
Our HVAC cleaning services are designed to improve indoor air quality and enhance the efficiency of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Over time, dust, dirt, allergens, and other contaminants can accumulate within your HVAC system, leading to poor indoor air quality, reduced system performance, and potential health risks.
With our comprehensive HVAC cleaning services, we thoroughly clean and sanitize all components of your HVAC system, including air ducts, coils, blower fans, air handlers, and more. Our skilled technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to remove built-up debris, allergens, and microbial growth, ensuring that your HVAC system operates at peak efficiency and provides clean, healthy air for you and your family.
From air duct cleaning to coil and air handler cabin cleaning, we tailor our services to meet the unique needs of your HVAC system and address any specific concerns you may have. Whether you’re experiencing reduced airflow, musty odors, or increased energy bills, our team is here to help restore your HVAC system to optimal performance.
By investing in professional HVAC cleaning services, you can enjoy numerous benefits, including improved indoor air quality, enhanced system efficiency, reduced energy costs, and extended HVAC system lifespan. Trust our experienced technicians to provide thorough and reliable HVAC cleaning services that ensure a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment for you and your loved ones.
HOW MUCH DOES AIR DUCT CLEANING COST?
The short answer is between five and seven hundred dollars, depending on a number of factors. Some of these factors include: the size of your home, how dirty your ducts are, where the ducts are located, and the expert you hire.
How big is your home? The size of your home often determines the number of vents you have in your home which will in turn determine how much duct work you have to clean. Larger homes typically have more vents and thus more ductwork. Contractors typically charge thirty to forty dollars per vent and it’s duct, so if you have a large home, you will be looking at a larger fee. More duct work means more area to clean and a longer cleaning period, so larger homes with more duct work will be more expensive than smaller homes.
How dirty are your ducts? Obviously the dirtier your ducts are the harder they will be to clean. The technician will use specialized equipment to clean your dirty ducts, but if they have to do more than normal, the fee will reflect that. How do you know your air ducts are dirty? Some common signs of dirty air ducts are increased allergies in the household family members and low or no air flow from the vents. Dust or dirt blowing from the vents or more dust than usual inside the house are also signs your air ducts need a good cleaning. Your air filter may also give away dirty ducts. If you are changing it more often than usual, chances are your system needs cleaning.
Where are your ducts located? Do you know where your home’s air ducts are located? If they’re in a crawl space or behind a wall, you could be looking at extra fees. This does not apply to most people. If your ducts are located in hard to reach places, the charge will be higher than if your ducts are in easy to access places like attics and garages. The harder your ducts are to reach, the more you are likely to pay. Most companies offer a free estimate so you will know ahead of time if you have hard to reach air ducts.
Which expert will you hire? This can be the most telling factor in the decision to clean your air ducts. The professional you choose should have a good mixture of quality, experience, and common sense value. You don’t want to waste your money hiring a contractor who’s too expensive, but remember that it will also waste money to get out too cheap. Make sure the contractor you hire does the following: cleans your system out completely. Does not blow dirt or dust back into your home. Doesn’t damage the ducts or other parts of your home while cleaning.
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How Do You Know When HVAC Duct's Should be Cleaned?
How do you know when it’s time to clean the air ducts? A great time to have them cleaned is before you move into that new house. You may even be able to get it as part of your closing costs. It’s the best time to clean out the air of your new home. Another sign is developing or increased allergies, asthma, or other breathing problems in you or your family members. While there’s no scientific evidence linking indoor air quality to health, common sense tells us that breathing easier is a must in our homes. If you have to change your air filter more often than normal or you have an unusual amount of dust in your home, it may be a sign a good cleaning is order.
What can you do? Locate your vents and air intake and look for signs of dust or dirt. If you’re feeling little or no airflow, that’s another sign. It’s time to book your assessment and get your estimate. Most technicians should offer these for free or include them in the price of the cleaning. Remember a professional cleaning should cost somewhere between 500 and 700 dollars depending on the size of your home and the size of the job. Make sure you know what you are paying upfront so you don’t get double dealt by unethical contractors.
Use a licensed and insured contractor. Skimping on up front costs can end up costing you more in the long run. This is a job for a professional with professional equipment, such as a HEPA vacuum system and a flexible whip brush for the insides of the ducts. Beware of contractors who offer you too low a price or don’t offer an up front estimate. It’s possible they plan to attach fees later for surprises on the job. An ethical contractor will tell you about any problems upfront. Plus you can have an idea of how dirty your ducts are before you call them.
Air duct cleaning isn’t cheap, but it will save you health and energy costs in the future. Save on doctors bills and medications for your family members with allergies. Save on your energy costs with an efficiently running system. Save headaches literal and figurative with a professional air duct cleaning today.
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