Having your ducts cleaned is a great idea. Most people are now aware that indoor air quality is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. Because you know that air ducts get dirty over time and need to be occasionally serviced, it just makes good sense as a homeowner to give your system a good air duct cleaning, especially here in the Twin Cities.
The overall condition of your heating and cooling system plays a key role in your home’s indoor air quality. Problems can range from excessive amounts of dust and debris building up in the system to measurable levels of mold growth, in extreme cases. Residents now have access to an excellent service provider, Airtech!
WHY SHOULD I CLEAN MY DUCTS?
Dirty air ducts have been identified as a major source of indoor air pollution, Your air duct system is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, mold, mildew, fungi, and other health threatening organisms.
WHAT ARE THE SOURCES OF AIR DUCT CONTAMINATION?
All inside air was once outside air, so all of the dust, chemicals, pollen, insects and mold spores in the outside air can be pulled into the air system. People shed millions of tiny dead skin cells every hour. Cooking smoke, household insect sprays, personal care products are also a source of pollutants. Many construction materials, carpets, wood products and plastics give off pollutants as well. During construction or remodeling activities, many types of dust are produced and find their way into the duct work. If the duct components were stored outside prior to construction, they may have collected dust, rain water and even mold before they were installed in a system.
WILL MY HOUSE BE LESS DUSTY?
Yes! The inside of your duct work is the equivalent of an extra room in your home that never gets dusted or vacuumed. When the furnace or A/C fan turns on, dust from the duct work gets churned up and blown into the rooms of your home.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE MY AIR DUCTS CLEANED?
Once an air system is thoroughly cleaned, it should remain clean for 3 to 7 years if properly maintained and a high arrestance filter is installed. A standard disposable filter only stops about 10% of the airborne contaminates, allowing 90% of the dust in the room to flow back into the air system. To maintain protection against biological growth, an EPA registered biocide should be applied every 6 to 12 months by a qualified duct cleaning professional.