Many people are seeing the benefits of professional air duct cleaning for their home and even business. It helps improve the indoor air quality, the HVAC system efficiency, and reduce power consumption. Despite so many seeing the advantages that are reaped with a professional air duct cleaning, there are still quite a few people that are in the dark. In an effort to help consumers get some basic information concerning air duct cleaning, we at American Hometown Services, Inc would like to answer a handful of the most common frequently asked questions.
Air Duct Cleaning FAQ’s
Question: What is a professional air duct cleaning service?
A: Over time, the air ducts collect the debris that floats in the air, which is much like the compacted filth in the air filter. As the buildup obstructs the ducts, it takes powerful equipment and the training of a professional to completely clean out all the junk, restoring them back to their original state.
Question: What types of particulates are found in air vents and ducts?
A: Specifics depend on the regions’ climate and environment. Air ducts are not only circulating the treated air, but it also collects the air from the outdoors. Outdoor air is filled with an assortment of airborne allergens, pollutants, contagions, soils, and other such debris. Some of the most common particulates include the following:
– Carpet fibers
– Chemical and pesticide residues
– Cigarette ash
– Construction debris, sawdust, metal/plastic shavings
– Cooking debris
– Dead skin cells
– Dust, debris, soil
– Fire place soot
– Insects and pests
– Mold Spores and microbes
– Pet hair/fur and dander
– Pollen and allergens
– And more
Question: If mold growth is found in the air ducts and vents, is it a health concern?
A: In as little 24 hours, mold spores can take hold and thrive. Mold spores are more abundant than what people think and can get into the air ducts fairly easily and with consistent temperatures, darkness, moisture, and access to a food source mold will spread. Air ducts are an ideal place for mold to grow and with long term exposure people will experience chronic allergies and/or flu-like symptoms.
Question: Does air duct cleaning improve the occupant’s health?
A: The air ducts disperse the cool or heated air, depending on the season and thermostat settings, throughout the rooms in the home. The air is instantly contaminated from the outdoor air, consisting of dust and allergens, potential mold, pollutants, and other contagions. Those that suffer from allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems can find relief with a professional air duct cleaning. If mold is present, the cleaning can also alleviate the mold’s impact to your health.
Question: How does air duct cleaning reduce energy use?
A: Research conducted by the U.S. EPA has documented that a clean system can run more efficiently, as it is proven that the moving parts are less strained; needing less energy to perform its function thereby reducing cost as well as contributing to less wear and tear on the HVAC system.
Question: What are the recommended time frame residential homes get air duct cleaning?
A: Homeowners should get their air ducts cleaned every 3-5 years. The more of the following factors apply suggest the more frequent you should schedule services.
– If one or multiple people living in the home have respiratory problems including allergies or asthma.
– Smoking is common in or just outside the home.
– Indoor pets.
You should consider an air duct cleaning if:
– Contamination in the home or HVAC system such as mold, water, fire, and smoke damage.
– Following the completion of any home remodeling or renovations.
– Prior to moving into a new home.
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If you are due for a professional air duct cleaning, call in the experts of American Hometown Services, Inc today and let our specialists do the rest.