But as more and more people begin to realize the health implications of poor indoor air quality, we decided to write a sort of guide to help you make a more informed decision on duct cleaning.
Top Reasons to Get Your Ducts Cleaned
The best way to determine if your home could benefit from a professional duct cleaning is to have an inspection performed by a heating and cooling contractor. Duct cleaning is part of a whole-home indoor air quality improvement system and is most beneficial when:
- Your ducts have substantial mold growth – Moisture in your air ducts can cause major health problems in the form of mold, mildew and bacteria growth. Duct cleaning will remove these air pollutants and you should also ensure that the conditions that led to the moisture in your ducts are also corrected.
- There are signs of rodent or insect infestation – Insects and rodents can leave behind droppings and other contaminants that result in airborne pollutants and unpleasant odors. In such cases, duct cleaning may be the only way to remove these problems.
- Dust, debris and/or other contaminants have built up – As your air conditioner and heater circulates air through your home, dirt and debris can settle in your air ducts. You can remove these potential health hazards and improve your indoor air quality with a thorough duct cleaning.
Know What to Expect Before You Buy
If you decide that your home could benefit from a professional duct cleaning, make sure you know what it should include. There are companies that advertise very cheap duct cleaning services that do an inadequate job, which can actually worsen your home’s indoor air quality.
In their information on duct cleaning, the EPA emphasizes the importance of a full cleaning. “Failure to clean the components of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits.”
A thorough duct cleaning will clean all of your system’s components, including:
- Supply ductwork
- Return ductwork
- Heat exchanger
- Cooling coil
Not sure if duct cleaning service is right for your home? Schedule a consultation with one of our air quality experts.
HVAC Warehouse provides a full suite of indoor air quality products and services to residents in Virginia Beach and the surrounding areas.