Should I have my air ducts cleaned?
Air ducts collect a lot of dust over time. The average six roomed home collects over 40 pounds of dust, allergens, and possible mold in its air ducts each year. Air duct cleaning therefore, ensures that the air circulating into your home is healthy, safe, and free of pollutants.
Living in Arizona puts us on the higher end of that average. Dust storms are also very common here. Consequentially, dust storms increase the amount of dust that gets trapped in your air ducts.
Your Air Ducts
Your air duct system conveys forced heat and cooling into your home. It also conveys any pollutants and debris that may be present inside your ducts. As a result, the pollutants and debris accumulation in the ducts when combined with moisture can stick to the duct walls and become a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and other micro-organisms. Furthermore, breathing dust and micro-organism on a regular bases can compromise your health. Cleaning your ducts ensures that the air circulating into your home is healthy, safe, and free of pollutants.
Cold Air Return: What is it, and why it should be cleaned.
The cold air return(s) is an integral part of the home ventilation system. It is therefore, easily identified by its large vent size and close proximity to the furnace. Often there is more than one cold air return in a home. The cold air return draws air from the home into the furnace. Unfortunately, it also draws in all the common debris present in homes such as carpet fiber, dust, pet hair, etc. Since the cold air return vent is the gateway to most debris and contaminants, cleaning it is an important part of the air duct cleaning.
There are different methods for cleaning air ducts:
The negative pressure method
The negative pressure method vacuums loose debris out of air ducts. The Deep Cleaning (Duct Brushing) is employed in cases where the ducts have not been cleaned regularly or for an extended period of time. In a moisture rich environment loose debris in the ducts mixes with moisture and results in build up on the walls of the ducts. This buildup hence provides an inviting environment for mildew, mold, and bacteria. A motorized rotating brush scrubs the walls of the ducts in such case where scrubbing is required.
Sanitization (Mold, mildew, and odor removal).
Therefore, air duct sanitizer is often recommended and applied after deep cleaning. It de-oxidizes the buildup remnants, removes odors, and retards future growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. Specifically manufactured for air duct sanitation in homes an EPA registered solution is applied to sanitize the the air ducts when sanitation is needed. It’s safe and leaves no toxic residue or odor. MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is also available upon request.
We use a 4×4 HEPA filtration vacuum designed by professional air duct manufacturer, Air-Care. This machine is capable of safely removing large amounts of dust and trapping it in the unit preventing the dust from recirculating in your home.