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Why Air Duct Cleaning Is Important and What It Involves

May 6, 2015

Indoor air quality is an important attribute when it comes to maintaining a clean and healthy living space for you and your loved ones. Everybody wants to be able to breathe clean air but, quite naturally, everyday living creates buildup of dirt, dust, and other unwanted particles in your home which then leads to it entering the air ductwork. Although it doesn’t pose serious threats to individuals, it can affect a great majority of the people in your home so it is important to get your air ducts cleaned from time to time. Keep reading to fully understand common questions associated with duct cleaning, the importance of duct cleaning, and what it involves:

What exactly are air ducts?

Air ducts are pathways that carry the hot and cool air that is created from a HVAC system to the various rooms throughout a home. They are typically round or square, made out of sheet metal, and built in walls but sometimes exposed near the ceiling. home air ducts

Why should I get my air ducts cleaned?

The buildup of dirt and other contaminants do not cause serious problems to everybody but the several people who suffer from allergies or respiratory issues and can be affected immensely by dirty air ducts. Especially if you have dogs or cats, smokers in the home, have recently moved into a new home, have a large household, or your air vents are located on the floor rather than on the wall or ceiling, your air ducts are prone to collect dust and other contaminants overtime. Depending on these factors as well as other characteristics such as the size of your home or the quality of your air ducts, it is recommended that air ducts get cleaned about every 3-5 years. Not only will it improve the overall experience of your home but it will also immensely improve the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system. Your heating and air conditioning system doesn’t have to work as hard to provide hot or cold air and the likelihood of the system failing will be much lower. Additionally, when you kick on your furnace or air conditioner for the first time in a while, you will not experience that strange, burnt scent which happens due to the dirt and dust found in your ductwork.

How does duct cleaning work?

duct air return

The only proven and most effective method of air duct cleaning is the negative air pressure push/pull system.  It uses a heavy duty pulling mechanism to pull out any debris but at the same time pushes air to successfully flush out any dust, allergens, or bacteria throughout the entire ductwork and ensure your heating and cooling systems are working as efficiently as possible. Also any vents and vent covers should be properly cleaned to remove any debris to further guarantee the best indoor air for your home.

In addition to cleaning the air ducts, there are also other ways to ensure your air ducts give off the best quality air. Depending on the condition of your air ducts, sanitation, deodorization, and mold treatment may be necessary.

It is very common and highly possible that you are not sure of the condition of your air ducts and whether or not they should not only be cleaned but also sanitized, deodorized, or treated for mold. In this case, give Superior Water and Air a call and we will come to your home for a free estimate.