Why You Should Have Your Home's Air Ducts Professionally Cleaned
Let's Start With How Air Moves Inside Your Home
HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditions) systems move air in and around which means they will almost certainly bring in dust, debris, and dirt.
Over time the ducts through which the air circulates are going to get layers upon layers of built-up dirt and dust, pollen and mold spores, and even insects and rodent droppings.
Humid environments can facilitate mold growth in your air duct system, particularly if air conditioning has been shut off for an extended period and the air in the home has been allowed to warm
Results – WITHOUT Air Duct Cleaning
If any of your family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses it’s possible that the issue could be your home’s environment.
There are consequences to having a less-than-clean environment including:
and many more health issues (You should discuss any of these situations with your doctor)
The EPA has published guidance on identifying possible indoor air quality problems related to ducts that are not as clean as they should be.
As per the EPA, there are several key signs that your air ducts need a thorough cleaning, including:
Mold growing of inside the air ducts
The infestation of small unwanted pests and insects in the air ducts
If the air ducts are clogged with dust and other debris
How Uncleaned Air Ducts Affect Your Health and Overall Cleanliness
They can decrease the air quality of your home environment Cleaning air ducts can improve the overall health of all your family members. Medical research show that patients suffering from pulmonary health issues improved when air ducts were cleaned frequently.
Frequently, allergies, sore throat, colds and coughing can be caused or made worse by poor air quality caused by allergens and other bacteria caused by uncleaned ducts.
People with asthma and other allergies can be particularly affected, especially kids, the elderly and newborns who are very sensitive to air quality issues.
Pet dander, dust, pollen, and other allergens can build up in the ducts and then be blown throughout the home.
There is some evidence that contaminated air can actually speed up the aging process
Rodents and insects can find a home where you DON’T want. They often carry disease, bite, get into your home, and even eat your food.
Mildew and mold in your air ducts can spread a musty odor in your home
Decreased Efficiency of Your HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) System:
Dirt and other debris can hinder the efficient functioning of the HVAC equipment
Dust That Never Goes Away:
One key sign that the air ducts are in need of cleaning is the reappearance of dust on furniture and other items in your home right after you have dusted. When the ducts are dirty, they will deposit new dust (and allergens) even on the same day that dusting took place
Don’t take the risk of not cleaning your air ducts. Their cleanliness is critical to have a safe and clean home environment. Contact Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Co and schedule an inspection TODAY!
What to Look for in an Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Company
Is the air in your home or business feeling a bit stuffy? Do you find it impossible to keep up with the layers of dust appearing on your furniture? It’s probably time to have your air ducts inspected and cleaned.
Even if you’re not noticing the issues mentioned above, you should have your air ducts checked every 3 to 5 years. Over time, they naturally build up with dust and debris. They may even house mold. The best way to make sure they stay clean and your home’s air stays pure is to hire an air duct cleaning professional.
There are a few things you should expect from any quality air duct cleaning company.
Certification is the best way a company can demonstrate that they have the appropriate knowledge and skills to perform the required job at the level it needs to be. Any quality air duct cleaner should be licensed by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA).
If they’re performing additional tasks outside of air duct cleaning, you’ll want to make sure they’re properly trained and certified in those as well. Speaking of…
Multiple Service Offerings
Air ducts aren’t the only hard to reach space that should be regularly checked and cleaned in your home. You should have your dryer vents inspected about once a year. Failure to keep your dryer vents cleaned can result in your machine breaking down early or even starting on fire!
Additionally, some air duct cleaning companies are able to check the quality of your air and make sure it doesn’t contain harmful materials such as radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that in high doses can cause serious problems.
Any company you hire should be experienced. If they’re experienced, then they should have a reputation. Check reviews on Google and Facebook. See if they have any testimonials on their website. You can even ask for references, if you’d like.
Make sure that they are a reputable company before they start their work.
Air duct cleaning is generally an affordable process. Some companies, however, might try and surprise you with add-ons and hidden fees. Checking reviews can help you avoid this. However, it doesn’t hurt to ask for a quote before any work is done as well.
Professional Air Duct Cleaning in the Miami Valley
At Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Company, we provide high-quality, affordable duct cleaning services. We have been NADCA certified since 1991. We also provide dryer vent cleaning, and we’re licensed by the state of Ohio for radon testing and mitigation.
If you’re in need of air duct cleaning, radon mitigation, or dryer vent cleaning in Dayton, Ohio and surrounding communities, we have you covered. With Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Company, you can trust that you’re hiring a quality service provider.
Getting Your Heater/Furnace Ready for Winter
With fall well underway, it’s possible you’ve already turned your heat on during a particularly chilly day. When it’s 50-60 degrees outside, a furnace or central heater can warm up a home pretty quickly. Once temperatures start dropping below freezing, however, your home’s heating system is put to the test. If it’s not up to the challenge, you may be left sitting in the cold.
Whether you rely on a gas or electric heating system, it’s important to take care of it. Improper maintenance can lead to your system underperforming or breaking.Here are a few simple steps you can take to ensure you’re ready for the winter ahead.
Make Sure It’s Working
If you haven’t used your furnace yet, it’s a great idea to turn it on to confirm it’s working properly. Even if it’s already warm in your home, take a moment to switch your furnace on and make sure that hot air starts coming out the vents.
It’s better that you discover any problems now rather than later. The last thing you want is for a sudden cold day to arise, only to discover your furnacewent out since the last time you used it.
Change Your Filter
Air filters are designed to protect your HVAC system from particles that can clog them up and reduce efficiency. They also keep your home’s air clean, filtering out dust, bacteria, and other particles. Because of the important work they do, they need to be changed every 2-3 months.
Even if your furnace and AC share the same filter, and you just changed it during the summer, it’s still probably a good idea to change it now.
Have Your System Inspected and Cleaned
Even if you’re changing your air filters as you’re supposed to be, dirt and debris can build up in your system over time. That’s why it’s also important to have your system and air ducts professionally inspected and cleaned. This removes additional dust, debris, vermin, mold, and more, keeping your air clean while allowing your furnace to run at peak efficiency.
Your air ducts should be cleaned every 3 years, while your HVAC unit should be inspected at least once a year.
With the summer heat reaching its peak, many people are shutting their windows and turning up their air conditioners. While the cool air is nice, some may find they’re experiencing dry eyes, stuffy noises, itchy skin, and more.
Could your air conditioning be the cause?
The Darkside of Central Air Systems
Central air conditioning can be a wonderful thing. It allows you to have real time control over the temperature of a home or building, providing much needed comfort during the warm months of the year.
Even on more mild days, those with allergies often rely on their AC instead of opening windows due to pollen. However, left unchecked, your HVAC system can actually spread agitators, bacteria, germs, and more throughout your home or office. Over time, dust and debris build up in your ducts and AC unit.
When the AC runs, it stirs up these elements, sending them out of your vents and into the air around you. This can trigger watery eyes, itchy skin, runny noses, and more. Those with asthma may find it harder to breath. The cold, dark environments of air ducts can also be the perfect place for mold and mildew to the develop. This can cause further problems and pose a health risk to those in the building.
What Can Be Done?
Regularly changing your HVAC filter is a key part of maintaining air quality and the efficiency of your AC. The length of time between filter changes can depend on the type of filter being used, as well as how many people are present, whether or not there are pets, and more.
Even then, changing your air filter isn’t enough. In order to keep your air truly clean and free of harmful particles, your air ducts and HVAC system should be inspected and cleaned regularly as well. Having your air ducts clean can reduce dust, improve air quality, increase the efficiency of your HVAC system and more.
Cleaning your air ducts and HVAC system can help significantly. Your air ducts should be professionally inspected and cleaned every three to five years. If you’ve been noticing an increase in agitation and allergies since using your AC, it may be time to schedule an inspection.
We don’t think there’s a single person who enjoys being cold, especially in their own home. Thankfully, we have the luxury of modern heating systems to keep us warm during the winter months. That’s not to say you should just crank the heat up all the way whenever you’re feeling a little uncomfortable.
If you find yourself having to turn the thermostat higher than normal, and/or you feel drafts running through your home, you should make sure your home is properly prepared for the winter months. Here are a few ways you can keep your home a little more heat efficient.
Even when a window is closed, it can let the cold in. Glass tends to radiate extreme temperatures. Some thick curtains can help keep the cold from entering your home, but a more sure-fire way is to wrap plastic across your windows.
Not only does this lock in the cold coming from the glass, but it also blocks potential drafts you might have in your window.
Consider Insulated Entry Doors
Looking to upgrade one or more entry doors soon? Consider investing in some insulated doors. They keep your home more efficient in the summer and winter. On top of that, they’re better at keeping out sound.
While they do cost a little more, they’re long lasting and many consider them to be well worth the investment.
Make Sure Your Roof is Properly Insulated
Rooftops and attics tend to be common places for cold air to seep in. That’s why you need to make sure they’re extra insulated. The EPA recommends that attics have R-38 insulation in place, which is around 10-14 inches thick.
Check your attic and make sure it’s up to code. You’ll be surprised by how much difference a little extra insulation can make.
Don’t Block Your Heat Sources
In order for your heating system to do its job, it needs to be able to actually spread heat throughout your home. People often place furniture in front or on top of heating vents, reducing their effectiveness. Make sure your vents (or radiators) aren’t blocked.
Also, if one room is always particularly warm, consider closing (or partially closing) its vent. That should help keep things balanced.
Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned
Over time, your air ducts build up dust and debris. Not only can this leave your air and home’s surfaces dirtier, but it can impact the ability to control your home’s temperature. Cleaning your air ducts and heating/cooling system can improve efficiency and reduce wear.
Your ducts should be inspected and cleaned every 3 to 5 years by a NADCA certified member.