Do you know about the benefits of duct cleaning? Although you probably don’t often think about your air ducts, cleaning them can make a surprising difference in your quality of life. Many consumers believe that air duct cleaning is an unnecessary service, but some strange things may well be lurking in your home’s ductwork.
Is Air Duct Cleaning Necessary?
Experts estimate that the average American home has never had its ducts cleaned, and fewer than 15 percent of U.S. homeowners report having their ducts cleaned regularly.
If you’re one of the many who don’t, consider this: The health benefits you and your family will experience are likely to far outweigh the expense. The Air Duct Cleaners Association estimates that the average home accumulates 40 pounds of dirt, debris, and allergens each year in its air ducts. Fungus, mold, dust mites, and pollens thrive in this buildup and seriously degrade the quality of indoor air. As a result, you and your family can experience allergies, eye irritation and breathing problems. For those people who already have asthma or other respiratory problems, poor indoor air quality can cause these conditions to worsen significantly.
When to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned
It is important to have your home’s air ducts cleaned regularly if you have pets, live in a humid or dusty area or if construction has been done in your area recently. Unless your home is new, it is difficult to know how well the previous owners maintained it. Unsavories that can accumulate in ductwork include bugs, rodent feces, mold, mildew and other environmental pollutants. Air flow can become restricted, reducing the efficiency of your HVAC system. If your family is experiencing allergies or breathing problems, or if you find yourself having to dust frequently, you likely need your ducts cleaned. Take off a vent cover (register) and look inside for dust buildup or debris. Reach in and swipe your finger or a light-colored cloth across the duct surface. The results will speak for themselves.
Finding an Air Duct Cleaning Service
The best air duct cleaning service companies are those that offer and perform the service on a regular basis. Hiring a handyman or trying to do this work yourself is likely to stir up more problems than it resolves, potentially damaging your system or causing duct leaks. This is a fragile process requiring specialized training and equipment. Find a licensed, local company that offers this service. The cost of residential air vent cleaning will vary depending on many factors, but be wary of those companies that use harsh chemicals. Calling on a reputable, locally owned company will give you peace of mind and clear air for you and your family.
Complete Appliance Repair offers comprehensive duct cleaning and maintenance service throughout the Salt Lake City area. Air conditioning season is right around the corner. Contact the friendly, professional staff at Complete Appliance today and schedule your duct cleaning.