Air duct cleaning
Having a safe, secure and healthy living environment is important for you and your family. While you may work hard to keep your home clean and free of bacteria and germs, other dangers may lurk in your home that you aren’t aware of. Bacteria, mold and other harmful contaminants can hide in your heating and ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that indoor air has been found to be up to 70 percent more polluted than outdoor air. Failure to regularly clean and maintain your HVAC system can lead to an increase in health complications. AAA Duct Cleaning has the know-how to keep you and your family healthy and safe every day!
If someone in your home suffers from allergies or if your vents spew out visible dust particles then it is reasonable to have your air ducts cleaned. It is also reasonable to assume that over time your ducts will become filled with dust, mites and other debris, which if left unchecked might become damp and form the radius for mold growth. And therefore, occasional air duct cleaning can potentially prevent the development of harmful mold growth in your home. If any of these concerns apply to you, give AAA Duct Cleaning a call and we will be happy to make a professional assessment of your air duct cleaning needs.
Watch for the following signs that an air duct cleaning is overdue:
- Dirty supply and return vent covers.
- Dark filtration lines on the walls, ceiling or carpet that surround the vents.
- Excessive dust in the home.
- Variance in temperature or air flow throughout the house.
- An increase in the energy needed to operate the HVAC system at desired settings.
- This may indicate that dirt and debris are blocking coils and/or ductwork, restricting flow and spiking utility bills.
- New furnace or ductwork.
- A recent remodel/construction project.
- Water damage or flooding that occurred in the ductwork, which could cause sediment build-up in the system.
Air Duct Cleaning Facts
- EPA claims indoor air has been found to be up to 70% more polluted than outdoor air (EPA)
- Children are more likely than adults to be affected by polluted indoor air (Dept. of Consumer Affairs)
- The average 6 room house collects 40 pounds of dust a year (Discover Magazine)
- Air ducts have more germs than a chicken coop (American Lung Association)
- A build up of 0.42 inches of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease in efficiency of 21% (EPA)
- 9 out of 10 heating, ventilating, air conditioning systems failures are caused by dust and dirt (Louisiana Coop Extension Service)
- Duct Cleaning Does More Than Clear the Air
Dirty ducts circulate dirty air. They can also provide a breeding ground for a variety of microbial growth such as mold and bacteria, and can even shorten the life of your furnace and air conditioner. Having your ducts professionally cleaned can enhance air quality, eliminate built-up dirt and improve overall air circulation. Your service can also include sanitizing to minimize any microbial growth within your duct work. Best of all, ducts cleaned by qualified service technicians continue to provide all these benefits for an average of 3-4 years.
By having your air ducts cleaned regularly, you’ll help improve the indoor air quality in your home, and enhance the efficiency of your heating/cooling system, which may reduce energy bills. Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be the first order of business. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminates like mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.
Dirty duct systems are a major source of indoor air pollution. Airborne contaminants are pulled into the ducts every time the heating and cooling system runs. Over time, these contaminants build up inside the ductwork, creating an ideal breeding ground for mold, bacteria, fungi and other microbes. Particles drawn into the air ducts also pass through fiberglass filters and infiltrate into HVAC equipment, undermining the performance and energy efficiency of these systems. That can lead to higher repair and maintenance costs, and shorter service life in the long run. According to the EPA, a build-up of only 0.42" of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can decrease efficiency by 21%.
Air duct cleaning is a proactive solution to these problems. It can enhance indoor air quality, improve overall air circulation, eliminate built-up dirt and contaminants, and extend the life of heating and cooling systems.
Indoor Air Pollution is one risk
you can do something about.
FACT: 50% of all illnesses are either caused by, or aggravated by, polluted indoor air. (the American Medical Association and the American Medical College of Allergists.)
FACT: Children and the elderly are especially affected by indoor polluted air. (Dept. of Consumer Affairs)
FACT: One out of six people who suffer from allergies do so because of the direct relationship to fungi and bacteria in the air duct system. (Total Health and Better Health Magazine))
FACT: The proportion of buildings with mold growth in North America is perhaps as high as 20 - 40%. Data from the United States suggests that 40% of buildings are moldy. (Mold Health Guide, Phillip Fry)
Since all the air in your home circulates through your air ducts, anytime you use your furnace the dust circulates too. Although the filter in your furnace helps trap some of this dust, much still settles on the inside of your air ducts. Over time, it can build up into a thick layer.
Even though it settles, it doesn’t stop circulating in your home. Some of it is picked up by the air flowing through your ductwork and re-enters the air in your rooms. If you look closely at the heat register in a room you don’t use often, you can see the dust on the openings. That’s just a tiny fraction of what lies behind the register and lines every square inch of your ductwork.
That accumulation continues to re-circulate and causes turbulence in your ducts, reducing your heating and cooling system’s efficiency. The dust re-circulating in your home settles on surfaces and can even trigger allergies and asthma.
Eliminating accumulated dust in your home’s air ducts is AAA Duct Cleaning specialty. Our powerful van-mounted equipment lets our expert technicians remove the accumulated contamination from your home quickly and efficiently. Your house will stay cleaner and allergy and asthma symptoms will be reduced. As a bonus, you’ll save on your energy bills.
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