Clean air ducts can help decrease breathing problems and electric bills

Have air ducts inspected annually by a certified provider

Even if you pride yourself on being squeaky clean, the tiny dust particles released when you vacuum carpets or polish furniture often get recirculated through your house, all thanks to your air-conditioning system. And then you breathe all that dust back in. But there are a few things you can do to help the dust settle somewhere besides your lungs. Getting your duct cleaned on a regular basis can improve the air quality within your home or business.

Over time, air ducts get dirty. When you look around and start seeing dust and dirt settling around your ventilation grilles, on ceiling fan blades or on your furniture, this is a good indication that dirt and dust particles are being circulated through the ventilation system. The dust flying around the ventilation system also includes chemicals you use in the home, including things like hair spray or the cleaner you spritz on the countertop. Dander from pets also contribute to air contamination. Getting your ducts cleaned will improve the air quality within your living space.

The filter on your air condition system does help. Just how much depends on how good your filter is and whether your return air duct can handle the type of filter you are using. If the return is too small for your unit, pressure can build up in your system, causing it not to operate as efficiently. Your filter traps a lot of the dust being circulated. That’s why you want to change your filters on a regular basis.

Routine duct maintenance comes with other benefits besides cleaner air. You can also see reduced utility bills with proper duct maintenance. Cleaning the blower, the coils and the duct system can result in up to a 10 percent savings.

Dust leads to mold, upper respiratory problems

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In hot, humid climates, it is especially important to keep dust out of the system because dust and dirt are food source for mold. Routine cleaning and keeping it clean reduce the likelihood of having mold in your air supply. A lot of time the dust in in your home or business does affect you if you have asthma or allergies. Combined with dealing with mold, it will absolutely cause upper respiratory problems.

You need a professional

Air duct cleaning can be very beneficial. To do the job, you need a professional. You need someone who has been trained to do the job and will do it correctly. To clean the ducts, grilles are removed, the inside of the ductwork is brushed, and a vacuum is used to capture the dust, to avoid recontaminating the air. After cleaning, some providers will use sealants to coat and resurface any dilapidated insulation. There are currently no Environmental Protection Agency-registered sanitizers on the market for ductwork. However, you can disinfect components like coils or the blower. When you hire someone, make sure to check them out. Make sure that they have the certifications to clean the system like it should be.

When to clean

You should have your system inspected annual to make sure your coils, return air and ductwork are clean. When you should have them cleaned depends on what goes on in your living space. If you have remodeled, changed carpets or done any construction work, it’s a good time to get the duct system cleaned, because improvement projects stir up a lot of dust. If you have never have your ducts inspected or cleaned, now would be a good time.