When Is It Time To Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?
For most people, the air ducts in your home are “out of sight, out of mind”. Often, we don’t even realize that they need to be cleaned until it is well overdue. Air ducts and air filters are unique for each home, so it is hard to make general assumptions or give “cookie cutter” advice. Some organizations recommend inspecting air ducts every 3 years, while others say to do so on an “as needed” basis. However, there are two key indicators that can prove it is time to have a professional come out and do a through inspection of your air ducts!
Extreme Allergies & Unusual Illness
It is true, “we are what we eat”….and also true “we are what we breathe”. The air quality in your home or workplace can have a drastic effect on the health of your household and employees. If someone in the building is experiencing extreme allergy symptoms or an unusual illness, it could very likely be an effect of poor air quality. Air ducts can often become infested with vermin or mold, both of which, can make a person sick. Angie’s List’s customers report that after air duct cleaning, they have enjoyed a much higher air quality and drastically reduced allergy symptoms.
Odd Scent & Low Air Flow
Many buildings do not schedule routine air duct cleaning, in fact, some property managers may not even have any record of the last air duct cleaning service. Over time, air ducts become clogged with dust and dirt particles and the air flow becomes extremely limited. According to the national Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the average six-room house collects 40 pounds of dirt, dust and allergens in its air ducts each year! It is said that an average air filter will only collect 10% of dirt, that leaved 90% piling up in your air ducts. Often, the dirt, pet dander and mold can get dispersed into the air and can be detected by a fowl scent and even at the worst cases you can visually see the dust blowing out of the air vents.
If either of these key indicators are present in your building, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you hire a professional air duct cleaning company, like Bonded Carpet. A technician will first perform a vigorous inspection of the air vents, possibly using professional video equipment to view the hard to see areas of the dirty air ducts, to first ensure there are no signs of Asbestos. Next, the technician will utilize a HEPA vacuum and specialized brushes to remove all of the contaminates and then replace the air filters, and then seal up any access holes that were opened.