Is your AC and heater working harder than it should? Does your family suffer from allergies?
Indoor air quality is a big deal. While plenty of people think about outdoor air quality, some people breathe far more pollution in their homes than they ever will outside. And while your ducts aren't the only source of irritants, they can be a major one.
Duct cleaning comes with a bit of controversy, but we do offer the service because we've seen the benefits. Here's what you need to know.
Superfluous duct cleanings aren't worth it. But when duct cleaning does need to be done? You'll be happy you did.
The EPA recommends duct cleaning when:
Some dust and debris is normal. It passes through the vent all the time. Most of it continues its journey to get caught in your air filter, where it's dealt with. But dust and debris which clogs your ducts and gets into your air is not.
The easiest way is to choose an accessible vent. Pull off the cover and look inside. Look for large clumps of dust or debris
Check for green or black growths, too. This could be mold or it could be mildew. While the EPA only warns against mold, mildew can irritate your mucous membranes, lungs, and throat just as much.
Sometimes it's even easier to tell. If you look at your vents and see a whole lot of dust and dirt on the surface of the vent, you're looking at a visible sign the dust and debris is making it into your home.
Last but not least, look at your power bill. Sometimes people call us because they think their AC or heater is in need of repair. Their power bills have skyrocketed and they don't know why. Sometimes the problem is dirty ducts instead! Restricted airflow means a system that has to work harder than ever to do its job.
Maybe, maybe not.
Sanitization is appropriate when there's evidence of mold, mildew, or some other microbial growth in your ducts. We'll show it to you if we find it.
If there's no evidence of growth there's no reason to use the sanitizers. We use low-tox sanitizers in the uninsulated areas of your ducts to prevent the growth from returning. What we want to avoid is creating a brand new problem by dousing your ducts in another substance that could exacerbate breathing difficulties.
We're happy to discuss the form of sanitizer we use, and it's always your call.
It depends on the size of your home. But you can do a rough estimate of this one yourself.
Walk around your home and count all the vents. Duct cleaning is about $35 per vent. Assuming you counted all of them, you should be in the ballpark. We're happy to give you a firmer estimate, should you wish to schedule one.
There's no set schedule. If you've got a home that tends towards duct problems you may need attention every three to five years. Other homes may need duct cleaning only after some one-off problem.
Duct cleaning is not a routine part of your HVAC maintenance. It is a fix for a highly specific series of problems, and we treat it as such.
If you want us to take a look at yours, just give us a call to schedule an estimate. We'll give you our best, most honest recommendation in return.