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The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

Air ducts get a lot of daily use. This means that they can get soiled or contaminated over time. When this happens, dirty air might be circulating throughout a home. This poor air quality can sometimes lead to negative health consequences.

How Are Air Ducts Cleaned?

Cleaning air ducts is usually best left to the professionals, like our team at Lion Home Service. Usually, air duct cleaners use negative air machines equipped with HEPA filters along with rotary brush cabling systems to knock any debris or built-on dust and grime loose. These vacuum cleaning systems are typically mounted on trucks. The benefit of using truck-mounted vacuums is that the dust and debris will go straight from the ducts to an external holding system rather than any container that needs to be moved around your home. Quality ductwork professionals can also clean the furnace, air coils, and central system so that every part is addressed. From start to finish, all of the particulates stay contained within a closed system.

When Should You Clean Your Air Vents?

Having your air ducts cleaned isn’t something that you have to worry about all the time. Though each situation differs, it’s generally recommended that ducts get cleaned every three to five years. You might want to have them cleaned more often if you have pets that shed or have noticed a problem with rodents or critters that may be leaving droppings in your ductwork. In addition, construction and remodeling projects can make a home very dusty and filled with sawdust. All of those particles can find their way into the ducts, so you may want to schedule a cleaning soon after one of these large projects or builds has been completed.

The Results

Contaminants, dust, and debris can be removed from your home when your air ducts are cleaned. People in your household, especially those with respiratory issues, can benefit from breathing in cleaner air. Give us a call at Lion Home Service in Fort Collins if you think it’s time for your air ducts to be cleaned or for our HVAC services.

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Cleaning your home’s air ducts every few years reduces dust and allergens

It’s not terribly pleasant to think about where dust comes from — an accumulation of dirt, dead skin cells, dandruff, pet dander, mites, smoke particles and other pollutants. This detritus circulates through the air in your home, where you and your family unavoidably breathe it in on a daily basis. And because dust is heavier than air, it settles into vents and ducts just like it does onto flat surfaces. Think about how often you dust your furniture, and how much dust would build up if you neglected this chore for weeks, months or years. Now ask yourself, when’s the last time you had your air ducts cleaned?

 

How dirty are your air ducts?

 

Air ducts act as the lungs of your home, and they affect the actual lungs of the residents. To function most efficiently, they need to be kept clean and clear. Too much dust can contribute to literal respiratory problems, particularly for anyone who suffers from asthma or allergies.

If you live in a newer home that wasn’t properly cleaned before you moved in, construction dust and debris have probably been collecting in your ducts and circulating throughout the house whenever the furnace or air conditioning kicks on. Or, if you’ve recently undergone a major remodeling project, it’s likely to have generated additional dust that’s settled into the system.

No matter how often you dust and vacuum, you’re usually just moving particles around, stirring them up into the air before quickly resettling. Cleaning out your air ducts and HVAC system every now and then gets to the real root of the problem, removing dust before it has a chance to circulate. Another benefit, air duct cleaning may help your HVAC system operate more efficiently by preventing clogs and improving overall air flow.

 

When to clean your air ducts

 

Indications that it may be time to clean out your air ducts can include heavy dust accumulation on your furniture, frequently occurring respiratory problems among the residents in your home, visible mold in vents or other HVAC components, and signs of mice or insects that can infest and contaminate the system.

It’s a good idea to have your air ducts and related HVAC parts professionally cleaned every two or three years; more often if circumstances merit. Because air duct cleaning requires specific tools and a thorough understanding of the mechanical duct/HVAC system, it can be a difficult task for homeowners to try to tackle on their own. Even the longest attachments on a regular vacuum won’t work for deep air duct cleaning. Professional cleaners use a negative pressure system to vacuum dust out with a hose and a spinning soft brush that dislodges the debris. Air duct cleaning also requires taking protective steps homeowners may not be familiar with, such as making sure the furnace coil is blocked off to prevent dust and dirt from pushing through, which can create extra stress on the blower motor and cause potentially expensive damage.

The cost of air duct cleaning depends on the size and complexity of your system, but the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that professional service for an average-sized home typically ranges between $450 and $1,000.

 

Air duct homework

 

In between air duct cleanings, the best thing you can do to keep dust levels down is to change out the furnace filter on a regular basis. If excessive dust is a problem in your home, don’t skimp on quality. The higher the MERV rating is, the more effective the filter will be.

Another helpful hint — pay close attention to areas of your home where excess debris may be entering the system. For example, flat vents on the floor next to a dog bed or kids who tend to kick off their shoes next to a vent as soon as they enter the house may be inadvertently introducing extra dirt into the ducts.