Why Duct Cleaning?

There are two important reasons to clean you air system: health benefits and significant energy cost savings.
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Is The Air You Breathe Clean?

You clean your bathtub. You clean your clothes, your refrigerator, and the inside of your car. You clean because you value living in a clean environment.

What if you stopped cleaning everyday items such as your clothes, your bathtub, and your furniture? Before long, your living area would become dirty and unhealthy. And yet, the air you breathe every day may have passed through ducting that hasn’t been cleaned in years; if ever.

Many people believe that because air is flowing through the ductwork in their home, dust cannot build up there. As the photo clearly shows, nothing could be farther from the truth.

How Does Dust Build Up in Ducts?

As air flows through the ducts in your residence, humidity causes the dust particles in the air to become sticky. As a result the particles begin to stick to the walls of the duct creating friction on the air going by. This friction chokes the air, resulting in more dust deposition and buildup.

What’s in Those Ducts?

Dust isn’t the only thing that is building up in your air ducting. It is very common for dirty air ducting to contain the following airborne pollutants:

• Cigarette smoke debris
• Pet hair and dander
• Dust mites and their excretions
• Bacteria
• Viruses
• Fungi and mold
• Moisture

The combination of contained moisture and organic matter is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and hazardous mold. Once these organisms begin spawning in ducts, they can circulate freely through the air.

Dirty Air Can Harm Your Health

Indoor air pollution has been associated to numerous health issues; from colds, sore throats, and flu, to sinus congestion, headaches, asthma, allergies, memory loss, and a difficulty to concentrate.

Homes are sealed to reduce energy costs which means the amount of recirculated air that people breathe has increased exponentially. When debris, moisture, and organic matter (hair, dander, dust mite excretions, etc.) accumulate in air ducting, they create a spawning ground for bacteria, viruses, and toxic molds. Those hazardous organisms are recirculated throughout the ducts in a home which can result in serious health problems for any occupants. “Sick building syndrome” is a recognized description of buildings with air quality problems.

Children and infants are especially vulnerable to dirty air and dust. If any of your family is experiencing any health issues like those mentioned above, duct cleaning could help.

Duct Cleaning your furnace and ductwork can also lead to reduction in heating and ventilation expenses. Benefits are realized in 2 ways:

easier airflow. As dust particles build up and friction increases, the furnace fan or air conditioner unit has to work harder to move the same amount of air. Heating and cooling costs go up.
After the furnace and its duct system are cleaned, air easily passes through the duct system again, with less resistance. Usually, airflow is increased so much that the fan has to be re-set. This unrestricted airflow can reduce your heating/cooling costs by 10-20%

prolonging equipment life. 9 of 10 heating and cooling system failures are a result of dirt and dust build up. Keeping your air systems clean helps to extend equipment life.
How often should ducts be cleaned?
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If you have allergies or respiratory problems, your entire air duct system should be cleaned at least once year. Otherwise, a complete duct cleaning is needed once every two years.

Don’s Power Vac are specialists in duct cleaning of home airflow systems. For more information, contact us by phone at (780)447-1133.