Cleaning Your Ductwork for Better Indoor Air Quality
Most homeowners understand that a preventative maintenance plan for their air conditioner improves indoor air quality, but they may not realize that their ductwork requires the same attention. Since your ductwork is most likely located out of sight in your basement or attic, you probably don't spend much time thinking about it. Unfortunately, the dark and damp environment of most basements and extreme temperatures in your attic can lead to major indoor air quality problems caused by the ductwork. When ductwork is neglected, mold, bacteria, dust, dead insects and other harmful pollutants can run rampant inside of it. You can avoid this from happening in your home and improve your indoor air quality by scheduling an annual cleaning appointment for your air ducts.
Since ductwork cleaning is a relatively new discovery in the desire for improved indoor air quality, not all HVAC providers offer this service. You may have to make a few phone calls before you find a HVAC dealer than can clean your ductwork. There are also separate companies that provide only air duct cleaning. Whichever type of company you decide to go with, make sure it is experienced at air duct cleaning and knowledgeable about indoor air quality.
HVAC and air duct cleaning companies have special equipment available to them to ensure that your ducts get as clean as possible. This includes a long vacuum hose and specialized cleaning solutions. While you may be able to get the front of your ducts clean on your own, it is necessary to reach all areas with a specialized vacuum for it to be truly free of harmful pollutants.
After having a preventative maintenance tune-up and air duct cleaning performed, you should notice an almost immediate difference in your indoor air quality. If someone in your home has allergies or asthma, it will be especially noticeable.
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