Indoor air quality is a major contributor to your family’s overall health. Duct systems are regularly contaminated by outdoor pollutants like dust and mold, resulting in contaminated air supply. Therefore, the components ventilating your home should have regular duct cleanings by a qualified contractor.
What’s In Your Duct System
Ducts are used by your home’s HVAC systems to supply your home with conditioned air. As duct systems are responsible for filtering outdoor air through various components, their cleanliness plays a major role in overall air quality. Duct cleanings are one a way to keep the air sanitary. This process involves cleaning your home’s heating and cooling system’s forced-air components like the:
- Supply and return air duct and registers.
- Heat exchangers’ heating and cooling coils.
- Condensate drain pans.
- Fan motor and housing.
- Air handling unit housing.
When not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components can be contaminated by particles of pollen, dust and other debris. Also, moisture serves as a breeding ground for mold and other germs. These can then be released into the living space, upsetting allergies or causing sickness.
Cleaning Your Duct System
Should you choose to have your ducts cleaned, be sure that your chosen contractor is qualified. If the contractor misses even one component, recontamination will occur, rendering the previous cleaning obsolete. There are many ways to clean a duct system, some of which include using chemical biocides. These are designed to kill microbiological contaminants throughout the entire duct system. Some contractors may want to apply sealants to prevent any more dust, fiber or mold contamination. Whichever you decide to use, do your research as to the benefits and draw backs of each before making a decision. Discuss the process with the contractor so you are comfortable with the method.
At Rite-Way Ventilating Co., we know your family’s health is of utmost importance to you. If you would like to speak to a service professional about duct cleaning or schedule a consultation, do not hesitate to call us. Your family’s health is our priority.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about duct cleaning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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