Air Duct Cleaning

Air Duct CleaningIf you are like me you look for dust in obvious places like, furniture, top of cabinets, and floors. Where we forget to look is in our air ducts. It’s the simple term out of site out of mind. Our units turn on approximately 70 times a day depending on the weather. When these big units turn on they pull a lot air from our living space and disperse it throughout our homes.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside homes can be several times more polluted then outdoor air. The EPA also states: “indoor air is one of the top five health risks in America.” How can that be? The answer is recycled air. The air is never removed out of your homes so we constantly breath the same air. What our homes contain is pollutants like dust, dust mites and their feces, dander, and pollen accumulate in side homes and these pollutants are particularly troubling to people with allergies and asthma.  This is why air duct cleaning is important.

What about my filter? Does it not filter for my unit? Yes, however most filters used today are only required to be tested for three days then placed on the market as a three month filter. 1 inch filters are known to bend when face loaded to prevent motor burn out. In other words they don’t want to be reliable for units burning out. So air can travel around the filter and leave dust particles dispersed throughout the unit. These particles can blow throughout your home out each vent creating a possible indoor health risk.

Clogged dryer vents are serious fire hazards and they also waste electrical power by making the dryer work harder.  Some of the indications that your dryer vent is clogged and needs to be cleaned are: clothes take longer to get dry, the outside of dryer becomes very hot, the laundry room is more humid than usual or the laundry room has a burnt smell.