The quality of the air we breathe has a direct effect on our quality of life, so we at Apple Aire want to be sure you’re getting the best possible quality from the air in your home. One way to be sure you are breathing clean air in your home, especially if you have central air and heat, is to have your home air duct system cleaned periodically. How often should you have your air ducts cleaned? The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every three to five years, but we recommend doing it every two to five years, depending on your circumstances. In addition to regular cleaning, other times to consider an air duct cleaning service include when you move into a new home, or after a home remodeling project. If a family member is suffering from an unexplained allergy-related illness and you have taken every other possible step to decontaminate your home, you may want to consider having your ducts cleaned to see if the HVAC system was the culprit.
AIR DUCT CLEANING SERVICE
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends air duct cleaning service when you suspect mold exists in the air ducts, you notice a vermin infestation somewhere in the home, or you see insects or rodents entering or exiting ductwork, and/or you see a visible “poof” of dust released from the supply registers when air is exiting the vents. In most areas of Colorado, mold is not a common problem due to our state’s low humidity, but it is a good idea to have your system checked for mold and mildew, especially if your home contains a basement, whether finished or unfinished, as basements typically tend to have a higher level of humidity. If your basement is finished and used as part of your living area, you will want to ensure no one occupying these rooms is inhaling mold or mildew. With air duct cleaning service keep in mind that wet or moldy insulation inside air ducts cannot be effectively cleaned, and should be removed and replaced, as failure to remove the cause of the mold growth in the first place will simply ensure that mold growth will recur.
People prone to allergies are especially sensitive to microscopic elements you can’t see with the naked eye commonly found in air ducts, such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne contaminants. Asthma sufferers do not do well breathing air that is loaded with dust mites, as this can severely aggravate asthma symptoms and possibly cause an asthma attack. A thorough air duct cleaning service can help alleviate most asthma and allergy symptoms by removing any buildup of these contaminants. A good cleaning that addresses the entire system and cleans every surface that air moves across (not just the air ducts) can improve the air quality in your home and literally help you breathe easier.
When it comes to choosing who to trust with your home’s air duct cleaning, Angie’s List offers this advice; keep these points in mind when hiring an air duct cleaning company:
- A good air duct cleaning service costs between $400 and $1,000 and addresses every aspect of the system that air passes over, including the furnace, air coils and central system. Good cleaners will use negative air machines with HEPA filters.
- It should take a few hours. An air duct cleaner who is in and out in less than an hour probably did not do a good job.
- Many quality ductwork cleaners use truck-mounted, outside vacuum systems that contain dust and debris outside the house.
- Ask whether they follow the standards set by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association.
Before hiring anyone to clean the air duct system in your home, be sure to check them out thoroughly. Ask for written references with contact information from happy customers if possible, and get a written estimate before agreeing to have any work done.
Contact Apple Aire for your next air duct cleaning service at (303) 733-2813.