Did you know the EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the top five health risks? The American College of Allergists says 50% of all illnesses such as colds are caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air. Most of that pollution is present in the forms of dust, pollens, mold, and other irritants, and all of these can build up in the ductwork of your air conditioning system.
Many of these contaminants are relatively benign, unless someone in your household is allergic to that particular fungi, such as pollen. Nonetheless, they can have a negative impact on indoor air quality in your home. A professional cleaning will get rid of most of the irritants in the ducts, which really is a boon for anyone with allergies, and which also may leave the home smelling more fresh, and help the system work better.
How do you know if your ducts need cleaning? Here are some signs to watch out for:
- Development of new allergic reactions
- Respiratory or skin ailments among members of your household
- Visible dust and dirt on and around your home’s air vents (Return vents will always collect some dust, so that is not unexpected.)
- Visible growth of mold on or around air vents
- A musty odor coming from your HVAC system
If you see these signs, you may wish to contact a duct cleaning professional. They can inspect your ducts and inform you of the conditions inside the ducting. They usually employ a high-powered blower/vacuum, and the work can be done in a few hours. If done well, the cleaning can clean out deposits of environmental contaminants in the system. As long as it’s performed by HVAC professionals, air duct cleaning can be beneficial and give you and everyone else in your household some peace of mind.
Dirty air ducts have been identified as a major source of indoor air pollution. In fact, an air duct system is a breeding ground for bacteria, animal dander, mold and dust mites. These impurities can cause allergic reactions, breathing difficulties, infections and disease.
Dirty clothes dryer vents can be equally harmful. The yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer incidents is estimated at $99 million resulting from almost 16,000 fires.*
As a full-service provider, we utilize state-of-the-art air duct and dryer vent cleaning equipment and processes to help eliminate the contaminants in your home or business’s air ducts and to help ensure the safety and efficiency of your clothes dryer.
*National Fire Protection Association.
The Air Duct Cleaning Process — A Breath of Fresh Air.
Our air duct cleaning process is state-of-the-art with successful results — customer after customer. We deploy advanced air duct cleaning technology with the only self-contained method that simultaneously brushes and vacuums the debris. Dirt is brushed loose inside the air duct and immediately swept up by powerful dual vacuums.
Air Duct Cleaning — Step by Step:
- Removal and cleaning of registers.
- Technician cleans supply vents all the way to the air handler.
- Dirt and debris is brushed, collected and swept up by the dual vacuum system.
- Optimum coverage is ensured as technician works back through the system, overlapping much of the ductwork.
- Vacuum attachment topically cleans inside the air handler.
- Air handler fan is turned on and antimicrobial treatment is fogged into cold air return.
- Fan circulates treatment deep into the system.
- The Dryer Vent Cleaning Process — Saves Lives and Money.
- Dryer Vent CleaningCleaning your lint screen is simply not enough to ensure an efficient, safe dryer. Even a cleaned lint screen traps only 75% of the lint produced inside a dryer. The rest of the lint builds up over time inside the dryer vent, becoming a fire hazard, as dryer lint is highly flammable and has the potential to ignite at any time.
A dryer with restricted airflow also runs significantly longer, causing utility costs to rise, increasing the need for repairs and decreasing the life of the dryer. By cleaning your dryer vent, we can help ensure your clothes dryer is both safe and energy efficient.
Dryer Vent Cleaning — Step by Step:
- Technician removes and cleans lint trap.
- Technician takes the measurement of airflow using an air flow meter at the exterior dryer vent.
- The back of the dryer is topically cleaned, as this is where lint can accumulate.
- The drye vent and flexible ducting from the wall are visually inspected using a video inspection system.
- The HEPA vacuum system is connected to the dryer vent duct. The dryer duct auger is run through the duct to remove any blockages.
- Airflow is measured again to gauge improvement before and after cleaning.
- The video inspection system is used again for post cleaning inspection.