Air Duct Cleaning & Replacement
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends having your air ducts professionally cleaned every three to five years. The exceptions being if you have asthma or allergies. In that case Michael Vinick, president of the NADCA, recommends considering having your air ducts, vents, and system cleaned annually.
What makes my air ducts dirty?
As published and researched by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), 40 pounds of dust, dirt, and allergens are collected in the average six-room house. The array of contaminates also includes unhealthy bacteria, fungi, and mold all neatly bundled into the host of dust bunnies. With 40,000 dust mites only needing a small ounce of dust to thrive in; dirty air ducts can cause big problems. The EPA has even estimated that the air inside a house can carry anywhere from two to five times the amount of pollutants in outdoor air. Cleaning air ducts regularly removes the allergens and contaminates that circulate through your house each time the heating or cooling is turned on.
What advantages are there to having clean air ducts?
Not only are dirty air ducts a gross breeding ground of allergens, bacteria, fungi, and mold; they also can lead to excess spending. Any debris or build up keeps the air from flowing through the ventilation system freely. Meaning your system works harder and less efficient while it can cost you excess amounts to keeping it running. The longer you let air duct debris build up, the worse your whole air conditioning system will perform. It’s not just the air conditioning that is hurt by debris and build up, your furnace also operates at a lower capacity when there are clogs or buildups in your air duct system. The routine maintenance of cleaning and replacing dirty or faulty air ducts adds years onto the lifetime of your entire HVAC system and saves you money in the long run. Increased air flow and energy efficiency has been shown to lower utility bills in some cases. A study by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers shows that in commercial settings dirty coils and blowers can cut down efficiency by as much as 40%
What about damaged ducts?
At Vents Plus we take great pride in our air duct cleaning & replacement services. Not only do we clean the main unit, the duct work, and the ventilator; we also replace faulty or damaged air ducts. Damage can occur from a variety of factors. Structural issues, water damage, rodents and other unwanted guests can all target and damage your air ducts and vents. Floods draining into the basement, holes in the roof, and even household pets can damage or destroy an air duct if given the opportunity. It’s not just small disasters that can cause these replacements being necessary. Excess moisture in basements, attics, or crawl spaces that contain the air vents can also over time fill them with mold or fungi; leading to an increased likelihood of respiratory issues for the home’s residents.
My house is new so I probably don’t need my air ducts cleaned, right?
While it may not seem like a new construction house should have to have anything cleaned right after you move in, surprisingly enough air ducts get pretty dirty between being installed and the rest of the home completed. Construction debris is a very common type of contamination found inside of air ducts of new houses. Bits of drywall dust, sawdust, concrete powder, and other tiny fragments of home building materials get sucked up into the system while the construction crews are cleaning up.
How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends having your air ducts professionally cleaned every three to five years. The exceptions being if you have asthma or allergies. In that case Michael Vinick, president of the NADCA, recommends considering having your air ducts, vents, and system cleaned annually. Other factors the contribute to an increased frequency of cleanings include pets, renovations, smoking indoors, and overall home cleanliness.
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