What Does Air Duct Cleaning Include?
Air duct as aforementioned, poorly maintained ductwork becomes a source of and pathway for air pollutants. Ductwork may become contaminated with dust, pollen, mold and other debris if not properly installed, maintained and operated. This is especially harmful for those that suffer from allergies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
Clean air ducts equals better air quality
Removes bad smells
The combination of regular household odors from food, cleaning products and mold can all lead to bad smells in the air ducts. In addition, the accumulation of dust and other particles in the air ducts make a home smell musty over time. Duct cleaning can remove the odors and give a home a cleaner, fresher smell.
Improves the flow of air
Dust in your air ducts can result in restricted airflow, which means that your HVAC system may struggle to keep your home at the desired temperature. Along with reduced comfort, you will also have to deal with higher utility bills since your furnace and air conditioner will be doing more work. Duct cleaning is far cheaper in the long run.
Is air quality affected by duct cleaning?
The simple answer is yes. No matter what the condition of the ducts, having a crew of guys lugging around hoses and pumping air throughout the building and mechanical system will affect air quality. The workers bring in their own skin cells, fragranced personal products, and “emissions” (gases). And when they walk on carpet, physically jar loose a supply register or faceplate to the furnace/AC, or turn on their duct “agitator”… there will be an immediate change in indoor air quality. The short-term change is a spike in aerosolized fine particulates.
How can we improve indoor air quality?
According to HealthLinkBC, British Columbia, there are three ways to prevent air pollution and maintain indoor air quality:
- To avoid biological contaminants like mold, dust and insects, regularly check your ventilation systems, control warm and humidity. Perform air duct cleaning when you see your ducts are full of dirt, debris, mould or insects. Ensure all filters are in place and good condition.
- Use products with low VOCs. Keep cleaning products, paints in a separate part of the house. If possible, keep furniture in storage before placing them in the living area.
- Control air ventilation; try to increase the amount of outdoor air.