The vast majority of homeowners are unaware of their ducts most of the time. This is no great surprise, as the ducts are sort of designed to be inconspicuous. However, this has the unintended effect of giving the impression that the ducts don’t need any sort of attention once they’re installed. This is untrue. If you don’t have your ductwork properly inspected and cleaned at least once a year, you could run into some pretty nasty consequences. Read on to find out more about duct cleaning, and why it is necessary.
Why You Need Duct Cleaning
The air in your home is absolutely full of all kinds of airborne contaminants. Dust, dirt, pollen, germs, and mold spores are all floating around in the air you breathe at any given moment. The reason that you aren’t coughing, sneezing, or sick all the time is that these contaminants are often dispersed enough for your body to be able to deal with them. The problem is that these contaminants love to collect in the ducts, where they can build up away from any cleaning efforts you may undertake. Then, once you turn on a forced-air system, all of those contaminants are circulated around the house. This makes it more likely for you to experience negative effects of exposure to them.
What Duct Cleaning Is
The specific procedure of duct cleaning depends on the kind of ducts you have. If you have sheet metal ducts, they are essentially vacuumed out by sealing all the vents and applying a large blower door. If you have flex ducts, though, a roto-brush must be used to manually clean them out. Regardless of the methods used, though, as long as you have your ducts cleaned at least once a year you should notice a substantial increase in your indoor air quality.
If you’d like to know more, call Sunset Air. We provide duct cleaning services throughout Olympia, WA.