Regular HVAC cleaning can contribute tremendously to our health. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning can collect fungi, mold, bacteria and several other contaminants that decrease their efficiently. An unclean air duct can also contribute towards poor indoor air quality and affect the health of the residents.
The main aim of residential air duct cleaning is to get rid of these contaminants from the HVAC system to achieve best indoor air quality.
One of the most effective ways of cleaning ventilation/air duct systems is to make use of a powerful vacuum that puts negative pressure on the ventilation/air ducts. The devices help in dislodging contaminants and debris from the interior surfaces, moving the pollutants from the machine into the vacuum.
Experts advise homeowners to use sanitizers on the surface of their HVAC air ducts to constrain microbial contamination. However, all anti-microbial sanitizers that are applied should be EPA registered for use in heat ventilation air conditioning systems. Sanitizing air ducts through registered products ensures there are no damaging dermal (skin), inhalation (breathing), ocular (eyes), or ingestion (swallowing) effects from the items. It is best to get in touch with an expert when buying these items to avoid any mishaps.
Vacuum and sanitization alone cannot clean the HVAC system. Air whips, brushes, “skipper balls” and other tools are also used to shake the debris and contaminants by scrubbing the surfaces inside the air duct system and forcing the fragments into the vacuum collection devices.
Seek professional help
When it comes to air duct cleaning, it is best to leave the job to a professional. Experienced providers know the right way to clean the ventilation as well as use the right sanitizers.
How to narrow your list of possible Contractors
- Ask for how long the provider has been in business and if the experience is satisfactory.
- Find out if the company has the correct equipment to perform cleaning, and if the provider has performed similar work like yours. You can also ask for references from friends, family and neighbors.
- Find out if the company has a good repute with the local Better Business Bureau (BBB).
- Get proof that the provider is adequately insured and properly licensed.
- Make sure that the provider will clean and inspect all the air ducts and linked system components.
Apart from this, it is also important to beware of air duct cleaning providers that charge a very low fee and clean the cooling and heating system poorly. These companies are also known to coax consumers into unnecessary services. Contact the BBB and federal, local, and state elected officials in case you suffer from such deceit.
We breathe in millions of germs from air ducts that can cause asthma, allergies and even chronic illnesses. In every house, the air ducts collect dirt, dust, pet dander and human skin flakes, becoming the holding cells for mold spores, allergens, germs and other such contaminants. This problem begins long before we move into a new construction, with the accumulation of sawdust, drywall dust, and other fragments in ducts that create a perfect environment for the development of allergens and germs. To avoid problems caused by unclean ducts, make sure you’re regular with the cleanings. Also, make it a point to get your HVAC checked and sanitized frequently by a professional duct cleaning company for best results.