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The 411 On Air Duct Cleaning

You don’t have to know all about HVAC to recognize the importance of your home’s air quality. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, or illness, you might have poor indoor air quality! For those of you who can't stand that musty, choking feeling, let us educate you on one of the prime culprits of poor indoor air: your air ducts! Yes indeed, the ducts that circulate hot and cool air in your home can cause all sorts of breathing problems. To prevent unhealthy air circulation throughout your home, a duct cleaning is your next move for healthy, breathable air! Read on to find out more about air duct cleaning!

What is Duct Cleaning?

Heating and cooling systems become contaminated over time. Water deposits and an accumulation of dirt or mold could be causing poor air quality inside your home. In addition, ducts can become infested with insects or rodents. Duct cleaning removes the buildup and cleans the internal components of your heating or cooling forced air systems.

Why Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?

1. Mold

If your system contains visible mold, this is a sure sign that it is time to contact an HVAC technician. In fact, mold that you can see could be an indication that there is mold elsewhere as well. It is necessary to have a trained professional inspect those inaccessible areas.

2. Infestation

Most likely one of the nastiest parts of dirty ducts is the fact that they are often infested with parasites, rodents, and all sorts of creepy-crawlies! Keeping those out of your airways is in the best interest of everyone in your home!

3. Dust, Debris and Allergens

A buildup of particles may potentially be released into your home through the heating/cooling system, causing you health concerns and a generally uncomfortable breathing environment. An overload of dust in the home is a sure sign that your ducts are packed with debris.

4. Improved HVAC Function

Your heating and cooling system will suffer when your ducts are filled with dirt and particles. It needs to work harder to deliver the air into your home, making it more costly as well. Clean ductwork will help you receive cleaner air in every room of your home with efficiency! 

What Can I Do Between Cleanings?

1) Change your filters every three months; if they are frequently backed up, you may want to change them more frequently.

2) Dust and vacuum on a regular basis.

3) If in-duct humidification equipment is contained in your system, be sure to follow your manufacturer’s specific guidelines regarding operation and maintenance

As always, F.H. Furr is eager to serve you. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone with any questions or concerns regarding your air ducts! We have been, and will continue to be, "Absolutely the Best" in home comfort, that's a guarantee!

Topics: Air Quality Ductwork hvac service