The culprit in many cases is your home’s air ducts. Whether it’s the age of your home, a recent pesticide treatment, or other lifestyle factors, air ducts eventually accumulate dirt, debris, allergens, and – if moisture is present – mold, which releases spores into your home’s living spaces.
If you suffer from these symptoms, you should identify their specific root issues with a professional indoor air quality assessment. With your assessment complete, you’re ready for targeted air duct cleaning services that address your air ducts’ biggest issues.
When you evaluate potential air duct cleaners for your home, confirm that their services match the following expectations:
- Double-check that you know what is going to be cleaned and what won’t. Air duct cleaning services vary widely depending on the size of the system to be cleaned, the system’s accessibility, your climatic region, the company’s air duct cleaning technology, and the level of contamination.
- Air duct cleaning services may range between (though not always) $450 and $2,000, depending on the above factors.
- Your air duct cleaning should cover all of the following parts: the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles, diffusers, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor, fan housing and the air handling unit housing. Failure to clean one dirty component results in the recontamination of your entire system.
- Ensure your air duct cleaning company agrees to clean all components in your system and is qualified to do so. Some cities require that air duct cleaners have appropriate licenses and certifications, so confirm their qualifications before they begin.
- Check that your air duct cleaning company has the right tools for the job. Typically, air duct cleaners use specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris from the ducts, and then use a high-powered vacuum cleaner to draw the debris out.
- Educate yourself beforehand if you want chemical biocides or sealants inside your systems. Some air duct cleaning service providers claim that these chemical treatments or sealants control mold growth or prevent dirt buildup in ducts, but such practices haven’t been fully researched. No matter your decision, any sealants should only be applied after a full system cleaning.
With these air duct maintenance and cleaning tips in mind, act today to relieve your indoor allergy or asthma symptoms with a proper indoor air quality assessment and air duct cleaning.
If you’re looking into air duct cleaning services, choose an air duct cleaning company you already trust. On Time Experts helps relieve your home respiratory symptoms with air duct cleaning that keeps your house tidy and your home comfortable.