Whatever the time of the year, it is quite likely that your building or home employs a heating or cooling system on a daily basis. Indeed, you will have operated the HVAC control system - be it at work or home - without even thinking twice about it.
It’s very possible, too, that you may have never even considered the amount of debris and mold that could have settled in your surroundings because of the dust-laden air pushed through the grates.
For as long as your office or home is occupied, a lot of contaminants and air pollutants will be generated. These particles and substances are then pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated many times throughout the day. As this re-circulation continues, there will be a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.
Not to mention, this polluted air can trigger allergies and cause various other health issues for you and your family - including pets.
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) advises cleaning of air ducts every 4-7 years.
How will you know it is time? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:
- There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system (it is also important to remember that some sections of your HVAC system are not easily accessible, which is why it is safer and advisable to approach a service such as LC Disaster Cleanup Services to assist).
- Ducts are infested with vermin, such as rodents or insects.
- Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.
You may also notice that you need to dust and sweep your surroundings more regularly than usual. Additionally, it is useful to be skeptical of your utility bill if it starts to reflect higher usage figures than usual (HVAC systems already account for 40 - 60% of the energy used in US commercial and residential buildings), as it may point to several possible issues. Clean air ducts can improve your HVAC system’s effectiveness.
The EPA says that clean, efficient systems are less likely to break down, have a longer life span and generally operate more effectively than dirty systems.
When you call on our experienced LC Disaster Cleanup Services professionals, we guarantee that we will use the appropriate vacuuming equipment and brushes for fiberglass duct board and sheet metal ducts internally lined with it, ensure there are no asbestos-containing materials (which must be removed by specially trained professionals), look after all your belongings during cleaning, and reseal and reinsulate any access holes we may have utilised to ensure they are airtight. We will even advise on how to look out for any duct contamination in the future.
Importantly, we guarantee that our work adheres to industry standards for air duct cleaning.