By Brad Crawford

Duct cleaning may not be a top priority for many homeowners. The benefits aren’t as obvious as patching a roof or fixing a creaking floor. So, what are the benefits of duct cleaning? First, you should know that there are a lot of gimmicks out there – companies who claim that by having duct cleaning performed, you’ll rid your home of thousands of germs or stop the flu virus in its tracks. You should not be fooled by these claims. Duct cleaning isn’t a miracle service and it won’t make your home as clean as a science laboratory. However, duct cleaning will rid your air ducts of pet dander, mold, dust, dirt, and anything else in your ducts that should not be there. Of course, it’s important to know that simply cleaning your ducts won’t rid your home of all the dust and dirt – you still have to do your part to clean your home on a regular basis and have duct cleaning performed periodically by a fully licensed and certified contractor.

When it comes to fighting dirty indoor air, duct cleaning will help everyone in your home breathe easier and enjoy better air quality. There are many benefits to duct cleaning. It is recommended that duct cleaning in your home is performed as needed or periodically, but there isn’t a need for duct cleaning to happen on a regular basis unless someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma, or another breathing issue. In that case, it’s a good idea to have duct cleaning services performed in your home on a regular basis to ensure that health is a top priority. The reason it’s important to have duct cleaning done regularly is because if neglected, or if a leak or accident occurs, your duct system can become a breeding ground for mold, fungus, mildew, and other bacteria. Then, because the ducts of your home recirculate the air, the mold and mildew is re-entering your home and your airways with every breath you take. For someone with allergies or asthma, this could spell bad news. But regular duct cleaning can help alleviate symptoms of allergies and asthma, or at least make them easier to live with, which means you’ll breathe easier – literally!

There are a few situations when duct cleaning is a necessity. If you think there are vermin, such as mice or insects, living in your ducts, it’s crucial to have duct cleaning performed by a certified professional right away. Also, if you have poor airflow in one room or section of your house, it may be caused by a blockage in your home’s air ducts. If you just moved into a newly built or renovated home, having duct cleaning services performed is also a good idea. Especially if the construction crew wasn’t very careful – they may have swept debris such as insulation fibers, pieces of drywall, or even trash into the ducts. Duct cleaning in these situations will ensure that you don’t have to worry about any of these pollutants happening to enter your home.

Other than if someone in your home has breathing issues, and in the situations mentioned above, it’s really only necessary to have ducts cleaned periodically. Think about it this way – how often do you clean the space behind your refrigerator? Not often, right? But when you do, boy is it dirty back there! It’s the same way when you clean your ducts. It isn’t necessary to do it on a regular basis, but every so often, it’s a good idea to have duct cleaning performed so that anything that shouldn’t be there is removed.

For duct cleaning to truly make a difference in your home’s air quality, it must be performed by a fully licensed and certified contractor. After all, for duct cleaning to be of any benefit, it has to be properly done. So when you do have duct cleaning performed in your home, make sure it is done by a fully trained environmental technician who is equipped with the right tools and techniques. The purpose of duct cleaning is to ensure a healthier, cleaner, safer indoor environment. This also means that the person cleaning your ducts should also clean all the HVAC system components, such as heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans, and more. And if the duct cleaner is really thorough, they will take the time to inspect their work after completion, so no debris is left behind.

So what are the real benefits of duct cleaning? There are air purification benefits, which means that the air in your home will be cleaner and healthier for you and your family to breathe. Also, this means that furniture, draperies, carpet, and rugs will stay cleaner longer, and you may even experience fewer respiratory issues – especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma. Thorough duct cleaning also means that your home’s HVAC system will be cleaner. This means that your home will have lower utility bills because of increased efficiency, and energy savings across the board will improve as well.

Don’t be fooled by a company that says they will perform duct cleaning in your home for a low, low price. They’ll come into your home with a machine that resembles a shop vac and your ducts won’t be any cleaner when they leave. Plus, improperly performed duct cleaning services can cause indoor air problems, potentially releasing more dust, dirt, and other contaminants than if you had left the ducts alone. So it’s important that if you’re going to spend the money to have your ducts cleaning performed, the company is fully licensed and insured, and has the right equipment for the job. You should also check to see if the company is a member of an organization such as the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). That means they have received thorough training and are likely up to date on the best ways to maintain a home and perform duct cleaning services.

Duct cleaning isn’t always necessary, as we mentioned above. In many cases it is useful, and it’s a good idea for homeowners to periodically have ducts cleaned. As long as your duct cleaning is performed by a fully certified and licensed contractor, the service will be beneficial to you and your home.

Air Rite offers you the personal service and focus that you need when deciding whether you need air conditioning or duct cleaning. Visit us at http://www.airrite.com for all your HVAC needs in the Fort Worth area.

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By Brad Crawford Duct cleaning may not be a top priority for many homeowners. The benefits aren't as obvious as patching a roof or fixing a creaking floor. So, what are the benefits of duct cleaning? First, you should know that there are a lot of gimmicks out there -...