How Often Should Air Ducts Be Cleaned?
I was perusing through the last weekends Val-Pack and noticed several listings were for air duct cleaning services. We are closing the chapter soon on summer and considering the changing of the seasons, should we be concerned about air duct home services?
This is one task you should leave to the professionals and here’s why;
The EPA does not recommend that air ducts be cleaned except on an as-needed basis. Cleaning them properly is a difficult task, and research continues about when it is really necessary. If no one in your home suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms and if a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts shows no large deposits of dust or mold, then having the air ducts cleaned is probably not necessary. It is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not mean the air ducts are contaminated; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned.
On the other hand, if family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you think might be related to your home environment, you should discuss the situation with your doctor.
You may be thinking your air ducts should be cleaned because it seems logical that they have gotten dirty over time. No evidence suggests that such cleaning would be detrimental, so long as it is done properly. However, if a service provider fails to follow proper duct cleaning procedures, indoor air problems can result. For example, an inadequate vacuum collection system can release more dust, dirt, and other contaminants than if you had left the ducts alone. A careless or inadequately trained service provider can damage your ducts or heating and cooling system, possibly increasing your heating and air conditioning costs or forcing you to undertake difficult and costly repairs or replacements.
Learn more about duct cleaning services at: www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html
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