When Should You Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

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Air ducts are used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Also known as HVAC, air ducts are used to deliver and remove air indoors. They are used to ensure good quality of indoor air as well as thermal comfort.

The quality of indoor air should be one, if not the main concern, of homeowners when they decide to look into air duct cleaning. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, a typical six-room house can accumulate up to 40 pounds of dust every day. Through normal occupation of the house, a lot of contaminants and air pollutants are generated.

On average, it is estimated that the contaminants are pulled through the system and circulated between five to seven times in a day. After a long time, the contaminants buildup in the air ducts.

Here are a few signs that cleaning the air ducts might be needed:

  •  Sweeping around the house and dusting the furniture has to be done more often than usual.
  •  Dust is visibly seen floating around the house even after cleaning.
  •  Occupants of the house experience headaches or breathing problems during their sleep and even after waking up, and possibly developing allergies.
  • There is limited air flowing from the vents.
  • A bad odor permeates after turning the heating or cooling system on.

While dirty air ducts don’t necessarily mean dirty air in your house, the presence of allergens and contaminants can contribute to health problems especially respiratory conditions.

Having dirty air ducts can end up costing homeowners more. When dirt builds up in the air ducts, it limits ventilation and prevents air from flowing freely. As the condition becomes worse over a period of time, the heating or cooling system needs to work harder. Consequently, it would end up costing more to operate your heating or cooling system because it’s not working properly.

Here are some important considerations in choosing a professional duct cleaner:

  • Determine if they are experienced cleaners, especially in cleaning a system like you have at home.
  • Ask the cleaner for their licenses.
  • Ask if their procedures will protect your family, pets and home from contamination.
  • If the cleaner charges you by the hour, ask them for an estimate of how many hours it will take for the job to get done.
  • Ask the cleaner for a contract outlining the complete scope of work as well as the project cost.

For residential and commercial duct cleaning services in Navan and Ottawa, call Dr. Duct at 613-845-0707 and request for a quotation.

 

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