AIR DUCT CLEANING
WHY AIR DUCT CLEANING IS IMPORTANT
Personal home maintenance is performed for many reasons that range from aesthetic cleanliness to safety. Air duct maintenance falls heavily into the later category, which may surprise many home owners. Most people are not aware of the importance of air duct maintenance. In fact, air duct cleanliness is among the top crucial home maintenance tasks.
Dust and allergens will build up in the air ducts of a home. Over time, these allergens can become so abundant that the entire home becomes a danger zone for anyone with allergies.
When dust forms in the air ducts of a home, it reduces the efficiency of air flow. Most people assume that this reduction would be minor, considering the size of an air duct compared to that of a layer of dust. However, studies have shown that a simple layer of dust can have a major impact on the HVAC system in a home, forcing the system to work almost 25% harder.
This means that your home’s energy consumption is increased as well. The HVAC system consumes more energy than any other household appliance. Removing this dust, and returning your air ducts to their natural state, will reduce the cost of electricity in your home.
Air duct cleaning services often begin with the air handler. The air handler is the core of any HVAC system. It is the device that heats, cools and distributes air throughout the home. An air handler must remain clean to prevent a drop in air quality. Even clean air ducts won’t do any good if the air handler itself is dirty.
The next step in HVAC maintenance is to clean the vent registers. This is a fairly simple step. The vent registers are on the outside of every duct in the home. They can be cleaned quickly and easily, yet play a crucial role in providing the home with clean air. All centralized air in a home must pass through a vent register before entering a room. In fact, the vent is the last object to make contact with the air before it enters your lungs. Because of this, duct cleaning and register cleaning should be performed on a regular basis.
HAVING THE HVAC SYSTEM
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The third major step in HVAC maintenance involves cleaning the air ducts themselves. Air ducts cannot be seen by the average resident, and so they are often neglected. It is amazing how quickly a little dust can build into a serious problem. Cleaning the air ducts requires access to them. The vent registers must be removed and the HVAC system shut down. A typical air duct cleaning involves a long rotobrush that stirs the dust and allergens back into the air, which is then sucked out through a hose to prevent the dust from settling anywhere else in the home. Negative air tools may also be used, depending on the HVAC system in question.
Finally, all that is left is to deodorize the air ducts. This will provide cleaner smelling air and even prevent any leftover dust from lifting out of cracks and crevices. Air duct maintenance should be taken seriously by every Chicago resident. Talk to a maintenance professional here at Evergreen Air Duct Cleaning if you have any concerns about the air quality in your home.
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The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that energy usage is reduced by 21 percent when you remove just four-tenths of an inch of debris or dust from the coils.
Dust, pollen, toxins and allergens are frequently found in air ducts. If they are not cleaned out on a regular basis, the contaminants can come inside your home. They can severe allergic reactions and other medical illnesses.
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Cleaning the air ducts in your system will eliminate any type of smell or musty odors in your home. The smell could mean that there is mildew or mold in the system. Once clean, the smell is immediately eliminated.
It is estimated that nine out of ten air conditioning systems breakdown due to improper maintenance. Parts and labor on these units are very expensive, and a complete replacement costs thousands of dollars. Maintaining your unit and keeping air ducts clean will ensure your system is working properly and lasting longer.