Before you select if you should get your air ducts cleaned, you need to find out only a little about how exactly they work and why they collect dirt.
Most homes are heated utilizing a furnace and a duct system that distributes heat into different rooms. This technique is comprised of both “return” ducting that bring cold air into your furnace and “supply” ducting that distributes warm air through your home.
It is possible to tell the difference between return and supply ducting by heading down to your basement and inspecting the sheet metal ducting usually found hanging from the floor joists on the ceiling.
The return duct can be quite a large rectangle that is attached to the bottom of your furnace, while the supply duct arrives the surface of the furnace. The supply duct is usually comprised of a sizable “trunk” duct on the ceiling, alongside smaller metal ducts that branch off into each heated room. You’ll see them often included in a metal grate on to the floor or the wall.
Since your duct work is open to your household air, it can simply collect dust, hair, pet dander and other debris from your own home dryer vent cleaning New York. That is particularly true of the return ducts that feed air in to the furnace.
But does this mean you need to have your ducts cleaned?
An excellent duct-cleaning will help to remove dust, dirt, and hair, alongside any toys, pens or things such as jewellery that could have been dropped in to the ductwork. Some feel that cleaning your air ducts will boost your indoor air quality, since your ducts should really be spotless after they’ve been thoroughly cleaned, while others say it has little effect on air quality.
Research from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation has unearthed that replacing the filter on your own furnace can help to keep the air in your ducts clean, and keep consitently the components of your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system from accumulating new dirt. However, it won’t prevent dust from settling in your home.
Another reason to consider having your ducts cleaned is if you suspect water has gotten into your air ducts, either by way of a leak or through condensation. This will cause mould to grow in the ducts, which is often harmful. You will need to fix the leak or condensation problem and then have your ducts thoroughly disinfected — or even replaced depending on what serious your mould problem has become.
New homeowners or individuals who have recently undergone renovations could also want to have their ducts cleaned when they suspect the contractors who done their house may not have done a good job of cleaning up. Sometimes construction crews allow small particles of firbreglass, drywall and sawdust to accumulate in the air ducts.
You should also consider having your ducts cleaned if you believe there’s a blockage that is affecting airflow to your furnace. When you spending plenty of cash to replace your furnace, first have your ducts inspected and cleaned along with your furnace and air conditioner.
You can do some duct-cleaning yourself, especially the return duct, which will be pretty large and often accumulates more dust that the supply ducts. To wash your return duct, first remove the grill on the not in the duct and then work with a vacuum to get rid of any debris.
However, should you feel that dirt in your ducts is affecting your air quality, causing mould to grow or blocking the flow of air to your furnace, you should call a respected duct-cleaning service. Make sure to see if the service is a member of any trade organizations or connected with a respected HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) company before you hire them.