CLEAN YOUR DUCTS
considering whether or not to get your air ducts cleaned, compare
your indoor environment to the respiratory system of the human
body. Air is circulated through hidden ducts, with the air conditioning
system pumping hot air heated in the furnace in the winter, and
cold air generated by the cooling device of the air conditioner
in the summer. Contaminants such as dust, pollen, hair, dead insects,
dust mites, pet hair, animal dander and other allergens and impurities
are brought into the system through the return air vents. These
contaminants deposit in the air ducts and may produce mildew and
germs that may jeopardize our health. Professional air duct cleaning
is necessary in order to reach deep inside of the ducts, which
requires very powerful machinery.
of mould in an air duct system can cause serious problems that
can trigger allergic or asthmatic reactions. Mould spores require
a stable temperature, a food source and moisture to live and reproduce.
The furnace and air conditioner provide a comfortable temperature
for the growth of mould and moisture is available from humid conditions
in the environment. Professional air duct cleaning every three
years rids the duct system of such mould contamination, allowing
for healthier indoor air quality (IAQ).
shown that indoor air can be 2 to 5 times MORE polluted than outside
air, which can be particularly detrimental to children. Children
breathe at a faster rate than adults, inhale more air per unit
of body weight and are closer to the ground, where concentrations
of contaminants in the air are higher (Department of Consumer
Affairs). In addition to children, the elderly, asthmatics and
the chronically ill, especially those with respiratory or cardiovascular
disease are likely to be more sensitive to indoor pollutants.
certain cases in which professional air duct cleaning becomes
a particularly important factor in achieving and maintaining healthy
indoor air quality. If you fall into one of the following scenarios,
air duct cleaning becomes of great importance:
a) If you
have a problem with water in your ducts, mould may grow as a result.
In this situation, the water problem should be dealt with first,
the ducts should be cleaned and disinfected where the mould growth
has occurred, and the entire duct system should be professionally
b) If you
are moving into a newly constructed house, duct cleaning is very
important. Materials such as drywall dust, fiberglass pieces,
sawdust and fecal matter have no place in the duct system. Professional
duct cleaning will also catch materials such as lunch bags or
soft drink cans that have fallen or been swept into the air ducts.
c) If major
renovations have been made, professional air duct cleaning will
remove any materials that have collected in the duct system, similar
to those that are found after the construction of a new home.
d) If you
are having trouble with furnace airflow, blockages can be fixed
through air duct cleaning. It is a good idea to have the ducts
professionally cleaned before embarking on more expensive methods
of dealing with airflow problems such as duct replacement or rerouting.
Why Clean Your Ducts?
* Provide you with better indoor air quality (IAQ)
* Reduce the presence of house moulds and allergens
* Get rid of house dust
* Improve airflow and potentially reduce energy costs