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Spring 2015 Newsletter
How Duct Cleaning Could Benefit You?
Your ducts are a very important part of your home’s infrastructure. They serve as the highways through which your warm and cool air flows throughout the year. Centralized forced air systems would be impossible without them, which would make life much more uncomfortable. As vital as they are, however, they are often not given the attention they need when it comes to maintenance. Ducts need professional care just as much as any other home system. They simply need it in a different way. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to proper duct care, read on for information about duct cleaning.
What is Duct Cleaning?
Duct cleaning is a service that focuses on removing dust, debris, and any other contaminants from the ductwork in your home. How this is done depends largely on the type of ducts you have. If they’re the typical sheet metal ducts, a large vacuum is used to suck everything out of the ductwork. For tube or cloth ducts, a special set of cleaning tools is used to manually sweep away the debris. This leaves the ducts clean, clear, and in much better condition overall.
Why Do I Need Duct Cleaning?
There are a number of reasons that duct cleaning can benefit you this spring. First, it can improve your air quality. There are millions of airborne particles floating around in the average home, including germs, dust, pollen, and mold. These particles have a tendency to collect in your home’s ductwork, out of reach of your normal cleaning efforts. Then, when you turn on your heater or air conditioner, all of those particles are blown around the house and lower your air quality. Duct cleaning removes all of those contaminants, allowing you to use your forced air systems without negatively affecting your air.
Duct cleaning can also determine whether or not you need any additional repairs. Ducts can develop leaks quite easily, which can substantially impact the effectiveness of your forced air systems. In fact, the US Department of Energy has estimated that as much as 30% of a forced air system’s output is lost to duct leaks on average. If your HVAC professional finds any leaks during the duct cleaning process, he or she can then seal them for you. This will ensure that your air conditioner is as energy efficient as possible during the summer.
How to Protect Yourself against Allergy Attacks this spring.
For many people, the end of winter is a time of celebration. The freezing weather begins to abate, the days become sunnier, and the flowers begin to bloom. For those of us who suffer from allergies, however, spring heralds the beginning of the most miserable time of the year. Sinuses become enflamed, eyes become watery, and sneezing becomes commonplace. Allergies can put a serious damper on enjoying the spring season. So how are we supposed to deal with allergies when springtime rolls around? Do we just accept that we’re going to have hay fever for a few months out of every year? Do we wear surgical masks and hope for the best every time we go outside? Well, those are both options, if not very good ones. However, there are many better ways that you can protect yourself against the effects of allergies this spring. Let’s take a look at two of them.
Did you know that a lot of the contaminants that cause allergy attacks can be found inside your home’s air? Simply staying inside is no defense against pollen and other allergens, which often collect and circulate through the ducts in your home. If you want to get rid of these contaminants, you’ll need an air purifier of some kind. These purifiers come in many different forms, each of which uses a different method to improve your indoor air quality. HEPA filters use fiber mesh so finely woven that it can capture viruses and bacteria out of the air. Ionization air purifiers make use of an electromagnetic field to magnetize contaminants in the air, which then stick to metal plates inside the devices. There are purifiers to fit many different kinds of indoor air quality needs, available in both portable and whole–house models.
As mentioned above, airborne contaminants in your home tend to hide in the ductwork. This can result in a large buildup of allergens and germs, which can be blown around your house every time you turn on a forced air system. Duct cleaning can improve your air quality by removing all of those contaminants in the ducts, so that you can use your heater or air conditioner without exposing yourself to more allergens. We recommend that you have your ducts cleaned at least once every two years, in order to maintain high indoor air quality.