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Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

You’ve successfully survived cold weather for one more year, but now it’s time for summer heat. It’s now officially summer, and much of America has switched the thermostat over to “cool.” Most homeowners only worry about the way their central air system will affect their utility bill, but it affects so much more than that! You can save money on utilities AND improve the air quality in your home by scheduling an air duct cleaning with Magic Sweep.

Clean Ducts, Clean Air

Your central air duct system is not a closed system. It cools indoor air with a refrigerant and distributes it throughout the house via vents. Although the air must flow through a filter to enter the air duct system, there are particles that can get through. Over time these particles become pollutants and contaminants. Common nastiness we see in air duct systems include animal hair (dander), mold spores, dust, rodent droppings, and more. Some materials appear as dust, but are actually dead skin cells carrying bacteria and pollen that contributes to allergies. If you haven’t had your air ducts cleaned in the last twelve months, they may have one or more of the aforementioned materials.

What to Expect

When you hire the professionals to clean your air duct, you can count on a job well done. We use an industrial vacuuming system that works under negative pressure to pull dislodged contaminants straight out of the system without allowing any to escape back into your home. We get the job done in just a few hours, and your family will be safer and healthier. Not only do we draw out contaminants with our vacuum system, but we are also able to remove the dangerous buildup of a lint-type material that can catch fire–especially if your duct system is also used for your home heating. Don’t trust the amateurs with your safety. Call Magic Sweep for professionalism and courteous air duct service.

When to Schedule

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, you should schedule an air duct cleaning if:
-Mold growth is present and visible on ducts or other components of heating and cooling system.
-Ducts are infested with rodents or insects.
-Ducts are clogged with debris including dust or particles visible at vents.

There may be an easy solution for your ventilation problems, so schedule an inspection today!  If you’ve noticed your utility bill has increased, but your thermostat is the same, you may have a problem with the system. If anyone in your family suffers from chronic respiratory issues, you may have a problem. A clean system means smoother airflow, and that means less stress on the system and a cheaper bill.

Schedule your air vent cleaning today by calling 757-523-2400!

Time to Clean Air Ducts

How long has it been since you last had your air ducts cleaned? Do know what's inside them now? Are you confident that the air you breathe indoors is free of pollutants? Think again. Have your ducts cleaned.

How long has it been since you last had your air ducts cleaned? Do know what’s inside them now? Are you confident that the air you breathe indoors is free of pollutants? Think again. Have your ducts cleaned.

We see reports on the news of how the air quality is on the outside, but we hardly think of our indoor air. We may buy humidifiers or air fresheners for what we can notice immediately to make the space seem better, and that it does. However, as homeowners you should know how your air ducts work and what to do if a problem arises. For questions or to schedule your appointment with an experienced technician call Magic Sweep.

When do I need to clean my air ducts?

When you think about it, air duct cleaning sounds like something that needs to be done periodically. Surprisingly, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not recommend you have routine cleaning, but only when it’s needed. However, if you have a fuel burning furnace or fireplace it is important to have the ducts inspected for proper functioning to prevent any chances of carbon monoxide poisoning.

So, how do you know when it is time to call in for cleaning? One of the main things to look for is mold growing inside ducts or on other parts of your heating and cooling system. You may not be able to see the mold, so if during an inspection the technician finds some, ask to be shown for future references. Sometimes mold can only be officially named such with appropriate lab testing. If you have air ducts that are insulated, they will need to be replaced instead of cleaned if they become moldy. Other things to look at are if your ducts have any rodents or insects stopping by, or if there is an excessive amount of dirt that is being allowed to enter your home. It is important to watch your air duct’s behavior after cleaning to make sure that none of these problems are able to happen again.

Can unclean air ducts affect the health of my family?

While the average person might not feel affected by a slightly dirty air duct, someone with allergies or other illnesses may. This could happen if you let the problems mentioned above go unnoticed. When hiring a technician, make sure it is someone reliable and professional. Without proper care and cleaning, your ducts could end up with more problems than you originally called for.