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Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?

We often hear about concern over the amount of pollution in the air that reduces the quality of the air outside, but have you ever wondered about the indoor air quality in your own home? Several times a day, breathing irritants such as dust, pollen, animal dander, and even mold spores are circulated throughout your home via the air ducts of your HVAC system. In some cases, indoor air quality can be worse than the air outside your home. To keep you and your family breathing easily and safely, Magic Sweep is proud to offer professional air duct cleaning services. We use a specialized vacuum pressure duct cleaning system that will remove all of those irritants and contaminants from your home. We recommend having this service done annually to keep your indoor air quality at its best. While this service will benefit everyone, there are a few situations where air duct cleaning is essential. To help you decide whether or not you need this service, we would like to tell you more about when you should have your air duct system professionally cleaned.

You are having renovation work done in your home.

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Remodeling your home can create a lot of dust and dirt, which enter your air ducts to get recirculated throughout every time your HVAC system is running. Not only does dirt and dust get into the system, but so do other irritants that can be very dangerous. If your home improvement project involves asbestos abatement or lead paint removal, Today’s Homeowner strongly recommends having your air ducts professionally cleaned. Even though your ducts should be sealed off during the renovation, your air ducts can still get very dirty.

You have seen signs of animals in your air duct system.

In the winter, wild animals are searching for a warm and safe place to nest, and your air ducts could be a potential new home. Whenever you see any signs of animal infestation in your air duct system, contact Magic Sweep. We can assist you with getting the animals safely removed and then clean your air ducts to get rid of any debris and germs left behind.

You have mold in your air ducts.

If you notice the tell-tale scent of mold whenever your HVAC system is running, you need to contact Magic Sweep immediately. This situation can be very hazardous to your health, especially if you have allergies or other respiratory issues. Breathing in mold spores can be deadly, so do not hesitate to have your air ducts professionally cleaned if you suspect mold is growing in the system.

You or another member of your household is suffering from an unexplained allergy-related sickness.

Not being able to breathe properly due to allergies can be not only frustrating but also hazardous to your health. If you have done everything you can in your home to eliminate the source of the allergy-related sickness and see no improvements, it is time for a professional air duct cleaning.

Improve the indoor air quality in your home, and breathe easier. Contact us at Magic Sweep to schedule an appointment for our professional air duct cleaning services.

Improving Air Quality at Home

It is important to know how things in your home work, so that you are able to tell if they are in need of attention.  Some things will need to be serviced on a schedule, but air ducts can be tricky.  Because excessive amounts of dust can cause health problems, you should hire a professional to do annual maintenance.  For an appointment call the people of Magic Sweep Corporation today!

How do I know my air ducts need cleaning?

Have you heard? Ignoring your air ducts can result in respiratory difficulties. Call Magic Sweep today.

Have you heard? Ignoring your air ducts can result in respiratory difficulties. Call Magic Sweep today.

One of the main warning signs your air ducts need cleaning is when you see mold growing on the duct itself or any other part of your heating or cooling system.  Also, different types of rodents can house in the ducts, so you want to get them out.  Lastly, if your system has enough dust and debris collected where it is being released into the home, you will need to have that fixed.

What is air duct cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is a process that needs to be very thorough, so when you hire someone to do the job make sure they are qualified and will do the whole heating/cooling unit.  There are some chemical components under research, so make sure you talk this over with your technician before they use them.  During the initial inspection, they may determine that your air ducts are not in need of cleaning, however you should always have them checked.

How do you choose someone to clean your air ducts?

There are many ways to find someone, as with any other service.  You can look online, in the yellow pages, or ask family and friends.  Also, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) will have pointers for you.  A professional will do many of the following steps:

  • Open access doors to allow the whole system to be cleaned.
  • Inspect the entire system before working on it.
  • Use the proper combination of vacuums and brushes to clean.
  • Check for holes and make sure that if any are found they are properly insulated and sealed.
  • Follow industry standards for proper cleaning.

How do you protect your air ducts in the future?

  • Use high-efficiency air filters and change them regularly.
  • Seal off the supply and return registers during construction and do not run the heating/cooling unit until all dust is cleaned up.
  • Vacuum and dust your home often.
  • Know about your system.  For more information, click here.

Keeping Dryer Vents Clean

 

How a Slow Dryer Might be a Fire Hazard

If you’ve been having to hit the “Start” button on your dryer’s cycle more than once lately, it’s likely that this may be more than just an annoyance—it may be a sign that your dryer vents need to be cleaned. Clogged dryer vents don’t just slow you down on laundry day—they can be a danger to your home. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that overheated clothes dryers can cause fires and recommends routine cleaning of dryer vents for prevention.

A slow dryer may indicate it is time to schedule a dryer vent cleaning from a professional.

A slow dryer may indicate it is time to schedule a dryer vent cleaning from a professional.

Cleaning your lint screen before or after each load of laundry helps to reduce lint buildup in ducts, but this only slows the process and does not eliminate it. When lint builds up in the dryer hose, it reduces the flow of air and causes the dryer to have to work harder. Dryers have switches to keep the temperature from running too high, but constant use can wear the switch out and cause it to fail. Not only does cleaning the vents remove a fire hazard from your home, it will also increase the life of your dryer and save energy by keeping it running efficiently and effectively.

Signs your vent needs to be cleaned:

  • Clothes drying slowly
  • Lint behind dryer
  • Clothes/dryer feel too hot
  • Heat element in dryer burns out
  • Water spots on walls
  • Carbon monoxide alarm going off

Long, concealed vent runs, which are used more frequently in new construction, are difficult to navigate and are not as friendly a do-it-yourself project as a simple duct going directly from the dryer and straight through the wall or a window. CPSC also notes that if you are currently using plastic or foil, it is important to replace that with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal ducts.

An easy way to remember to keep up with this maintenance is to schedule your dryer vent cleaning at the same time as your chimney inspection and cleaning (if you have a chimney). Just make sure this is one thing you don’t have to worry about.