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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.

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