Tips for Keeping Your Ducts Clean
March 15th, 2016 by THS
Your home’s duct system can get quite dirty and dusty over time. When that dust and dirt builds up, it can affect the air quality in the home, which can irritate allergy and asthma conditions. Did you know that indoor air can be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air? That’s why you need duct cleaning professionals like those at Thornton Heating Services to provide thorough, whole-house duct cleaning for your peace of mind.
Change Furnace Filters
This is an easy way homeowners can reduce the irritants in the air. By following routine air filter maintenance practices, you can keep your air ducts clean and extend their useful life as well. Check the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for changing out your filters. Most furnace filters need to be changed every two to three months. Some need to be replaced while others are designed to be cleaned and re-inserted.
You’ll need a pro for this. Technicians skilled in duct cleaning can provide a thorough inspection to look for any evidence of leaks, damage, or gaps. They can seal those gaps, repair or replace ductwork, tune up the whole system, run some tests for air pressure, and clean them out using special rotary brushes. Regular cleanings can detect build-up or blockages that may have occurred, ensuring that the unit has solid combustion efficiency, airflow and hydronic balance.
By provide regular maintenance on your HVAC systems, you’re doing your part to boost the peak efficiency of your unit, prevent debris from building up due to neglect, and extend the lifespan of your units as well. Regular maintenance should be done at least once a year for heating and once a year for cooling. You can also catch problems that may arise at these scheduled appointments, so they problems can be fixed before becoming more serious.
Keeping your indoor air clean involves simple everyday decisions. Be sure to dust hard surfaces at least once a week, vacuum carpeted areas with a high-quality HEPA filter vacuum, dust hardwood flooring with a microfiber cloth, and wash bedding, particularly pet bedding, weekly. Refrain from smoking indoors.
Now that you know how to keep your air ducts clean, it’s important to know WHY. Promoting cleaner airflow can reduce allergens within the air that can aggravate the airways, particularly in people with allergies and asthma. When outside air pollutants (from things like vehicle emissions and construction sites) enter the home through open windows and doors, they can pose a safety risk to the occupants, resulting in health and comfort issues, says the CPSC.
In addition, OSHA says that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has been shown to bring on symptoms like headaches, fatigue, concentration difficulties, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Chronic diseases can even develop, like asthma in people who live amongst damp indoor environments. As a side note, that’s a good reason to install a whole-house humidifier too. Radon and asbestos have even known to lurk in homes undetected, which can be unknowingly ingested by occupants.
To schedule your in-home consultation on duct cleaning today, contact us here at Thornton Heating Service at 847-905-1608. We regularly run whole-house duct cleaning specials to save you money!