Tips for Keeping Your Ducts Clean
March 15th, 2016 by Darwilladmin
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. This 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. We 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 doing routine air filter maintenance, you can keep your air ducts clean and extend their life. Check the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for changing out your filters. You should change most furnace filters every two to three months. Some need a replacement while others you can clean and re-insert.
Perform an Inspection
You’ll need a pro for this. Technicians provide a thorough inspection to look for any leaks, damage, or gaps. They can seal those gaps and repair or replace ductwork. They will tune up the system, run air pressure tests, and clean them out using rotary brushes. Regular cleanings can find build-up or blockages that may have occurred. This ensures that the unit has solid combustion efficiency, airflow and hydronic balance.
Regular maintenance helps to boost the efficiency of your unit. It also prevents debris from building up and can extend the life of your units. You should have regular maintenance 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. We can fix these problems before they become 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. 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. Cleaner airflow can reduce allergens within the air that can aggravate the airways. This especially helps people with allergies and asthma. When outside air pollutants enter the home, they can pose a safety risk to the occupants. This results in health and comfort issues, says the CPSC.
OSHA says that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can cause many symptoms. Headaches, fatigue, concentration issues, and eyes, nose, and throat irritation can all occur. Diseases like asthma can even develop in people who live in damp environments. As a side note, that’s a good reason to install a whole-house humidifier too. Radon and asbestos can also lurk in homes undetected. Occupants can consume this without even knowing.
To schedule your duct cleaning, contact us at Thornton Heating Service at 847-905-1608. We often run whole-house duct cleaning specials to save you money!