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How bad is the air quality in your home?

Many households face the challenge of being stuffy due to inadequate airflow. In many areas, indoor air can be surprisingly more polluted than outdoor air, requiring air cleaning methods to achieve high levels of clean air. If such systems aren’t functioning properly, dirt is likely to accumulate on various surfaces, sometimes causing clogging or malfunctioning in these systems or other issues like mold growth in ductwork. This is when duct cleaning can come into play.

How do you tell that your ducts need cleaning?

  • If you notice mold growing on the inner surfaces of heating and cooling systems, duct cleaning is essential. Mold grows in areas rich in moisture and dust. If it’s difficult to access some areas to check the level of dirt, check on horizontal surfaces where dust particles rest such as seats and windowsills to evaluate how much dust has accumulated since the last time you cleaned.
  • If you have rodents and insects in your ducts, it’s definitely time to call a duct cleaning service provider. Such animals are attracted to ductwork because the system provides conducive conditions for their habitation.
  • If you have pets like dogs and cats, you may consider cleaning air ducts to rid them of any pet fur and dander that’s built up, along with other contaminants. Contaminated or clogged ducts have a higher likelihood of causing the spread of various airborne diseases like asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems, and your supply registers are likely to discharge some dust into your living area.

If you need more information on duct cleaning and other issues related to home comfort, feel free to contact the experts at Reliance Home Comfort.

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  • Phyllis Lewis April 19, 2013, 9:42 am

    Several months ago I hired a company to clean my air ducts, but because of the location in the crawl space of some of the ducts they said they were unable to do the job. Very disappointing, as I know my house needs a cleaner air system. I have animals and there is always evidence of pet hair and dust, most noticable in the white bathroom from the heating ducts. Not so bad in summer.

  • Adam April 19, 2013, 12:05 am

    I’ve always wondered whether duct cleaning actually makes sense. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the grime located in the ducts solidified to the duct surface? It doesn’t seem to me as if there is much harm in this…

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