Five tips for air duct cleaning
The air ducts in your home have an important job, moving air throughout your house via your heating or cooling system. Over time, it’s possible that air ducts will become dirty or contaminated with mold and dust.
Here are five tips for air duct cleaning
1) Assess for mold
Mold develops in areas where moisture accumulates with inadequate ventilation. If mold develops inside your air ducts, it can create an unhealthy indoor environment. If mold develops, it will appear inside the hard surfaces of the air ducts or on other areas of a heating and cooling system. If insulated air ducts develop mold with moist and moldy insulation, the best course of action is to remove the damaged insulation and replace it.
2) Check for clogs and debris
It’s also possible for clogs to accumulate in air ducts from debris and even from rodents and insects. If this happens to an extreme degree, you might even notice particles releasing into the air from the air ducts.
3) Get a cleaning estimate
Because the air duct system is likely extensive, traveling through areas of your home that may be difficult to access, it’s usually a good idea to hire a professional air duct cleaner. Supervise the estimate process so you see how the representative examines your ducts to arrive at the estimate.
4) EPA recommendations
Understand that if you are cleaning out existing mold or replacing moldy insulation, part of the repair process has to include remedying the environment that enabled mold to develop in the first place. If you don’t fix these issues, more mold will develop.
5) Choosing a professional
Research any companies that you consider hiring for air duct cleaning. Get references or testimonials from satisfied customers. Get an estimate before you hire anybody and make sure you have a contract for service that includes price and services provided, as well as any service guarantees.
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