Cleaning Out Your Air Ducts
Air ducts are something that we rarely even think about, but if you had any idea of all the contaminants that can collect in there, it would be on your mind a lot more often. Upkeep of your air ducts is an important step towards proper household cleaning.
What is Air Duct Cleaning?
This is a process that refers to the removal of debris such as dust, dander, mites and pet hair that can compile inside the air ducts of your home or business thus preventing recirculation. When these types of foreign matter compile, they can cause something called “sick building syndrome.” This is when the air you are breathing is so full of impurities that it causes the inhabitants to become or stay ill. Cleaning your air ducts every 2-5 years can help avoid allergic reactions, asthma attacks and not only remove mold that can make you sick, but stop it from spreading.
How is Air Duct Cleaning Done?
A professional will bring in what is called a rotary brush cabling system and a negative air machine. The brush will knock free all the collected debris while the machine vacuums it away into a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. Therefore ridding your breathing area of all regular pollutants.
The process will take from 2-4 hours, depending on the level of build-up. NEVER trust someone who comes in to perform your air duct cleaning that is out in less than an hour. It is a big job and needs to be handled thoroughly. However, doing a proper job will usually cost accordingly.
When Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?
It is recommended that you have them done by a professional every 2-5 years, depending on the number of impurities in your surroundings. Pet hair, smog or smoke, and dust are regular factors.
Here are a few other reasons that you may want to call in a professional:
You Suspect Mold
If you live in a damp environment, pay attention if you smell a musty scent when you turn on your air vents. That could be a good sign of mold in your air ducts.
If you can visibly see dust or other pollutants coming from your vents, this is usually a sign that they need proper cleaning.
Did you move into a new home? Who knows the last time the previous owner took care of the air ducts? Isn’t it better to start with fresh air?
Remodeling and/or Building a Home
During this exciting process, sawdust and drywall dust fly through the air, often getting caught in the air ducts, only to be released back out through the exit vents.
Having your air ducts cleaned is not a day to day concern, but it is something that you should remember to handle every few years for your own health and that of your family.
Ready to Get Started?
Let the professionals at The Green Mop help you with your air duct issues. Serving the greater Washington DC area, these professionals know how to get things clean, while staying green. Contact them today 703/647-9094 so that you can have your home or office cleaned the economical AND eco-friendly way.