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Improve Indoor Air Quality With Air Duct Cleaning

Air Duct Cleaning Air Quality - Fairfield-New Haven CT - Total Chimney CareMost Americans are aware of the affects of pollution outside, and how our outdoor air quality can be diminished by several external elements. However, as a homeowner it is also important to stay on top of how the air quality in your home can be affected by external and internal elements. Having your air ducts cleaned regularly can improve the quality of air for you, your family and your pets, not to mention improve the efficiency of your home heating and cooling system.

What Is Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning involves the cleaning of your heating and cooling systems. Otherwise known as “forced air systems,” these ducts, coils and fans can often become clogged if not properly maintained. During an air duct cleaning, a professional company like Total Chimney Care will come to your home and clean the inside of your heating and cooling systems. In some cases, the technician may recommend a chemical biocide to kill any microbiotic organisms that may be living in your ducts, but normally a simple cleaning is sufficient.

Dust, Pollen and Pet Hair

If you live in a home with pets, you are no stranger to pet hair. While pet hair can be cumbersome to clean off your furniture and your floors it is also important to consider how else it affects your home. In many cases, pet hair can go into your vents and coat your air ducts. After a long period of time, pet hair can affect how your heating and cooling systems work, making a professional air duct cleaning very important.

Pollen and dust are also concerns in air ducts. These small particles can collect and build up in your vents, and this can also affect how your heating and cooling system works.

When To Get An Air Duct Cleaning

If you or anyone in your home suffers from allergies, you should consider having a professional technician come to your home for a thorough air duct cleaning. Removing pet hair, dust particles and pollen can significantly improve the air quality in your home, and a professional cleaning will do just that. Similarly, if you suspect that your heating and cooling system is not working as efficiently as it normally does, you should contact an air duct cleaning specialist to come to your home and perform a routine cleaning. In many cases, the simple removal of dirt and dust build up can help keep your heating and cooling system in top working order.

The EPA also recommends a complete air duct cleaning if you or anyone in your household is experiencing unexplained allergic symptoms or illnesses that may seem unusual. If you suspect this is related to your indoor air quality, contact a professional air cleaning company.

An air duct cleaning company like Total Chimney Care will send a professional and certified technician to your home in order to perform a thorough inspection and cleaning of your air duct system. Once your air duct system is cleaned you should notice improved air quality, as well as improved efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

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How Your Air Ducts Affect the Air Quality In Your Home

Inspecting an Air DuctHave you ever realized your air duct system harbors germs and bacteria in its vents? As soon as you turn on your HVAC unit, these particles get blown into your home and lower the indoor air quality. In some cases, mold spores linger inside your air duct system, which can be a hazard to the health of you and your household. An annual cleaning of your air duct system from a reputable company like Total Chimney Care will rid your system of the bacteria and other particles and improve the air quality inside your house. However, certain situations may arise that require an immediate air duct cleaning, as outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  • You can see substantial mold growth inside hard surface ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. Since breathing mold can create respiratory health problems, an air duct cleaning to rid your system of the mold growth ranks as high importance. You do need to understand several points when dealing with mold detection in a heating and cooling system:
    • Ask the Total Chimney Care technician to show you the mold growth as many sections of your heating and cooling system are not easily accessible for a visual inspection.
    • Several substances have the same appearance as mold, yet are harmless. To positively determine you have a mold problem, you can send a sample to a microbiology lab for around $50 to have an expert confirmation of mold.
    • If your air ducts are insulated and that insulation becomes wet or moldy, it must be removed and replaced.
    • Mold growth will come back if you do not correct the conditions that caused the mold to grow in the first place. Total Chimney Care is able to determine and repair the moldy conditions to protect you from dealing with this again.
  • Your air duct system has become infested with rodents. When the germs from rodent droppings get spread throughout the air inside your house, contracting bacterial diseases like salmonella and hantavirus becomes a real possibility. Other problems resulting from a rodent infestation of your air duct system include unpleasant odor issues, along with the destruction of your duct work due to the gnawing habits of rodents.
  • Excessive amounts of dust are clogged inside your air ducts to the point that debris and particles are released into your home through your supply registers. If you ever notice debris blowing out of your supply registers, you will need to contact Total Chimney Care as soon as possible to arrange an air duct system cleaning. We will use an EPA-approved HEPA filtration vacuum system to remove the dust clogs, bag them up, and properly dispose of the clogged dust.

Improve the indoor air quality in your home by contacting Total Chimney Care today to schedule your annual air duct cleaning. If you are experiencing one of the above situations, we can also take care of your system with an immediate air duct cleaning.

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