Your air ducts are the “lungs” of your home. Your heating and cooling system takes air in and “breathes” air out, recirculating several times throughout the day and night. According to the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA), “In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living.”
Since ducts and vents are often overlooked, many homeowners may not even remember the last time they were inspected or cleaned. The fact is, however, that duct and vent cleaning may have health advantages, and might even reduce your energy bills and extend the life of your heat and air system.
One thing to consider when you're thinking about having your vents and ducts cleaned is the fact that the indoor air quality of your home is decreasing. This is partly because of the popularity of high-efficiency windows, doors, and increased insulation that reduce the amount of air transfer between inside and outside. These fixtures are great when it comes to reducing energy costs and making a room more comfortable, but they are often not supplemented with any additional ventilation, causing pollutants that enter the home to remain inside instead of leaking out through drafty windows and gaps.
Gator Clean professional duct cleaning services use specialized blowers, vacuums, and brushes to clean out the supply, intake, and return ducts throughout your home. Duct cleaning involves a thorough cleaning of the air handler, registers, grilles, fans, motors, housings, and coils of the HVAC system.
Renovation: If your home has been remodeled – especially if there was asbestos abatement, lead paint removal, or significant dust – your ductwork may need to be cleaned. Ducts should be sealed off during home renovations; but if they weren’t, dangerous dust and debris may become lodged inside the ductwork.
Animals: If there’s evidence of animal infestation or nesting in your ducts or HVAC system, have the animals removed then clean the ductwork and HVAC unit.
Mold: If there is visible mold growth inside the ductwork, the ducts and HVAC system should be cleaned.
Contaminants: If noticeable debris, pet hair, odors, or other contaminants are being released into the room through the ducts after the registers have been cleaned and vacuumed; then the ducts may need to be cleaned.
Illness: If someone in your family is suffering from an unexplained allergy-related illness, and you’ve taken every other possible step to decontaminate your home, you may want to consider having your ducts cleaned to see if the HVAC system was the culprit.