The Spring Cleaning Task That Can Really Clear the Air in Your Home
Spring cleaning time is here again. Your cleaning routine will probably cover important, much-used rooms in your house, like the kitchen, baths and living room. But to really ensure your home's air is as fresh and clean as it can be, it's important to remember to spring clean the "hidden" room in your home - its heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, including the ducts.
Dirty ducts and clogged air filters can harbor dust, dirt, mold, mildew and a host of other allergens that can all make the air quality inside your home less than clean and fresh. Think of your HVAC system and ducts as another room in your house - one that affects the comfort level in all the others - that needs to be properly cleaned for spring. When the duct cleaning process is done properly, the need to have ductwork cleaned only requires it to be cleaned every 4-7 years depending on conditions of the home. Be leery of companies that will come back after initial cleaning in a year to "re-clean for a nominal fee".
Air duct cleaning is one spring cleaning job you really can't do yourself. It pays to involve a professional who will do the job right the first time, because doing the job wrong can actually cause problems in the system. But before you pick up the phone, make sure you know what a good cleaning will involve so you can be sure the pro you hire does the job well.
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association offers a checklist for homeowners hiring a duct cleaner. Here are some questions to ask a professional about what the cleaning will encompass. Will they:
* Inspect the system thoroughly before he begins work and alert you to any problems? NADCA requires certified members to provide this service to customers.
* Clean return air and air supply ductwork?
* If interior ductwork is made of metal, ensure that all surfaces are free of visible debris? The cleaner should inspect ductwork at several random sites, on both return and supply sides of the system, to ensure this.
* Check fiberglass or fiber-lined ductwork to ensure it's in good condition, free of tears and abrasions and well-adhered to the interior of the duct?
* Ensure supply registers, return air grilles and diffusers are visibly clean when the work is done. All should be properly replaced and reset.
* Check that the supply plenum (a device directly downstream of the air handling unit) is free of moisture stains and contaminants? Is the return air plenum free of visible dust and debris?
* Seal access panels according to the NADCA standard after the air duct cleaning is done?
* Replace air filters or clean washable filters and ensure they fit properly and are the proper efficiency as recommended by the HVAC system manufacturer?
If you contact a duct cleaning professional that answers "no" to any of these questions, they might not be offering you the best cleaning possible for your system. Call Patty Clisham with DUCTZ Indoor Air Professionals serving the Metro St. Louis Areas for qualified, certified and personal service for your duct cleaning needs.
To find qualified HVAC technicians you can also visit www.nadca.com and click on "find a member near you." Here you will also find DUCTZ of West St. Louis. We are proud Affiliate Members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Women's Council of REALTORS® and the St. Louis Association of REALTORS®.
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Call Patty today for an estimate on YOUR duct cleaning needs. 314.631.6700 or 314.584.0228