Clean your Air Ducts Regularly11/28/2015 Back To Blog
Have you ever asked yourself how aid ducts get dirty in the first place? How calm tubes, which are sealed and protected, are often filled with so much dirt? The question you should be asking is whether they are sealed well. After all, ducts are nothing but air tight. They are the vessels through which air travels, and air doesn't travel alone. The air which ends up in our homes is not free of contaminants. The only difference is that air pollution doesn't hurt us as much when we are in an open space as much as it hurts us when we are in confined ones.
Air coming from outside already contains some allergens. Will that be enough for duct contamination? No, it's not! What makes things worse is that ducts are not often sealed well. They might even have cracks and so greater amount of dust is gathered inside the tubes. Since they are usually installed in basements and attics that are hardly ventilated, the moisture levels go up and the humidity might encourage mold growth. Air travelling through tubes which are filled with debris and mildew won't be clean! So, how we can prevent duct contamination and, thus, poor indoor air quality at home? Are there really solutions?
Learn how to avoid duct contamination
The best way to prevent problems is regular air duct maintenance. With ducts checked regularly, you will know of the extent of such problems and take the right actions. If there is need to make modifications, repair and seal ducts, or remove mildew, you will take the necessary steps to eliminate contamination. After all, maintenance includes air duct cleaning and so debris and mold removal will reduce the levels of contamination anyhow. Since contamination is caused by over accumulated dirt and moisture, you must prevent both from entering the ducts.
As far as debris is concerned, you must clean and replace the air duct filters regularly. Check the register for dust and have them well cleaned. If the filters are damaged or clogged much too often, have them replaced. Make sure the ducts are checked at least once a year and if debris is visible, have the ducts cleaned. If you do any construction work in the house, cover the all registers in the house and do not turn on the HVAC system until the work is over and the whole house is properly cleaned from dust.
In order to control moisture and, thus, biological growth, make sure the ducts are properly sealed. Leaks are fixed with air duct seal repair. This means that duct joints are properly sealed and so is every other crack on the duct walls. Check and repair the cooling coils if they don't drain properly and insulate the ducts so that they won't be affected by the humidity of the environment.