Air Duct Cleaning
Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern, which has resulted in increased visibility. Many companies are marketing products and services intended to improve the quality of your indoor air.
You have probably seen an advertisement, received a coupon in the mail, or been approached directly by a company offering to clean your air ducts as a means of improving your home's indoor air quality. These services typically, but not always, range in cost from $450 to $1,000 per heating and cooling system, depending upon the services offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, climatic region, and level of contamination.
Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced-air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor, fan housing, and the air-handling housing unit.
If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen, or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home's living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them. If you decide to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, it is important to make sure the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so.
Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits. Methods of duct cleaning vary, although standards have been established by industry associations concerned with air duct cleaning. Typically, a service provider will use specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts, then vacuum them out with a high-powered vacuum cleaner.
In addition, the service provider may propose applying chemical biocides, designed to kill microbiological contaminants, to the inside of the ductwork and to other system components. Some service providers may also suggest applying chemical treatments, sealants, or other encapsulates, to encapsulate or cover the inside surfaces of the air ducts and equipment housings because they believe it will control mold growth or prevent the release of dirt particles or fibers from ducts.
These practices have yet to be fully researched, and you should be completely informed before deciding to permit the use of biocides or chemical treatments in your air ducts. It should only be applied, if at all, after the system has been properly cleaned of all visible dust or debris.
Air Health Services uses the most advanced High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtered air duct cleaning system available. It is designed and manufactured by Nikro Industries, one of the leading manufacturers of HEPA filtered vacuum equipment in the United States. All of our equipment is manufactured to meet or exceed OSHA, EPA, and NADCA Standards for cleaning the air of nuisance dusts.
Our powerful HEPA filtered vacuum system will first be connected to your air duct near your furnace. Various tools will then be used to dislodge the contaminants and debris in your air ducts. The powerful vacuum will then pull the contaminants out of the ducts and through the filtration system, returning clean air back into your home. Once your system is cleaned, all access holes are resealed, returning your duct system to its original, clean condition.
Contact us for more information about the indoor air quality that comes from the air duct cleaning services we provide.