Monday morning at the office was like any other day. I walked in, said my hellos and sat at my desk. As with most days, the hustle and bustle was beginning and our Triage technicians were getting ready to head to a job. Before they left the office, my Marketing Manager was discussing current trends of jobs we typically do during this time of year. As I was listening over to gain knowledge, I heard, or rather I misheard one of the technicians say, “Well, it’s a really big time of year for ‘duck’ cleaning.” I sat there puzzled for a moment, thinking “Why in the world would a property restoration company clean DUCKS?!” However, once I voiced my concern over this, I was quickly informed that no, we do not do “duck” cleanings…we do DUCT CLEANINGS!
After the initial embarrassment passed and the office had a good laugh to start off their Monday…I began thinking that maybe I just heard it wrong and wasn’t thinking straight that morning—or maybe it didn’t register because I have never heard much about duct cleaning before! So naturally, I started to look into this subject. And what I realized is that duct cleaning is extremely important for homeowners!
WHAT IS DUCT CLEANING?
The process of clearing out any dust, debris, mold, or other buildup in your air ducts, as well as changing the filter in your HVAC system. Professionals, such as our technicians at Triage Restoration, use a specialized machine that is able to suck the dust and debris from your ducts while scrubbing them clean at the same time! (For a typical residential home, duct cleaning usually costs between $300—$400 on the low end, and $1000—$1200 on the high end.)
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR DUCTS CLEAN?
In every home, HVAC systems use various ducts to allow the air to travel and circulate throughout your home. Whether it is heat or air-conditioning flowing through your home, the air ducts are responsible for this airflow. Whether you have just had renovations done to your home, have pets that shed, or everyday living gets away from you, dust and debris can collect and accumulate within your air ducts. Also, if there has been water infiltration into your ducts that is left untreated, it can lead to mold growth. Your air ducts have the ability to carry this lightweight debris and circulate it throughout your home. If this happens, it can lead to poor air quality and indoor air pollution. (If someone in your home suffers with asthma it is important to make sure the air you’re breathing is clean!)
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU HAVE YOUR AIR DUCTS CLEANED?
According to our trained technicians, homeowners should consider getting their air ducts cleaned if: (1) you have never had them cleaned before, (2) had or have smokers in the home, (3) have people in the home that are sick or have asthma. The general manager here offers advice that this could be done seasonally or every other season as a preventable measure to protect yourself and family against harmful allergens or mold.
BENEFITS OF DUCT CLEANING
Having the air ducts in your home can have many positive benefits on homeowners. It will improve the quality of the air you breathe in your home by cleaning out the dust and debris that can collect from everyday living. Additionally, cleaning your air ducts can improve the energy efficiency of your heating and air-conditioning system–which can save you money in the future.
On average, adults breathe over 20,000 times per day. Indoor air quality is essential to healthy living. “If you live in a home with chronically poor air quality, you can experience frequent headaches, long lasting colds, and bronchitis as well as chronic asthma,” says E. Neil Schachter, MD, the medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Duct cleaning is a simple and cost-effective way to clear your air and provide a better quality of living for you and your family. So, what are you waiting for? Call us today to get a free estimate and clear the air in time for Spring.