While indoor air quality has always been important to some, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the concern to the forefront of many homeowner’s minds. With the virus spreading mainly through the air via airborne particles and droplets, homeowners and business owners alike began looking for indoor air quality solutions for health reasons.
Additionally, when we think about Colorado specifically, the seasons have been getting drier and drier and there’s a lot of dust in the air more often. Add the smoke and ash from increased wildfires in the state and nearby states, and you have quite the mix of particles coming into your home.
This increased focus on indoor air quality solutions is why Simply Mechanical added air duct cleaning in Denver and Colorado Springs to our services line up. Read on to find out the benefits of air duct cleaning, how often it should be done, and learn about the state-of-the-art technology we employ.
Air Ducts and Indoor Air Quality
Cleaning out air ducts that connect to a heating and/or air conditioning system is focused on reducing the particulates in the air of the house. Over time, dust and debris naturally builds up inside the ducts.
What most people don’t realize is that different things can cause that dirt to shake loose and blow into the air. Activities around the house such as loud music, vibrations from construction in the neighborhood, even barometric pressure changes, can disrupt pockets of dirt that will not only blow around the house but also get into the HVAC equipment. When HVAC equipment gets dirty inside it can break down and cause costly repairs down the road.
Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning:
- Clears the dust, debris and allergens that accumulate in your air ducts over time
- Ensures your furnace and air conditioner are operating at peak performance and that dust and debris aren’t decreasing the efficiency
- Cleaner, fresher smell in your home
The bottom line is that air duct cleaning provides a healthier living environment, for you, and your HVAC equipment.
How Often Should Air Ducts Be Cleaned?
The right frequency for air duct cleaning is not always straight forward as it often depends on personal preference and standards for air quality.
In general, houses that are closer to prairies or open, dusty lands, golf courses, or interstates, have different particulates in the air that create varied conditions in homes. Or, if a home was near a wildfire recently, it’s a good idea to have the ducts cleaned due to the potential ash build up.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the focus on indoor air quality solutions, and due to that many people are using duct cleaning as part of their overall air quality process much more frequently now.
We recommend having your air ducts cleaned at least every five years, and not going much longer than that.
Air Duct Cleaning as an Indoor Air Quality Solution
Think of the duct work in your house as an extension of your heating and cooling equipment. Just as you know to keep your furnace and air conditioner maintained, you should treat your ductwork the same way. If your HVAC system is being serviced, or replaced, that’s a natural time to have the ducts cleaned as well.
Simply Mechanical uses advanced technology duct vacuums. These hybrid duct cleaning vacuums are portable, meaning we bring them right into your home, eliminating the need for big, dirty hoses running through your house. All we need is an air compressor, which runs outside, and a small hose connected to it.
The vacuums have incredibly powerful suction, ensuring thorough cleaning of the ducts. In addition, the equipment is more environmentally friendly as it has re-usable filters; they aren’t thrown out after every job. Instead, they are cleaned and reused. A H.E.P.A. filter can be used in the equipment as well.
Keeping your air ducts clean is a key part of the equation for indoor air quality. This simple service benefits your health as well as your heating and cooling equipment.
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