When you turn your heating system on for the first time this winter, you may get that old familiar blast of hot, dusty air. Nothing unusual about that; your heating system has been idle for several months, and it’s only natural that dust and debris would settle into the system when it’s not being used. A good way to prevent that buildup of contaminants is to have your HVAC ductwork professionally inspected and cleaned. A thorough duct cleaning will also help your heating system run better and will cut down on pollution in your indoor air.
The Environmental Protection Agency reports that duct cleaning has not been conclusively proven to prevent any health problems or respiratory issues. However, the EPA does recommend duct cleaning under certain circumstances, such as when:
- There is an excessive amount of mold present in the duct system or noticeable on system components.
- Ducts are infested with vermin such as rodents or insects.
- Ducts are clogged with dirt and debris and these contaminants are actively being released back into your home’s indoor air.
Duct cleaning can be an effective addition to your annual preventative maintenance service. A clean system runs better and more efficiency, and is less likely to break down because of filters that get dirty too quickly. While the system’s ductwork is being cleaned, the technician can inspect the ductwork for loose-fitting components that could cause dangerous carbon monoxide leaks. This is also a good time to add or replace ductwork insulation.
Choose your cleaning technician carefully. Hire qualified professionals such as members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). Beware of contractors who make overly ambitious claims of the benefits of duct cleaning; many such claims may not be supported by facts. Ask questions and check references as you would before hiring any contractor.
Since 1983, Overland Park Heating & Cooling has provided reliable residential, commercial and industrial heating and cooling services to the greater Kansas City area. Contact us todayfor answers to your questions about duct cleaning or to schedule a professional inspection and cleaning appointment.
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