Duct Cleaning: What You Need to Know for Your Home in Athens GA

Published on: June 22, 2012

If you are concerned about the indoor air quality of your home, then you may consider duct cleaning. We recommend that you have your air ducts cleaned when you spot visible mold growth on the hard surfaces of your conduits. You may also require duct cleaning if you spot mold on the heating or cooling units in your home. Often, debris accumulates in your system over time, which may require air duct cleaning.


When You Should Hire a Professional

– If you are unsure whether the substance you’ve noticed is mold, then we can send one of our experts to your residence to confirm your suspicions. A positive determination may require a laboratory analysis. Therefore, you should expect a diagnosis in a few days.

– A home flood may cause mold to grow, which will negatively affect your home’s indoor air quality. You may also need our expertise when your ducts are infested with vermin including insects or rodents. If your ducts are blocked with debris or dust, then we can complete thorough duct cleaning, which will eliminate dirt from your home’s conduits.

– You may require our services periodically if you own a fuel burning fireplace, furnace, or stove, as these units may cause carbon monoxide poisoning.


The Basics of Air Duct Cleaning

You are most likely aware that a home can contain indoor air pollution, and when you hire a company to provide cleaning, you will be charged based on the amount of cleaning your unit requires along with the size of your heating and cooling system. With duct maintenance, you can expect that we’ll clean components of your HVAC system such as the unit’s heating and cooling coils, fan motor and covering, along with your system’s registers, diffusers and grilles. Once you contact us to complete an air duct cleaning task, we’ll bring specialized equipment to extricate dirt and debris from your ducts. We will then use a high-powered vacuum cleaner to thoroughly cleanse your system’s conduits.


Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

When you or someone in your household is sensitive to or allergic to dust, you should definitely consider duct cleaning. Another time for you to consider making an appointment with us is if you or someone in your household is suffering from an unexplained illness or experiencing unusual symptoms. Keep in mind that you will see dust on your return registers as dust-filled air will come through the grates in your home. However, this is not necessarily an indication that your ducts are dust-laden. We can check your conduits to see if they require maintenance.


The Cleaning Process

After you’ve scheduled a cleaning, we will arrive to open all of your unit’s access ports and doors to complete a thorough cleansing and inspection. We will also check for asbestos, which we may find in your home’s insulation or register boots. We will either use a vacuum that will eliminate debris outside of your home, or a high-efficiency particle air vacuum when we can’t exhaust the dust outside. You won’t have to worry about your carpet or furniture as we will protect your delicate surfaces. When we are working inside your air ducts, we will brush the vents to make sure that we are removing all of the debris that may have settled inside your system. Soft-bristled brushes will be used when we are working over fiberglass duct boards. If we must make access holes to service your unit, then we will seal them and re-insulate the areas. The ducts must be airtight.


Checking Our Work

We expect you to complete a visual inspection once our work is complete, and since you won’t be able to process a visual inspection of your indoor air quality, you will want to check your air ducts to ensure they’ve be cleaned. Once we’re done, you won’t see any level of debris. Also, our service team will show you each element of your system, which will allow you to verify the completion of our work. The areas you can expect to check include your heating and cooling unit, along with your coils, fans, and blower.


Preventing Future Duct Contagions

In order to protect your indoor air quality, you should use efficient air filters for your HVAC system. Be sure to change your filters at regular intervals. If you notice that your filters are filled with dust and debris, then you should change them more often. You should always keep a filter in your unit, and when you have maintenance completed on your heating and cooling system, make sure that your service provider cleans your drain pans and cooling coils. Also, purchase a high efficiency vacuum cleaner and use it on a regular basis. With duct cleaning, your indoor air quality will improve, and our company is qualified to thoroughly complete this task.