The high winds that have been experienced from coast to coast in the United States lately have wreaked havoc on home A/C and HVAC systems. Therefore, it is the perfect time to clean the dust and debris from the air conditioning components and machinery. It is important to clean as soon as possible in order to prevent broken parts and eventual expensive repairs. Taking the necessary steps to protect the system and to prepare for harsh weather can help protect the whole family’s safety and comfort.
HVAC Vent Cleaning and Maintenance
Indoor air quality is an issue of growing importance and increased visibility. Many HVAC contractors are marketing services and products intended to improve home air quality. The range in cost of vent cleaning services depends on the services offered, system accessibility, the size of the system, and the level of contamination.
Generally, vent cleaning refers to the cleaning of different heating and cooling components of forced air systems, including the air ducts and registers, heating and cooling coils, grilles and diffusers, condensate drain pans, fan motor and housing, and the unit housing. If not properly cleaned and maintained, these components may become contaminated with allergens, dust, pollen, and other debris. If water or moisture is present, there is an increased potential for microbiological growth such as mold. Spores from such growth, some of which may cause allergic reactions, may be blown into the home’s living space.
How to Choose a Vent Cleaning Service Provider
It is unwise to assume that all vent cleaning companies are equally responsible and knowledgeable. Some of the factors to consider when choosing a good service provider include:
• Be wary of duct cleaners who make unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits of duct cleaning.
• Do not choose cleaners who use chemicals treatments or biocides before learning about the pros and cons.
• Check references from other customers.
• Confirm the service provider’s licensing.
• Request an estimate of the number of hours it would take to complete the job and the rate per hour.
Testing of indoor air quality involves the collection of air samples, collection of samples on building surfaces, monitoring human exposure to pollutants, and modeling of air flow inside buildings. After the season of high winds, it is advisable to test the quality of air in the home in order to ensure that the family is inhaling clean and healthy air.