With summer upon us, most homeowners will not think about having their air ducts cleaned. They may instead be focused on family outings, work, or keeping other heavily used areas of their home cleaned. Air ducts are used in heating, ventilating and air conditioning to remove and deliver air.
Cleaning Your Air Ducts
It is suggested that air ducts should be cleaned every three to five years, however it can be changed based on different factors. However, it may difficult to know when it’s time to clean your air ducts. To determine the right time, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you think there could be a chance that mold may be present?
- Has there been an increased number of dust mites in your home?
- Any new construction on your home?
- Do your pets shed often?
- Does anyone in your family suffer with allergies or asthma?
Have your air ducts cleaned especially if there is visible growth of mold inside hard surface ducts or other areas of your AC unit. There may still be areas that may not be easily seen and will need to be evaluated by an experienced HVAC technician. If the air ducts are moldy or have gotten wet, it is not possible to have it cleaned properly and will need to replaced.
What is Air Duct Cleaning?
There are many people who were unaware of the growing concern of indoor air pollution is and many companies are marketing products and services to this industry. A certified technician will clean all the components of your system. Air duct cleaning usually entails cleaning of the various cooling and heating coils, drip pans, the fan motor and housing, and the air handling unit housing. Failure to clean a component that has been contaminated may result in the system being recontaminated.
Choosing a Certified Technician
Don’t assume that every technician you speak with is certified and is knowledgeable about the proper way to clean your air ducts. Make sure the technician shows you the exact areas that have been contaminated, you want to be sure that your ducts need to be cleaned.
The technician will access ports that will allow cleaning of your entire system. Inspecting the system before cleaning will ensure that there is nothing in the heating or cooling system such as asbestos materials. These asbestos contaminated materials need to be removed by a trained and fully equipped technician.
Is It Worth It?
Many people use their air conditioners more during the summer to cool down, especially if you live in warm climates like Maui. Some have noticed that after cleaning their systems air duct, they felt an improvement in the air quality, experienced less issues with allergies and their HVAC system seemed to run more efficiently.
It is a good rule of thumb to have your system evaluated by a certified HVAC, our certified technicians at Scott’s Cooling can help you access your needs. We offer our “Fixed Right or It’s Free” guarantee and 24/7 emergency repair services. You also have the option to schedule seasonal maintenance in advance as well.
Call Scott’s Cooling today at (808) 877-3665 or visit us online at www.scottscooling.com. We will help keep your AC units in working order!