If you look into your air vents or registers and see dust and debris, you may want to pull out the vacuum. Unfortunately, the DIY approach removes only surface grime, leaving other allergens and germs deeper within the ductwork. To clean the ductwork and other HVAC components thoroughly, you may need to hire a professional.
Vacuuming or Dusting Air Registers and Vents
Can you handle cleaning your own air registers and vents, or do you need a professional to clean your ductwork? Read on to find out what is the best approach for you.
When to Call in a Professional
Seeing visible dirt, dust, and other contaminants inside air vents is a clear sign you may need professional cleaning services. A professional will explain the process and offer services at a reasonable rate. Costs can range from a few hundred and a few thousand dollars, depending on the buildup and the size of your space.
Unless you see or experience signs of dirt or hazards in the ductwork, you may not need to invest in professional services. However, if you notice any of these red flags, contact a reputable company for an inspection and a quote.
General Home Concerns
If you aren’t positive about the previous owner’s cleaning practices, consider asking for a ductwork inspection before you move in. You may also want to consider professional cleaning after a remodeling project or any high-dust/debris work inside the home.
Mold requires professional remediation. To prevent serious negative health consequences, contact a company certified to handle mold in HVAC systems. You also may need a way to prevent a recurrence in the future.
Significant Contaminant Buildup
Insect and rodent infestations, dust, debris, and pet dander can all build up in air ducts and destroy the overall air quality. Sprays, air filters, and other solutions cannot clean the air until the source of contamination is removed.
After duct cleaning services, you can have peace of mind regarding your interior air quality. With a few additional steps, you may also reduce the risk of future problems.
Preventing the Buildup of Dust and Grime in Your HVAC System
While vacuuming the surface areas of air ducts won’t do much to improve air quality, you can take steps to keep your interior environment dust and allergen-free:
- Dust, vacuum, and sweep regularly. Keep the surfaces in your home reasonably clean to prevent particulates from entering your HVAC system. This may also reduce the risk of an expensive vermin infestation.
- Replace HVAC air filters regularly. Follow recommended guidelines for changing the filters for improved performance and air quality. Most filters have a life expectancy of four to six weeks, but every environment is different. Ask your service technician for replacement recommendations in your area.
- Invest in a yearly tune-up. Make sure the service technician inspects the air ducts so you can plan for or postpone cleaning services as needed.
- Groom pets. Keep indoor pets brushed and regularly bathed to prevent the accumulation of dander and fur in your ductwork.
Use these tips to manage the amount of allergens in your home, and contact a professional for cleaning as needed. Then, breathe easy knowing your home is completely clean and respiratory system-friendly. If you need professional help cleaning your ducts, give us a call today.