Do Your Ducts Look Like These? Six Reasons and Photos to Clean Your Ducts
According to NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association), “up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living.” This dust along with other substances such as pollen and mold can accumulate in your ducts and circulate in the house’s air aggravating allergies and causing the heating and cooling system to be less efficient. Those are reasons why your air ducts should be cleaned, but if you are unconvinced, I invite you to learn a little more and take a look at the following pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words and these photos give firsthand testimonials to the benefits of duct cleaning.
When ducts are cleaned, a thorough procedure is used, though the actual process may vary. At FLAME the technicians will drill small holes in the duct work in the basement every 4 to 5 feet and then flexible brushes that expand are inserted into each of them. These brushes are connected to an electric drill and to a truck outside. When the drill is turned on the brushes spin and brush all around while the debris they loosen is sucked back into the truck. As much cleaning as possible is completed in the basement. Upstairs, where there are registers, pressure in the ducts is used to clean them out.
Can you imagine that the heated and cooled air you breathe in your home goes through these dirty ducts?
Don’t smoke or have pets? Well unfortunately, that does not give you a “Get Out of Jail Free” card on dirty ducts and duct cleaning. There can still be plenty of build up in your ducts.
Convinced yet? Worried that your ducts are maybe looking similar to these photos? If you do decide to have you duct cleaned, when looking for a contractor, look for a NADCA member. NADCA members all have certified technicians that must clean ducts up to a certain standards (NADCA). On NADCA’s website, you can search for members near you.
All of the above photos were courtesy of Jason Clark of FLAME Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical. For more information about duct cleaning and Indoor Air Quality please contact FLAME!
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