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Spring Cleaning Your Ductwork

Spring Cleaning Your Ductwork

When we think of spring cleaning, we think of washing windows, cleaning carpets, and refreshing the draperies and mini-blinds. There are other areas of the home that benefit from annual maintenance, and some of them are too important to overlook.

Your ventilation system is one important aspect of your home that tends to get neglected. The same dust and dirt accumulating on your ceiling fan blades and in your carpet fibers are spread throughout your house via your ductwork. Proper filtration will collect about ten percent of the particulates in the air. To effectively clean your home, you should clean your ductwork during spring cleaning.

Reduce Allergens

Your heating and cooling systems recirculate the air in your home several times a day. We all know that spring is a tough time for allergy sufferers, and those allergens are moving through your home double time as pollen and ragweed blossom. Pet dander, cigarette smoke, and other irritants also move freely. If someone in the home is ill, those germs may also be circulating throughout the home. Many people do report a lessening of symptoms after the ductwork is cleaned, with one study conducted by the Allergy Consumer Review showing a 75% reduction in airborne particles. By cleaning your ducts in the same time frame as your general annual cleaning, you are able to double up on your efforts to remove contaminants from your home

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Not only is duct cleaning a good idea for you and your family, but it also makes good financial sense. Accumulated dust and dirt in your heating and cooling systems account for well over half of the equipment failures according to the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Office. The Environmental Protection Agency says that one millimeter of dust on a heating or cooling coil will reduce efficiency by up to 21%.

Health Benefits

While cleaning is a good idea for everyone, there are some who benefit even more from this service. If you have an auto-immune disorder such as fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, this is a good idea. If you have a breathing issue such as emphysema, asthma, or chronic bronchitis, you will benefit from a scheduled cleaning, and some allergists recommend them even more frequently. Allergy issues respond well to duct cleaning and whole house filtration. If there is a smoker in the home, cleaning is recommended.

If your home has had water or smoke damage, mold issues, or recent construction, these contribute to accumulation in the ductwork which cleaning will remedy. If you are purchasing a home, a deep cleaning will give you a fresh start with the air circulating in your home.