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Benefits Of Duct Cleaning

Clean Air Ducts Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

In addition to the normal accumulation of dust and dirt that occurs in all air ducts, there are several factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • Pets
  • Occupants with Allergies or Asthma
  • Cigarette or Cigar Smoke
  • Water Contamination or Damage in the Home or HVAC System
  • Home-Renovation or Remodeling Projects

Dirty ducts in you in your home, school or workplace don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air, but they can exacerbate health issues or harbor contaminants that can cause serious problems for people with respiratory conditions, autoimmune disorders or certain environmental allergies.

What You Need to Know About “Air Duct” Cleaning

“Air Duct” Cleaning is actually a misnomer. In reality, the entire HVAC system must be cleaned. Failure to clean all system components can result in recontamination of the entire system, thus minimizing the benefits of cleaning. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends cleaning the entire HVAC system, including:

  • Air Ducts
  • Coils
  • Drain Pan
  • Registers
  • Grills
  • Air Plenum
  • Blower Motor and Assembly
  • Heat Exchanger
  • Air Filter
  • Air Cleaner

HVAC cleaning technicians access the air duct interiors using a variety of specialized tools and, when the tools are not enough, antimicrobial chemicals are employed.

System Access

HVAC system cleaning is not a complex process, but each job is unique. Where possible, access to duct interiors should be made through existing openings such as supply diffusers, return grills, duct end caps, and existing service openings. Cleaning technicians may need to cut access holes in the ductwork in order to reach inside with various cleaning tools. Creation of these service openings and their subsequent closure requires skill and craftsmanship.

Equipment Requirements

A variety of tools are available to HVAC cleaning professionals. Both truck-mounted and portable vacuums can be used to get the system cleaned to NADCA standards and stop the spread of contaminants.

Antimicrobial Chemicals

Antimicrobial chemicals include sanitizers, disinfectants and deodorizers that can be applied to nonporous surfaces in HVAC systems to address microbial contamination and help control odors. Only chemicals registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can be used. These products should only be considered after mechanical surface cleaning has been performed and the need for such treatment is been deemed necessary.

There are two parts to HVAC cleaning: breaking contaminants loose and collecting the contaminants.

Breaking Contaminants Loose

Properly cleaning an HVAC system requires the removal of the sources of contamination. Source removal begins with the use of one or more agitation devices designed to loosen contaminants from the surfaces within the heating and air conditioning system. Examples of agitation devices include brushes, air whips and compressed air nozzles or “skipper balls.” Agitation can also be achieved through hand-brushing or contact vacuuming.

Collection of Contaminants

During the cleaning process, the entire HVAC system is placed under continuous negative pressure, creating a vacuum that prevents the spread of contaminants. Continuous negative pressure allows very fine particles to be extracted from the system as they become airborne and ensuring that they won’t be released into the living space when the system is turned on after cleaning. This negative pressure also serves to collect the loosened contaminants which are then removed from your home.

If you’re worried about dirty air ducts, you should have them inspected and, if necessary, cleaned by a reputable, certified HVAC professional like M&S Air Conditioning & Appliance Service of Central Florida LLC.

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M&S Air Conditioning & Appliance Service of Central Florida LLC

2468 S US Hwy 441/27
Suite 513
Fruitland Park, FL 34731

S Lake / Sumter: (352) 314-5004
S Marion: (352) 307-6722
S Lake: (352) 241-4780
FAX: (352) 314-5012

License: CAC1814193

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