You may not be able to see inside the ducts in your home but you do breathe the air that comes out of them. Your ducts – and the air they pump into your home – could be contaminated with mold, fungus, food and pet hair.
Every time your heating or cooling system is turned on, this debris becomes airborne, which affects the overall quality of the air inside your home. Having your ducts professionally cleaned not only improves the quality of the air you and your family breathes, it also significantly improves the functioning of your furnace and air conditioner – dirty ventilation systems can cause clogged air conditioning coils and furnace filters.
Do I Need My Air Ducts Cleaned?
Although there are growing concerns nationally about the quality of the air we breathe, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests you should consider having your ducts cleaned if:
* You can see significant amounts of mold
* There are rats or other vermin inside the ducting system
* Ducts are clogged with dust, debris or particles
* You have had extensive remodeling done – especially if you had lead paint or asbestos removed
* There is noticeable debris or odor coming into the room via the ducting system
* Someone in your family suffers from an allergy-related illness that hasn’t responded to other attempts to remove contaminants in your home.
What Does the Process Entail?
Methods of duct cleaning vary, although a quality duct cleaning company will dislodge the debris in the ducts with specialized tools before vacuuming it out. They may also use chemical biocides to kill any bacteria in the ducting system, and/or other chemical treatments to coat the inside surfaces of the ducts and equipment housing.
If you live in the Eden Prairie, MN, area, you will have duct cleaning choices. It is important to make sure you choose a fully certified and qualified company to carry out cleaning on all components, including the grilles, diffusers, supply and return air ducts, fan motor and housing, etc.
Services usually range from between $450 and $1000 depending on factors such as the size of the system, how accessible it is and the depth of contamination.
If you would like your entire air duct system thoroughly cleaned, visit the Steamatic of the Twin Cities website at www.twincities.steamatic.com.
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