NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) says that ‘if your ducts seem dirt, they are most probably dirty.’ This association also says that you need to get a professional to inspect the dirty HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system. Here are some reasons why duct cleaning is essential:
Reducing energy costs
Researchers have found out that 25% to 40% of the energy that homes use for cooling or heating is wasted. That is because the contaminants within the systems cause them to work very hard and for a short period. While there are filters in place, the cooling and heating system still gets dirty as it gets used.
When your HVAC system is clean, it does not have to labor strenuously to maintain a desired temperature. Therefore less energy is used leading to low operational costs.
Indoor Air Quality
Every homeowner is concerned about the quality of air in his or her house. That is why they make the step of asking for professional help of duct cleaners. It is estimated that in an actively used home of six rooms, not less than 40 pounds of dust are created on a yearly basis. Just like your lungs help you to breath, the HVAC system helps your house to breath.
As we use our homes, we create a lot of air pollution and contaminants. These are sucked in by the heating and cooling system, and they are re-circulated an average of 5-7 times daily. As times passes by, this re-circulation causes the ducts to get a contaminant build-up.
Dirty ducts do not automatically bring on unhealthy air in your home or workplace. However, they are significant contributors to contaminant harboring and health issues that may trigger off serious problems. These include autoimmune disorders, allergies, and respiratory health concerns.
Information regarding HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) Cleaning Appliances
You may not be a professional nor aspiring to be one regarding duct cleaning. However, it is important that you know some of the tools that professionals use when cleaning your HVAC system. However, this list just has a few of the tools that are used.
Such tools are used to assess the contamination and debris build-up within the system, monitor the clean-up process, and evaluate how successful the cleaning techniques used have been. Some of the visual inspection tools are:
· CCTV camera system
· Handheld mirror
· Direct view ‘periscope.’
These tools include all the appliances that technicians use to create access points into the system to allow for inspection and cleaning. These entry points could be small holes to assist in optical imaging or holes large enough for the entry of cleaning service personnel and very bulky equipment.
Hand cleaning equipment
These include pressurized air agitation and cleaning tools and simple brushes. Manual and power brushing is employed to loosen the accumulated debris within the ducts and other HVAC components. Pressurized air agitation tools include air skippers, blow guns, and air whips. These drive the already disturbed debris to the collection center. However, duct board, flex duct, and fiberglass lined metal ducts can get damaged when one uses very aggressive removal methods.
I hope that with this information, duct cleaning shall no longer seem foreign or an inconvenience.