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Duct Cleaning 101

Duct Cleaning 101

The quality of the air you breathe inside your Twin Cities home is dependent on a number of factors. One simple, yet often overlooked, component is the ducting. As a preventative measure and source of peace of mind, cleaning your ducts can help improve the overall quality and comfort of your home. Many professionals, including the Twin Cities pros at Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air, recommend a dedicated duct cleaning every three to five years, if not more frequently.

If you’re curious about improving your indoor air quality, here are the basics of home duct cleaning and how it can benefit your home:

  • Reduce allergy symptoms: For many allergy sufferers, having a thorough duct cleaning can result in lessened symptoms throughout the year. Ducts are prone to build up of dust, pet dander and other allergens which can lead to unnecessary discomfort. When air handlers are cycled on, they can vent this buildup into the air you breathe, meaning a routine cleaning may be in order to help prevent symptoms.
  • Eliminate chances of pest infestation: Due to the nature of ducting, household pests will often find their way into portions of the system. If insects, mice, or rats do make their way into your ducting, you may find yourself calling an exterminator, having to temporarily leave your home, and shelling out cash to take care of the problem. Having a professional cleaning conducted is the best way to determine if an infestation has occurred without your knowledge.
  • Lessen mold growth: With a duct cleaning, you can lessen the chances of visible and invisible mold growth. These are prime areas for mold buildup inside your home, and a cleaning can not only eliminate growth properly, it can help determine the source.
  • Improve efficiency: Periodic cleaning of your ducting can help lessen the work load of your indoor air system. With a clean pathway for air to move, air handlers will work at prime efficiency, and your home will be able to stay comfortable with less work required by air conditioning and heating units. This can help lower your energy bill and prolong the life of your system.

While the benefits of proper duct cleaning have been documented, improper procedures can unfortunately cause more harm than good. If conducted poorly, a duct cleaning can dislodge pathogens without being captured, pushing them into your indoor air supply. To improve the quality of the air you breathe and the performance of your heating and air conditioning system, contact the pros at Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air today at (651) 228-9200.

Categories: Indoor Air Quality