Ever wonder why it smells like somethings burning when you use your heating system for the first time in the winter?
If you haven't had your air ducts cleaned you can bet there is a buildup of dust, pollen, or other debris. When you turn the heat on, some of this is burned off and creates that alarming smell.
Most people are now aware that the indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern. If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, HVAC components may become contaminated with partials of dust, pollen, pet hair, and other debris. If moisture is present, as it is here in Florida homes, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home's living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people who are exposed.
Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grills and diffusers, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing and the air handling unit housing. Make sure the duct cleaning company cleans all the HVAC related components for a thorough cleaning. Some professionals suggest that duct cleaning should be carried out once every year. However, if you have pets as I do you may want to consider having it done more often.
I have 2 golden retrievers and find having the ducts cleaned every 6 months is enough for my home.
Methods of duct cleaning vary, although standards have been established by industry associations concerned with air duct cleaning. typically, a service provider will use specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts and then vacuum them out with high-powered vacuum type cleaning equipment.
Be sure to get several quotes detailing the scope of work included.
Be sure to hire a licensed professional and ask for proof of insurance covering your home. Check reviews and recommendations or complaints. Social media can be a good place to as for local recommendations, as well as, the Better Business Bureau.
Keep in mind some air filters can restrict air flow and potentially cause damage to your HVAC system. Research air filters to be sure you are using the best one for your HVAC system and your needs.
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