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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Benefits of Cleaning Your Air Ducts

Clean air ducts have many health and financial benefits. Removing the dust, dander, and chemicals that have collected inside your ducts provides better air for you and your family. Clean air is especially important for people with allergies, asthma, and respiratory issues.  Having a clean heating and cooling system also means your unit won’t have to work as hard to pump air throughout your home. In other words, your home will become energy efficient. An efficient heating and cooling system will cost less to operate and will avoid many common repair problems. Think of it this way - air ducts are like the circulatory system of your home. Filled with gunk and dirt, the system as a whole won’t function properly. When your airways are clear, nothing stops your heating and cooling system from operating at it's best.

How often should you have your air ducts cleaned?

Over time, dust, bacteria, allergens, and other particles make their way into your air ducts and cause a buildup of unhealthy debris. Different factors contribute to that buildup, including pets, smoking, water contamination, HVAC damage, and home renovations. Each home is different, but you should consider having your air ducts cleaned every 3-5 years. It's also a good idea to clean your ducts whenever you move into a new house.

Questions to ask your air duct cleaning company

Many companies advertising “air duct cleaning” are only referring to cleaning the ductwork and do not adequately clean your system or will “up-sell” you for additional work

1. What parts of the ductwork get cleaned?

Make sure you know what their price includes. How many air vents and returns does it cover? If they are charging by the vent and return, many times there is a limit on the special price, and they will charge you more for additional vents and returns. Also, remember to ask if the price includes the main trunk line.

2. Are there any additional costs beyond the quoted price?

Don’t be tricked by the super low-priced companies. Many have a bait-and-switch strategy to get in the door and then charge for extra services and even unnecessary work.

3. Do they follow the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) guidelines?

These guidelines include cleaning both supply and return air ducts, cleaning all registers and grills, and sealing the access panel according to the NADCA standards.
Regardless of how often you decide to clean your air ducts, make sure that you are choosing the right people to get the job done correctly. If you want to schedule an air duct cleaning or need more information, give us a call at 913.383.2222. You can also visit us online at www.abmay.com/service, and we would be happy to get you on the schedule.