Last week we talked about getting an early start on tuning-up your air conditioning sytem with professional maintenance. This is a job that needs to be taken care of each and every spring. Today, we’re going to look at another service you should have done regularly for your HVAC system, although not every year.
Professional duct cleaning
The ductwork in your home that carries heated and cooled air from your HVAC system to the various rooms will gradually pick up dust, lint, dirt, dander, and other debris. It takes about a year for a thin layer of dust to form inside the ducts, and after a few more years the build-up will begin to place resistance against air flow and can even contribute to a decline in indoor air quality. If you haven’t arranged for duct cleaning in four to five years—or you’ve never had it done—right now is a good time to have it done. Otherwise, you may turn on your AC and have it blast out a huge concentration of pollutants into your air, and it may also contribute to a rise in the cost to run the cooling system.
What professional duct cleaning entails
Unfortunately, there are a number of non-professional duct cleaning offers out there that aren’t worth the money. You should be cautious about anyone who approaches you with an offer to clean your ducts for a suspiciously low price. Instead, call on actual HVAC professionals who use the best equipment to thoroughly clean residential ducts.
Experienced and licensed technicians use large power vacuums to change the air pressure within the duct system in order to agitate dust and dirt from the ductwork walls and then remove it. They also make use of special rotary brushes that reach far inside the vents to target specific areas. Make sure that you only contact experienced indoor air quality experts for your duct cleaning, and you can rest easy knowing the job will get done right.
Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers excellent ductwork services in Palm Desert, CA and throughout the Desert Communities and the Inland Empire.