Air duct cleaning is done every three to five years depending on the type of system and how frequently it is used. After a cleaning is complete, homeowners still need to maintain the integrity of their vents and returns by performing routine maintenance. One of the most important steps is to ensure that dust and debris do not contaminate the surface once again by following a few of these simple, dust and debris-free tips:
When it is time to change out the air filter, air duct cleaning recommends utilizing a high-efficiency filter on a furnace and cooling system moosegazete. Filters should also be changed out regularly to avoid any debris or dust backup into the furnace or cooling system itself. When a filter appears clogged or full during changing, that is a good indicator it needs to be changed more frequently. Always ensure that all filters are installed and there are never any missing filter gaps where debris can pass into the returns.
Cooling coils and drip pans should be cleaned during cleaning, but also homeowners are encouraged to clean them once a year following a professional cleaning. Anytime construction, renovation or other activities are performed that have a high amount of dust and debris, the homeowner should also clean out vents and seal off all returns prior to starting work. This will prevent dust and debris from entering into the returns.
When it comes time to vacuum, most homeowners do not realize that a full vacuum canister emits a lot of dust into the air. Therefore, after an air duct cleaning, it is recommended that homeowners empty their vacuum canister and change out the vacuum’s filter prior vacuuming the house. This will prevent any excess debris from floating up into the air and reentering the freshly cleaned air ducts.
When moisture and dust or debris meets up, the result is mold and mildew. This not only causes a stale odor in the home, but it can create difficulties for those who suffer from allergies and asthma. Moisture can enter from leaks, condensation inside or outside the home, and faulty cooling coils. Therefore, homeowners should regularly inspect their air duct systems for any sign of leakage or seepage. If a musty odor has formed inside the house, mold and mildew most likely has already begun to grow and another will be required to remove it.