The EPA recommends that you have your air ducts, heating and cooling systems inspected first by a professional heating and cooling contractor. If your McCarthy's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning technician discovers that your air ducts have substantial visible mold, dust, dirt, and other contaminants or a musty odor, they may recommend duct cleaning. This is especially important if someone in your household suffers from asthma, allergies, or other symptoms that may be related to indoor air pollution. Although duct cleaning alone has never been shown to actually prevent health problems, it is an important step in a whole-house air cleaning strategy. The McCarthy's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning technician can perform ductwork installation to meet your system requirements.
Much of the dirt and dust that accumulates in the ducts adheres to the duct surfaces and to the furnace and air conditioning components. This does not mean that it necessarily becomes airborne and enters our breathing space. However, this accumulation is a perfect breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and other fungi that are definite sources of indoor air pollution. It also reduces the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
Ways That Regular Air Duct Cleaning Benefits You
If your home has air ducts to distribute the conditioned air from the Air Conditioner and/or Furnace, then you need to make air duct cleaning part of your regular home maintenance schedule. You probably won’t need to arrange to have it done every year, but most homes should have duct cleaning every two to three years. To set up an appointment for duct cleaning, call McCarthy's One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer a satisfaction guarantee on all our work so you can't go wrong with McCarthy's One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning.
Why is air duct cleaning so important?
It’s a natural process for ductwork to collect dust, dirt, and other debris. The return air vents draw in the pollutants inside your home into the heating and air conditioning system, and they will begin to build up inside the airtight ductwork. As more pollutants collect, it creates resistance that catches even more debris. It only takes a year for a thin layer of dust to develop, and two or three before this accumulation creates issues.
Here are some of the benefits you’ll receive with clean ducts:
- A more efficient system: The resistance against the airflow from the heating and cooling system due to congested ducts will cause your system to waste power. Your energy bills will start to climb as the ducts become dirtier. (This is, however, a good warning sign to watch for that it’s time to schedule air duct cleaning.)
- Fewer system repairs: Along with the reduction in energy efficiency, the debris inside the ducts can damage the interior of the air conditioner and furnace. When dust gets into the system cabinet itself, it can lead to burned-out motors and icing over the coils among a number of other problems. You can expect fewer repair issues and a longer life from your system if you keep the ducts clean.
- Better indoor air quality: The average 6-room house will circulate 40 lbs. of dust through the system in only one year. That is an enormous amount of contamination to have moving through the air in a home, but with regular duct cleaning, you can remove this reservoir of pollutants and enjoy higher indoor air quality.
You cannot do duct cleaning on your own; this is a skilled job that needs professionals with specialized equipment. But it’s easy to have the work done: you only need to call McCarthy's One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning and ask about our professional duct cleaning service for Omaha and Council Bluffs and the surrounding areas.
*Source: "Indoor Air Pollution: An Introduction for Health Professionals." Co-Sponsored by: The American Lung Association® (ALA), The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and The American Medical Association® (AMA) U.S. Government Printing Office Publication No. 1994-523-217/81322, 1994
*Source: www.epa.gov/nhsrc/news/news100406a.html Biological Inactivation Efficiency of HVAC In-Duct Ultraviolet Light Devices
*Source: "Defining the Effectiveness of UV Lamps Installed in Circulating Air Ductwork." Published 2002. Design parameters of PremierOne® Products UV Systems.