Does your home or condo in Sherman Oaks, CA smell stale or musty? Are you fighting a losing battle against the constant dust or experiencing allergy symptoms when your air conditioner runs? If these indoor air quality issues sound familiar, your house might benefit from a professional duct cleaning.
Duct Cleaning Recommendations
Some contractors recommend duct cleanings on a fixed schedule, such as every three to five years, but at Airflow and EJ Service Air Conditioning & Heating, we usually perform this service as needed. Our contractors follow EPA guidelines, which suggest duct cleanings for the following air quality concerns and contaminants.
- Construction debris
- Organic growth
- Dust and pet dander
- Debris from occupants
- Pest-related allergens
- Germs and microbes
Indoor Air Quality and Your HVAC Ducts
The average home contains roughly 90 feet of ductwork. This network of tightly sealed conduits is responsible for transporting air to your HVAC equipment and returning it to your living spaces. Central HVAC ducts are practical and effective, but they aren’t perfect.
Ordinary household conditions allow a variety of contaminants to enter your air ducts. Heavier particles typically settle to the bottom. However, lighter particles are carried into your living areas, and the cycle repeats itself. In these cases, a professional duct cleaning can remove loose and embedded debris.
Tips for Maintaining Cleaner HVAC Ducts
Once your ducts are clean, it’s easy to keep them that way. Here are a few simple tips for maintaining optimal indoor air quality.
- Replace your HVAC return filters regularly to keep your ducts clean, prevent blowouts, and avoid high-pressure conditions.
- Professional ductwork repairs help to seal air leaks that cause contamination while providing substantial energy savings.
- For extra protection, consider having a professional install a whole-house air cleaner that removes contaminants continuously.
If you live in an older home or if you’ve noticed obvious signs of contamination, a professional duct cleaning can provide immediate benefits. Visit our service page to learn more, or call our office to request a free quote.