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Now that it’s springtime, many residents in Columbia, MD, are planning to thoroughly clean their homes. It is a good idea to include air duct cleaning as part of your yearly routine. That’s because spring is a time of the year when you’ll likely give your central heating and cooling unit a rest.

About 50 million Americans suffer from hay fever or allergic rhinitis, and almost 25 million have asthma. People who live in new homes or have new furniture are exposed to harmful chemicals. Since allergens really do affect an individual’s health, air duct cleanliness should be considered a must-have for just about everyone. Read on to learn how to keep ducts clean longer, how to know your ducts are dirty, and find the best solution for duct cleaning in Columbia, MD.

How You Can Slow Down the Accumulation of Air Duct Debris

  • Make sure your ducts cannot be invaded by cockroaches or critters.
  • Keep your home’s humidity below 50%.
  • Don’t track dust and dirt into your home on your shoes.
  • Brush the dog off outside before allowing him or her into the house.
  • Use an air purifier.
  • Clean your bedding often.
  • Avoid using harsh cleansers.
  • Ventilate any form of exhaust, fumes, smoke or chemicals.

How to Determine If Your Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned

When it comes to air duct cleanliness, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially if you have respiratory problems. Consider having your air ducts cleaned if any of the following is true:

  • You can see a lot of dust and/or signs of biological growth on your air vents.
  • Your ducts haven’t been cleaned in more than 10 years.
  • Your house is always dusty no matter how often you clean everything.
  • Your allergy symptoms start up when you turn on your HVAC system.
  • Your asthma medication does not fully control your asthma.

What Does a Proper Air Duct Cleaning Process Look Like?

Before cleaning your air ducts, a professional air duct specialist will inspect them to see what kind of debris has accumulated. He or she can resolve some debris problems, but you’ll need to contact another professional to handle other kinds of debris before any company can proceed with cleaning your air ducts. Here are some examples of what an air duct specialist may find:

  • Spores: If you’ve got spores in your ducting, there’s a buildup of moisture somewhere in your central air conditioner system. If it is not corrected, the biological growth will return and continue to circulate.
  • Dust: You may have poor air filtration if lots of dust is in your air ducts. Correction of air filtration would be a quick and easy fix for the specialist.
  • Cockroaches: If the specialist finds cockroach parts and excrements, the cockroach entryways would need to be located and sealed off before cleaning the ducts.
  • Mice: If the specialist finds evidence of mouse inhabitation, their entryways would need to be located and permanently blocked before cleaning the air ducts.

Avoid Low-Cost Air Duct Cleaning Services

HVAC contractors who advertise they’ll clean your air ducts for extremely low prices are not your best bet. Their game is to hook you with a low price and then add so many upsell charges that you end up paying them a lot more. By contrast, we provide thorough, honest assistance and straightforward pricing.

Using a cheap contractor may also be dangerous to your health if he or she does not inspect upfront and just dislodges contaminant sources such as deceased mice without removing them from your ducts. This would circulate more allergens into your home than you already have.

Visit our website to see the duct cleaning services that we provide. You can then book a time to get your air ducts professionally cleaned.

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