Why Have An Air Duct Cleaning?
- Indoor air pollution is ranked among the top 5 environmental dangers to the public. (EPA)
Your air handler and ductwork, just like everything in your home, over time, gets dirty and needs to be cleaned. Even with a high efficiency filter, eventually your air duct cleaning will need to be done. The process of air duct cleaning greatly varies from company to company. Some air conditioning companies only clean the ductwork and grilles, others only clean the return side of the ductwork system. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, all internal components of the air handler (liner, evaporator coil, drain pan, blower assembly), supply ducts, return duct, branch lines and all grilles should be hygienically cleaned by a certified contractor when an air duct cleaning is performed.
A dirty air handler and ductwork can result in poor indoor air quality, debris coming from your supply vents, a dusty environment, high utility bills, and a decrease in the life of your equipment. In certain cases microbial or “mold” contamination within the air handler and ductwork has been linked to respiratory difficulties and skin rashes. An air duct cleaning could greatly help prevent these things.
Along with many other benefits, air duct cleaning under NADCA guidelines can reduce equipment power consumption, dust and allergens in the home, and increase the life of the equipment. Call us today at 904-356-3963 to schedule your FREE inspection to see if you need an air duct cleaning.
How do my air ducts get dirty?
The process of how your air handler and ductwork gets dirty is simple. Your air handler and ductwork can get contaminated in as little as one season of operation. One would think as long as I change my filter regularly my ductwork should be fine. However, it’s a fact that all store bought filters, even high efficiency filters, allow small dirt particles to pass right through them. Then one would think Electrostatic or HEPA filters are the answer. Although HEPA and Electrostatic filters are very efficient at capturing smaller particulates, they still allow small particles to pass through them. HEPA and Electrostatic filters have an adverse effect on airflow. Because HEPA and Electrostatic filters are very dense and tight weaved they make it harder for air to pass through their core. When air flow is reduced through the air handler’s coil, condensation issues arise within the air handler cabinet. As air flow is reduced below 350 CFM, the cold evaporator coil temperature transfers to other internal components including the ductwork. In this case, condensation forms on the internal components of the air handler mentioned above. Tiny airborne dirt particles land in the condensation forming food for microbial or “mold” activity. After a season or two of operation, microbial or “mold” activity can grow down the ductwork resulting in poor indoor air quality, flu-like symptoms, and unsightly looking vents.
Therefore your air handler and ductwork should be inspected by our highly trained and certified inspector at least once a year. Our inspector has been fully trained and certified by the National Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). We also recommend cleaning the air handler, ductwork, and vents in accordance with NADCA every 5 years. In as little as 30 minutes our inspector can inspect your system and provide you with a detailed summary of his findings along with the necessary recommendations for cleaning..
Envirovac, part of the Weather Engineers, Inc. Group, was established in 1991 and has become one of the leading air duct cleaning professionals in North Florida. We have developed and maintained this air duct cleaning market leadership by constantly seeking technological innovations to better provide our customers with high efficiency equipment to increase reliability and reduce operating costs.