Breathe Easy: Duct Cleaning & Sanitizing Explained

Breathe Easy: Duct Cleaning and Sanitizing Explained

The air in your home is constantly circulating through your HVAC system. So it stands to reason that a contaminated system will produce highly contaminated air. In recent studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency, they concluded that most of the indoor air quality in American homes were as much as one hundred times more polluted than the outdoor air! So let’s talk about why that is, and how the team at Salt Air HVAC can fix that for you.

Getting Your Ducts in a Row

Before you go wild wiping every surface in your home down in a fit of sanitizing frenzy, it’s important to know what is circulating in most of our homes, so we know what we can fight against with regular cleaning, and what might need professional assistance.

There are some clear indications that your home ductwork might need cleaning. First, if it hasn’t been cleaned in the last three to five years, it absolutely needs cleaning! But a good eye-test for any homeowner is the presence of dust particles. If the home is continuously dusty, some of that is likely coming from your vents and ductwork. 

While there are many factors to consider when it comes to indoor air quality, recognizing the contributing factors to excessive strain on your filters, ductwork, and HVAC system overhaul is very important. If your home has older windows or doors, the drafts that come into your home often bring in dust, pollen, and other pollutants that get trapped into your home air circulation. If you have pets, their hair and dander will heavily contribute to the amount of dust in your home as well. And aside from the clear impact, those particulates have on indoor air quality, dust, pollen, and pet dander can wreak havoc on human allergies, and pet allergies as well! And while many forms of allergies might be seasonal, poor air quality can also severely impact people that deal with asthma and long-term allergies. 

Steps to Solving Duct Build-Up

The answer is simple: Inspection, Removal, and Sanitation. The question, however, is a little more complex: “What’s in the ductwork?” and “How will you help the air quality of our home?” And your Salt Air Technician can answer those questions with the three simple steps we’ve already mentioned.

Inspect What You Expect

Proper inspection of your HVAC system and ductwork requires more than assumptions and expertise. Each home is different, and there are multiple factors that determine what each client’s home needs. And that is where our video inspection comes in handy. We can review all of your ductwork without creating an additional mess in your home, and the results of our inspections allow us to show each client what areas of buildup they have, and how our work has obviously improved their air quality. There’s nothing more encouraging than a great before and after photo!

Removing the Buildup

Once we know where the buildups are located, we can safely break them away from your ductwork, vacuum them out of your home completely, and offer some simple solutions for how you can mitigate future buildups in the coming years.

Sanitizing Makes the Difference

Now that your ducts have been cleaned of debris, allergens, pollutants, and additional buildup, we take the extra step of sanitizing your ducts and HVAC system with home safe chemicals that treat mold, mildew, bacterial growth, and viral spread. This way, we ensure that our clients are not only protected from the pollutants they can see, but are also protected from the harmful particulates that are much harder to detect. It’s just an extra step that ensures our client’s safety, and that is what is most important to our team!

But Wait, There’s More!

If you’ve had your ductwork properly serviced, then you can rest assured that the removal of those airflow restrictions will increase your HVAC systems’ overall efficiency, saving the machine stress, and saving you money!

So now you have a system running smoothly and ductwork helping to keep your home a safe place to breathe! Then only steps you might consider, to ensure continued air quality, are to change your air filters regularly and look into the benefits of an air purifier, that will further trap pollutants and allergens throughout your home.

If this hasn’t answered all of your questions, contact us through our website or give us a call at  910-777-3539. Our team is here to help you breathe easy.