The HVAC Experts at Miller’s Heating & Air Explain the Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning:
Do you know what you are breathing in every single day? The air quality index measures how healthy the air is based on pollen count and other pollutants. Indoor air quality, too, can be measured and monitored. People who have allergies, asthma, and respiratory illnesses should be especially conscious of the air quality inside their homes.
Indoor air quality is affected by many things, but one step toward improving indoor air quality is HVAC duct cleaning. Unbeknownst to homeowners, a lot of yucky things hang out in the ductwork, including mold, mildew, viruses, bacteria, and years’ worth of accumulated dust, dander, and debris. For help with Vancouver, WA duct cleaning, contact the HVAC company with over 70 years of experience: Miller’s Heating & Air.
The Importance of Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is measured by taking air samples, collecting samples from surfaces inside the home, by monitoring the residents’ exposure to pollutants, and by creating computer-generated models of the building’s airflow. Experts use these tests to determine the ratio of pollutants to organic elements that make up the air.
Pollutants, pesticides, and gases from outdoor air can have a big impact on indoor air quality. Low indoor air quality can also be the result of humidity and poor ventilation. But poor indoor air quality is most often affected by things inside the home: exhaust from fuel-burning appliances, pet dander, smoke from tobacco products, dust mites, and pollution from fresh paint, building materials, new carpeting, or cleaning supplies.
Indoor air quality is important because it directly impacts human health. Pollution inside the home can lead to headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, itchy eyes, irritated throat and lungs, coughing, sneezing, and difficulty breathing. For obvious reasons, poor indoor air quality can be particularly detrimental to people with respiratory disease, allergies, and asthma. Long-term exposure to certain pollutants may even contribute to heart disease and cancer.
How To Improve Indoor Air Quality
There are a number of things homeowners can do to improve the indoor air quality inside their house. These ideas are a good starting point:
- Change the air filter. Routinely replacing the air filter will help to improve indoor air quality. A clogged filter makes the furnace work harder, and is no longer effective at trapping dirt, debris, and other pollutants. Look for an air filter with a high MERV rating.
- Install an air purifier. Air purifiers and sanitizers cycle air and clean it of dust, dirt, smoke, and other pollutants. Some models even sanitize the air by killing bacteria and viruses.
- Air duct cleaning. Having the air ducts professionally cleaned will remove trapped dirt, debris, dust, and dander from your home. This is the best way to keep these pollutants from cycling through the air in your home. Hire a trusted professional for Vancouver duct cleaning, such as Miller’s Heating & Air.
Signs You Need Your Air Ducts Cleaned
How do you know if you need your ductwork cleaned? These signs suggest you should consider a professional air duct cleaning:
- Excessive dust. You may notice a lot of dust collecting on your furniture, walls, and light fixtures.
- Visibly dirty air. If the ducts are very dirty, you may notice the air blowing from the vents is obviously full of floating dust, dirt, and hair.
- Increased respiratory symptoms. An increase in allergies, asthma attacks, or difficulty breathing could point to dirty ducts.
- Bad-smelling air. If the air blowing from the registers smells mildewy, you may have a mold problem inside the ductwork.
- Lukewarm or cold air. Dirty ducts may over time become obstructed, which could result in heat loss, causing the air blowing from the vents to be cold or lukewarm. This could also be the result of cracks or leaks; either way, a professional inspection is necessary.
The Air Duct Cleaning Process
When you schedule an HVAC duct cleaning, you can expect your contractor to start with an inspection of the ductwork. Often, a probe camera will be used to get an image of the ducts. They will look for obstructions and leaks, and ensure that the ductwork is structurally sound.
Next, the HVAC technician will use a large vacuum to create negative pressure. First, they attach the vacuum to a duct close to the air handler. Then, they will temporarily seal all the registers in the home. This creates a closed system so the vacuum can effectively suck all the dirt and debris out of the ducts. While the vacuum is running, the technician should uncover each vent and use rotating brushes to dislodge any stuck or caked on dust and dirt.
After the ductwork has been vacuumed clean, it would be wise to also have the interior of the air handler cleaned, as well. This involves vacuuming and cleaning any dirt and debris that has collected on the blower fan, the evaporator coil, the motor, and in the drain pan.
Once your HVAC system is clean, this is the ideal time to seal the ductwork. Miller’s Heating & Air offers Aeroseal Duct Sealing, which creates a barrier along the inside of the ducts to prevent the accumulation of dust, prevent mold and mildew, block leaks and hairline cracks, and deter corrosion. Aeroseal Duct Sealing saves money on utility bills and helps to improve indoor air quality.
Trust Miller’s Heating & Air For Vancouver, WA Duct Cleaning
In business for over 70 years, Miller’s Heating & Air is the trusted HVAC company for Vancouver duct cleaning and ductwork services. They offer air duct cleaning, Aeroseal Duct Sealing, furnace tune-ups and repair, air conditioner maintenance, and more. The friendly team at Miller’s Heating & Air is available for 24-hour HVAC service.