Air ducts are ventilation pipes that carry the cold or hot air in all centrally air conditioned places. Most commonly, homes and offices and other places where people have to spend a large period of time in one place are often centrally air conditioned and have air ducts in their ventilation systems. The need for cleaning depends on a variety of factors, including pets, smoking, recent renovations, local weather conditions and overall home cleanliness. It is recommended that the ducts should be cleaned every three to five years.
Recently however, there have been growing concerns about the cleanliness when it comes to air vents. Since all the air in a house is being ventilated through these pipes, a dirty ventilation system can increase the air pollution inside the house. Indoor air pollution is becoming a worry because humans spend around 90% of their time indoors.
Dirty air ducts can easily be rectified with a good cleaning session. Although there is little scientific data that supports or necessitates the cleaning of air ducts, it definitely shows that the presence of mold, bacteria and other airborne particles that can irritate and aggravate allergies is drastically reduced.
Since your air ducts are integrated within the house and are difficult to reach, it is greatly recommended that the help of a cleaning service is employed for this purpose. With the increasing awareness for the need for air duct cleaning, most cleaning companies have introduced introductory specials that clean your vents for a minimal charge.
Although routine maintenance is required, air ducts do not require extensive measures and should only be cleaned when there is an excessive of dust creating a blockage, mold in the vents or some form of vermin. There are also other factors to be considered such as the cost of having a company clean your ducts.
Although it is possible to clean ducts and air vents on your own, the quality and thoroughness that a cleaning service can guarantee is not the same. Similarly, if you can’t spare the expense, then it is possible to clean out dust and mold particles easily. However, if a vermin infestation has taken hold of the air ducts then the ducts will require a thorough cleaning which can only be provided through professional services.
When choosing to clean air ducts yourself, you will require the following:
- Heavy Duty Gloves
- Cleaning Brush
- Vacuum Cleaner
The gloves and screwdriver are needed to remove the air grill plates and gain access to the air vent. The cleaning brush is required to clean the air grill and other areas of the vent that are easily accessible with your arm. Next, use the vacuum cleaner to reach inside the vent and clean up as much as possible.
One final note, checking and changing filters will help cut down on the amount of cleaning needed in the future!