Q - How do I know if I need my air ducts cleaned?
A - Every home requires air duct cleaning at some point. We are the duct cleaner of choice to many of the major new home builders in the Downriver area.
There are some things that you can check yourself to get a general idea about the state of your air duct system:
First thing, check your air filter. Whatever dirt is on it is only a small portion of the amount of dust in your return air duct. If you think it's very dirty, then it'd be safe to say that you need your ducts cleaned. Now would also be a good time to replace or clean the filter.
Second, check your return air vents. If they are on the floor, lift one out and look inside with a flashlight. It should probably be pretty dusty in there. That's typical. This is the part of your duct system that draws the air from the house back to the furnace before it is cleaned, re-conditioned, and circulated back into the home. If your return air vents are screwed onto the wall, then it's easier to just look closely at the vent. If you see that it's covered in dust, then that's only a small portion of what's inside the air ducts.
Check your heating vents. These are almost always on the floor, so the vents should be easy to lift out. Look inside. If you see any dirt or cobwebs in there at all, then you should get your ducts cleaned.
Also, if you notice any of the following when your furnace is on, then you should consider having your air ducts cleaned: unpleasant odours, poor airflow or cold spots.
If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, then you should have your air duct system professionally cleaned.
Does anyone in the house have allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems?
Does anyone in your family suffer from headaches, nasal congestion, or other sinus problems at night or in the morning?
Is there or was there ever a smoker in the house?
Do you have or was there ever a dog, cats or other pets in the house?
Do you notice "musty" or "stale" odors when the furnace or air conditioner runs?
Do you notice dust on the furniture shortly after cleaning?
Does it seem like there is not enough air flow coming from your vents?
Is your furnace equipped only with a standard throw-away fiberglass filter?
Q - What could possibly be in my air ducts?
A - What could be in your air ducts is the same things that are in your vacuum cleaner bag. Picture a full vacuum cleaner bag. This bag may contain any or all of the following debris: carpet fibers, skin scale and hair, dust mites and their feces, food crumbs, pet food and cat liter, mold and mildew, drywall dust and new construction debris, insect and rodent excrements and remains, bacteria and viruses, pet hair and dander.
Now picture 2-4 grocery bags full of this same material. This is an accurate picture of how much debris vacuums out of an average sized home’s air duct system. Then consider that a standard fiberglass filter is less than 7% effective at stopping this debris from eventually breaking down, passing through your filter, and back into the air you and your family breathes.
Q - What preparations need to be made?
A - Make sure the service provider has clear access to all duct openings and heating and air conditioning equipment.
Q - How often should this be done?
A - While it is true the EPA doesn’t have any recomendations on how often you should have your ductwork cleaned, they also don’t have guidelines as to when you should clean your carpet or windows. Many Furnace and Air Duct Cleaning Companies will tell you that you should have it done annually. In the Furnace and Air Duct Cleaning industry, a reputable company will help you decide how often, based on your families health concerns, environment, pet dander, remodeling projects and personal preference.
We recommend this be done every 2 - 4 years in most cases. We have many customers who have us back annually, and some every two years. If any member of your home suffers from asthma or allergies to dust then we recommend that you have your ducts cleaned more frequently. If you've recently completed renovations or are moving into a new home, then air duct cleaning is a must.
Q - Anything else I should know?
A - At Superior Comfort we offer solutions, which are essential in helping to enhance your health and improve your budget. Our customers’ appreciate our values, quality, and history of performance that has made us an industry leader.