When You Need Ducts & Ventilation Cleaned
Air quality testing is the easiest way to determine what’s in the air you’re breathing. Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning offers fast, affordable air testing to determine the quality of air in your home or business.
Depending on the size of the building, we recommend professional duct cleaning every three to five years. However, since the air you breathe is pretty important, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for signs that you may need cleaning sooner.
Give us a call if you start to notice:
- Mold: Any mold in your home, especially near your AC, means there is mold in your air. Even if you manage to clear out visible mold or mildew in your home, there’s a good chance there’s more growing in ducts. If left alone, it’ll continue to grow and make it impossible to fully clean it out of your home.
- Visible dust: Every building will have a little bit of dust, but if you’re cleaning and cleaning and still finding dust, there could be a problem. This is especially an issue in new buildings or homes with recent renovations, as all kinds of dust and dirt get sucked into your vent system.
- Inconsistent airflow: Every vent should provide about the same airflow. If you’re noticing one room in particular that never seems to cool off or warm up, it could be because of a blocked vent or some obstruction in the ducts themselves.
- Noises: If you’ve lived or worked in the same building for a while, you’re probably familiar with most of the normal sounds various things make. If your vents begin making odd or new sounds, it could be due to something in your vents.
- Unpleasant smells: There are many potential sources for foul odors or odd smells, and none of them are great. If your air regularly smells dank or feels too humid, it could be caused by something in the vents. Sewage smells may be a sign of a burst pipe or other plumbing problem, but if you smell sulfur or gas, call for gas leak detection immediately.
Your ducts should be cleaned if:
- You’ve noticed an unpleasant smell in your home.
- Your registers are dirty.
- You/your family has allergies and/or asthma.
- You have young children or elderly family living with you.
- You have pets.
- You have smokers in the house.
What Is in Your Home’s Air That Your Family Is Breathing?
Air ducts have a very important function. They help to circulate both heated and cooled air throughout your home. Every time your air conditioner or heater runs, air is cycling through your ducts to allow for comfort within your home.
The Environmental Protection Agency has ranked poor indoor air pollution among the top five risks for public health multiple years in a row. Without even knowing, your air duct system could be contaminated with particulates that are harmful for you and your family to breathe. Each time your heating and cooling system turns on, it can circulate dust, dust mites, animal dander, pollen, and bacteria throughout the air inside your home.
Below are some facts about indoor air quality:
- The EPA has ranked indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health.
- More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, with many cases due to the fungi and bacteria in air duct systems.
- Indoor air is two to five times worse than outdoor air.
Air duct cleaning removes dust and contaminants within your duct work. This includes the supply and return ducts, registers, and diffusers in each room. This not only improves air quality but can decrease the strain put on your AC fan motor as well.
The benefits of having your ducts professionally cleaned include:
- Creating a cleaner living environment: As the air circulates throughout your home, the particulates from your ducts and vents land on your furniture, bedding, flooring, kitchen counters — just about everywhere. Having your air ducts cleaned reduces the amount of interior cleaning.
- Reducing allergens and irritants: Air ducts frequently contain contaminants and micro-organisms along with the dust and pollutants. These can include pet dander, bacteria, mildew, mold spores, and pollen. People who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems are particularly sensitive to these airborne particles.
- Helping everyone to breathe easier: Even if you don’t suffer from chronic allergies or respiratory problems, dust and pollutants entering your lungs can cause sneezing, as well as bronchial and sinus congestion. Air duct cleaning creates a comfortable environment that promotes well-being.
- Removing unpleasant smells and odors: Pet odors, dander, tobacco, and food preparations all can contribute to the stale smells in the air ducts. These smells are circulated throughout the home when air runs through those ducts and vents. A detailed cleaning removes trapped odor particles.
- Improving air flow efficiency: Ductwork and/or registers that have a heavy build-up can restrict air flow from the heater and air conditioner. This decreases efficiency in those units and thus reduces their longevity, as well as increases energy costs.
Send us a message or call (512) 456-3570 for duct cleaning in Austin.