Over the past few years it has become more well known that our indoor air
quality is not what we think it is - that it has become a serious problem in our
As a result of this, the need to turn to a professional air-duct cleaning
method has become imperative if you want to have healthy air circulating in your
With the rise in allergies, asthma, sinusitis and other types of upper
respiratory problems, looking for ways to find relief from health issues has
become more urgent than ever before. Here in Southern California, the amount of
dust and dirt that seeps into homes is a real problem, most especially for
people like me who live relatively near the beach too.
In addition to this, unpleasant odors can come from your furnace or
air-conditioning system too when turned on.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has pointed out that all components
of a system must be properly decontaminated by a trained technician using only
full-sized, professional-source removal equipment if you truly want relief from
these types of problems.
Do not choose your service professional based solely on advertised prices or
telephone quotes. Cleaning your ducts is a complicated process and there are
differences in quality depending on who you hire.
To properly have your ducts cleaned, it takes two trained technicians usually
several hours. A reputable company will charge depending on the length of time
it takes. Factors that should be accounted for include: whether you have air
conditioning as well as central heating, the number of furnaces you have, the
location of the furnace, how many stories your home is and the total number of
vents you have.
You should know that if the company fails to clean a component of a
contaminated system, it can re-contaminate the entire system and negate any
potential benefits you might have received.
In addition, if a service provider fails to follow proper duct-cleaning
procedures, duct cleaning can cause indoor air problems. As an example, the EPA
says that if you have an inadequate vacuum-collection system in the end, it can
release more dust, dirt and other contaminants than if you had never had them
cleaned at all.
Be sure any company you hire has a modern truck, thousands of dollars of
professional equipment and tools, uses EPA-registered and safe products, has two
highly trained technicians with years of experience and completes several hours
of very hard work.
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