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    Love your HVAC (with Duct Cleaning)

    February 9, 2018

    If you’re HVAC system has been faulty lately, it may just need some TLC. Not unlike a night out, a box of mixed chocolates or a dozen roses, air duct cleaning can breathe new life into your home’s HVAC system. To clean the duct system, an HVAC technician uses specialized brushes and vacuums to clean the interior piping of ducts through your home. The service should accompany a general cleaning of the HVAC system components as well as an inspection to determine the source of any pollutants or debris found in your system. The professionals at Electric Today have compiled a list of the reasons why it’s important to consider this service.

    To Clean or Not to Clean?

    As with any HVAC maintenance, you’ll want to consider your options. Depending on your goals, duct cleaning may not be your best bet. If you’re hoping to improve indoor air quality in your home, you’ll need to determine the source of the pollutants, and weigh whether or not cleaning the ducts is necessary to mitigate the particles in your air.

    While there is no harm in having your ducts cleaned, the value of duct cleaning will depend on what you’re hoping to accomplish, as well as the specifics of your situation. If you’re in the Tampa area, give us a call. Our technicians are happy to provide assistance or consultation to help you weigh your options.

    At the Heart of the Issue

    If you require duct cleaning, take sure your HVAC professional determines the cause of debris in your duct system. If you fail to identify and mitigate the cause of the pollutants that are cleaned from your ducts, it will return, costing you more money down the line.

    If done right, duct cleaning can improve indoor air quality and extend the life of your HVAC system by clearing pollutants or obstructions from your ducts, but it can also cause more harm than good if done improperly, or with inadequate tools. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to have a trained, certified HVAC professional assess your situation and perform any necessary duct cleaning with adequate equipment.

    There is no prescriptive list for duct cleaning needs, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says homeowners should consider duct cleaning for:

    • Mold removal. An eyeball assessment often won’t do for making this determination. Only a small fraction of the HVAC duct system is visible from the outside. Further, the Agency warns that it can be difficult to identify mold with the naked eye. A professional HVAC technician can inspect the inside surfaces of our duct system, and if necessary, collect samples for mold testing.
    • Bug or vermin habitat. Obviously, pests shouldn’t be in your HVAC system, but even if they’ve moved on (or you’ve run them off) it’s important to get the ducts cleaned and inspected to remove any debris or pollutants deposited. More importantly, you need to find out how they worked their way into your HVAC loop to prevent a return visit.

    When running properly, dust and other pollutants should not accumulate in your HVAC ducts. If it has, you should find a professional that specializes in duct cleaning to remove any buildup and help determine the source and solution to prevent the situation from occurring in the future. Do you have a problem with dirty ducts? Call the professionals at Electric Today at 813-653-4221 to schedule an appointment today!