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Minimize debris, dirt, and other forms of microbiological growths:

  • Use filters that are rated MERV 6 or higher
  • Keep filters well-maintained
  • Stay up-to-date on regular HVAC maintenance
  • Keeping your residence as clean as possible
  • Keep all your HVAC system components both clean and dry
  • Find air intakes in areas that are non-contaminated



The EPA also recommends having your air ducts cleaned when:

  • There is visible and substantial mold growth on the ducts or other components of the system
  • Your ducts are infested with rodents, insects, or other vermin
  • Ducts are so clogged they release excessive amounts of debris and dirt into the air.



 

A staggering 90% of heating and cooling system failures are due to dirt and debris.

How Often Should I Clean My Air Ducts?

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From a health standpoint, if you have asthma or allergies, you’ll definitely be more sensitive to dirty air.


According to Total Health and Better Health Magazines, one out of six allergy sufferers does so because of their direct relationship to fungi and bacteria in air duct systems.


Those with lung diseases or other respiratory problems are also more sensitive to poor air quality.

Worse, fiberglass furnace filters only catch 7% of dust, pollen, and dirt.


​And according to the Environmental Protection Agency, one millimeter of dirt on a cooling or heating coil decreases system efficiency by 21%.



Children, in particular, are more sensitive to polluted air. According to the Department of Consumer Affairs, kids breathe faster and inhale more air per unit of body weight.


Kids are also closer to the ground where concentrations are greater.

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How Can I Avoid The Need To Have My Ductwork and System Cleaned?

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That depends.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (
ASHRACE) confirms the impact of dirty blowers and coils on efficiency.


In residential homes, air duct cleaning is akin to getting the oil changed in your car. Your system may run just fine.


But eventually, the mechanical components will become loaded with dirt and debris.

That means your HVAC system has to work harder, reducing efficiency. Periodic cleaning saves 
you moneyand keeps your system running efficiently.

 

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Is It Necessary To Clean Your Air Ducts?

The best way to know is to have Augusta Exterminating come to your home or business. We’ll inspect your property, and then give you a detailed estimate.

 7 Good Duct Cleaning Practices We Adhere To

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Other reasons for more frequent cleanings include:

  • Having a smoker in the house
  • Pets that shed large amounts of hair and dander
  • After home remodeling and renovations
  • Those with asthma and allergies who would benefit from an increase in air quality
  • When you buy a home, have the ducts cleaned before you move in
  • When there’s been water damage or contamination to the HVAC system or the home

 

Your house has its very own circulatory system, and that’s air. If the indoor air quality is poor, it can impact your health in a number of ways.


And, if you have allergies or asthma, the health consequences can become serious.

Plus, dirty motors, heating and cooling coils, and air handling units can make your HVAC system run less efficiently. 


Removing dirt, mold, slime, and other debris found in ductwork, as well as in the cooling coil and drain pans, can help improve the quality of the air you breathe.


That’s because the ductwork is most often the source, as well as the path, for all kinds of dust, dirt, and other biological contaminants. And they all spread through the air.

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Typically, most houses need duct cleaning every 3-5 years. If, however, you have severe allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions, a yearly cleaning may work best for you.

Also, if you are suddenly suffering from an allergy-related “mystery illness,” getting your ducts cleaned is a good idea.

For commercial buildings, ASHRACE found that dirty air ducts cut efficiency by as much as 40%.

1-Minimizing the discharge of dust and dirt in the area by using negative pressure.​


2-Protecting the duct system by avoiding cutting unnecessary holes in the equipment, such as the duct or duct liner.


3-We have the vacuum and collection equipment located outside of the building, if at all possible.

 

4-If the vacuum collection equipment is located inside, then the HEPA filtration provides the discharge.


5-Because vacuum cleaning is not very effective, it must be coupled with brushes to lift debris from the inside of the ducts. That’s what we do!


6-As a good practice, sealants are NOT used to cover interior contaminated ductwork.


Studies have not shown sealants to be an effective barrier to microbiological growth, on their own. Their long-term health benefits are not known, and sealants may void fire safety ratings.

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7-Removing instead of cleaning bio-contaminated or water damaged porous materials.


 

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Vent cleaning is all about removing contaminants. It is performed using brushing/vibration plus extreme negative pressure. 


When you hire Augusta Exterminating, we always follow good practices for cleaning air vents.

 

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