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Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility.

Air duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans).

Deciding Whether or Not to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

If family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you think might be related to your home environment, you should discuss the situation with your doctor. You may obtain another free EPA booklet from IAQ INFO entitled The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality from the EPA website http://www.epa.gov for guidance on identifying possible indoor air quality problems and ways to prevent or fix them.

You may consider having your air ducts cleaned simply because it seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should occasionally be cleaned.

You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:

There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems:

bulletMany sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists.
bulletYou should be aware that although a substance may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and may require laboratory analysis for final confirmation. For about $50, some microbiology laboratories can tell you whether a sample sent to them on a clear strip of sticky household tape is mold or simply a substance that resembles it.
bulletIf you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.
bulletIf the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.

Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects); or

Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.

To Learn More About Indoor Air Quality

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Radiation and Indoor Air
Indoor Environments Division (6609J)
Arial Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 564-9370
(202) 565-2038/39 (fax)

Indoor Air Quality Information
Clearinghouse (IAQ INFO)

P.O. Box 37133
Washington, DC 20013-7133
1 (800) 438-4318
(703) 356-4020 (local)
(703) 356-5386 (fax)
E-mail: IAQINFO@aol.com

The following useful EPA publications are available on their web site. http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/

bulletThe Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality EPA Publication Number: 402-K-93-007
bulletResidential Air Cleaning Devices: A Summary of Available Information EPA Publication Number: 4001-90-002

Consumer Research Council (CRC)
IAQ Checklist
P.O. Box 12099
Washington, DC 20005-0999
Ask for: How Healthy Is The Air In Your Home?
(This is a free resource, you will need to send a self-addressed, stamped standard size business envelope)

To Learn More About Air Duct Cleaning

National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA)
1518 K Street, NW Suite 503
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 737-2926
http://www.nadca.com
Ask for: Introduction to HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) System Cleaning Services

(Although intended for commercial customers, information can be useful to consumers.)

North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA)
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 310
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-0084
Ask for: Cleaning Fibrous Glass Insulated Air Duct Systems; Recommended Practice

Other Useful Resources

For a free list of state and local consumer protection agencies and Better Business Bureaus:

Consumer's Resource Handbook
Consumer Information Center
Pueblo, CO 81009

*Information provided by the EPA website.

 

 

 

Should Air Ducts Be Cleaned?

 

 

Commercial and Residential Air Conditioning Contractors

Central Air Conditioners, Air Conditioning Units, Heat Pumps, Air Duct Cleaning, Electronic Air Cleaners, Air Filters, HEPA Filters,
A/C Air Handlers, AC Condensers, Sales, Service, Maintenance and Repair.

Serving Tampa, Clearwater, Brandon, St. Petersburg, Brooksville,
Spring Hill, Port Richey, New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs
Hernando, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough County Florida

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