Do the Air Ducts in Your Santa Cruz Home Need Cleaning?

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 11:01pm.

If you notice a musty or dusty smell when you turn on the furnace, you should look into having your air ducts cleaned. People with allergies or respiratory issues are especially vulnerable to the circulation of dirt and mold spores that accumulate in the HVAC system.

To help you determine if it’s time to clean the air ducts in your Santa Cruz home, here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

• Why should I have my ducts cleaned? Particulates in the air ducts become airborne throughout your Santa Cruz home whenever the blower goes on. In addition, contaminant buildup can reduce the efficiency of the heating system.

• How often should my ducts be cleaned? Even if your heating system has a good, effective filter, some experts believe your air ducts still need to be cleaned every five to seven years.

• How are air ducts cleaned? The best way is with brushes and a giant vacuum equipped with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. However, if your ducts are made of duct board (lined with porous fiberglass), this method should not be used. Do not allow anyone to apply pesticides or biocides into the duct system of your Santa Cruz home. These would cause more problems than they would solve.

• Do I need to leave while my ducts are being cleaned? If you have allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues, you should vacate your home while the ducts are being cleaned.

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