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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Answers To Your Important Questions About Duct Cleaning

by Mike Brewer

If you or other members of your family seem to be allergic to your house, and coughing or sneezing is as common as snoring at night, it is time to see if your air ducts are dirty. If your home often has the windows closed, allowing the heater or air conditioner to run non-stop, your air is simply being recycled. Unfortunately, that means that the allergens from both outside and inside linger within the ducts causing a feeling of general poor health for some individuals. 

Fortunately, an air duct specialist can inspect the ducts and recommend an appropriate cleaning procedure. In addition, it will also be helpful to verify if leaks or cracks to the ducts are making the problem worse, as repairing it before cleaning is obviously the best option. 

What Happens During The Cleaning?

Indoor air pollution is known to be a significant problem for many people. Asthma, congestion, headaches and a low energy level are only a few of the problems it can cause. By cleaning the ducts, you are removing the problem. It starts with a thorough examination of the entire unit and repair of any problem areas.

Then, all of the parts of the air conditioning and heating system will be thoroughly cleaned. Dust and other physical symptoms of the problem will be safely removed.  That includes the following pieces:

  • Housing for the air handling unit  
  • Housing for the motor and fan
  • Drip pans
  • Heat exchangers
  • Coils for both the heating and cooling units
  • Air ducts and registers that are responsible for supplying and returning air
  • Diffusers and grilles 

Why Can't You Do It Yourself?

There are many projects at home that the average homeowner is able to complete without professional help. Unfortunately, air duct cleaning is not one of them. One problem is that if you miss even a small part of the unit, you risk allowing the dust or debris to come back quickly.

That is also more of a problem if you miss a rack in the duct or an aspect of the duct system, as that small imperfection can set the stage for mold, mildew and even vermin.  Professionals use a special tool to inspect the unit, another tool to dislodge the debris and a powerful vacuum cleaner to remove all of the harmful substances. It would be too easy to skip something.  

What Else Can Be Done To Protect The Unit From Becoming Dirty Again?

If mold or mildew are or have been a concern, an anti-microbial gel can be applied at various points throughout the system to prevent a re-infestation. In addition, you can ask for a sealant to go throughout the unit, to create a more impermeable surface.

In conclusion, air duct cleaning is a newer idea and on-going research is still being obtained. However, there are many people who feel healthier after an air duct cleaning and no harm will come from the cleaning, as long as you hire an experienced, licensed professional, such as Chappel's Heating & Cooling, to do the job. Therefore, it only makes sense to schedule an air duct cleaning and see how much better you feel.

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