...NADCA members using ACR, the NADCA Standard as a benchmark for best practices that customers have come to rely on
...are an important component of any HVAC cleaning and restoration project . HVAC inspections shall be performed to determine the need for cleaning.
...is done on site if needed during the inspection process. Calling in for an estimate is possible but the price may change once the inspection process is complete.
…is easy as a phone call, text or email. Once the inspection is complete and the price is agreed upon, the cleaning can be scheduled to best fit both party's schedule.
...is but not limited to moving the contents, covering the contents, bringing in equipment and tools and installing equipment to interduce a negative pressurization in the air duct system.
...process very depending on the company but all
air ducts shall be cleaned using mechanical agitation methods to remove particulate, debris, and surface contamination.
A Few Things To Know
In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning
MOLD & ALLERGIES
By properly cleaning their air duct system homeowners protect their families from harmful dust and other contaminants. Air ducts provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungi, and other allergens. Children under the age of four are particularly vulnerable and the result may be allergies or asthma. Seattle Healthy Projects reports, “New research indicates if children do not come into contact with asthma triggers between birth and four years old they may never develop asthma.”
Many air duct systems are located in a home’s basement. Most have had a wet, damp, or flooded basement in the past. This moisture may cause mold and mildew to grow in and around the ductwork. An anti-microbial should be fogged into the system after the cleaning to prevent future growth.
PETS & CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS
Animal fur gets trapped in the vents and builds up living germs, fungus, and allergy-causing bacteria. Pet dander will still exist from a previous owner and will cause reactions for people with allergies. The fur and dander can also hinder the efficiency of the HVAC system. Clumps of hair will slow down the airflow for the entire system.
New homeowners may do constant dusting only to find the dust back the very next day. The reason is the dust continues to flow through the house and ductwork until it is properly cleaned. Homes built today will have drywall dust and construction debris in the ductwork before the owner even moves in.
CIGARETTE & CIGAR SMOKE
Smoke particles, like fumes from other household particles, stick to the walls of the ducts. This is the reason why smoke odor persists long after someone has smoked a cigarette of cigar.
Third-hand smoke is residual nicotine and other chemicals left on a variety of indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. This residue reacts with indoor pollutants to create a toxic mix. Contact can also occur when you breathe in some of the lingering gasses left on these surfaces. Third-hand smoke can be especially toxic if it combines with other