Here, in Wisconsin, summer is all too fleeting. October is just around the corner, and the cool, crisp air of autumn is soon to follow. It won’t be long before we seal up our homes and settle in for the long winter ahead.
Since many of us will soon forego fresh air for forced air, it’s important for those of us living with air ducts in our homes to have them inspected and cleaned. Improving your indoor air quality can go a long way toward improving your overall health. If you’re not breathing well, you’re not living well.
It’s recommended that air duct systems be cleaned no less than once every two years. If you smoke, suffer from allergies, have pets that shed hair or dander, or live in a high-traffic, high-pollution, or high-dust area, it’s recommended that you have your HVAC (heating ventilation air condition) system cleaned annually.
It’s also a good idea to have your system inspected and cleaned if you’ve just purchased a previously-occupied home, or your home is newly constructed or recently remodeled. Construction creates a great deal of dust, and it’s a bit unseemly to think of the dust, hair, & dander from previous owners being blown throughout your home and becoming the air you breathe.
When researching air duct cleaning companies, be sure to compare their scope of services. Some companies only clean the ductwork, which is only part of the system.
Pay attention to certifications, accreditations, and affiliations. You should be able to learn a great deal from their websites, regarding experience, training, services, processes, and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Many companies provide you with the opportunity to see what your ducts look like before and after cleaning, which may be an alarming, but helpful, visual. Service quotes should be free, and are typically available via phone or email.
Be sure to shop around, and ask friends, family, or co-workers for possible referrals. Here are a few links to various area service providers, to help get you started:
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