Your home and office are filled with so many good things – family, coworkers, food, friends and the items that bring you joy and help you do your job every day. But these essential spaces are also full of the one thing you literally can’t live without: the air that you’re breathing right now! So as important as the people and things are in the places where you live and work, you also have to think about air quality in your home and office for the long-term health and happiness of the people who you live, work and visit with. Great air quality starts with clean air ducts, so if you’ve been thinking “how do I know I need to have my air ducts cleaned,” then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the most important things to consider:

  1. How long has it been since my last air duct cleaning?

If the answer to this question is, “I don’t know,” or, “It’s been quite a while” then you should at least set aside a solid half an hour to do a thorough inspection of your air ducts. Indoor air pollution is one of the top environmental problems in the U.S. because even cleaner air outside can get dirty over time when it’s trapped inside your home or office. As it recirculates through your ventilation system, it can collect and cause mold and other toxic substances to develop and over time this can cause serious issues, especially for people who are sensitive to respiratory problems. So take some time to really look at your floor and ceiling registers: if you notice a buildup of dark substances around the exterior of the register, then you’re probably due for an air duct cleaning. (If it’s that dirty on the outside, then imagine how nasty it must be on the inside…)

  1. How dirty are the insides of my registers?

Even if the outsides of your floor and ceiling registers look clean, then it’s important to get a screwdriver and take a peek inside to see how bad things might be in there. If you notice a buildup of dust, dirt, dander, lint or other contaminants inside the first foot of the ductwork, then a total air duct cleaning is in most likely in order. Again, this is only what you can see – what about the many feet of ductwork between the register and your HVAC unit itself? You can try to clean these ventilation sections yourself, but chances are you don’t have the kind of advanced equipment that will ensure every nook and cranny gets cleaned.

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  1. How dirty are the return grill and my HVAC unit?

One final inspection to make is at the source of the airflow itself: your furnace’s main blower. Remove your furnace filter, detach the return grill and take a look inside. Are you shocked at how much dirt and debris has been collecting in there? Think about how inefficient it is for your blower motor to have to turn with gunk caked all over it because it’s been collecting dirt slowly over time and having to work a little bit harder every time it turns on. A professional air duct cleaning will ensure that every surface in your HVAC system is getting truly cleaned out to make your system run as efficiently as possible throughout the year. Your heating and cooling bills will be lower, but most importantly you’ll be breathing the cleanest, freshest and healthiest air possible.

If you find that it’s time for an air duct cleaning and you’re ready to have the best service available in the industry, contact your local AdvantaClean service provider. Since 1994, AdvantaClean has been the #1 trusted name for air duct cleaning and moisture control services for every home and office. We use the best equipment available, including powerful HEPA-filtered suction systems to ensure that the entire length of your ductwork is truly cleaned, not just the first few feet of the vents like some of our competitors will do. Our technology is the best, but the real difference is our people: we only hire technicians who are passionate about cleaning living and working spaces the right way, the first time. They’re the best trained and they only use the preferred cleaning techniques recommended by the National Air Duct Cleaner Association (NADCA). So when it’s time for an air duct cleaning in your home or business, contact us today at AdvantaClean. We’re standing by ready to give you, your family and your coworkers the best air quality possible!

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