Most of us know our heating and cooling systems should be inspected annually. This is best done before the fall or winter rush.
But making sure the furnace is up to snuff is not all we should do. Getting your air ducts cleaned is also crucial in ensuring ideal air quality.
If you haven’t had your home’s furnace ducts cleaned by a certified professional in the past five years or so, or if you have pets or a dusty or unpleasant odour when your furnace comes on, consider getting your ducts professionally cleaned.
The most effective way to clean air ducts and a ventilation system is by having the contractor place the system under negative pressure through the use of a specialized truck-mounted vacuum.
How often they should be cleaned depends on the household, but normally, every two to three years is advised. However, if you or someone in your home has allergies, you may want to consider having ducts serviced more often. A comprehensive cleaning of all heating and cooling system components (furnace fan blower, furnace heat exchange, air conditioning coil, humidifier, ducts, etc.) will also help air circulation.
If you have had your furnace upgraded – or are going to – you should have your ducts cleaned, as well as after any renovation that created a lot of dust. Allot three to four hours for the duct cleaners to do the job. Mention any other items that could require cleaning, such as your air conditioner coil or dryer vent. Now that the ducts have been cleaned, maintaining cleaner indoor air can be attained by using full-time air purification equipment such as an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator) or high-efficiency air filtration (hybrid systems).
An HRV allows fresh air to enter, while exhausting an equal amount of stale air and recovering the heat or cool from the exhaust side and using it to warm or cool air coming in. Air is filtered before being redistributed in the house. Also available are Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV’s), which return not only heat energy, but moisture to help humidify the home. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you can add a HEPA (hybrid) filtration system to the HRV. While you are having your ducts cleaned, I suggest having your dryer venting cleaned. By maintaining clean dryer venting, you reduce the risk of fire, save money on energy and prolong the life of your dryer.
Good air quality in your home is something that will not only make you feel good, but make your home environment comfortable for family members with allergies.
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