The Good Air Lady
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Air Duct Cleaning

Air duct cleaning is a great way to clean the air at the source of pollution -- in your HVAC duct work. Pollutants get into the heating and cooling ducts during construction. You'll find dirt, drywall dust and debris, lumber and carpet remnants, among other construction waste. Daily living also contributes to the pollution collection in the ducts. If you suffer from allergies you really ought to consider getting the ducts cleaned. If you strive to live in an environment of fresh air, this is something to consider as well. Air duct cleaning is another level of improving the air quality in your home and office.

Are you concerned about how clean the air is in your home? If you are, then you may want to consider air duct cleaning to remove any pollutants that may be in your air ducts. Most people don't think about what may be lurking in their air ducts, but you may be surprised to learn that they may contain mold, mildew, dust, pet dander, pollen, and more. By finding someone to do your air duct cleaning, you may be helping to make the air in your home cleaner and your allergy symptoms less noticeable.

The American College of Allergy concluded in a study that up to fifty percent of the allergy symptoms of their group of patients were caused by indoor air pollutants. Many of these pollutants are inside the air ducts and they can be removed with a simple air duct cleaning, which would help to make the air inside your home or business cleaner. It would also help to decrease the severity and frequency of allergy or allergy-induced asthma attacks.

What is involved in air duct cleaning? To get a high quality air duct cleaning, you want to make sure you choose a company that uses "source removal" cleaning methods. This includes a specialized vacuum system that sucks the air and dirt through the air duct system. It also includes several different tools, like brushes, skipper balls, and whips that are used to help dislodge pollutants from the duct surfaces so that they can be vacuumed into the containment system and removed from your home. A truck mounted vacuum system is more powerful, but a portable unit can be positioned closer to the ducts, which will mean that it does not take as much power to suck the pollutants out of the air ducts.

You want to steer clear of companies that only use a vacuuming system without the specialized tools. These companies may charge you a much lower price than the "source removal" cleaning companies, but the quality will be much less, too. In most cases, they will not remove all of the pollutants from the air ducts, simply because some of them may need to be dislodged to be removed completely. Keep this in mind when choosing an air duct cleaning company.

To make sure you get a top quality contractor, you want to make sure that they are certified by the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association). Ask what is included in their cost. All cleaning, visual inspection before and after cleaning, putting the air duct system back together, and cleaning of any debris after cleaning should be taken care of by the cleaning company.

Air duct cleaning can be one way to help make your indoor air healthier for you and for your family. It can be expensive, but if you or a member of your family has allergies or allergy-induced asthma, then this expense can be more than made up for in decreased allergy or asthma symptoms, decreased visits to the doctor, and better all-around health. Consider air duct cleaning for your home -- your lungs and respiratory system will thank you for it.