Did you know that the quality of the air in your Raleigh home has the potential to be much worse than the air quality outdoors? It’s easy to blame your allergies on outside factors and ignore your HVAC system as a potential source of your allergy problem. But the reality is that, in addition to dirt and dust, many potential allergens and pathogens can accumulate in your ductwork and affect the quality of the air inside your home. 919 Fix My AC offers Raleigh homeowners air duct cleaning, in addition to heating and air conditioning repair, to address this very problem.
Why is Air Duct Cleaning Necessary for Raleigh Homeowners
Air duct cleaning can make a difference in the air you breathe day in and day out — especially here in Raleigh where the high humidity can increase levels of dust mites and mold.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), “Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors where they are repeatedly exposed to indoor allergens and airborne particles that can lead to respiratory symptoms and conditions”. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental health risks in the United States based on their findings that indoor air can be up to 70% more polluted than the air outside. And children are especially vulnerable to indoor air pollution. A report by the New England Journal of Medicine claims that 40% of children who develop a respiratory illness do so in part due to the presence of pollutants in their homes. Making air duct cleaning a part of your home maintenance can reduce your exposure to these allergens and increase your air quality.
“Although there are many culprits that negatively affect indoor air quality, poorly maintained air-conditioning and carpeting are among the most problematic.” —the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI)
But even if you do not suffer from allergies, air duct cleaning should still be on your radar. Beyond the effect of built-up dust, dirt, and allergens in your ductwork can have on your family’s health, neglecting air duct cleaning can also have a negative effect on the lifespan your HVAC system and on its effectiveness. Dirty air ducts can affect the performance of you heating or air conditioning units, reducing the overall air flow of your Raleigh home and making it work harder than necessary.
In addition, cleaning your air ducts can help you protect yourself from harmful dryer exhaust and prevent a home fire. Clogged dryer vents not only increase the time needed to dry your clothes, they can also cause harmful carbon monoxide gas in your home, or cause the accumulated lint to ignite and cause a home fire. In fact, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that as of 2010, nearly 17,000 fires each year could be attributed to washer and dryer fires making cleaning the ductwork behind your dryer an important safety step you may want to consider.
Hiring the Best Raleigh Air Duct Cleaning Company
Hiring a reputable air duct cleaning company is crucial to avoid dispersing dirt, dust, and debris throughout your home’s air duct system, or damaging your ductwork and leaving you with worse indoor air quality and leaks in your HVAC system.
How Often Should I Clean my Air Ducts?
Because we are in Raleigh, our recommendation is to have your air ducts cleaned every 3 years. However if you have just undergone a home remodel, or have pets, smokers or people with a respiratory condition or severe asthma, you may want to consider having your ductwork cleaned more often.