Air Duct Cleaning
When cleaning your home, air ducts are not always top-of-mind, but just like the rest of your house they can build up with dust and debris.
Blackmon Mooring recommends cleaning your air ducts regularly so you aren’t breathing in dust and other allergens. Our crews use special equipment to reach throughout the vents, back to your main Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) unit. No part of the duct system is left untouched, and all debris is extracted and collected back into our equipment for disposal.
Blackmon Mooring’s air duct cleaning technicians will remove each register to access the entire duct system for a thorough clean. That is how committed we are to improving the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in your home. Other air duct cleaners may only reach as far as their equipment, the first three feet of the duct work, which does not make for a complete clean. Just addressing the vents and ducts, but ignoring the HVAC unit may leave your system cleaning incomplete. Blackmon Mooring holds licenses and certifications that permit our employees to access and clean your mechanical unit. Be sure to ask our technician about the advantages of cleaning all HVAC components.
Key Benefits of Air Duct/HVAC System Cleaning
Indoor air quality and energy savings are the two biggest benefits when it comes to air duct cleaning and maintenance. Through everyday living, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as animal dander, dust and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up in the duct work. Your duct work and A/C unit serve as the lungs of your home. Without routine cleaning and maintenance, the air quality in your home will continue to decline. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), a typical six-room home creates up to 40 pounds of dust annually through everyday living. Additionally, other pollutants and allergens, such as animal dander, and other microorganisms also present a threat to your air quality.
Another key reason for having your air ducts professionally cleaned is to maintain the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to forty percent of the amount of energy used for cooling or heating a home goes to waste, and this figure can quickly increase if your HVAC system is not operating at optimal condition. A clean system doesn't have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, which in turn can reduce your energy costs and save you money.
When to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned
Although a light amount of household dust accumulating in your air ducts poses no significant immediate threat, there will eventually come a time when you need to have them professionally cleaned. Following are some things to consider when deciding whether or not it is time to have your air ducts cleaned:
- If you find that your furniture and other surfaces in your home are collecting a lot more dust and dirt than usual.
- Dirt is visibly building up on or around your registers and vents.
- If you do not replace your filter on a regular basis, this can lead to excessive accumulation throughout the system.
- Possible microbial growth or mildew on parts of your system.
- If your home has recently been renovated, there may be a buildup of pollutants in the duct system.
Since conditions are different in every home, it may be hard to tell whether your air ducts need cleaning. But, if anyone in your household starts suffering from allergies and other unexplained symptoms, it may be time to have your HVAC system checked by a qualified professional.
How Air Duct Cleaning Works
The air duct cleaning process involves several steps to ensure that the whole system is thoroughly cleaned:
- A pre-inspection to review the systems level of contamination to design the most appropriate cleaning and disinfectant procedure.
- Remove each register and vent to access the duct work.
- Use specialized equipment to free dust and other contaminants starting from each opening and extending through the entire length of the duct run.
- Dust, dirt and debris is extracted and collected into HEPA-filtered vacuum for disposal.
- Both the supply ducts (where the air comes out) and the return ducts (where the air goes in) are cleaned.
Our technicians start by cleaning the vents and register covers before using a dust sweeping machine to reach the very back of the ductwork. This allows us to remove things like dust mites, animal dander and other dirt that would otherwise be impossible to reach. We use a high-powered vacuum system to extract dust that gets trapped inside the equipment. Also, we can apply an optional disinfecting agent to treat for mold spores, fungi, mildew, bacteria and other organisms after cleaning the system's mechanical components.