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What Will Air Duct Cleaning Do for Your Home?

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Many of the parts of your home are very difficult to clean.  You may need a stepstool to reach high shelves or even a ladder to dust the ceiling fans. While you can adapt to reach high and hidden places, one of the spaces that is very difficult to get to on your own is the ducts. Your ductwork is an enclosed pathway through which dust and contaminants may travel and collect over time. While you may be able to get to the vents, it’s very difficult to reach the entirety of the system. Besides, professionals know which tools and methods to use that are safest for the ducts, while you most likely do not have these on hand.

Call on the help of the air quality specialists at Raleigh Heating & Air to clean your ducts for you. We carry all of the proper equipment for the job, and our technicians are trained in the most current industry-recognized methods.

So what can air duct cleaning do for you? For one thing, it will eliminate contaminants that often make your family members feel ill. This is especially important if people in your home suffer from allergies or asthma. You may believe that the filter included with your HVAC system does a decent job of ridding the air of dust, pollen, dander, and other allergens. But most filters cannot eliminate all of these pollutants, which can make their way into the ductwork and cling to the inside. There may also be bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms—or even some larger organisms—living in your ducts. These can lead to illness even in those with a regular immune system.

Air duct cleaning involves the use of professional tools that you likely cannot access or utilize on your own unless you have experience and training. Technicians have tools that can help them to assess the state of the ducts both before and after duct cleaning. And during the process, they use materials such as high-pressure vacuums, and if any chemicals are used, they are entirely safe for the people in your home.

Entrust your next air duct cleaning in Cary to the professional IAQ technicians at Raleigh Heating & Air if you want quality service from a contractor you can count on. Give us a call today!

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Types of Contaminants Commonly Found in Ducts

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Believe it or not, your home is infested with millions upon millions of microscopic airborne contaminants. These contaminants can be responsible for all kinds of health issues, from allergy attacks to frequent illnesses. Many of the airborne pollutants in your home can be found in the ducts, as they are a dark and mostly undisturbed part of the house. Over time, the amount of contaminants in your ducts can build up to very high concentrations. Then, when you turn on the heater or air conditioner, the contaminants are blown around the house and have the opportunity to infect people. Let’s take a look at the types of contaminants that can commonly be found in a home’s ductwork, and what you can do to mitigate it.

Inanimate

Airborne contaminants can be split into two different groups: inanimate and animate (or nonliving and living). These two groups have different health effects for each person, ranging from mild sneezing to flu-like symptoms. Let’s start with inanimate contaminants.

Most inanimate contaminants are cast-off pieces of living organisms. Dust, insect dander, pet dander, pollen, and the like are all byproducts of plants and animals shedding tiny pieces of themselves. These contaminants are mostly lung irritants, provoking sneezing and coughing in people who inhale them. For allergy sufferers the reaction might be a bit more pronounced, such as swollen sinuses and watering eyes.

Animate

Animate contaminants are living organisms, such as viruses, bacteria, dust mites, and mold spores. These contaminants are generally fewer in number than inanimate ones, but their health effects are more pronounced. Viruses and bacteria can obviously cause all kinds of sicknesses, depending on the strain that you are exposed to. Mold spores and dust mites are lung irritants, though certain mold spores can also have a seriously adverse effect on your health.

Duct Cleaning

The way to get rid of these contaminants is by having air duct cleaning done at least once every two years. Duct cleaning removes contaminants from your ducts before they have the chance to circulate through the house and infect you, thus improving your health and air quality.

If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in a while, call Raleigh Heating & Air and schedule an appointment with us today. We provide quality air duct cleaning in the Wake Forest area.

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How Dirty Ductwork Affects Indoor Air Quality

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

One of the basic components of the HVAC system in most homes is the ventilation (the “V” in HVAC) network of air ducts. If your home uses forced-air heating from a furnace and/or cooling from a standard AC, then you have ductwork running through the walls and ceilings to distribute the conditioned air through the rooms. These ducts draw in air from your home through return vents, and unfortunately—no matter how clean a home you keep—some amount of dust, dirt, and other debris particles enters the ducts with it. Contamination will start to collect inside the hidden ducts, and this will eventually lead to issues with HVAC performance and even a steep decline in your indoor air quality.

To keep your ducts in good shape, you should schedule professional cleaning for them on a regular basis. (You cannot handle the extensive cleaning necessary on your own.) For quality service from an experienced indoor air quality team, call Raleigh Heating & Air today. We will arrange for the air duct cleaning in Raleigh, NC that will provide you and your family with a healthy indoor environment.

How Duct Contamination Affects a Home’s Air

Here’s a startling statistic: the average six-room house will circulate 40 lbs. of dust through its HVAC system every year. That is an enormous amount of airborne contamination. Dust is one of the principle respiratory irritants, and high concentrations of it in the air in a house can contribute to a number of health problems.

The biggest concern is for people who have allergies or asthma. Dust can trigger potentially dangerous asthma or allergy attacks. However, even people without health complications can start to suffer from symptoms similar to allergies and asthma because of large quantities of pollutants in the air. Along with dust, dirty air ducts will collect pollen, chemical residue, and dust mites, which can be hazardous for anyone. Studies of low indoor air quality link it to conditions such as insomnia, skin and eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, and cold and flu-like symptoms.

A duct cleaning job from professionals with the best equipment will remove a large reservoir of contamination that causes low indoor air quality. No matter how clean your home is, you may have plenty of harmful pollutants hiding inside the ducts, and it takes professionals like our staff at Raleigh Heating & Air to handle the necessary cleaning to effectively eliminate this problem.

If you have not had air duct cleaning in Raleigh, NC for few years—or if you can’t remember scheduling it at all—call us right away to arrange for this important service to protect your family’s health.

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How Do Professionals Perform Air Duct Cleaning?

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Your ductwork is prone to wear and tear just like any other part of your HVAC system. Included in this wear-and-tear is the build-up of dirt and dust. The average household produces 40 pounds of dust a year; this doesn’t include the dirt and dust that make it into your system from the outside. The bottom line? Your ductwork can accumulate a great deal of buildup, and if it isn’t professionally cleaned every 3-5 years, you may start to see problems arise with your HVAC system. An air duct cleaning in Wake Forest can remove problematic dust and dirt buildup, and fall is the perfect time of year to schedule an appointment with your Raleigh Heating & Air technician.

What Happens During an Air Duct Cleaning Appointment?

Here is a general overview of what to expect during a routine cleaning of your air ducts:

  • All access ports and doors opened
  • System is thoroughly inspected, possibly with visual-aid tools
  • All registers are sealed and furniture covered
  • Professional-grade, HEPA vacuums are employed to vacuum ductwork
  • Pneumatic tools and brushes are used to remove all clinging debris (brushes used will not cause damage to ductwork)
  • 2nd inspection is conducted to ensure no areas were missed during cleaning
  • System is closed
  • Technician removes all equipment and vacuumed particles

What Are the Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning?

There are several important benefits of duct cleaning to consider:

  • Improves indoor air quality – your air ducts deliver air directly into your living spaces; as such, any dirt and dust in your ductwork will also be delivered into your living space. Having your ductwork professionally cleaned significantly reduces the amount of contaminants blowing into your home, which helps improve your indoor air quality.
  • Improves energy efficiency – large buildups in your ductwork can restrict airflow. When the airflow in your system decreases, it has to work harder to achieve your set temperature. If your system has to work harder, it uses more energy. By reducing the buildup in your system, you help your system to operate optimally.
  • Extend life of equipment – a system that operates under strain for a long time due to clogged air ducts can age prematurely. Removing the excess dirt and dust helps restore the system to its normal operation, which can extend the life of your equipment.

Professional air duct cleaning service in Wake Forest can help you and your HVAC system. If it’s been more than 5 years since your last cleaning, call Raleigh Heating & Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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How Air Duct Cleaning Benefits Your Heating and Cooling

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

After running for a full season of summer, it is more than likely that your AC and your ductwork got a good workout. It is natural for your system to accumulate dirt and dust during the cooling season, and your ductwork can be a natural place for these particles to reside. However, if left to build-up, this layer can cause problems for you and your air conditioner. Fall is a great time to catch up on the maintenance of your HVAC system, so you may want to consider scheduling an air duct cleaning appointment with your maintenance appointment before the cold weather comes. Let the trained professionals at Raleigh Heating & Air get your HVAC system ready for winter and help improve your indoor air quality.

What Is a Duct Cleaning?

Duct cleaning is the thorough cleaning of your entire ductwork system. Ductwork can be difficult to access, which is why it’s best to schedule duct cleaning with a professional. Also, trained technicians will use professional-grade vacuums and tools to ensure that the cleaning is thorough.

What Are the Benefits to Your AC?

Your AC will gain some important benefits from a professional duct cleaning:

  • Better energy efficiency – according to the EPA, removing just 4/10 of an inch of dust from your ductwork can reduce your monthly energy usage up to 20%. This is because any air restriction caused by the build-up in your vents has been removed.
  • Increases life of your system – an HVAC system that operates under stress for long periods of time can age prematurely. Keeping all aspects of your system running optimally can lengthen its lifespan.

There are also benefits for you:

  • Lower energy bills
  • Better indoor air quality
  • Reduction of allergens in living spaces

Fall provides a small window of time in which scheduling maintenance for your HVAC system is optimal. Why not also schedule an air duct cleaning for your Wake Forest, NC home? Call Raleigh Heating & Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our trained specialists.

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Why You Need Regular Air Duct Cleaning

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Your air ducts play an important role in your air conditioning system, but because they are hidden behind walls and are basically soundless, they can be easy to ignore. While ductwork does not require bi-annual maintenance like the rest of your air conditioning system, it still needs cleaning and maintenance every 3-5 years. However, your air duct cleaning service in Cary, NC shouldn’t be scheduled with just anyone; choose professionally-trained ductwork experts like the ones at Raleigh Heating & Air.

Why Schedule Air Duct Cleaning?

There are two important reasons to schedule an air duct cleaning:

  • Improve indoor air quality – dust, dirt, allergens and many other particles can collect in your ductwork. These then get delivered directly into your air stream and home. Duct cleaning helps to clear these particles and reduce their presence in your home.
  • Better energy efficiency – dust and dirt build-up can constrict the air flow in your system. A decrease in air flow can cause your AC to strain when operating. By removing the excess dust and dirt, your air conditioner can run more efficiently.

What Equipment Is Used During an Air Duct Cleaning?

One of the reasons it’s important to hire professionals to clean your ducts is the equipment needed. Professional duct cleaners use a combination of professional-grade portable vacuums in conjunction with truck-mounted vacuums to suck the dirt, dust and debris from your ductwork. To get inside the ductwork, technicians use specialized access tools, and may use visual equipment such as cameras and periscopes to clearly see inside the ductwork.

Once the vacuums remove the dust and dirt, technicians may use hand-cleaning tools, pneumatic devices, HEPA vacuums and wet vacuums to clean tough-to-remove and wet debris. All debris is collected with products that prevent spreading.

Get Your Ducts Clean with Trained Professionals

There are a lot of companies out there that conduct duct cleaning for very low prices – be cautious with these kinds of offers. They may not clean your ducts very well due to lack of professional training and equipment.

If it’s been more than 5 years since your last duct cleaning, you are moving into a new home or you’ve recently completed construction work, it may be time for an air duct cleaning in Cary, NC. Call the experts you can trust: Raleigh Heating & Air.

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Why You Should Schedule Air Duct Cleaning

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

An important part of your air conditioning system is your ductwork; without it, there is no delivery system for the cool air. Just as other parts of your air conditioner can become clogged and dirty, so, too, can your ductwork. The immediate problem with this is that dirty ductwork can very easily deliver dirty air, which can impact your home and family members. One of the best ways to help keep the indoor air quality in your home as clean as possible during air conditioning season is by scheduling air duct cleaning service in Raleigh, NC.

Why Clean Air Ducts?

There are several important benefits to cleaning air ducts:

  • Health – as we stated above, if there is dust and dirt in your air ducts, it will get blown directly into your home. This can be a serious problem for allergy sufferers and those with chronic respiratory illnesses.
  • Energy efficiency – enough dust and dirt trapped in your ductwork can restrict air flow and put a strain on your air conditioning system. Any time your air conditioner is strained, it uses more energy, decreasing its efficiency and possibly contributing to higher monthly energy bills.
  • Less wear-and-tear – when debris in the vent work reduces air flow, it puts strain on the whole system. Long-term strain can lead to premature aging, which can affect performance and operation.

How Are Ducts Cleaned?

Duct cleaning goes far beyond sticking a vacuum hose into a vent register. The purpose of a professional duct cleaning is to thoroughly remove dust, dirt and debris, including scraping the inside of the vents. There are many tools a trained technician will use, but 3 of the most common ones are:

  • Hand-held vacuum – these professional-grade portable vacuums remove a tremendous amount of build-up in your ductwork, and have a HEPA filter to keep particulates from circulating back into your air.
  • Air sweep – this truck-mounted vacuum is extremely powerful and is typically used after your ducts have been treated with a compressed-air hose that dislodges stubborn debris.
  • Mechanical brush – this is also a truck-mounted vacuum, but the head is a rotating mechanical brush that scrapes and sucks away tough-to-remove items from your ductwork.

Most, if not all, of these tools are used in conjunction with visual devices like cameras to help ensure the most thorough cleaning possible.

As you can see, a lot of work and use of specific tools go into properly cleaning your ductwork, which is why it’s so important to hire a professional to do the work. Think you may need air duct cleaning in Raleigh? Call Raleigh Heat & Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our duct cleaning experts.

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