The Health Benefits of Duct Cleaning

People who have asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or other respiratory complications often have their condition worsened by exposure to air born irritants. These irritants can include mold, mildew, fungus and dust.  These irritants can accumulate in your home’s duct work.  When your heating system operates, these irritants can potentially be released into your living space.  Removing them is essential for your family’s optimal health.

Residential Duct Cleaning

What’s the best way to have the ducts in your home clean?  This is not a do it yourself job: most Scituate homeowners won’t have the specialized tools needed, and the job itself can be labor intensive and very dirty if you don’t know what you’re doing.

A professional cleaning service will perform what is known as source removal cleaning.  A specialized, extremely powerful vacuum places the entire system under negative pressure.  Material that has accumulated in the ducts that feed directly into your living space is forced down into the main duct work, where it can be vacuumed out.

How Often Do Ducts Need Cleaning?

Duct cleaning should be part of every household’s regular maintenance routine.  The cleaner your ductwork is, the more effectively and efficiently your home heating system will operate.  You’ll be warmer while using less energy (and spending less money!) if your ducts are clean.

That being said, there are a number of factors that go into determining how often your duct work needs cleaning. Before you move into a new home, you’ll want to have the ducts cleaned.  Families who have members who are asthmatic or who have other health complications may need duct cleaning more often than the families who do not have these concerns.  Smokers and pets are rough on duct work: both contribute to a significant degree of material building up in the ductwork.