Why You Should Have Your Home's Air Ducts Professionally Cleaned
Let's Start With How Air Moves Inside Your Home
HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditions) systems move air in and around which means they will almost certainly bring in dust, debris, and dirt.
Over time the ducts through which the air circulates are going to get layers upon layers of built-up dirt and dust, pollen and mold spores, and even insects and rodent droppings.
Humid environments can facilitate mold growth in your air duct system, particularly if air conditioning has been shut off for an extended period and the air in the home has been allowed to warm
Results – WITHOUT Air Duct Cleaning
If any of your family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses it’s possible that the issue could be your home’s environment.
There are consequences to having a less-than-clean environment including:
and many more health issues (You should discuss any of these situations with your doctor)
The EPA has published guidance on identifying possible indoor air quality problems related to ducts that are not as clean as they should be.
As per the EPA, there are several key signs that your air ducts need a thorough cleaning, including:
Mold growing of inside the air ducts
The infestation of small unwanted pests and insects in the air ducts
If the air ducts are clogged with dust and other debris
How Uncleaned Air Ducts Affect Your Health and Overall Cleanliness
They can decrease the air quality of your home environment Cleaning air ducts can improve the overall health of all your family members. Medical research show that patients suffering from pulmonary health issues improved when air ducts were cleaned frequently.
Frequently, allergies, sore throat, colds and coughing can be caused or made worse by poor air quality caused by allergens and other bacteria caused by uncleaned ducts.
People with asthma and other allergies can be particularly affected, especially kids, the elderly and newborns who are very sensitive to air quality issues.
Pet dander, dust, pollen, and other allergens can build up in the ducts and then be blown throughout the home.
There is some evidence that contaminated air can actually speed up the aging process
Rodents and insects can find a home where you DON’T want. They often carry disease, bite, get into your home, and even eat your food.
Mildew and mold in your air ducts can spread a musty odor in your home
Decreased Efficiency of Your HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) System:
Dirt and other debris can hinder the efficient functioning of the HVAC equipment
Dust That Never Goes Away:
One key sign that the air ducts are in need of cleaning is the reappearance of dust on furniture and other items in your home right after you have dusted. When the ducts are dirty, they will deposit new dust (and allergens) even on the same day that dusting took place
Don’t take the risk of not cleaning your air ducts. Their cleanliness is critical to have a safe and clean home environment. Contact Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Co and schedule an inspection TODAY!
The Health Risks of Radon in Dayton & Columbus, Ohio Communities
What You Need to Know About the Dangers of Radon
Radon concerns are NOT false. It is an actual dangerous radioactive gas listed in the Scientific Table of Elements along with all the other radioactive substances.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. It is actually more deadly than second-hand smoke.
Radon causes over 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. Almost 3,000 of those deaths occur among people who have never smoked.
On January 13, 2005, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General, issued a national health advisory on radon
Radon Presence in Ohio
Radon is a clear and present health hazard and that can’t be detected without proper testing. It is an odorless, colorless gas whose presence puts you and your family in jeopardy because the effects of radon exposure can be severe, especially on children.
In Ohio, Radon is a very Major problem. As this map, created by the EPA, shows, most of Ohio has very high levels of the gas (shown in red.) Franklin, Delaware & Montgomery Counties average DOUBLE the EPA max level of concern, and some of the highest measurements on record have been in the thousands in Ohio! Even those areas that aren’t totally high are still high enough to be of concern.
Radon is a dense gas that tends to settle in the lowest available space, so those who sleep or spend a lot of time on the lowest levels of your home (first floor or basement) are at the highest risk.
Why Do You Need Radon Testing?
Because radon gas is odorless, colorless, and has no taste You’ll never know that radon is in your home unless you have it tested. Just because no one has had your home tested and it is older means nothing.
The effects can be felt within a few months or as long as 25 years after exposure.
The radioactive emissions damage cells that will take 44 years for 75% of radon inhaled to become harmless. But the remaining 25% can affect your health even after that period. Prolonged Exposure increases the changes for greater danger.
Radon Gas Symptoms Radon gas exposure affects the respiratory system, with symptoms that can take years to develop but are irreversible.
The risk of lung cancer from radon exposure is estimated at between 10 to 20 times greater for persons who smoke cigarettes compared to those who never smoked.
EPA News Release 2003
Exposure to high radon levels is the leading environmental cause of death in the United States
EPA estimates that at its recommended guideline of 4 pCi/L, the risk of developing lung cancer is based on exposure factors:
Age during exposure – the very young and the very old are at the greatest risk
Duration of exposure – the longer the exposure the greater the risk
Climate and time of year—in Ohio, radon levels are often higher in the winter and lower in the summer
Time elapsed since initiation of exposure.
Don’t Take Unnecessary Risks!
Get Your home tested by Airduct Cleaning & Radon Co to find out whether your family, tenants or employees are at risk for radon poisoning.
What to Look for in an Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Company
Is the air in your home or business feeling a bit stuffy? Do you find it impossible to keep up with the layers of dust appearing on your furniture? It’s probably time to have your air ducts inspected and cleaned.
Even if you’re not noticing the issues mentioned above, you should have your air ducts checked every 3 to 5 years. Over time, they naturally build up with dust and debris. They may even house mold. The best way to make sure they stay clean and your home’s air stays pure is to hire an air duct cleaning professional.
There are a few things you should expect from any quality air duct cleaning company.
Certification is the best way a company can demonstrate that they have the appropriate knowledge and skills to perform the required job at the level it needs to be. Any quality air duct cleaner should be licensed by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA).
If they’re performing additional tasks outside of air duct cleaning, you’ll want to make sure they’re properly trained and certified in those as well. Speaking of…
Multiple Service Offerings
Air ducts aren’t the only hard to reach space that should be regularly checked and cleaned in your home. You should have your dryer vents inspected about once a year. Failure to keep your dryer vents cleaned can result in your machine breaking down early or even starting on fire!
Additionally, some air duct cleaning companies are able to check the quality of your air and make sure it doesn’t contain harmful materials such as radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that in high doses can cause serious problems.
Any company you hire should be experienced. If they’re experienced, then they should have a reputation. Check reviews on Google and Facebook. See if they have any testimonials on their website. You can even ask for references, if you’d like.
Make sure that they are a reputable company before they start their work.
Air duct cleaning is generally an affordable process. Some companies, however, might try and surprise you with add-ons and hidden fees. Checking reviews can help you avoid this. However, it doesn’t hurt to ask for a quote before any work is done as well.
Professional Air Duct Cleaning in the Miami Valley
At Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Company, we provide high-quality, affordable duct cleaning services. We have been NADCA certified since 1991. We also provide dryer vent cleaning, and we’re licensed by the state of Ohio for radon testing and mitigation.
If you’re in need of air duct cleaning, radon mitigation, or dryer vent cleaning in Dayton, Ohio and surrounding communities, we have you covered. With Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Company, you can trust that you’re hiring a quality service provider.
Reducing Dust Presence in Your Home
No one likes dust. Not only is it unsightly, but it can irritate your eyes, throat, and skin. It’s particularly troubling for those with allergies, asthma, and lung issues, making it difficult to breath at times.
While dust is easy enough to wipe away, it’s quick to return. Many people find themselves having to dust their home’s surfaces multiple times a week in an attempt to keep up. But there is hope.
Though you might not be able to completely eliminate dust from your home, there are actions you can take that can significantly reduce its spread. As providers of air duct cleaning, air purification, and dryer vent cleaning in both commercial and residential settings, we know a few things about what causes dust and what can be done to prevent it.
Here are a few pro tips.
Change Your Air Filter
The filter on your home’s HVAC system/furnace catches dust, debris, and other contaminants. Not only does this keep your home’s air cleaner, but it provides vital protection for your heating and cooling systems. The air filter on your furnace/HVAC system should be changed at least once every 90 days. Some might have to do it more frequently.
Though simple to do, changing the filter makes a big impact in air quality and system efficiency.
Try Microfiber Cloths
The tools that people use to remove dust from surfaces aren’t often the best. Standard dust rags and even feather dusters typically just push dust around rather than removing it. Aerosol dust sprays typically contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to your health.
A better solution is to use microfiber clothes.
Unlike rags and feather dusters, microfiber cloths are designed to attract and pick-up dust. They’re soft, so they won’t scratch any surfaces, and they can easily be washed when you’re done. If you really want to remove dust from surfaces, switch to microfiber.
Get an Air Purifier
Air purifiers actually make your air cleaner unlike candles, plugins, and aerosol sprays. Rather than adding scented (and potentially harmful) particles into your home’s air, air purifiers remove particles, leaving the air clean and fresh. In addition to reducing dust and allergens, this also leaves you home smelling better and the air feeling lighter.
Clean Your Air Ducts
Your home’s air ducts are responsible for filtering climate-controlled air through your home. Over time, however, dust begins to build up inside of your air ducts, just as with any other surface in your home. This can lead to an increase in floating particles and contaminants in your home’s air.
If you’ve done all of the things above, and you’re still finding dust everywhere, it might be time to check your air ducts.
For residential and commercial air duct cleaning in Ohio’s Miami Valley, contact Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Company today! We also sell a variety of air purifiers, so you can find a quality one that’s perfect for your space.
Cleaning and Home Maintenance Resolutions for the New Year
It felt like the day might never come, but 2020 is finally behind us. Happy New Year to all! As we move into 2021, countless people are already busy making sure this year gets off to a good start. One great way to do that is with a little home maintenance and cleaning.
While the spring is a great time to focus on landscaping and exterior cleaning, January is the perfect time to focus on the inside of your home. Even if you keep your house relatively clean week to week, there are certain areas almost all of us overlook. In fact, those are the best places to start this year.
As for air ducts, they should be professionally cleaned every three years or so. If it’s been longer than that, or you’re not sure when your air ducts were last cleaned, it’s a good idea to have a professional come look. There can be a lot of things hiding in your air ducts. Clean air ducts will leave your home’s air fresher and healthier.
Countertops, floors, furniture, and dishes tend to get most of the focus when you’re tidying up your house. However, there are plenty of other areas of your home that could likely use some polish. Before you start cleaning everything in front of you, let’s look up. Specially, let’s examine your light fixtures, fans, and anything else suspended from the ceiling.
Once those are clean, it’s time to look down to your baseboards. Though they may look fine from a distance, after taking a closer look, you might discover they’re surprisingly dirty.
With a little scrubbing, dusting, and polish, you’ll be surprised by how much of a difference clean baseboards and trim make.
Next up, check your window blinds. Certain types of blinds, especially thin venetian blinds, can be particularly frustrating to clean. After putting in the time, however, you’ll find the effort is worth it. The contrast between dirty and clean blinds is night and day.
With those out of the way, it’s time for your appliances. After the holiday season, appliances can be especially dirtied. A deep clean can leave them looking almost brand new. Make sure to empty out the fridge when you clean as well.
There’s a good chance you’ll find some expired holiday leftovers in there.