Indoor air quality is something many of us don’t think about until we suspect a problem, perhaps due to a bad smell or an increase in sneezing and itchy eyes when the air conditioner is on.
Without memories like this, years can go by without worrying about the air we breathe indoors. But that doesn’t mean that the air is clean. In fact, even in the cleanest of houses, the air may only be as clean as the air ducts of the houses.
Air ducts, often referred to as the lungs of a house, are invisible to residents, but are nonetheless important to the functioning of a house. Hidden behind drywall or under the floor we walk on, air ducts bring warm air to us from our HVAC system in winter and cool air from the same system in summer. They also return the air in the rooms of a house back to the HVAC system to reheat or cool and filter it.
What is air duct cleaning?
Duct cleaning removes particles that can build up in an air duct over time – particles like dust, pollen from flowers planted outside, mold that grew during the last heavy rain when the roof leaked, allergens and fur from pets or unwanted rodents and soon.
Polluted air ducts are one of the main culprits for the release of particles into your indoor air, so it is a good idea to have your air ducts inspected if you suspect a problem. When properly carried out, cleaning begins with an inspection.
A National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) certified professional will first inspect your home and ducts, and possibly test the air in your home for particles to get a general idea of how the ducts can affect the quality of your indoor air .
If he detects a problem, he can clean your vents and ducts with special scrubbing brushes, other dirt removal devices, and large hoses that will suck the loosened dirt out of your home into a safe container for safe disposal. He can also come up with a plan of action to prevent future air quality problems.
Is mold a special case in air duct cleaning?
Mold spores (similar to mold seeds) grow in damp and humid environments air duct cleaning Asheville . or dirt in your mold tested ducts.
Remember, however, that the very existence of mold doesn’t necessarily pose a health problem. Mold is and always has been a fact of life. We breathe mold spores in the outside air every day.
So what is a mold problem? The answer depends in part on who asks, as some people, including the very young, adults with compromised immune systems, and people with mold allergies, are more sensitive to mold growth and may have health problems as a result.
In general, however, the indoor air quality industry has established standards for “acceptable” and “increased” mold spore counts in indoor air.
If you would like your air ducts to be inspected for mold, make sure you hire an NADCA-certified inspector to take air and dirt samples in your air ducts and deliver those samples to a laboratory that specializes in mold testing.
If the laboratory detects an increased number of mold spores or mold formation, the NADCA-certified specialist can carry out appropriate cleaning with EPA-certified products as well as drying. He can also create a plan of action to prevent future mold growth in your air ducts.
Carolina Air Care has provided professional indoor air quality services in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson and the surrounding areas of Upstate, SC for more than 20 years. What started as a father-and-son business has grown into a thriving air quality company offering a wide range of services to identify, repair, and prevent problems that lead to poor air quality.