Any house that has forced-air heating and/or central air conditioning will have a ductwork system. Supply ducts distribute conditioned air throughout the living space, while return ducts bring air back to a centrally located air handler where it can be reconditioned. Air duct cleaning is a popular service because cleaner ducts mean a cleaner supply of air inside the house.
Start with the air filter
If dust and bad odors are coming from the ductwork system, it’s important to determine the cause of this problem. Don’t simply resign yourself to an expensive ductwork cleaning service every year. To get started on a clean ductwork campaign, make sure to check the air filter on the furnace or air handler and replace it when the filter element is visibly dirty. It’s the air filter’s job to capture dust so that it doesn’t get into the ductwork system. Replacing the air filter when it becomes dirty will help to ensure effective dust capture.
Duct sealing ensures clean ductwork
Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that leaks in the ductwork system are a major cause of dirt and bad smells. When ductwork is installed as part of a house construction project, it’s a fairly sure bet that the ductwork system is clean. But any ductwork system will have hundreds of joints where different takeoffs, trunk lines, boots and other fittings meet each other. Every joint is a potential leak.
Leaky ductwork that runs in the attic, basement or crawl space (3 popular locations for ductwork) can suck air, dust, odors and moisture into the system from these areas. If you are smelling attic or crawl space odors in the main living areas of your home, leaky ducts are probably the primary cause of this indoor air pollution.
To stop duct leakage and put an end to dirty ductwork, you can have your ductwork system inspected, tested and then sealed by qualified professionals.
Duct sealing improves energy efficiency
By sealing leaky ducts, you’re eliminating the major cause of dirt and mold inside the ductwork system. But duct sealing has other benefits as well. A well-sealed ductwork system allows your heating and air conditioning systems to work at peak efficiency. Depending on the type of ductwork materials they’re dealing with, energy technicians use a variety of materials and techniques to seal ducts, including reinforced mastic, special tape and spray foam. Duct insulation may also be recommended after duct sealing, as an additional way to improve comfort and HVAC system efficiency after your air duct cleaning.
As the local certified Aeroseal professionals, we can investigate and located the hidden problem areas in your ducts. We’ll properly diagnose your system, providing you with a cost-effective, state of the art solution to your duct issues. Aeroseal seals up the leaks – and the wasted money and hazards of inefficient ductwork.
As a full-service heating and cooling provider, we provide expert repair and maintenance services for your heating and air conditioning system, as well as air duct cleaning.