Vent Cleaning in Kansas City
Air vent cleaning has been popularized as a solution for alleviating allergies and removing other airborne contaminants. While this may be true in certain circumstances, it is definitely not the case in many homes or businesses. A few simple steps and some basic indoor air quality knowledge are the only requirements needed to make an informed decision for your family or business.
Contamination levels vary greatly in ducting from light/none, to heavy dust, to mold growth. Light dust is nothing to be concerned about, according to the EPA. If mechanical components, such as the blower wheel, and/or evaporator coil, are impacted with debris, then the cleaning of said components will allow more air to flow through the ducting. This action provides an opportunity for previously deposited debris to be released in the ducting under the increased air flow. In this case, air duct cleaning may be recommended.
Visual inspection before duct cleaning
A visual inspection is the only way to verify whether air duct cleaning may prove useful. The air inspection system should not only include an internal inspection of the ducting, but the blower wheel (the fan that moves the air through your heating and air conditioning system), the plenums, and the evaporator coil.
Simply peering into the air duct from the register/vent opening will give you the least amount of information about the duct system contamination levels, and merely counting the number of register/vent openings will only lead to job price estimations, rather than initially identifying any real indoor air quality problems.
Quality inspections should include real pictures of the interior of your ducting. If the inspection reveals microbial growth inside the ducting, it should be replaced. The problem that created the environment for the mold growth will also need to be corrected, to prevent recurrence.
Knowledgeable Air Duct Cleaning Service
Sheet metal ducting: In most cases, there is no microbial growth in sheet metal ducting, as the galvanizing treatment to prevent rusting of the metal is a good antimicrobial surface. The exception, however, is when amounts of debris in the ducting build to significant levels and become breeding grounds, without contacting the sheet metal.
Flex duct: Most types of flex duct do not inhibit microbial growth, so replacements should be done if they are contaminated with mold.
Chemicals: Antimicrobial treatments will not correct the problem, nor resolve the issue short-term, and there are no registered products with the EPA that are considered sanitizers or disinfectants. The issue is with surface coverage, as no one can guarantee a 100 percent embodiment inside air ducts for complete sanitization.
Furthermore, antimicrobial chemicals cannot be applied to insulation or other porous materials, only non-porous surfaces. Last, the contractor applying the antimicrobial can also be restricted by state regulation. For example, the State of Texas requires a licensed air conditioning contractor to apply any antimicrobial into ducting; any other contractor applying an antimicrobial is in violation of state law.
Hire a professional for vent cleaning
The best choice a homeowner or business can make for the evaluation and cleaning of air duct systems is hiring professional duct cleaning services. The equipment must be unloaded, and the vents removed or sealed. Then the vent cleaning process starts, followed by the completion, by reinstalling registers. The equipment must then be loaded, and the air conditioning system turned on to verify it still operates. Hopefully the home’s air ducts are left in as good or better condition, upon completion. Its also a good idea to have your dryer vents checked at the time of service as well.