What is air duct cleaning?

Air duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

Why clean air ducts?

Because they get dirty!

In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • pets
  • occupants with allergies or asthma
  • cigarette or cigar smoke
  • water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
  • home renovation or remodeling projects

Some occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.

What is the health risk behind a dirty air conditioning duct?
A clean air duct system prevents you from contracting diseases that might otherwise be easy pickings. It can also improve the musty smell that is sometimes evident with mold growth improving your overall atmosphere. And, finally, it will help decrease the amount of work that the air conditioning system needs to perform, therefore reducing your energy bills and ensuring a longer life for your ducts and air conditioning system.
Can I improve energy efficiency?
This dust build up can have a serious impact on the energy efficiency of your system. A dust build up within your HVAC system may also lead to a shortened life and decreased working efficiency. The same build up of allergens and other potential air pollutants mean that the HVAC system needs to work harder in order to be effective. The result is a greater wear and tear on the system that can only truly be prevented through effective and regular air duct cleaning.
How often should I have my duct checked?
Industry standards recommend that you have your air ducts inspected every 2 years for cleanliness. By having your air ducts cleaned regularly, you’ll help improve the indoor air quality in your home, and enhance the efficiency of your heating/cooling system, which may reduce energy bills.
How do I avoid the scams?
Homeowners should beware of “blow-and-go” air duct cleaning companies. These companies often charge a nominal fee and do a poor job of cleaning the heating and cooling system. These companies may also persuade a homeowner to pay for unneeded services with and/or without their permission.

Homeowners are told they have mold and other toxic substances in their HVAC systems – claims which are most likely false and used merely to extort money. Coupons and flyers advertising rock bottom prices on “whole house air duct cleaning” and “HVAC mold and soot removal” arrive in the mail daily for some households. If you have knowledge of a practicing “blow-and-go” air duct cleaner, contact your local Better Business Bureau to report the company.

Why do I need a UV light in my central air system?
The UV light installed in your central air system has several benefits. UV light kills mold that can thrive in the cool dark interior of the air system. This robs the system of efficiency and requires expensive cleanings with chemicals. UV light also sterilizes airborne bacteria, allergens, and odors which improves indoor air quality.

Choose Pure Air for your air duct cleaning services

If you're looking for quality air duct cleaning services in Fort Meade, MD., turn to Pure Air. We utilize industry-leading methods, advanced technology, and effective techniques. Our team of highly trained professionals has the knowledge and insight to tackle even the most stubborn build up. We carefully inspect the property before creating a customized cleaning plan including recommended actions and next steps.