Whether you are experiencing the allergies of springtime or whether you are faced with an excess of dust as you do your spring cleaning, the related sneezing can be annoying. As you attempt to gain control of the sneezing and watery eyes, there are some important HVAC issues to consider. Your indoor environment doesn’t provide a perfect haven from the outside pollen, and there are hidden parts of your HVAC system that may be harboring additional irritants and dirt.
Dirty Conditions in Your Air Ducts
Because your ductwork is out of view, you may not realize that the area can be very dirty. In fact, your shelves and ceiling fans provide a hint of the level of dirt hidden in your ducts. There are preventive measures that can be taken to limit the amount of dust in your airstream, but it’s important to realize that these measures won’t remove all dirt and debris from circulation. If you can see dirt collecting on your household fixtures, then you can reasonably conclude that a similar level may be found in your ducts.
A high-MERV air filter may help in reducing the dust moving through your home. However, air filters become less efficient as they become clogged with dirt. It’s important to make a change before your filter gets so dirty that it restricts the flow of air or buckles under the weight of the dust. Your filter’s main job is keeping dust out of your air handler, and a dirty filter can limit the performance of your equipment while allowing your ducts to become filthy as well.
Inspecting and Servicing Your Ductwork
Air duct cleaning is helpful for ensuring that the layers of material are removed. However, the dirty condition of your ducts can be amplified by issues like leaks, holes, rodents and mold. It’s important for your HVAC contractor to carefully inspect your ducts for these issues before providing cleaning services to ensure that the area remains as free of dirt as possible after the completion of the work. A remote camera may be used to explore conditions inside the ducts. Those ducts that are accessible in the attic or crawl space may also be examined from the exterior to check for leaks and other problems. If these issues are identified, they will need to be corrected prior to air duct cleaning.
Rotating brushes and extension equipment can be used to remove debris from the duct walls. Additionally, commercial vacuum equipment and HEPA filters will be used to withdraw loose dirt from the ducts. Your technician will cover furnishings and flooring with drop cloths to protect your home. Materials will be disposed of away from your home to limit the reintroduction of debris into your airstream.
Additional Indoor Air Quality Services
Your IAQ can be affected by issues like air leaks, poor ventilation and inadequate moisture control from your cooling system. Your sneezing may not resolve with duct cleaning alone, especially if any one of these other issues is serious. The team at Gartner Heating & Cooling is prepared to provide an assessment of conditions in your Wilmette IL home. We can also schedule a duct inspection and cleaning or seasonal system maintenance at your convenience. Call our customer service representatives today for an appointment.