I change my air filter regularly. Isn’t that all I need to do?
Changing your air filter at regular intervals is a very good thing to do, but by itself won’t keep your ductwork clean of dust, pollen and other particulates that can build up over time.
How do my ducts get dirty?
During construction, it’s common for the ductwork to be open and the HVAC fans to be running, which allow the dust and debris of construction to get into the ducts. Dust, pollen and other pollutants can be drawn into your ductwork if your ductwork is not properly sealed. Some dust can drift into the vents when the HVAC isn’t running.
How do I know my ducts need cleaning?
Most homes should be cleaned at least every three to five years, more often if you live in a very dusty area or have a smoker in the home. The Better Heating-Cooling Council recommends that ductwork be cleaned once a year.
Some signs of dirty ductwork include a puff of dust from the vents when the HVAC unit is turned on, a dusty smell while the unit is running, or excessive dust accumulation in your home despite frequent cleaning. Also, if there is someone in your home who suffers from a respiratory illness such as asthma or allergies who seems to have excessive difficulty with their symptoms, this can be a sign of pollutant build-up in your ducts.
Why should I bother having my ductwork cleaned?
Dirty ductwork is a major contributor to indoor air pollution. In some cases, the air inside your house may be up to 70 times as polluted as the air outside. Some Allergists estimate that 50% of illnesses may be worsened by dirty indoor air, especially respiratory illness. Dirty ducts also make it harder for your HVAC system to efficiently move air throughout your home, which increases your energy bill.
What is involved in a ductwork cleaning?
A Solar Bear technician will need access to your home, attic or crawlspace—wherever there are vents or ducts. The technician will clean and inspect each vent as well as the supply and return registers, vacuum out the dust and other pollutants in the ducts, then sanitize the ducts with an EPA-approved disinfectant. The technician will also inspect your ductwork, straighten out any kinked flexible ducts, and repair or replace the insulation at needed areas.
Typically, an average home can be serviced for duct cleaning in between two and four hours. It’s not generally necessary for you to leave the home, just be aware that the technician will be working inside at various times and places to ensure that all of the duct system is cleaned.
How much does it cost?
To receive a quote for your home, either submit a request online above, or call:
602 LUV BEAR
Remember, NOBODY CARES like the BEAR!