Keeping your furnace, ducts and vents clean is very important. In recent years, the number of people suffering from allergies is on the rise. While no one has determined the entire reason for this, part of the cause is thought to be that our houses are now built much more tightly which limits the flow of indoor and outdoor air. Dirt, dust, lint and other particles can build up in your furnace system and can create the perfect environment for bacteria and allergens. Since your furnace circulates the majority of the air in your home, every time your furnace is on it can be distributing these allergens. In this article we'll discuss a few things you can do to maintain clean ducts and furnace vents.
Furnace Vent and Duct Cleaning
The best option by far is to call out a cleaning professional. Often times HVAC installation companies will also service furnace vents and ducts, or they can at least provide a solid recommendation for a local service professional in your area. A qualified cleaning company should have the right equipment for the job. Most use a high powered vacuum, sometimes called a hypervac that can put enough pressure on the system to completely clean it out.
When interviewing companies ask what services they provide, and what things they won't be doing. Ask for references. Some service companies also warranty their work so be sure to ask about their after-care policy. If you do call in a company to assist you with cleaning your vents, it will most likely be worth it to have your whole house duct system cleaned at the same time. Ask to see if they have a discount for having a full service cleaning performed that includes the furnace, vents and ducts in the entire house. Don't forget the dryer exhaust vents too!
Replacing Your Furnace Vents
Occasionally it makes more sense to have a furnace vent replaced. If a vent wasn't installed properly it can be exposed to outside moisture which can cause it to rust or corrode over time. Depending on the extent of the damage you can repair it yourself, or you may need to call in a licensed HVAC repair company to assist with the replacement.
The quality of the air you breathe is crucial for optimal health. Make furnace vent and duct cleaning a part of your regular maintenance schedule. While it doesn't need to be done every year, it is recommended that you have them cleaned every 3 years or so. Have them cleaned more often if someone in your household has allergies or if you have cats or dogs – particularly long-haired breeds. By reducing the number of contaminants circulating in your home you will reduce the likelihood of an allergy outbreak and enjoy healthier living.