As a complement to our work cleaning and inspecting chimneys at American Chimney & Masonry, we also clean air ducts and dryer ducts for our customers in Portland, Oregon.
Chimney cleaning and duct cleaning have a lot in common in that we use similar tools, including high-powered vacuum cleaners, rotating brushes, and closed-circuit cameras, to perform both services. We love knowing that both services leave our customers homes safer, so that they can breathe easier and enjoy their homes more.
Can Air Duct Cleaning Help My Allergies?
Many of our customers come to us for air duct cleaning as a solution to their allergies, or for relief from other diseases such as Legionnaire’s and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Our city has actually been named one of the Top 5 best cities for allergies, but many of our residents are still desperate for relief, especially relief that doesn’t necessarily come in the form of medication.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, [air duct] components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.”
Though there is no conclusive evidence that air duct cleaning noticeably alleviates allergies, we have had glowing reports back from customers for whom we’ve cleaned ducts. These good results make perfect sense, as a dirty system will constantly pump germs and bacteria into your living space, whereas a clean system gives you a breath of fresh, purified air.
Finally, there’s an added benefit of air duct cleaning: a clean system will run more efficiently and may save you as much as 20 percent on your energy expenditures.
The important thing is to make sure that you hire a qualified professional to thoroughly clean your heating and cooling system. This professional should clean every single component of your system, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, coils, drip pans, fan motor and fan housing, and air handling unit housing. If a system is not completely cleaned, the dirty component can re-contaminate the rest of the system, voiding any benefits.
To learn more about air duct cleaning, contact American Chimney & Masonry.