While you're in the spring cleaning mode, it's important not to forget to check your air ducts and air filters too!
Air ducts get dirty quickly as indoor air pollutants and air-born dirt/dust are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated an average of 5 to 7 times per day. Over time, this recirculation causes a build-up of pollutants in the duct work.** Oddly enough, many homeowners don't consider air quality when thinking about preparing for spring or winter. However, air quality matters, especially if you have allergies and/or asthma. Additionally, poor air quality in your home can lead to other health issues. Below is a before and after photo of an air vent we cleaned up earlier this year. See all that dirt and dust in there!?
Also, here is the filter from our air duct cleaning machine that shows you all the dust, dirt, trash and YUCK that was removed from the same home shown above.
Not only do you want to remove these pollutants from the air you are breathing in but this build up is also hard on your air filters, furnace and air-conditioning unit. Which is why it is recommended to have your air ducts cleaned every three to five years.
As for your filters, as we recommended in our Do You Know the Air Quality of Your Home? blog post from earlier this year, it is vital to keep up to date with changing your filters. It is recommended that one-inch filters need to be changed monthly and four-inch filers changed every 3-6 months.
Another spring cleaning activity that will help prevent build-up in your your air ducts/filters and improve air quality is to consistently check the air filters in your vacuum cleaner. Dust, dirt and dander can build up in these filters and then recirculate into the air as you're cleaning. It is especially a good idea to clean these out before you start other spring cleaning activities that require the use of your vacuum!
Ready to improve the air quality of your home?
Start by getting your ducts cleaned.
Or need help with your deep-cleaning or other cleaning this spring?
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