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Should You Get Your Ducts Cleaned?

The Answer is ‘Maybe’ for Your Brooklyn HVAC System

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Should you get your HVAC ducts cleaned? The answer might seem like a no-brainer, especially if you or a loved one suffers from allergies or asthma. Cleaner equals better, right? Not necessarily. While there are instances in which duct cleaning is the way to go, it’s not a fix for every indoor air quality problem. In some cases, it might even make matters worse.

The indoor air quality experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating want to make sure all our Brooklyn neighbors are breathing easy — and healthy. If you have concerns about the air in your home, we can perform an inspection and make recommendations that will actually help.

To Clean or Not to Clean

The Environmental Protection Agency published some recommendations about duct cleaning that you should consider before getting your ducts cleaned. A small or amount of dust or other particulate matter inside your air ducts has not been shown to pose health risks. However, there are some instances in which duct cleaning should be considered, including:

  • Substantial, visible mold growth inside ducts or other components of your HVAC system.
  • Ducts infested with vermin.
  • Excessive amounts of dust and debris that are visibly released into your home from registers.

In any of these cases, be sure to reach out to a licensed professional for inspection and remediation.

Other Solutions

Those with allergies and asthma can benefit greatly from other air cleaning technologies that can be added to your HVAC system. These include:

  • High-quality, HEPA air filters: We can recommend the best filter that will clean the air of tiny particles as it circulates through your home. You should inspect and change filters monthly.
  • Whole-home air cleaner: These systems add an extra layer of protection for the air in your home, catching particles too small for your furnace filter to grab.
  • Ultraviolet lamps: Installed inside the unit, these lamps inhibit bacteria and mold growth, sanitizing the air you breathe.

Find a Pro

Duct cleaning should be conducted by an experienced, licensed and certified professional, because a job done wrong can make your indoor air quality even worse, releasing dust and particles into your home that would have stayed put otherwise.

Our indoor air quality experts can inspect and test your HVAC system to make sure your air is the healthiest it can be. And if it’s not, we can recommend services or technologies that will really protect you and your family. If you would like to schedule an inspection, contact Petri Plumbing & Heating today.

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