Hazardous Air Ducts
Some air ducts are dangerous to clean due to the materials used to construct them.
Well into the 1960s, asbestos was a common building material used to construct air ducts. Now, exposure to asbestos is known to cause the terminal cancer mesothelioma. You should not attempt to clean any air ducts that may contain asbestos. This can release asbestos into the air, which can pose severe risks to you and your family. Contact a qualified contractor to assess your air duct for asbestos.
Air duct liners and air duct boards are fiberglass. This material has strict cleaning standards governed by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association. As a result, only a qualified professional can clean these materials.
Signs of Dirty Air Ducts
Even if your air ducts are not made of hazardous materials, you should only clean them as a last resort. You should always get them checked by a professional first. There are a few situations in which a professional would recommend air duct cleaning:
- If you have visible signs of mold on your air ducts or other areas of your HVAC system
- If debris is severely clogging your air ducts
- If your air ducts have a pest infestation
The best way to avoid having to clean your air ducts is to prevent grime and debris from getting into them in the first place. Regulating your air ducts’ moisture, dirt, and dust exposure will help keep them clean. There are several ways you can do this:
- Always repair any leaks or water damage in your HVAC system.
- Make sure your air ducts have proper insulation and always keep them sealed.
- Use a high-efficiency air filter to keep dust out of your ducts.
- Vacuum your home regularly to reduce the amount of dust in your air ducts.
- Regularly check your condensation pans to make sure your system is draining properly.
When in Doubt, Call a Professional
Do you have a feeling that you need to clean your air ducts, but you’re worried about your safety? You are not alone. When in doubt about the health of your air ducts, call a professional for assistance. Professionals have the tools and safety equipment necessary to combat dangerous toxins, including mold and asbestos.
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