Construction debris can and will affect your air quality as it builds up in your ventilation system. If you have a brand new home, you’re right; no one “lived” in the house before you, at least not in the way your defining “live”. And no, I didn’t get that line from our past president. What I mean is, of course no one slept or showered or cooked, but believe me, the construction workers that built your home did work and “live” in it before you did. The best way to explain what I mean is by sharing a short story with you. Oh, by the way, I promise you that every story I tell you is the honest to goodness truth. I won’t share it with you unless I have personally experienced it myself.
One of my technicians and myself were cleaning the air ducts of a brand spanking new house. I mean you could still smell the fresh paint and the newly laid carpeting. Anyway, at the beginning of the process the owner mentioned to me that she wasn’t getting any air flow from the supply floor vent in her daughter’s bedroom. So I pulled the vent out and reached my hand in to investigate. To both our shock and surprise, the first thing I pulled out was two pieces of scrap electrical piping! Then a belt of nails for a nail gun! Then an opened bag of those orange cheese puffs! And finally, the other half of a partially eaten sandwich, still in the baggie!
Now I’m not saying that every single new house should have the ducts cleaned. But what I am saying is that just because a house is brand new, it doesn’t mean that the ducts are spotless. Many times it’s quite the opposite! There are literally dozens of opportunities during building, or remodeling, for a duct system to get contaminated. Empty cigarette packs, cigarette butts, screws, saw dust, tile dust/grout, pop cans, beer cans, dead mice, tile pieces, various wrappers, and mounds of drywall dust are just a few of the items we’ve pulled out of newly built homes. Wow, with all the building that’s been going on lately, think about all the homes that have never had their ducts cleaned. What about yours?
“Ma’am, did you used to have a cat?”
No, I’m not kidding. Believe it or not, we were at a home doing a cleaning when what looked like an old gray dried up dish towel caught my tech’s attention. But to his utter disgust it turned out to be something quite different. Just as he pulled it out of the bottom of the duct work, he realized that dirty, dried up dish towel had legs!! It was actually the remains of a long lost cat who had mysteriously disappeared some years back. If you find this hard to believe, I don’t blame you. It’s hard for me sometimes. But if you’d like to see a list of some of the crud we’ve pulled out of air duct systems thus far, see the list I included with this report. Like I said earlier, you may never think about your duct system in the same way again. Do you know where your pets are?
Do you know the best way to grow mushrooms or other related fungi?
I’ll give you a hint – you have to have a dark, warm, damp place. And the fungus, mold, or bacteria has to have some sort of food source to feed on, preferably organic. You know, like maybe “dead skin flakes”, dust mite droppings or even a dead mouse. Do you know a place like this? If you guessed the inside of a duct system, you win the golden mushroom award! Many times air ducts can provide the ideal circumstances for mold, fungus and bacteria to flourish. Even the EPA, you know, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in their free guide, The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality, says,
“Contaminated central air handling systems can become breeding
grounds for mold, mildew, and other sources of biological contaminants
and then distribute these contaminants through the home.”
EPA: The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality
Especially if you have a humidifier attached to the furnace or some of, or maybe all of your duct work is in a moist basement, a crawl space, or built into the ground on a slab. Now don’t forget, every time your furnace runs, the air you and your family breathes is passing through that, let’s just say, less than clean, duct system. Remember, I told you it was going to be gruesome. I hope you’re getting through this report without gaging or gasping for cleaner air! Please note, air duct cleaning can get rid of mold spores in ductwork, but the fact that mold is growing or there are mold spores in the first place indicates some sort of moisture problem that needs to be corrected by a restoration specialist or heating contractor. Indoor Air, does not fix anything related to your heating/cooling system or correct any moisture problems, nor do we guarantee that having your air ducts cleaned will provide a solution to an existing mold problem.
“Dirty” ducts could be making your home unbreathable!
Before we go any further, let me make something clear. Your duct system is not the problem. It’s just doing what it was designed to do. And that’s to deliver air from various rooms of the house, to the furnace/AC, where the air is either heated or cooled, then transport that air back to the various rooms again. The problem, or should I say; the source of the problem, is all the contaminants that get sucked in, and blown through that duct work. All the dirt in those ducts could be contributing to allergy and/or flu-like symptoms such as: sneezing, watery eyes, headache, coughing, shortness of breath, and even general fatigue, to mention only a few. And the sad thing is, it could be affecting the people we love most– children and older people. Why? Because a) their the ones that spend most of their time inside. And b) because their lungs are generally more sensitive. That’s why you want to get the ducts cleaned. Not because your air ducts are the problem, but because of what might be in the air ducts that could be causing the problems. Make sense? I hope so.
If you would like a copy of that EPA guide I mentioned earlier, you could call the EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse at 800-438-4318. I think this is an excellent source of information and I really urge you to get your free copy. It’ll explain all the things you can do to make your home a healthier, safer place to breathe.
So now that I’ve thoroughly grossed you out, let me reveal what air duct cleaning WON’T do!
That’s right, what it won’t do! I don’t know about you, but I like straight talk, especially when it comes to my family and my hard earned greenbacks. I hope you do too, because that’s what I built my company, Indoor Air on– straight talk. Air duct cleaning is not the end-all, cure-all solution to all your air quality problems. And don’t let anyone try to tell you it is. And I can’t promise to pull a half-eaten sandwich out of your duct work either. But I will promise that having your air ducts properly cleaned by Indoor Air is definitely a step in the right direction towards maintaining a cleaner, healthier home for your family and yourself.
Sorry, but a clean duct won’t pass the white glove test.
Let me give you a bit more of that straight talk stuff; you will never be able to eat off your duct work or expect it to pass a white glove test. That’s just not being realistic. As thorough as we are, a duct cleaning is not a duct washing. Duct cleaning does not involve a garden hose, soap, and a sponge. The goal of a good air duct cleaner is to get a duct system as clean as that duct system allows itself to be. Now if this sounds like double talk, just give me a second to explain.
Let’s say for example your house is thirty five years old and the ducts have never been cleaned. The couple who lived there before you had a dog and both people smoked. I guarantee this would be one filthy system! Anyway, if you had this system cleaned and then took your finger and rubbed the inside of the duct, your finger would have some dirt on it. But the system would technically be clean, because it would not have the pounds of germ-laden, cigarette smelling, dog hair shedding, skin flake coating, brown, fluffy dust that once inhabited the thousands of square inches of this duct system. Make sense? Great! To see exactly what I mean check out some of the pictures on our website at www.180066DUCTS.com.
“OK. since we’re talkin’ straight, what WILL having my air ducts cleaned by Indoor Air do for my family and me?”
I’m glad you asked, because there are many real benefits to having your ducts cleaned properly. Here are some results I think you can live with:
• You and your family will enjoy a cleaner environment. If there’s dust, dirt and debris in your ducts, and you have that dust, dirt and debris removed properly, your home will be cleaner. It’s that simple.
• You will reduce the amount of dust in your home. Most people discover that after getting their ducts cleaned, they’re not dust- ing as often. Most people like this.
• You’ll be helping to prevent mechanical breakdowns. I’m not saying your furnace will never need repair, but many breakdowns can be attributed to a dirty system.
• You can help lower your energy bills. Duct cleaning can improve air flow allowing your system to run more efficiently.
And by choosing Indoor Air…
• You’ll be choosing a company recommended by heating contractors, allergists, doctors, environmentalists and especially our thousands of already satisfied customers!
• You’ll get your ducts cleaned by some of the best trained, most knowledgeable technicians in the field.
• We’ll always leave your home and furnishings in the same way we found them, minus the dirt of course.
• Because we respect your home, all of our technicians wear shoe covers to help keep your house clean.
• You can deal with confidence because we don’t sell, service or repair anything relating to your furnaces or air conditioning systems. We specialize only in the art and practice of air duct cleaning
• We offer one of the strongest guarantees in the market and it’s in writing on every receipt.
• You’ll “breathe easy” knowing that the job was done properly.
The carpet-baggers and snake oil salesmen
Sadly as with all industries, there are companies out there that want to rip you off. The only thing they’re interested in cleaning, is the money out of your pocket. Knowing what you’re getting, especially when it comes to duct cleaning, can save you hard earned money, a dirty house, a huge headache, and a bad opinion of my industry. I mean would you believe that some companies actually clean air ducts with leaf blowers? Many of these companies grease the gears of their flim-flam machine with your hard earned money, preying on you, the customer, like a predator in the wild. They make me furious! They will lie, cheat and say anything, so beware!
Cleaning air ducts with leaf blowers is like performing surgery with a chain saw!
It’s definitely going to be messy, probably painful and there’s no clue to the outcome. There are quite a few companies out there using these devices to clean air ducts. You know what I’m talking about, you might even have one in your garage. If you ever used one, you know that it’s not something you want to let loose inside your house. By choosing a company that uses this method, you get the privilege of paying someone to turn your home into a dust bowl. I do not endorse this method of air duct cleaning. I’ve tested it myself and it stinks. That’s all I have to say about that.
Hope this helps you get a better idea of what duct cleaning is. And that there are some, disturbingly real, reasons to have your air ducts cleaned. But only if it’s done the right way by Indoor Air, Inc. If you’d like a professional cleaning performed by a professional company, give us a call today at 1-800-66-DUCTS (1-800-663-8287)!
Just Some of the Stuff We’ve Pulled Out of Ductwork Over the Years: