14 Mar Spring Housekeeping – Don’t Forget Air Duct and Dryer Vent Cleaning
Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to get started on your spring cleaning to-do list. The whole purpose of this undertaking is to clean away all the dust and debris that accumulates over the winter. However, there are some cleaning tasks that are often overlooked – air duct and dryer vent cleaning. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is because these are typically not DIY tasks. The other and probably most common reason is that many homeowners don’t truly understand the benefits these cleaning tasks provide.
Air Duct Cleaning Benefits
Air duct cleaning is the removal of dust and contaminants that have accumulated in your home’s ductwork. All of the air in your home circulates through the ductwork, so whatever is in the ductwork is also in your home’s air. Air duct cleaning can provide your family and home with multiple benefits.
Keeps Your Home Cleaner
When you have your air ducts cleaned professionally, powerful vacuums are used to remove dust and debris. Without cleaning, that dust and debris would circulate through your home and collect on all your home’s surfaces. Air duct cleaning can help reduce the amount of work necessary to keep your home clean and dust free.
Reduces Contaminants and Allergens
Dust and debris aren’t the only things lurking in your air ducts. Mold, mildew, pollen, pet dander and bacteria can also be found in your home’s air ducts. Left unattended, these will be carried throughout your home with your heating and air conditioning. This can be particularly problematic for those who have allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions. Having your air ducts cleaned regularly will create a healthier environment for everyone in your household.
Removes Unpleasant Odors
The dust and debris particles in your air ducts also absorb odors and hold on to them. When those particles are circulated through your home, they carry those odors with them. Those accumulated odors from cooking, cleaning products, tobacco use and more can leave your home with an unpleasant and unwelcoming smell. Removing those particles and the odors that cling to them will leave your home smelling fresh and clean.
Improved Energy Efficiency
Not only can the build-up of dust and debris impact your home’s environment, but it also can reduce your home’s energy efficiency. The build-up can restrict the air flow of your heating and air conditioning causing them to work harder. The will result in higher energy costs and increase wear and tear on your heating and cooling systems. Air duct cleaning can allow your system to provide peak performance and maximum efficiency.
Dryer Vent Cleaning Benefits
Dryer vent cleaning is another often overlooked spring cleaning task. Your dryer creates a lot of dust and lint. Some of this is caught by the lint trap. The rest is vented out the back of the dryer through an exhaust hose to the outside along with heat and moisture. This can be a recipe for mold, mildew, and allergens impacting your home’s environment. The moisture can cause the lint to stick to the interior of the exhaust hose and build up.
Dryer vent cleaning provides many benefits similar to air duct cleaning. In addition to improving performance and reducing energy efficiency, dryer vent cleaning can help protect your home and family from potentially devastating and life-threatening circumstances.
Health and Fire Safety
As lint builds up in the dryer vent and exhaust hose, the dryer will no longer vent properly. This creates a couple of safety hazards. The first is the potential for fire. The heat leaving the dryer can ignite the lint build and start a fire. According to FEMA , 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Neglecting dryer vent cleaning accounts for 34 percent and tops the list for causes of home dryer fires.
If you have a gas dryer, neglecting vent cleaning poses an additional safety hazard – carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. If the dryer vent and exhaust hose become clogged, the dryer fumes will not vent properly. If these fumes back up and build up in your home, your family is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. It is crucial to keep your dryer vent clean and professional cleaning is the best way to ensure your dryer will vent properly and safely.
Professional Air Duct and Dryer Vent Cleaning
Always Immaculate Carpets and Upholstery has been well established for over 25 years of continuous service. Our team has truly seen it all, and are prepared to help you tackle any HVAC concerns you may come across. If you feel as though you are in need of professional air duct and dry vent cleaning, reach out to Always Immaculate today! A member of our expert team will be happy to schedule a consultation and recommend the best air duct and dryer vent cleaning solution for your home.