Your Home: Cleaning air ducts
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Spring is right around the corner, given the mild, snowless winter we've been having, some would say it's already here. That said, it's time for a fairly early edition of our spring cleaning segment here on "Your Home." If you have a forced air furnace or central air in your house you've got some duct work that needs to be cleaned. Especially if you've had smoke or fire damage.
DJ, Restoration Service Owner said, “Air duct systems get dirty for a lot of reasons. One reason is smoke, soot or water. When it gets into a house it penetrates the air ducts, keeping smoke and soot and mold in the duct work. Another way is just everyday use. All the dust and everything that's in a house stays in the house and just circulates through the forced air heat.”
Your system is equipped to scrub some of the particles out of the air and it's that filter that needs to be replaced regularly as well.
“It's not going to catch everything. The filter should be changed every four to six weeks,” said DJ.
Aside from changing the filter monthly, which is very easy to do, DJ says cleaning out all the duct work in your house isn't something you need to be doing every year...unless something happens that requires immediate attention.
DJ said, “Unless you have a sudden occurrence in your house of smoke damage or water damage, a fire, then you have to get a hold of someone like me to clean it immediately. I would recommend getting your ducts cleaned every other year.
But, keep this in mind, if you or any member of your family suffers from allergies or asthma, thorough cleaning of your duct work may need take place more frequently.
For more information on air ducts visit http://www.pfrs.com/.