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Why Should I Clean My Ducts?
Dirty air ducts have been identified as a major source of indoor air pollution. Your air duct
system is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, mold mildew, fungi, and other health
Will My House Be Less Dusty?
YES. The inside of your duct work is the equivalent of an extra room in your home that never
gets dusted or vacuumed. When the furnace or A/C fan turns on, dust from the duct work
gets churned up and blown into the rest of your home.
Will This Help My Allergies?
Perhaps. Most people are allergic to dust mite waste. Dust mites feed
on the debris found in duct work. Remove the debris and you
remove their food. Also, by greatly reducing particulate debris in
your ducts, there are less particles in the air to aggravate people with respiratory illness.
I Live In a New Home, Do I Still Need Your Services?
Absolutely! Almost half of our work is done in homes that are less than 5 years old. During
construction, the duct work is wide open and the air handler is running many times without a
filter. During this time construction debris such as plaster, drywall, wood dust, insects, and
insulation are accumulated in the duct work.
Dirty Ducts Can Make a Home
A faint odor permeates the house, but the source cannot be found; the children’s allergies are
a bit worse this year; an elderly relative’s respiratory problems seem to flare after visiting. It’s
not a noxious gas or a perilous pathogen, but what may be causing any of the above
scenarios is dirty duct work.
More precisely, a buildup of dust, mold, building material particles, or even an abandoned
sandwich may be the problem. Fortunately, air duct cleaning services exist. “You’d be
surprised at what we see “ said Sam Hughes who works for Cherokee Carpet & Air Duct
Cleaning. “Especially in newer homes, we find potato salad or sandwiches that the workmen
had left.” With the proliferation of central heating and air condition systems in today’s homes
and businesses, there are fewer reasons and opportunities to open the windows and let the air
circulate. Fibers, dust, gases, pet dander, and air just stay there. This all goes back to the
energy crunch of the ‘70s, when they built houses tightly sealed with insulated windows to cut
down on heating and cooling costs, but then you don’t have the turnover of fresh outdoor air.
Your home is efficient, but you pay a price in your health. Allergists agree that central heat
and air are good systems but they need to be maintained and people don’t understand that is
part of moving into a nice new home. There is a lot more maintenance involved. There has
been a rise in the number of allergy-related respiratory cases in the past decade. Duct
cleaning can be done while the family is at home or employees are in the office. Cherokee
uses a cleaning system that involves a high pressure air wash that loosens debris, combined
with a high volume vacuum that sucks the dirty air into a filter. The Abatement Technologies
HEPA Air 2500 Portable vacuum used operates at 2500 cubic feet per minute and sends the
debris laden air from the ducts through a High Efficiency Particulate Air HEPA Filter.
The history of the HEPA filter goes back to the making and testing of the atomic bomb. They
needed a filter that would prevent dangerous particles from getting to people. HEPA filters
are also used for asbestos removal. The fine filter makes eradicating pet dander, dust, and
anything else that may be inhabiting the duct work easy to do. The benefits are unbelievable.
Odors are gone and you notice you are sneezing less. Customers have the opportunity of
examining the contents of the filter pouch in hopes of finding lost treasures or at least gawk at
the former residents of their air ducts. What are the signs that the duct work needs to be
cleaned? Well, one is visible dirt at the register returns and another is simply the age of the
duct work. If the house is over 3 to 4 years old there is a need. Another reason to have duct
work cleaned is if recently there has been extensive remodeling or painting which cause an
increased burden of particles in the air system. Duct cleaning can be done any time of the
year for people with allergies. The normal cleaning and sanitizing process can be done in one
day in most cases. The size of the house or the building would, of course, impact cleaning
time. After the initial cleaning, the process should be repeated every five years to minimize
the contaminants in the air system, thus allowing everyone to breathe easier.
1. Cherokee will perform an on-site evaluation and an estimate is given based on the amount
of duct work in the structure.
2. A one or two-man cleaning crew will come to your home or business and cut an access
panel in the duct work where the vacuum will be attached. “We attach the vacuum to the air-
handling side of the unit, seal off the registers in the immediate area and pull each register
and push debris into the main trunk lines” says Matt Middleton of Cherokee Carpet & Air Duct
3. Next, the cleaning of the duct work begins. A high pressure air
wash that moves debris with 165 to 190 pounds per square inch
(psi) blast is used. If the dirt is really stuck on, brushes will be run
through to loosen it first.
4. The debris-laden air is sucked into the vacuum at 2,500 cubic
feet per minute (cfm) which contains a HEPA filter. Caught in the
filter will be the mold, dust, dander and treasures that have been residing in the air system.
You have to have someone who is very compulsive about what they are doing, making sure
all of the routes of the system are cleaned. Allergists say that the cleaning process shouldn’t
pose any problems for people with respiratory problems.
After the cleaning, the duct work is sanitized with a Conditioner Biocide. The compound is
sprayed into the duct work. It is used to kill bacteria and mold which may have been growing
undetected. When we do sanitizing it is contained within the duct work.
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