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5 Signs You Need Duct Cleaning

Your duct system is a major part of your HVAC in St Paul. It generally consists of a series of connected tubes that distribute cooled or heated air to the rooms in your house. However, your ducts need regular attention to make sure they stay clean, allowing them to do their job correctly. While the Environmental Protection Agency suggests that you get your ducts cleaned on an as-needed basis, it can be difficult to know how often that will be. Here are 5 signs that it may be time to have your ducts cleaned.

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5 Ways to Relieve Allergies Inside Your Home

dust mitesAllergies can be hard to deal with especially when they bother you in your own home. Here are some ways you can try to combat the dust, dirt, and dander that aggravate your allergies:

1. Control the Humidity in Your House Humidity breeds dust mites and mold. By maintaining the temperature in your house, it will help keep the humidity under control. You could also try a digital thermostat like the iComfort  http://www.callapollo.com/thermostats/, which can help you optimize the performance of your system.

2. Create a Weekly Cleaning Routine It is important to keep your house clean. The more the dust and mold builds up the worse your allergies become. Washing your sheets and curtains frequently can help too. Include in that routine a time to replace your filter. For allergy sufferers, Healthy Climate Replacement air filters are often recommended. Healthy Climate® air filters (link: http://www.callapollo.com/products/healthy-climate-replacement-air-filters/) come in a variety of efficiencies to meet your needs. By removing dust and other particles, these filters improve quality of the air and help your HVAC system perform at peak efficiency.

3. Switch to Hardwood Floors If your allergies are severe, it might not be a bad idea to make a flooring switch. Carpets can hold on to dirt and dust, which can aggravate your allergies.

4. Get Your Air Ducts Professionally Cleaned You would be surprised what your air ducts look like inside. Getting them cleaned can make a huge difference for those with allergies. Call Apollo at 651-770-0603 or click here to get your appointment scheduled. http://www.callapollo.com/schedule-an-appointment

5. Get Rid of Pests Pests like cockroaches, mice, and even those pesky box elder bugs create a problem for those with allergies. Try to remove them with products from your local home store or if it is a large problem call your local extermination service. Once the problem has been taken care of, remember to close off any possible entryways. These 5 tips will help you keep your home a place that won’t aggravate your allergies!

Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

Ideally, a homeowner should have his or her air ducts cleaned every two to five years. People who have pets, who smoke or who believe that their ducts have unusual amounts of dust or mold should have their ducts cleaned out even more often. Ducts should certainly be cleaned out if the homeowner believes that they harbor vermin.

Air ducts should be cleaned by an HVAC, or heating, ventilation and air conditioning professional. The professional can be the same contractor who installed the homeowner’s HVAC system, but if he’s not available, the homeowner might need to vet a short list of HVAC contractors before choosing one. The contractor needs to be licensed, bonded, insured and have experience in cleaning air ducts. This not only means the ducts themselves but heat exchangers, drip pans, heating and cooling elements, grilles, fans and registers. The contractor should also be a certified member of an organization like the National Air Duct Cleaners Association.

Some contractors will want to use a biocide in the ductwork to kill mold and pathogens. Generally, this isn’t necessary unless the infestation of mold and fungi is fairly severe. The customer should have the contractor explain exactly why a biocide is necessary to clean the ducts.

Besides being licensed and certified, the contractor will need to inspect the system to make sure that the cleaning won’t disturb hazardous substances like asbestos. He should use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and protect furniture, carpets and the ductwork itself. When the job is done, he should be able to show the customer what he did to clean the ductwork. All fans, coils, fins, drain pans and blades should look clean to the customer and all should have been securely replaced. After this, the HVAC system should work properly during both the heating and the cooling seasons.

 

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