Air Duct Contamination: Carpet Cleaning Castle Rock Co
Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts cleaned out in your home , finding to a good preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination.
To prevent bad air from entering the system:
Use the best efficient air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system.
If your filters become clogged, change them twice a year.
Be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.
When having your heating and cooling system cleaned or checked for other reasons, be sure to ask the TLC Carpet Care's tech service provider to clean cooling coils and drain pans.
During construction or renovation work that produces dust in your home, cover all supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust.
Vacuum dust and vacuum your home regularly. (Use a high efficiency vacuum (HEPA) cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming you're carpets can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts).
If your heating system includes in-duct humidification equipment, be sure to clean and maintain the humidifier strictly as recommended by the manufacturer.
Whether of not you choose to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, committing to TLC Carpet Care's preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination.
To prevent ducts from becoming wet:
Moisture should not be in your ducts. Avoiding moisture is the most effective way to prevent biological growth and mold in air ducts.
Moisture can enter the duct system through leaks or if the system has been improperly installed or serviced. Research suggests that condensation (which occurs when a surface temperature is lower than the dew point temperature of the surrounding air) on or near cooling coils of air conditioning units is a major factor in moisture contamination of the system. The presence of condensation or high relative humidity is an important indicator of the potential for mold growth on any type of duct. Controlling moisture can often be difficult, but here are some steps you can take:
Promptly and properly change any leaks or water damage.
Make sure you particular attention to cooling coils, which are designed to collect water from the air and can be a major type of moisture contamination of the system that can lead to mold growth. Make sure the condensate pan drains properly. The presence of substantial standing water and/or debris indicates a problem requiring immediate repair. Check any insulation near cooling coils for wet spots.
Make sure your ducts are professionally sealed and insulated in all non-air-conditioned spaces (e.g., attics and crawl spaces). This maintenance will help to prevent moisture due to condensation from entering the ducts and is crucial to make the system work as intended. To prevent water condensation, the heating and cooling system must be professionally insulated.
If you are replacing your air conditioning system, make sure that the unit is the proper measured for your needs and that all ducts are sealed at the joints. A unit that is too big will cycle on and off frequently, resulting in poor moisture removal, particularly in areas with high humidity. Also make sure that your new system is designed to manage condensation effectively.
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