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Air Duct Cleaning San Jose

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is essential to a having a healthy home. A heating and cooling system’s air ducts that have not been cleaned can accumulate not only dust, but mites, pollen, mildew, and more. especially if the system’s air filter isn’t adequate or has not been changed at the appropriate frequency. These contaminants are pushed into your home and into your lungs.

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How bad is having dirty air ducts?

Dirty air vents can cause minor to major issues to your health. They can:

  • Cause respiratory and sinus infections worse. Signs that there may be allergens and contaminants in your indoor air include family members having more frequent coughing, sneezing, runny noses, sore throats, and headaches. Lower respiratory infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis also may occur.
  • Make pre-existing conditions like allergies, asthma, and other pulmonary conditions worse. The allergens circulating through the home through the air ducts, into the return vents, and out through the ducts again cause a person’s allergic reactions to be greater in severity and longer.
  • Cause dry, itchy skin. Mold or mildew in the air can lead to skin issues like rashes and eczema or make them worse if you already have them.
  • Cause you to feel fatigued. Allergens, bacteria, and viruses blown through your air ducts can cause your immune system to work harder to fight off these foreign bodies and you may feel more tired and unwell than usual. 
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Increase efficiency and save money

Your HVAC system (furnace/air conditioner) is constantly sucking air through its system, collecting dirt and dust through its system. The system works by pulling air through an intake, cooling or heating it, and pushing air through the air ducts with a motorized blower. It recycles air over and over again by sucking air through the return.
 
However, if there are problems with the intake and/or return air filter or damage in the duct work, dirt and dust and other contaminants can be pulled into your air ducts. As this dirt and other debris accumulates in the air ducts, physical resistance increases, reducing the airflow rate of your system and subsequently makes your HVAC system work harder to push air through the ducts and through the vents.
 
If you haven’t had a thorough air duct cleaning in a while, you’ll notice a difference in your comfort and the efficiency of your system. 

Have a cleaner home

Less dust circulating in the air means less cleaning in your home. By starting fresh with clean air ducts and by maintaining your system (replacing your air filter regularly), you can substantially reduce the amount of dust that is blown back into your home. That’s less dust you’ll have to wipe off your window sills and tables.

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When should I absolutely have my air ducts cleaned?

While the dirt, debris, and pollen in air ducts may not pose any problems to some, there are some situations in which one should absolutely have it done:
  • There is substantial mold growth in the duct system. Inhalation of old is particularly dangerous to those with a compromised immune system, such as the elderly, infants and small kids, and pets, for example. You’ll also want experts to inspect your whole system for evidence of mold growth.
  • There is or was an infestation of insects or rodents. Rodent feces can contain pathogens such as hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, and salmonella. When rodent feces dry out, they crumble, being very susceptible to becoming dust. This becomes a hazard when your HVAC system turns on and blows the dust through your vents and into your home. Of course, you’ll want experts to inspect your attic and take care of the root problems, getting rid of the rodents and installing rodent proofing.
  • If you’ve had work done in your home but the air vents weren’t covered. Construction and remodeling inside your home, especially when it involves wood and drywall, can generate copious amounts of dust and debris. If your air vents were not sealed during the project, it’s likely you’ve got a lot of dust in your ducts ready to be blown right back out. 
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Dryer Vent Cleaning San Jose

Why should I have my dryer vent cleaned?

A dryer vent needs to be cleaned of lint buildup regularly for many reasons, including reducing the risk of fire and saving you money with increased dryer efficiency. Below are the top reasons to have them cleaned. 

Reduce the risk of a fire hazard

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported every year. It causes about 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property damages and loss. They state that 34% of home clothes dryer fires are caused by neglecting to clean the dryer vent. By far, this is the #1 reason to have your dryer vent cleaned regularly.

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Reduce drying times

If you notice that the time it takes for your dryer to dry your clothes has increased substantially, the cause may be either the dryer itself (broken thermostat or heating element, for example) or there is so much lint buildup in the dryer or the dryer vent that it cannot exhaust the hot, moist air properly. If it’s determined that it’s not your dryer, then it’s likely there is obstruction in your dryer vent.

Increase the length of dryer system life and save money!

By cleaning the dryer vent, you will reduce drying times, thus preventing your dryer from working longer and harder than it should. This saves you money on both your electrical bill and will also increase the life of your dryer so you don’t have to replace it as frequently. 

Signs and Symptoms that it's time to clean your dryer vent

Your clothes and the dryer are very hot to touch

Before the end of your drying cycle, your dryer should be cooling down your clothes so it’s not hot when you take them out. If they’re hot, this may mean that your dryer can’t exhaust the hot air properly and it’s staying in the dryer.

Your clothes take very long to dry

When your vent is clogged by lint, the vent can’t exhaust the hot, moist air. You’ll notice that your clothes aren’t completely dry at the end of the cycle.

You notice a smell of something burning

Lint can collect not only in your dryer vent but also inside the dryer and lint trap. Lint is flammable so if you notice a burning smell after turning on your dryer, stop it immediately and have your dryer and vent inspected before using it again.

Vent flap is stuck 

If your dryer vent is set up to exhaust out horizontally through the side of your house, chances are you have an exhaust vent flap. In a clog-free system and vent, this flap should open to allow the hot, moist air from your dryer to escape your home. It closes when there’s no exhaust. If it doesn’t open properly or stays closed, you may have blockage in the vent prevent a full flow of air exhaust from coming out of the vent.

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