If you’ve purchased a home that has sat empty for a while, chances are you’ve noticed some dirt and debris packed against the perimeters of the home or basement areas. There may be greenish discolorations on the brick or siding, or even a light mossy growth. You may even notice a musty odorinside your home that doesn't seem to go away, even after days of airing out the place.
This could indicate your duct work has accumulated a heavy amount of dirt and moisture, both from the former occupants who may have smoked, burned candles, had wood fires in a stove or fireplace, or other issues that affected the indoor air quality, and from Mother Nature herself! Though you may not be able to access them from a basement or crawl space, one way you can tell if your ducts are dirty is to remove any furnace filters and check for heavy amounts of dust or discolorations. You can also remove a duct register in an inside room and shine a flash light inside. If you can see dirt or debris, or a clean cloth ran around the exposed vent comes up soiled and grimy, in all likelihood the entire stretch of ductwork is dirty and is probably the cause of those relentless odors. However, don’t rule out the possibility of rodents such as mice, squirrels, or birds that may have nested or died inside a section of ductwork. Dryer vent ducts are known areas for vermin to occupy when the duct is not in use for a while.
Though not always the case, other health issues associated with poor indoor air quality are a possibility. Many allergens, mold spores, and other biological contaminants are invisible to the eye. Without odor to alert you they have settled in your duct system, your only clue is when you find yourself constantly sneezing, coughing, and rubbing your eyes when you’re at home.
Air duct cleaning by a qualified professional is a smart idea. Not only will it improve the breathing conditions inside your home for you and your family, but your furnace or HVAC system will run more efficiently too, thus saving you money! Breathe Well understands and appreciates that your home deserves the best air quality possible. They also adhere to the fact that the best air quality cannot be achieved with chemicals. Their environmentally friendly products and technique guarantee that your duct system will be clean and fresh, assuring that you and your family will “Breathe Well” for seasons to come! Contact us today for your free quote and to learn more about our services.