In the Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia area, we are all very thankful for the signs of Spring after a cold winter. With trees, bushes and flowers blooming and pollen counts starting to rise, you may start to feel a tickle in your nose and throat to signal seasonal allergies are on the way.
With all the plants and bushes coming back to life, it’s a good time to have your air ducts cleaned. We often open our windows during the Spring to let in some fresh air after being cooped up all winter. This is healthy in many ways but also allows pollen, dust, dirt and other debris into our homes. These allergens make their way into our air handling systems when we turn on the heat or air condition and are then circulated throughout our homes over and over again.
Cleaning or replacing the air filter in your HVAC system monthly is always a good idea. However, this will not remove the contaminants that are throughout your duct work. This is why you need to hire a NADCA certified air duct cleaning company like Dapper Ducts.
This is also a reminder that Summer will be here soon when we want our HVAC systems working as efficiently as possible. Call Dapper Ducts to get an air duct cleaning quote so that you can breathe easily.
If you have microbial growth in your home, it is probably a result of water or moisture. While this water or moisture can show up anywhere, it is most likely to be seen in attics, crawl spaces, the insides of walls, or in basements. Places that are dark and wet are mold breeding grounds. Sometimes, an excess of humidity or condensation in your home can also grow mold spores and turn into mold. This is very possible in our humid Mid-Atlantic climate in the metro DC area.
If you have a small patch of mold in your shower, that is something that you can take care of on your own, using a mild bathroom cleaning detergent. Keep in mind, however, that according to the EPA, chlorine bleach is not an approved chemical to remove mold from a residence or building.
If you identify that mold in your home has spread well beyond your bathtub or a small, isolated area then it is likely that you would need to hire a mold remediation professional. Some air duct cleaning professionals are also trained and certified in mold remediation; Dapper Ducts is certified in mold remediation.
Some mold is non toxic while other mold is toxic. This is the main reason why you need a professional cleaner who is licensed in mold remediation. If you try and remove the mold on your own, there is a chance that you could release the mold spores into the air and contaminate the rest of the house. This can cause serious problems for anyone with allergies or respiratory issues as well as those who are in good health.
We often get questions from customers who see mold on an air vent asking if they can clean it themselves. For the reasons discussed above, that is not a good idea. Call Dapper Ducts today if you suspect microbial growth in your heating and ventilation system.
Most commercial buildings in our Mid-Atlantic region (Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C.) have central air conditioning and heating units that force air throughout the ducts to achieve desirable indoor temperatures. However, dirt, dust, debris, and mold spores often collect in the duct systems.
Each time a building’s HVAC system runs, these pollutants are blown into circulation. This can contribute to unhealthy indoor air quality that can irritate allergies and other respiratory illnesses. Commercial building owners are responsible to ensure good and healthy levels of indoor air quality by having the building’s air ducts cleaned on a regular basis. But these air duct cleanings may or may not be happening at the right frequency.
If your commercial property is in need of air duct cleaning, you should choose a company that is NADCA certified (like Dapper Ducts, Inc.) to conduct the duct cleaning.
The Right Tools for the Job. Because the HVAC and forced air systems have to circulate air throughout the commercial buildings, the air ducts are typically heavier and stronger than ductwork you might find in residential homes. NADCA certified companies will have the right tools and equipment that this specialized process demands.
Flexible. Commercial air duct cleaning jobs are also big and need to be completed in the least disruptive way possible. Because the cleaning takes place at a commercial location, it needs to happen after business hours so as not to disturb business as usual. Using a commercial air duct-cleaning professional that is flexible is crucial. The company needs to be willing and able to work with you after hours.
Trust and Professionalism. Aside from the obvious reasons to choose an air duct cleaning company, such as ability, equipment, price, you also need to make sure that this is a trustworthy company. You will be letting a crew of professionals into your place of business and so you want to make sure that they treat your office and work space with the utmost respect and professionalism.
Once you have found a commercial air duct cleaner that you like and trust, it is best that you establish an ongoing relationship with this company. Commercial buildings may require regular air duct cleaning as often as every year. This will ensure that your occupants and employees have healthy indoor air to breathe.
You have chosen a local professional air duct cleaning company and have made sure that the company is NADCA certified for air duct cleaning. The hardest part is over! Now, it is time to shift focus to the work at hand. Here are some questions you may want to ask or things you might want to keep in mind:
If a company promises to clean your air duct system and its components for the low price of $99 even before coming to inspect or evaluate your home’s air ducts, then that “deal” is probably too good to be true (see our page on coupon companies). Not only are you running the risk of losing that money and a lot more, but a company that improperly cleans your ducts is also likely to cause damage to your air duct system that will be even more costly to repair.
Even if you end up choosing another NADCA certified company, feel free to call Dapper Ducts Inc. and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.
The main purpose of cleaning your air ducts is to remove the dust, debris, mold, and other contaminants that build up in the duct system and affect the indoor air quality in your home or commercial building.
According to the EPA, the cost of air duct cleaning services will usually range from $400 to $1000 per HVAC system. The cost depends on the size of the system, the amount of dirt and debris that is in the duct system, and other unique variables according to the ducts in your home.
In choosing an air duct cleaning company, you want to make sure that the company is a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). NADCA companies must follow certain standards and procedures. NADCA companies must also abide by a code of ethics in order to stay in good standing with the NADCA (many companies do not follow a code of ethics and are happy to take large sums of your money for providing no service). Check out their list of questions to ask before choosing an air duct cleaning company.
We encourage customers to call a few companies and ensure all of their questions are answered. Reading online reviews also gives you a good idea of what to expect. We take customer satisfaction very seriously and believe that our customers are the reason we’re in business. Call Dapper Ducts, Inc. today.
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