How Clean is your Indoor Air?

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a crucially important component to the well being of your family, yet it often gets overlooked. Everything from pollen and pet hair to mold and dust mites can collect in your ductwork and enter the air that your family breathes. Poorly maintained ductwork can also lead to an issue. Leaky ducts can pull in potentially hazardous materials from external sources and distribute them throughout the air in your home. But leaky air ducts aren't the only culprits when it comes to poor IAQ. Moldy crawl spaces or basements, leaky air handler cabinets, back drafting, and poorly installed filters and filter housings can also be the cause of bad indoor air quality.
 
Think of it as a simple in and out system. Your system takes units of air from the house to be heated or cooled through air ducts. If not properly cared for, the air ducts may become leaky and some of those units of air may be lost, resulting in less air being pushed out than desired. These missing units of air are then made up through alternative air supply areas, such as a crawl space, garage, or attic. More times than not, these are not the areas that you want to be breathing in.
 
A poor duct system can also reduce moisture control, making your home more susceptible to mold growth. Oversized or leaky air ducts will pull extra air from unwanted, damp places, causing mold to potentially grow and enter the air that you breathe every day. A properly installed and well-maintained air system will help keep these issues at bay.
 

What Can You Do?

A CroppMetcalfe Duct Cleaning is the answer. CroppMetcalfe is a certified member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). This means that we adhere to the highest standards in the air duct cleaning industry.

DUCTS BEFORE CLEANING
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DUCTS AFTER CLEANING
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The process we use is as follows:

First, we attach our specially designed vacuum to the supply side of your air duct system. We make this connection at the furnace and/or air handler. Once the vacuum is activated it creates a powerful suction throughout the entire supply air duct system. Next, we seal each register in your home. This makes the suction stronger. We then go to the furthest register from the furnace and/or air handler.
 
We remove the seal from that register and blow high-pressure compressed air into the register. Then we remove the register and insert a “skipper” into the duct work. The skipper is a high-pressure air hose with a ball at the end of it. This ball is covered with small air vents that shoot out compressed air in every direction. This ball then sweeps the duct and knocks everything loose that is in the duct work. All of this loose dust and debris is pulled back into the vacuum.
 
This procedure is repeated at every register in your house. After all of your supply duct work is cleaned to our satisfaction, we will attach our vacuum to the return side of your air duct system. We will repeat the entire cleaning process on your return grills and return duct work. After all your ducts are cleaned, we will air wash the coil, and the blower wheel.
 
It has been CroppMetcalfe’s experience that to follow any other method is likely to lead to regrets and will certainly lead to the job needing to be re-done sooner than it should be. A properly done duct cleaning doesn’t need to be done again for 3 to 5 years, depending on factors such as dirtiness of the environment and quality of filtration.
 
The CroppMetcalfe duct-cleaning procedure assures that you will get the most out of the investment you make in duct cleaning. Contact us today for more information or schedule an appointment online now.