What is Source Removal?
Source removal isolates dust and debris that has become trapped in your air ducts, safely removing it from your ducts without spreading it to the rest of your home. This process is important for homes that have been previously infected with mold, to not to spread the spores through the ventilation.1 Now that we have talked about what it is we will talk about how it is done.
What is Air Duct Cleaning?
Many companies offer services to clean your air ducts as a means of improving your home’s indoor air quality. These services typically — but not always — range in cost from $450 to $1,000 per heating and cooling system, depending on:
- The size of the system to be cleaned.
- System accessibility.
- Climatic region.
- Level of contamination.1
How is This Done?
There are two components:
- An air pressure system loosens debris through the entire air duct system. It also identifies places where your air is leaking into the ducts.
- A HEPA vacuum sucks the loosened debris out of the ducts, which is then captured in containment units.2
What are the Benefits of this Cleaning?
- Creating a cleaner living environment: Dust can start to settle in your ductwork after just a few hours of non-movement. When the system powers up, that dust begins to move. It doesn’t just say in your ductwork, it comes out and into your living environment, settling on your furniture, your bedding, your flooring. By removing the dust from within, you’ll make your home a cleaner place to live.
- Improving your air quality: Even if no one in your home suffers from allergies or respiratory conditions, cleaner air helps keep you healthier overall. Every time you breathe in dust and pollutants, they have the potential to trigger sneezing and coughing, as well as impact your sinus or bronchial congestion. Cleaning your air ducts regularly ensures you’ll always have a clean air supply to breathe in.
- Reducing irritants in the air: It’s not just dust that lurks in our air ducts. Harmful contaminants and microorganisms live there too. Pet dander, bacteria, pollen, mildew, and other pollutants can all impact the air you breathe. A periodic air duct cleaning helps keep the family members in your home healthier instead of circulating potential problems over and over again.
- Removing smells and odors: Every home has its own unique smell. Sometimes it isn’t the most pleasant thing. Pets, cleaning agents, paint fumes, mildew, food, tobacco use, and more all contribute to stale smells that can settle in over time. A detailed cleaning of the air ducts can help remove odor that is trapped in dust particles, giving you a fresher smelling home.
- Improving efficiency: When ductwork and registers have a heavy buildup of dust and grime, they may not operate as efficiently as possible. When the air supply is cut off in any capacity, it means your system has to work harder.3
Can I do it Myself?
It may be tempting to want to DIY air duct cleaning, but before you grab your vacuum cleaner these are some points to consider:
- DIY duct cleaning is not an easy task. If you aren’t used to the kind of labor involved in duct cleaning it could take you a lot longer to finish the job.
- You may uncover mold, animal or insect droppings, or even a dead rodent.
- You may not have access to the high-powered vacuums and rotary brushes that professionals use. Without professional equipment you may not achieve the same results you would get by using a professional cleaning service.
- While you can improve your air quality doing a DIY air duct cleaning job, your efforts will not be as effective as having a professional do it. You won’t be able to reach every nook and cranny that professionals can with high-powered vacuums and 150 feet of hose.4