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Air Duct Cleaning in Loudon Improves Indoor Air Quality

Maintaining a clean and healthy Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system is an essential part of home ownership. Over time natural debris that spread on air currents can enter your HVAC system. As this debris build up, they can put extra pressure on your HVAC system, reduce its lifespan, and degrade your indoor air quality (IAQ.) The accumulation of dust, dander, mold spores and airborne allergens must be eliminated from time to time.

Cody Taylor is an experienced SERVPRO production manager from our commercial duct cleaning division. Here, he talks us through how to inspect your HVAC system and the benefits of regular, professional maintenance. HVACs are comprised of a network of ducts that run throughout your home. The return side pulls external air into the system and circulates it. The supply side is where cooler or heated air is released into each room after passing through the air handler.

We show you how to inspect both sides and make an informed decision on whether to enlist professional maintenance. The return side of an HVAC system is usually the largest vent panel in the home. The front panel is grated and sits in front of a filter that is designed to catch microscopic dust and debris from air currents before it enters your home. However, these filters are not perfect, and some dust can buildup behind it, causing problems for your HVAC.

To begin the inspection of the return side, you need to remove both the grating and the filter. Beyond these guards is the entrance to your HVAC system. Once you have removed these components, you can see the clear buildup of dust and grime; you need to enlist a professional duct cleaning service. If there is grime on the inside of your HVAC, you can be confident it has spread throughout the system, reducing energy efficiency and lifespan along with diminishing your IAQ.

The second part of your inspection begins by checking the ventilation registers in each room. These panels are usually much smaller but have a similar grating to the return side. The presence of dust, dirt, or debris on the directional vanes indicates that your system needs thorough, professional cleaning. The dust found on these panels is evidence that your HVAC system is depositing grime buildup into your rooms and negatively affecting indoor air quality.

For both an inspection and cleaning quote, contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015.