Is it Time to Clean Out Those Ducts?

by Patricia Braithwaite 08/25/2019

Could your home be making you sick? Could those allergies be inside rather than outside? Yes, and yes. Of course, you’ve already sussed out the obvious places: the mold in the bathroom, years of dirt in the carpet, even the drapes and blinds. 

But what about the air ducts? You know, the very thing that carries the conditioned air to you from your expensive HVAC unit. Just because you use filters on your furnace and air conditioning unit doesn’t mean that those ducts are clean. Here are times to check your ducts to keep your air breathable and pristine.

When you buy new

Even if your home is new, you have no guarantee that your ducts are clean. In fact, you’ll often find layers of drywall dust, insulation, and other harmful debris in your ducts that entered during the building and testing stages of your home and its systems. If you’re prone to allergies, have your ducts cleaned before you move in.

When you buy old

If you’re a home’s second, third, or more owner, you have no idea what might be lurking in those ducts. If three owners ago had a litter of kittens, you may not find any dander in the new carpets, but there could be pet hair and dander in those ducts. Try to get having the ducts inspected and cleaned added into your seller’s closing costs or home warranty.

After a long winter

When your home is closed up for long periods due to inclement weather, dust mites find their way into your ducts. Add some damp days and that crossover period from winter to summer (usually called spring) when you try not to operate your heat or air conditioning, and you’ve set up your ducts to be breeding grounds for allergens of all types including mold spores and dust mites, and a collecting place for pollen.

When to call the pros

Even a shop vacuum with a super long hose cannot clean out most ducts from the vent back toward the fan unit. Call in a licensed and bonded professional air duct cleaning service to take care of the problem for you. Schedule them before the worst of the allergy season to clean out the ducts and install HEPA filters in the air returns and furnace. Make sure that your filters can trap microscopic particles, pet dander, and fine dust. Change them as frequently are noted on the packaging.

If you’re buying a home, be sure to ask about any special filtration included in your HVAC until. And talk to your agent about requesting adding air duct cleaning into those seller’s closing costs.

About the Author
Author

Patricia Braithwaite

Braithwaite Realty Specialties Marketing and Sales in the NW Atlanta areas of Cobb and Paulding Counties specializing in both Commercial, Land and Residential properties as the Listing Agent and/or the Buyer's Agent While serving the real estate needs for the great people of NW Atlanta area for more than 20 years, Pat and her Assistants have met and helped many wonderful people. It has been their privilege to help others take their families, their estates or their employees to the next stage in life, obtaining their future dream.

As a Realtor and a Professional, Pat has used her targeted resources to help Buyers and Sellers make valued decisions and move forward with their Real Estate goals and needs. Beyond her many years of helping local Buyers and Sellers reach their dreams, she is a hard working Broker, highly involved with each Client and Sale.

As a highly ranked Rainmaker on Active Rain, a CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and an ePRO Specialist (National Association of Realtors Marketing Certification) and her active partnership with 11Alive - Marietta, she keeps her interests and knowledge sharp and current. Some of Pat’s professional Community accomplishments include Founding President of the Rotary Club of Dallas, 2015 Member of Rotary Club of East Cobb, Founding Board Member of the Paulding Education Foundation and the Foundation's original Scholarship Foundation Chairperson. In 2006 she was honored with the Atlanta Commercial Board's Multi-Million Dollar Achiever Award.

During the Recession, she turned her focus and abilities to match Buyer and Seller homeowner needs and together, they made major progress through hard work and success, reaching multi-million sales per year. Yes, the Buyers and Sellers worked hard through this process also… and through teamwork and targeted efforts, they succeeded. Now the market has recovered for both Residential and Commercial. Pat and her team reorganized and focused to help both markets achieve their goals for their exciting new future.

Pat loves utilizing her previous years of experience in the corporate world in Sales and Marketing to help her wonderful client base succeed with their goals today. She looks forward to meeting and helping you also.

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