by Karen Bates
(last updated September 10, 2018)
Having a clean home is a great way to improve your mood and health while keeping it a pleasant place to be. By eliminating unsightly messes and washing away germs on a regular basis, you are helping make your home into a pleasant and clean atmosphere for you and your family.
But have you ever done a deep-cleaning on your house only to realize that there is something you missed after the fact? Especially for those of us who are cleaning perfectionists, finding something that isn't up to our cleaning standards can be irritating. Upon discovering the overlooked mess, you probably get to cleaning it right away.
You might not have considered, however, what messes you are missing that you can't even see. There are certain areas in our homes that we don't look at often, and so we leave messes in these spots that we would not normally put up with if we found them in a main area of the house. This does not mean that these places should not be cleaned, though. In fact, leaving them dirty can be potentially hazardous.
Specifically, the air ducts in your home can become dirty over time. You most likely don't think about cleaning them too often, since they're out of sight. These ducts are how the air is transported from the heating and cooling systems in your home, like the air conditioner and the furnace. As air moves through these ducts, dust, allergens, and other particles can collect and may be released slowly into the air within your home.
To remove buildup from your air ducts, the best option is to use equipment designed specifically for this task. You can hire a professional duct-cleaning technician to come to your home and use this equipment on your ducts for the best possible results.
Technicians who clean your ducts use a variety of tools to help them clean and evaluate the level of buildup. Some may use a type of video inspection system to take a good look into the air ducts and help the technician to determine what kind of work will need to be done. To actually clean out dirt inside the ducts, the technician will probably use a power vacuum to suck out debris, dirt, and allergens. Duct cleaning companies may also use agitation devices, air compressors, and cleaning chemicals to help with the job.
If the ducts in your home are in need of a good cleaning, be sure to call a professional cleaning company. These companies have the right equipment and knowledge to do the job quickly and efficiently.
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