Your home’s ventilation system is the unsung hero of keeping your family comfortable and safe. Your furnace provides you with heat. Your HVAC moves hot and cold air through the home. And even your dryer has a vent that expels dangerous excess heat. But as time goes by, dust and debris can settle in these systems and in your vents, slowing the efficiency of your appliances and creating a dirtier house for you to clean.
There are a few air duct cleaning, furnace cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning tasks you can perform yourself that will help keep your systems in top working order.
First, read the instruction manual! Your manufacturer may expect you to perform regular maintenance on your HVAC and furnace; anything from changing filters to simple routine cleanings. Be aware of your systems’ needs. The highest efficiency filter recommended by the manufacturer will keep your furnace and HVAC functioning more smoothly and cost-effectively, for a longer time.
Second, keep your eyes open for warning signs. The biggest threat to your HVAC is moisture (which is why you should never clean your vents with anything but a dry dust cloth or a vacuum). Look out for leaks or standing puddles of water. If your HVAC’s cooling coils produce moisture it should drain promptly and not linger. Moisture in the HVAC can lead to mold or rot. The biggest threat to your furnace and your dryer is excess heat. If flammable debris builds up in the vents, there is a risk of fire. Even a small fire can cause expensive smoke damage. Make certain you follow your manufacturer’s instructions for regular maintenance.
Time to call the professionals
But there are some problems that can’t be solved by a homeowner. The following are signs that it is time to call in an air duct cleaning, furnace cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning professional:
- Mold. Persistent mold infestations, particularly ones on or around your vents and HVAC can be extremely bad for your family’s health. But using chemicals on your ventilation system without proper knowledge can be equally as dangerous. Have an air duct cleaning professional take a look, consider carefully the pros and cons of chemical treatment, and be certain that your contractor is following the recommendations of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA).
- Pests. If you have creepy crawlies or other critters in your vents, an air duct cleaning professional is your best bet to remove animals - and their leavings - from your home in a safe, sanitary way. If you smell a sudden rotting or foul odor in your home that you cannot find the source of, contact your air vent cleaning pro right away - you may have an animal trapping in the walls of your home.
- Allergy or asthma attacks. If you or a member of your family is sensitive to the air quality, an air duct cleaning and furnace cleaning may assist you in purifying or at least improving the atmosphere within your Menlo Park home.
Finding a pro
There are many ways to find a Menlo Park, CA area contractor. You can try asking friends and family if they’ve recently had their air ducts cleaned, or try searching online. Whichever way you search, keep these tips in mind:
- The state of California requires a license for air duct cleaning services. Make sure your contractor has the necessary paperwork.
- Look for online reviews, or any complaints about this business to the Better Business Bureau, to make sure you’re doing business with a reliable professional.
- Ask about your contractor’s experience, not just with air duct cleaning but with furnace cleaning and dryer vent cleaning too. Some contractor may only offer one or two of these services.
- Get a detailed quote that conveys the work to be performed, the estimated duration and the approximate cost of the air duct cleaning.
With these tips, you can have your Menlo Park, CA home clean as whistle - inside and out!