Melbourne is known to be the world’s allergy capital due to a combination of its wide open spaces and unpredictable weather. The climate is well suited for the growth of rye grass, a main contributor to the high pollen count which can cause allergic reactions and aggravate asthma symptoms. These fine particles can be trapped in our heating and cooling systems and circulated indoors during usage.
Heating and cooling ducts are essential in providing clean airflow into your home. As dust can build up everywhere, it would make sense that air ducts require the attention in maintenance and cleaning like any other surface area in the home. Although dust particles in dirty heating and cooling air ducts can circulate into the home environment, there are also many other pollutants and contaminants that can contribute to poor indoor air quality including odours from cooking, chemicals from cleaning products and toxins from smoking. Many factors from poor air quality can cause concern for ill health; therefore cleaning air ducts may not be a bad idea towards helping prevent air pollutants.
Ducts should be cleaned when:
Mold growth is present – ducts are responsible for delivering cold and hot air within your home, as ducts have a potential to trap moisture, if water is left stagnant mold growth can occur.
Ducts are infested with pest – ducts can be a preferred hiding space for pests and insects, especially in the off season where the ducts are not in use
Excessive dust can be seen – dust can accumulate in hard to reach places and ducts are no exception. Dust can exacerbate asthma symptoms and cause allergy reactions.
Before comparing quotes for Melbourne duct cleaning, it is best to carry out an inspection to determine whether you will benefit from getting your ducts cleaned as duct cleaning can be expensive and you may discover it is not necessary. Here are some tips to help with inspection:
- Clean your vents and keep an eye on it, check how quickly your vents show signs of dust and cobweb accumulating. If your vents are showing signs of dust build up within 7 days, then you many need to call a professional duct cleaner in Melbourne.
- Remove the air vents from the ceiling or floors, invest in an inspection camera and probe into the air ducts. Inspection cameras come with extension cables allowing access to the most difficult spaces.
- Climb into the roof and inspect the air ducts, tape that seal entry and exit points in the unit can degrade overtime and come apart making terrific entrances for rodents and pests.
Duct cleaning requires the right equipment to be done properly. Professional duct cleaners have powerful vacuums and rotary brushes that enable a thorough clean, although duct cleaning is not a task that you can do yourself, frequent inspects can help you determine if duct cleaning is necessary.