Duct Cleaning Near Me: Choose NADCA Certified Tech's
Have you tried nearly every measure imaginable to improve the indoor air quality of your home? Your next step should be to search 'duct cleaner near me' and find a company who uses NADCA certified technicians. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises homeowners on the different scenarios that call for duct cleaning, and the organization also recommends that homeowners use a properly certified technician to perform the task.
When Should You Schedule Cleanings?
The EPA recommends scheduling duct cleaning in only a few specific instances:
- When there's evidence of water damage in ductwork
- If testing reveals that there's mold in the ventilation system
- When dust and debris build up in the system, affecting proper airflow
- If you see a noticeable pouf of dust released from the supply ducts when the HVAC system cycles on
- When foul odors emanate from the HVAC system or ducts
Who Should Perform the Service?
Significant buildup of mold, dust and debris inside the ducts can wreak havoc on your indoor air quality and contribute to worsening symptoms for those who suffer from dust allergies. Before you pick up the phone and call a duct cleaner, consider the value of your HVAC equipment, ductwork and home. It's imperative that you hire an expert well-versed in EPA duct cleaning to look after your investments and your equipment.
The EPA recommends hiring a technician who holds certification through the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the only organization that exists to standardize the highest-quality duct-cleaning practices. Only work with a contractor who has at least one staff member certified as an NADCA Air Systems Cleaning Specialist. These technicians will follow standard duct-cleaning steps, such as:
- Using the appropriate tools for cleaning, and avoiding the use of chemical sealants or biocides
- Entering into the ductwork through the optimal access points, such as doors or access ports, to thoroughly clean the system
- Inspecting the ductwork prior to cleaning to ensure that asbestos isn't an issue
- Using a special vacuum with sealed exhaust or a HEPA vacuum to prevent contamination from entering the home
- Having the experience and training to use duct-cleaning tools to safely dislodge debris without damaging ducts
- Using special tools for ducts constructed of or lined with fiberglass, which are easily damaged
- Properly resealing access ports once finished with duct cleaning
- Including the heating and cooling equipment and the ductworks related components in the cleaning regimen, being careful to clean the coils, blower fans, drainage system and so on. Failing to clean all of the components will lead to the system becoming quickly recontaminated
- Conducting a thorough inspection of the system once the cleaning has concluded, checking components such as the heat exchanger, coil fins, blower blades, air-handler compartment, return-air plenum, filters and air registers and grilles
- Running the HVAC system after cleaning, checking that it operates properly in cooling and heating modes, and ensuring that air leakage is nonexistent
With the technicians at Reliable Heating & Air of Atlanta GA performing a thorough inspection and cleaning of your home's ductwork, you can rest assured that the process follows industry-leading standards that are safe for your household and your HVAC equipment. Call us today to schedule an appointment or talk to a technician about the NADCA procedures that we follow.