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Duct Cleaning Can Be a Messy Job Or it Can Be Made Very Simple

There are many companies that advertise air duct cleaning as a way to make the air in your home cleaner and healthier. While that is a good thing, there is a better way to improve the air quality of your home. With the installation of a UV light based air cleaner your can keep the ducts of your home clean and free of the many bad things that like to grow in your air ducts.
Many people today are becoming concerned about the air ducts in their home. These are the passages that the air flows through to heat or cool their homes. They can become a breeding ground for numerous molds, bacteria, and virus. With the addition of a very simple appliance you can eliminate much of the danger that could come from your ductwork.
Ultraviolet Light has been used for years to help to kill bad bacteria and sanitize equipment. Water treatment facilities use UV to treat the water before it is released into streams. In homes with wells that are contaminated, water can be treated by passing by a UV light. This type of light is very effective at killing micro-organisms quickly and efficiently. Some of these systems are even effective at getting rid of hard to kill things such as SARS and the Swine Flu virus.
Now it is very easy to install an Ultraviolet Light in your air ducts to kill the many bad bugs that like to live in there. It is a simple as cutting a hole in your ductwork, mounting the unit to the side of the duct and plugging it in to an ordinary outlet.
While a physical cleaning or your air ducts may be a good idea it can be very expensive, dirty, and time consuming. Also to do this means that the ducts must be cut into in many places and sealing them up again permanently is a problem. With this type of unit your ducts will self clean over time. I have seen many ducts that slowly clean them selves after the installation of a UV unit. It will not dissolve big hard items in your duct but it does tend to dissolve small dust particles and make your duct look cleaner.
The main result of installing a UV unit in your HVAC system is that you will be breathing air that is free of the bad stuff that can cause health problems. Even if you choose to have your duct vacuumed and cleaned also consider the installation of a UV system to keep your ducts clean and sanitized.
Clean sanitary ductwork will give you and your family the healthiest, freshest air to breath possible.

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How do you clean home duct work?


Just so you know, The Return duct ( the large vent toward the middle of the home, and sometimes there is more than one
), is where all the dust travels to.
The filter at this point needs to be changed monthly based on it ability to grab particles from that air coming into it. A very tight weave filter will trap more dust but it will also choke off the air to the system too. Usually once a month replace the filter, some go a little longer. Dont get the electrostatic type, waste of money.
One main thing that hampers a HVAC system is not enough air flow. If all of your interior doors are closed air does not return to the inlet very well starveing the sytem for air. If the filter is clogged not enough air flow. This duct area is where it could be cleaned if it really needs it. They make long poles or a flexible shaft with a stiff bristle on the end that will sweep the dust but then you would need to vacume that dust. Tough to do yourself, expensive to have others do it and Again it really doesnt need to be cleaned. Good Luck

Jan 21, 2013 | Heating & Cooling

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have a problem with my carrier air conditioner smelling like mold--also when cleaning what i can reach in the back fan it is totally black then when i turn it on small particles of black come out with the air


Sounds like you need to have the duct work cleaned by a professional.

Is your duct work in the concrete floor? If so check for water in the duct work. You can go to one of your supply grilles in the floor, take the grille up and look into the ductwork. If you have water, you need to find out if you have a plumbing leak or if it is just runoff from a hard rain. Nevertheless, it needs to be fixed.

Is your duct work in the ceiling? If so, and you still have mold, just have a professional duct cleaning company clean your duct work and it should solve your problem.

One other thing, make sure the condensate drain from your heater is not stopped up and dripping water into the duct work if the duct work is in the floor.

May 28, 2011 | Carrier Heating & Cooling

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We had our furnace repair turn on our Aprilaire 760 last summer. It gives off a very strong smell similar to an air freshener. We'd like that to be less in intensity. Furnance company says it's just fine. The strong smell gives me a headache.


I hope this helps you, have the repair person check to see if a furnace filter air freshener was installed at your last furnace check up without your knowledge. Also checked all wall and or floor registers to make sure the source of smell is not coming from them, it may be circulating though the duct system.last thing is to replace media pad in humidifier along with furnace filters, if you have air cleaner wash filters with hot water and baking soda, wipe & let dry before re- installing them. Your repair person may have use a strong smelling cleaning solution in humidifier that is now circulating though out your home, good luck.

Jan 24, 2010 | Aprilaire 700 Humidifier

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don't blow enough air


Here are a few things that would cause low amount of air to come out of the registers in home:
1. Something is blocking return air, like couch in from of return air register.
2. Dirty air filter. Clean or Replace!
3. Icing. Check large pipe on outside unit. If it has ice on it shut off sustem and call a qualified technician.
4. Fan speed may be wrong on blower. Put on HIGH.
5. Duct work may be apart. Check duct work and correct if needed. Note: If you have asbestos duct work do not repair. Call a qualified repair company.
I hope I have helped.
Terry

Jun 23, 2009 | Weather King 10AJA3601AH Air Conditioner

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cleaning electronic air filter


What brand and model is the air cleaner?
Often you can find the mfg. website and download the .pdf file of the manuals.

The air cleaner will be located on the return air duct of the furnace and should have a nameplate and a model# somewhere.

Some use disposable filters and some need to be cleaned with dish detergent and can be very fragile. Hope this helps.
Matt

Jan 04, 2009 | Carrier 38CKC036 Air Conditioner

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