Air ducts are dirtier than you think...

Air ducts looking a little less than perfect? Take a good look at your ventilation grate. When it comes to air ducts and ventilation systems the golden rule is: if it looks dirty, it’s probably dirty. In the average six room home up to 40 pounds of dust can circulate through your home via the air ducts. This is the same air you and your family are breathing in on a daily basis. 40 pounds of dust; can you believe it? That’s a large dog’s worth of dust floating around in your air ducts.

Dust that accumulates all the time from dirt, pet dander, pollen and other allergens can make a serious mess in your ventilation system! And even if you aren’t in the 32% of dog owners in the nation or the 27% of cat owners; pet dander still ends up in many air ducts. Other contaminants like pollen tend to stick to and circulate through air ducts; these allergens and contaminants can re-circulate throughout your home 5-7 times a day. 

When cedar season hits in San Antonio, imagine those allergens floating around your home 5-7 times daily. This can take a serious toll on asthma and allergy sufferers as they continue to breathe in allergens and contaminants which can lead to symptoms like wheezing, coughing and stuffy, runny noses. Other contaminants like germs and dirt can easily enter your home via clothes, items and even through the air. Those things can all stay in your air ducts; having those same contaminants circulated through your home. Pollen in the air ducts doesn't just affect allergy sufferers. Especially during cedar season here in San Antonio, many that don't experience allergy symptoms for most of the year can fall prey to these pesky allergens. Allergens and contaminants in the home can also affect the very young, very old and those with issues with their immune system. The worst part is, allergens aren't the only thing floating around in your ducts. Germs and viruses can stay hidden in your air ducts and can make you and those around you sick. 

Your air ducts act a lot like a busy road or highway; if there’s a block or jam nothing can flow properly. Dust, debris, dander and allergens can build up in your air ducts and create blockages in your ventilation system. These blockages and places where airflow is reduced or diminished can have a serious impact on your electricity bill. And here in San Antonio, we’re all too familiar with higher electricity costs during certain times of year. Giving your air ducts a good cleaning can save you big: up to 25-40% according to the United States Department of Energy and that’s money that could be put to better use enjoying the local sights and attractions. 

There are a few ways to get your air ducts back in shape: steam cleaning  and truck mounted cleaning. Steam cleaning uses steam to sanitize and clean your air ducts using only high pressure and the power of steam. There’s only one downside to steam-cleaning: it’s not safe on all ventilation ducts. More modern duct systems use electricity which means introducing water to the situation is out of the question.

The safest and most reliable way to get your ducts cleaned is truck-mounted cleaning. A vacuum mounted on a truck uses hoses to suck up the dust and dirt from your ducts. These machines are run by professional cleaners and these hoses can do some serious work! Most truck-mounted vacuums can move between 10,000 to 15,000 cubic feet of air per minute. It’s one of the easiest solutions to getting your ducts clean and with very little hassle. And with the amount of air and dust that can be moved per minute most duct work can be finished within a day for most residences and within a few visits for businesses or larger buildings. Using just air and hoses, truck-mounted cleaning can work on older ventilation systems, newer electric systems and get in between all the nooks and crannies of your duct work.

Looking at your ducts and ready to get them cleaned? Call Kolorkist Cleaning. Kolorkist is full of talented, courteous and dedicated cleaning professionals and they know how to get the job done. Call Kolorkist to schedule your appointment today!