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Since you can’t see the ductwork in your Livingston, NJ home, it’s hard to tell when to schedule an air duct cleaning. Some homeowners are skeptical about a duct cleaning service because they’re not able to see the results either. If you hire a qualified and responsible HVAC technician to service the ducts, you’ll notice the difference in your home almost immediately.
Consumers should know that there are two organizations that oversee the licensing and best practices for this service. The United States Environmental Protection Agency makes recommendations based on the results of studies that they commission. For example, the EPA does not count duct cleaning as a routine HVAC maintenance service. They believe that the ducts should be serviced as often as necessary.
The second organization that makes best practices recommendations is the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). The NADCA is a non-profit organization that got its start in 1989. They support their members with resources, training, and continuing education materials.
To put your mind at ease, the following are five common questions homeowners and consumers ask about services for their home’s ductwork.
What Are the Health Benefits?
When your central HVAC unit receives service, you reap several benefits. The unit keeps your Essex home at your desired temperature. At the same time, it is circulating air. The air circulation provided by a central unit is how the entire home gets to the same temperature. A unit also circulates the particles, pollutants, and other contaminants in the air. If your HVAC system doesn’t receive service on a consistent basis, the pollutants in the air are spread throughout your home, which is not ideal.
The ductwork system in your Livingston, NJ home runs in the walls and under the floors in multi-story homes. Within the ducts, layers of dust and particles collect. You can find dust anywhere in your house. If you dust daily, you know that it accumulates almost as quickly as you wipe it up. The dust that accumulates comes in part from the particles in the air. It also comes from the central HVAC unit.
Filters are good at trapping particles from the air, but they are limited. The particles that remain on the loose, attach themselves to the ducts. When the ducts are cleaned, your home’s indoor air quality improves right away. Improved indoor air quality leads to several health benefits because there are far fewer contaminants in the air.
Fewer allergy symptoms, respiratory issues, and feelings of sickness are some of the health benefits of Livingston air duct cleaning.
How Often Should They be Cleaned?
Industry professionals recommend that ducts should be cleaned once every two to three years. The EPA recommends that the ductwork be cleaned as necessary. On the other hand, a central HVAC unit’s filters should be changed or cleaned once a month during peak season. The unit should receive maintenance service once every six months.
Cleaning the ducts is not part of routine maintenance, but a professional technician can take a look at the vents when servicing the unit. If you suspect that there are pests living in the vents or there’s a presence of mold, the ducts should be cleaned as soon as possible regardless of their last service date.
How Do I Select A Technician?
The best way to select a Essex technician is through a referral. You can also do some research online and visit their websites. It’s best to select a technician that follows the NADCA’s standards and best practices.
Additional considerations include New Jersey licenses, number of years in business, and their specialties. You can ask them about their education and apprenticeship experience, too. The company should not over-promise or oversell. The EPA does not offer certification for this service, so there should be no claims of EPA certification.
You should know that asking a company for their credentials is within your consumer rights. Companies that have a good reputation and are looking to maintain a roster of happy customers are ready to provide their credentials without hesitation.
How Much Does it Cost?
The exact cost of a Livingston, NJ duction cleaning service varies. This job takes three to five hours to complete. So, you’re paying for those hours of labor. Across the United States, the amount charged ranges from $450 to $1,000.
When you schedule a service appointment, request an estimate. Before any work gets started, double-check that you are going to be charged the price that you were quoted. If the technicians need to inspect the ducts and vents beforehand, allow them that access. An inspection prevents surprises.
Does it Impact My Energy Costs?
Air duct cleaning services impact your energy costs in a positive manner. If you have noticed that your energy bills have increased and the cost does not come back down when the seasons change one contributing factor is the ductwork. A professional HVAC technician will troubleshoot the unit before inspecting the ducts especially if you’re not within the two to the three-year window.
In a central HVAC system, the air has a long way to travel. On the way, the airdrops off a little bit. There is already a loss when the ducts are in pristine condition. As the ductwork ages, the loss can be up to 30%. This causes your energy costs to rise because you’re running the unit longer. If you add layers of dust build-up and clogs, the logical result is higher energy bills. Therefore, if the ductwork is the cause, once they are clean, your energy costs will drop in the next billing cycle.
If the dust in the ductwork is significant, it could begin to drop into the unit. If the unit develops dust clogs, it has a negative impact on airflow, efficiency, and the unit itself. A central air unit and its ducts can last two decades if they receive proper maintenance. By hiring professionals to inspect the system, you ensure that you don’t need a replacement or repairs sooner than necessary.
If it’s been between two to three years since you scheduled a cleaning for your Essex home ductwork, it’s time to give us a call at 732-314-7171 and set up an appointment. If you don’t remember the last time the ducts received service, it’s also time to give us a call. Our Apex Appliance Repair & Air Duct Cleaning team is made up of talented professionals who get the job done correctly and efficiently. We follow the NADCA best practices and adhere to the rules and regulations set down by the EPA.
We also employ the use of UV lights to attack bacteria that may be lurking within the ductwork. We can install the lights so that they keep zapping mold spores and other bacteria until the next cleaning service for the ductwork.
To boost your confidence in our service, visit our website and take a look at the before and after pictures of our work at https://www.apexchimneyrepairs.com.