A Leaf Blower in your Home
Your HVAC, your furnace, and your dryer vent all play key, if invisible, roles in your home. Your dryer vent carries away dangerous excess heat. Your furnace creates heat and carries it through your home. And your HVAC is the respiratory system of your house. It circulates air from room to room, blowing out temperature controlled air and then pulling that air back in. If there is dust in your HVAC ventilation system, you may as well have a leaf blower in your home. That dust will just keep moving through the house until you get an air duct cleaning, a furnace cleaning, and a dryer vent cleaning.
Worse, your ducts may be getting clogged, especially if you have pets or pests in your home that may shed or create an extra level of particles. Pet hair, feathers or shavings can clog air vents or come off clothes in the dryer and clog the dryer vent. Insects or rodents inside your walls can make their homes in your vents and leave their dust and droppings in the vents to be pushed out into the air you breath.
If you have seen a drop in the energy efficiency of your HVAC, your dryer, or furnace, you may have dust, debris, or lint gumming up the machinery and the vents. An air duct cleaning, furnace cleaning, and/or dryer vent cleaning may save you an expensive jump in your electricity bill or even the cost of purchasing a new system. In the case of the furnace or the dryer, a cleaning may also reduce your risk of fire, by scrubbing out flammable particles and by ensuring proper air flow.
Does someone in your household suffer from allergies or asthma? An air duct cleaning may lower the dust in your home and improve the air quality, reducing sniffles and sneezes and making the air a little cleaner.
If you have a leaky HVAC or find signs of moisture and standing water, you should contact your air duct cleaning professional right away. Your HVAC system and vents need to be kept dry or you run the risk of attracting molds that can be unhealthy for your family. If you find mold on the vents or in the insulation that you can’t get rid of or that keeps recurring, call a Pleasanton air duct cleaning professional immediately.
Finding a professional
There are many contractors qualified to perform air duct cleaning, furnace cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning in the Pleasanton area. To find the one that’s right for you, start by asking your friends and family. Someone you know may have recently had this service and be able to recommend someone. If not, try the yellow pages or look online. Check for consumer reviews on websites such as CitySearch, Yelp, Google Business, and with the Better Business Bureau.
When you contact contractors, make sure they have the license the state of California requires from air duct cleaners, and that they are up to date on the recommendation for air duct cleaning made by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). Ask them about their experience working on systems like yours. And ask they do all three types of systems: air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, and furnace cleaning. Some contractors only do one or two of these, so make sure your contractor is an expert in all the services you need him to provide.
The time and expense of cleaning your system depends upon the size of your house and type of HVAC, furnace, and dryer you have. You may wish to have a couple contractors do a walk through and provide you with a written, detailed quote, that specifies the work to be done, the estimated time it will take, and the expected cost, broken down by parts and labor.