Posts Tagged ‘Indoor Air Quality’

When Should I Consider Duct Cleaning in Cape Canaveral?

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Duct cleaning isn’t something people think about all the time, but it can be an important means of keeping your home clean and your air clear for you and your family.  When should you consider duct cleaning? The answers vary by circumstance, but here are a few guidelines to help you out. If you need duct cleaning in Cape Canaveral, give Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning a call today.

The EPA recommends cleaning the ducts “when needed,” which is a little vague. In general terms, how often you should clean your ducts depends on your home’s individual needs. If you have lots of pets or family members with allergies, you might need to have your air ducts cleaned as often as once a year. However, some homes can definitely wait longer in between cleanings. Your HVAC contractor can help you determine what schedule will meet your home’s needs.

There are a few signs you need duct cleaning. If you detect a deterioration in your air quality – if, for instance, you’re experiencing more irritation in your nose and throat, or you find yourself dusting the furniture more than you normally do – it might mean that the dust build-up has gotten too large. If you notice a musty smell or a dirt around your vents, that’s usually a good indicator as well. Dust might also affect the performance of your heater or air conditioner. Symptoms vary, but could include reduced air flow, unusual noises from your heating system, or an unexpected rise in your monthly energy bill despite not using the HVAC system any more than normal.

The question of when you should schedule duct cleaning is important, but so is  the question of who you call to perform the service. A fly-by-night company may charge you a lot and not do the job they need to. But in Cape Canaveral, duct cleaning can be performed by the trained experts at Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning. Our staff are all experienced with duct cleaning and can perform the operation with courtesy and care. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

What’s in My Ducts and Why Can’t I Clean Them Myself?

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Duct cleaning isn’t something that many people think about as part of their home maintenance, and its not something we want to spend money on. But that doesn’t mean that your ducts should be ignored.

Ducts help distribute heated air form your furnace and cool air from your air conditioner, allowing you to generate the air from one centralized localation then distribute it throughout your entire house. They snake through unobtrusive areas like your attic and the crawlspaces in your walls. As such, it’s very difficult to tell what may be building up in them and where that build-up might occur.

Most of the time, it’s dust and dirt, pulled in from the heater/AC and spread throughout your house via the ducts. You can stem the tide of dust by changing the filters in your HVAC system regularly, but it can still creep in, especially if the ducts develop a fissure or a leak. Here on the Atlantic Coast of Florida, mold can sometimes be an issue too. If any moisture gets into the ducts – via a leak, a clogged drain line or the like – it can stagnate  and cause indoor air quality issues. All of these can impact the health of your family, exacerbating allergies and leading to increased irritation in the nose and throat.

As for cleaning it yourself, ducts can be quite extensive and getting into every corner involves more than just running a wet-dry vac around the vents. You need specialized equipment and a fair amount of know-how to do the job properly. That’s why a company like Steve Hoskins AC can be so invaluable to your household. Pick up the phone and give us a call today to schedule duct cleaning service in Merritt Island and the surrounding areas.

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

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