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Frequently Asked Questions About Air Quality Controllers

Is air duct cleaning really worth it?

Air duct cleaning is worth it because you will truly benefit with easier cleaning, fewer allergens in the air and fewer odors.

How much does it cost to have your air ducts cleaned?

Air duct cleaning costs $400 to $1,200 in the Milwaukee area. The final price depends on size, accessibility, number of professionals needed and the condition of your air ducts.

How do I know if my air ducts need to be cleaned?

You'll know your air ducts need to be cleaned if they are visibly contaminated with mold, pests or vermin, or are clogged with dust or debris.

Can you clean air ducts yourself?

You should not clean air ducts yourself. The job requires using high-powered tools in low-visibility and hard-to-reach areas. Improper cleaning could damage the ducts, resulting in expensive repairs.

Can dirty air ducts make you sick?

Dirty air ducts can make you sick. You may experience coughing, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, headaches and even dizziness as a result of mold, dust and other contaminants in your ducts.

How do professionals clean air ducts?

Professionals clean air ducts by using specialized tools to remove dirt and other debris in your air ducts. The debris is then vacuumed out with a high-powered vacuum cleaner.

How do I prepare for duct cleaning?

To prepare for an air duct cleaning, you should clear a path around or under every register and fan in the building. Be prepared to tell your technician each relevant location you're expecting to be cleaned.

How long does a duct cleaning take?

The amount of time it takes to clean commercial ducts depends on the size of your building and extent of cleaning required.

Why do my vents stink?

Your vents could stink because of a variety of sources like mold, mildew, animals in your home or ducts, duct leaks, plumbing issues, building materials and more. A certified air duct cleaning technician can identify the source and get the smells in your home back to normal.

Can dirty air ducts make your house smell?

Air ducts can make your house smell as they harbor odors and circulate smells throughout your home. A certified air duct cleaning technician can identify the source of the unpleasant smell and leave you with fresh, clean air.

How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?

You should inspect your building’s ducts annually for cleanliness. If your building has heavier amounts of dust or other harmful particles, it is recommended to have them cleaned more often.

Will duct cleaning improve the airflow?

Yes, air duct cleaning improves airflow because it helps your HVAC system work at optimum efficiency. For the best airflow, you should have your ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years.

Why is my house so dusty?

Your house may be dusty because of cheap and dirty HVAC filters.

What are the benefits of air duct cleaning?

The benefits of air duct cleaning include restoring air conditioners, improving exhaust systems & air handling units, preventing mold with interior duct insulation coatings, and boosting energy efficiency of all systems.

What are the best air filters?

The best air filters have higher MERV numbers. Higher MERV number filters are typically more adept at capturing smaller particles in your air ducts.

What do air filters do?

Air filters prevent dust, pollen, dirt and other pollutants from entering your home through your vents.

Do UV light filters work?

A UV filter will not remove particulate matter but it can eliminate germs, bacteria and viruses.

What are the 4 major indoor air pollutants?

The 4 most common indoor air pollutants are environmental tobacco smoke, bioallergens, combustion products and volatile organic compounds.

How can I improve indoor air quality?

A professional air duct cleaner can improve your indoor air quality by cleaning your air vents to remove harmful pollutants and replacing your air filters.

What is considered good indoor air quality?

The qualities of good indoor air quality should include comfortable temperature and humidity, adequate supply of fresh outdoor air and control of pollutants from inside and outside the building.

How bad is indoor air quality?

Indoor air pollution has been linked to adverse health effects including headaches, respiratory problems, frequent colds and sore throats, chronic cough, skin rashes, eye irritation, lethargy, dizziness and memory lapses. Long-term effects may include an increased risk of cancer.

Are dryer vents a fire hazard?

Anytime dryer vents are neglected, they pose a serious fire risk to the residents living in your home. To reduce the chances of a fire starting in your dryer vent, you should have the vents cleaned on a regular basis.

Do dryer vents get hot?

While most modern dryer vents have thermal fuses to regulate temperature, it is not uncommon for older dryer vents to get hot. If you own a recently manufactured dryer vent, don't be alarmed if it gets hot to the touch. Dryer vents can reach 120 - 160 degrees Fahrenheit while operating.

How can I tell if a dryer vent is clogged?

If your laundry room heats up during a load, your clothes aren't fully drying during a regular sized load, or more lint than normal is appearing around your dryer, your dryer vent is probably clogged.

Do dryer vents produce carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a possible hazard when dryer vents have not been cleaned for awhile. Dryer vents should be cleaned every 2 months.

Should my dryer vent have water in it?

There are a number of causes for dryer vents getting wet. A malfunctioning machine, flapper door and even bad weather can all have an effect on how your dryer vents operate.

Do dryer vents need to be cleaned?

Dryer vents need to be cleaned regularly. Neglecting your dryer vents can put your property at risk for fire damage, carbon monoxide poisoning and complete machine failure.

How much does dryer vent cleaning cost in Milwaukee?

Dryer vent cleaning costs in the Milwaukee area vary from property to property. On average, Milwaukee dryer vent cleaning costs range from $150 to $300.

Still have questions? Contact Air Quality Controllers to learn more about air and dryer vent cleaning. 
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