Got Allergies?

Winter time and not a plant in your area can be found poofing pollen particles into the air. So why are you still sniffling, sneezing and wheezing? It could be your heating furnace ducts.duct debris sacramento inspector

Take a look at the inside of your heating and cooling ducts… like the certified home inspectors at Pacific Coast Inspections, Inc. routinely do during their indagate inspections (to search out, to investigate) … by lifting up one or more floor register grates (vents), where the heated or cooled air comes into a room.

Do you see, what we see? … coins, paper clips, pet hair, dust, dirt, gum, pencils, pens, beads, paper, combs, dried food, crumbs, rings, rodent droppings, insulation, bio-growths, etc… you get the idea.

If the duct under a floor vent looks like the photo above; periodically grab a shop vacuum.

To minimize dust contamination of the ducts:

  • · Use high-efficiency air filters in your heating and cooling system.
  • · Change filters regularly.
  • · Periodically have a service tech clean cooling coils and drain pans.

Moisture should not be present in ducts. Controlling moisture is the most effective way to prevent biological growth in air ducts.

To prevent ducts from becoming wet:

  • · Make sure heating/cooling ducts are properly sealed and insulated.
  • · Ensure all crawlspace ducts are supported up off of the ground
  • · Pay particular attention to air conditioning cooling coils, which are designed to remove water from the air and can be a major source of moisture contamination of the system that can lead to bio- growth inside ducts.
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