Did you know that dust and allergens lurk in the air ducts of a heating and air conditioning system? A maze of heating and air condition ducts run in the walls and floors of roughly 80 percent of American homes. As the supply ducts blow air into the rooms, return ducts inhale airborne dust and suck it back into the blower. Add moisture to this mixture and you’ve got a breeding ground for allergy-inducing molds, mites and bacteria. Many filters commonly used today can’t keep dust and debris from streaming into the air and over time sizable accumulations can form — think dust bunnies, but bigger.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (also referred to as HVAC), can collect a number of different types of particles and contaminants. Removing bacteria and allergens such as dust, mold, and fungi from your heating ducts can improve the air quality in your home or office.

The benefits of cleaning your ducts regularly include less airborne allergens, longer equipment life, and lower energy costs. Cleaning your ducts keeps your system running smoothly and efficiently.

How to check your air ducts

To find out if your ducts need cleaning, pull off some supply and return registers and take a look. If you see a buildup of dust on the edges of the duct, your heating system could benefit from a duct cleaning.

If a new furnace is being installed, you should probably invest in a duct cleaning at the same time, because chances are the new blower will be more powerful than the old one and will stir up a lot of dust.

Duct cleaning is not a service provided by Genesee, however, we refer our customers to Kleen Rite. They are knowledgeable and dependable, and can be reached at (206) 632-0900.