Thinking of new Duct Work for your Heating and Air System?
You sealed the deal after months of searching for the right home. Getting it down to your top choices, while working on “the number” that actually fits your budget. Maybe a little back and forth to shave off a few grand to get the price actually into your comfort zone. You sit across the table from the previous owners, realtors, and the lawyer who drew up the papers for everyone to sign. Then you run out of the law office with high fives, hugs, and a few sweet kisses.
Now it’s time to kick out all remnants of the previous folks that reside still in the walls. Get rid of scuff marks from post soccer games on late Thursday nights or little Cindy’s height from ages two through fourteen on the door jam. Claw marks buffed out of the hardwoods from when Buck, their golden retriever, ran after the kids in the house when they teased him. Though they grabbed their stuff, they left a lot of them for you. So you paint, you rip off the 1983 wallpaper, you buff up the hardwoods, scrape the popcorn ceiling. You get all the things that are “you” into the home and you relax. But wait. What is that smell? “I smell it every time I come in this room” or “Why am I reminded of Sasquatches under arms right now?” You can’t quite figure it out or maybe you feel stuffy at times or sneeze more and feel congested. Why?
Stop here, grab your smart phone, open up that metal grill where you change your filters, reach in there with the phone and snap a picture or two. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Gross, right? What do you think all that is that is caked on the walls of your ducts? You know… your ducts, that sheet metal square or circular pipe that is carrying every ounce of air that you breathe into your lungs. Yes, you guessed it: dust, dead skin cells of every person that has been in this house from the day the air conditioner was turned on (average person sheds 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells per a day). Also, don’t forget the pet dander, dust mites, fungi, and bacteria.
So what do you do? There is a lot of mixed reviews on what exactly to do in the industry. If the ducts are 15 years old, you may consider replacing them which we often do for customers who are extremely happy with the results. If they are mostly hard duct, then you can look at having them cleaned. If you do replace or clean, there is a product out there called Aeroseal that I have seen work and do some amazing things. We don’t currently offer this service but should in the near future. When you do take action with your duct system, watch your immune system smile back at you in the mirror when you get out of bed in the mornings. You know why it’s smiling? Because its happy that it no longer has to battle as hard.
***Picture is of a piece of duct we removed from a client’s home that wanted a complete duct replacement. In future blogs I will explain why this was necessary.
ASAP Heating & Air is a residential and commercial Mechanical Contractor focusing on HVAC systems. We are licensed to perform services in the state of South Carolina. Call us at 803-260-HEAT if you should ever need our services.