Prepping for the Holidays: A Perfect Time for Air Duct Cleaning

duct cleaningEntertaining guests this holiday season? Then chances are, there’s a whole lotta house cleaning going on. Much more than the usual vacuuming and dusting, oh yes…we’re talking the kind of deep cleaning that takes place when you’re convinced eagle-eyed Aunt Edna will spy those filthy baseboards in between bites of her pumpkin pie. This is the time of year when more carpets are steam cleaned…mini-blinds receive the once-over…dust bunnies are chased from beneath spare beds…and wood floors receive a fresh coat of polish. But although you may think you’ve cleaned every nook and cranny, there’s one area of the home that’s often overlooked and can lead to illness—possibly even death—if not paid proper attention. We’re talking about cleaning your air ducts. Out of sight, out of mind, right? But although you can’t see them, contaminants exist in your ducts and can affect your whole family’s health. As the particles blow through the home, its occupants are at a high risk of inhaling them. This can lead to such health issues as sinus problems, constant coughing and sneezing, severe allergies, headaches, inability to sleep, asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Worst-case scenario: If the amount of debris within your ductwork is especially substantial, it can even lead to a fire in your furnace. If your home or community fall under one or more of the following conditions, it’s recommended that you have your air ducts cleaned a minimum of once per year, if not twice:
  • Smoking inside the home
  • Pets in the household
  • High pollen count
  • Elevated levels of moisture or humidity
  • A recently completed home renovation project
  • A newly constructed home
  • Frequent use of chemical cleaning products
  • Existing flood damage
  • Nearby industries that emit pollutants
  • Rodents like mice or rats running through the ductwork

 What are the major benefits of air duct cleaning?

  • It’s good for your heating and cooling system. Most duct system failures occur because of an accumulation of dust and dirt. In fact, the EPA states that a buildup of just .042 inches of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can result in a 21% decrease in efficiency. By cleaning your ducts, your system will be more efficient which may even lower your energy costs—score!
  • It’s good for your family members, especially children. Because children’s immune systems are still developing, they are at higher risk for illness. It’s common sense that they need to eat nutritious meals and engage in regular exercise to grow into healthy adults. So why not also take the logical step of providing them with cleaner air?
  • High-risk individuals benefit most of all. Folks who have a health condition such as asthma as well as all senior citizens will benefit a great deal from a simple duct cleaning. Everyone deserves to breath easier and reduce their risk of developing respiratory illness.
  • You’ll enjoy a cleaner home, longer. Fewer dust particles blowing through your ductwork means you’ll have to break out the Swiffer® dust cloths less often. Enough said!
Now that you’ve realized the need to have your air ducts cleaned, can you do it yourself? Well, yes—but frankly, it’s not recommended because the results will never equal those of hiring a trained professional. You’ll need a variety of tools, a good deal of time, the ability to maneuver while perched atop a ladder, and an understanding of the many parts that make up your air duct system: supply and return air ducts, grills and diffusers, heating an cooling coils, heat exchangers, fan motor and housing, drip pans, and housing for the air handling unit. Save yourself the aggravation (and backache) and enjoy superior results by hiring a professional cleaning service. But be advised: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! As with many service industries, the duct cleaning business is rife with scam artists eagerly awaiting your call. Last year, for example, a Superior Court judge punished two sketchy New Jersey duct-cleaning companies for bait-and-switch tactics by ordering them to pay more than $68,000 in consumer restitution and over $1.7 million in civil penalties. Backed by hundreds of satisfied customers, LDR Cleaning & Restoration has proudly served all of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since 1991. LDR offers reliable, professional air duct cleaning services, in addition to the complete repair of fire, smoke, wind, water and vandalism damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, the LDR disaster team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. For more information, visit or call 1-888-874-7066. Image courtesy of Save $25 on Air Duct Cleaning - Free Coupon  


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