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Should I Get My Ductwork Cleaned After Wildfire Smoke Exposure?

Being so close to Canada, our area is impacted by the wildfires happening in Canada. Ash and smoke can blow down when the wind currents are just right, having a huge impact on your home and family. And you may not always be able to see the particles in the air, either.

But there are some steps you can take to keep your family protected from breathing in this pollution. And one of those steps is scheduling duct cleaning service in Maple Grove, MN. While you ultimately want to install an air purifier to eliminate pollution, duct cleaning services are a great place to start and you can keep reading to learn more about why.

Impact of Wildfire Smoke

You aren’t just breathing in wildfire smoke when you’re outside of your home. All of those microscopic particles from the wildfires can get into your home, and ultimately into your air conditioner. You may not even see these particles in the air, but over time they can build up inside of the system and cause problems. 

A lot of the residue from wildfire smoke ultimately ends up in the network of ducts that attaches to your air conditioner. It can settle into a layer on the bottom of the ducts and then stir back up and blow into your home each time your air conditioner turns on for a cooling cycle. As more particles blow into your home, additional particles are settling in the ducts to create an endless cycle of indoor air pollution unless you interrupt the cycle.

Duct Cleaning

Duct cleaning is an opportunity for our team to clean the surfaces inside of your ductwork so you can start fresh. You’ll never be able to eliminate dust and dirt completely from being able to get into your system unless you invest in an air purifier.

And even then if your ductwork develops holes, wildfire particulates may continue to sneak in because the particles are so tiny. We typically suggest that you invest in a duct cleaning service every 3-5 years. But with wildfire smoke as a factor, it is increasingly important that you schedule a duct cleaning for your home, even if you’ve had the service done in the recent past.

Duct Sanitizing

If your ductwork is particularly dirty, you may even want to invest in sanitization too. With a typical duct cleaning, we just wipe down the surfaces. But with sanitization, we also employ the use of cleaners to kill germs so that you don’t have to worry about anything harmful being left behind.

Duct Testing and Sealing

It’s also a good idea to make sure that your ductwork is properly sealed to prevent particulates, dust, and dirt getting in through holes. To complete duct testing, our team will seal off and pressurize your ductwork so that we can easily identify each hole or broken seal and make sure that the network as a whole is completely airtight. This is a step that can help prevent your ductwork from being as dirty as fast in the future.

Contact Comfort Matters Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. With you through THE HIGHS & LOWS!

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