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Ask a Professional: How Does Dirt Get Into My House?

Ask A Professional

In my 12 years of doing heating and air in Amarillo in the surrounding communities, I have been asked many times, “How does all this dirt get into my house and system?” Today I am going to answer this question. I am also going to shed some light on a few other issues that relate.

Take a minute and imagine that your duct system is like a big vacuum. It’s taking all the dirt, dust, and other airborne particles in your home sucking them into your system running it through, then blowing them out into your home again.

When that air is blowing through your duct system, dust and dirt naturally gets caught on some of your duct. If you have a good filter it will stop some of the large particulate but not everything. The smaller things still pass through and get caught in one of the other filters you have in your home. The other filters that you have in your home are the most expensive--- they are your indoor coil and your lungs.

How to Prevent Dirt & Dust Accumulation

There are several things that you can do to stop this and also save yourself money. You can install an air cleaner instead of a filter. Air cleaners can stop up to 98% of all air born particulates in your home. Another thing you can do is have a trained professional perform a duct tightness test. Leaky air ducts not only allow dirt, dust and other icky stuff to be sucked into your system and blown into your home; they also cost you a lot of money in wasted utility costs. You should have no holes in your duct and all of the joints should be sealed with a UL181 sealant.

Gary’s Is Now Offering Duct Cleaning!

I am very excited to tell you about the next thing that can help you with your indoor air quality. Gary’s Heating and Air Conditioning is now offering Duct Cleaning. The machine that we use has a brush that knocks the dirt, dust and other air born particulates off the liner of the duct. Then that junk is sucked up by a very strong vacuum and put in a HEPA bag. We also have a tool that sprays an antibacterial solution into you duct to help with anything that may be left air born in your system. If you have any questions please give me a call.

Gary’s Heating and Air Conditioning is available 24/7 for your heating and air conditioning needs in Amarillo and the surrounding communities. Learn more about our specials here.

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