Air Duct Cleaning: Choose better to breathe better!

The severity and incidence of respiratory illnesses lessens with regular duct cleaning. Constant climate change often results in several individuals having to deal with respiratory illnesses and turning to healthcare providers for solutions. Often, residents overlook the importance of having their duct cleaning and deep AC cleaning and escape from getting it done not realizing that it will help relieve symptoms. It is particularly important for those suffering from allergic rhinitis and asthma.

It is estimated for about 14 percent of UAE residents suffer from asthma and allergic rhinitis. Breathing becomes difficult for individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions, which can be exacerbated when the weather is changing, owing to dust storms or heavy fog, which bring with them surrounding pollution. Usually, these conditions are harder to manage in homes that have several contaminants and allergens affecting their indoor air quality. Likely, these homes haven’t undergone air duct cleaning and AC cleaning. By getting your AC and duct cleaning done you at least have control over your indoor air quality which you can not have for the outdoor air quality.

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The number of visits to doctors for flu cases increases dramatically between seasons when the weather is more unpredictable. Especially in times like these when the world is fighting a pandemic no one would like to visit a hospital for such things. Internal medical specialists urge residents to ensure having their annual air duct cleaning and AC cleaning conducted, as the AC ducts are known to house allergens, the cause of allergy-related respiratory illnesses, which are rampant across the UAE.

It is recommended that families and homes with individuals suffering from allergies or with indoor pets, should invest in duct cleaning and deep AC cleaning annually. The winter season is a good time for families to undergo their home service given the AC systems are not switched on throughout the day and are used to a minimum. It is advised to engage professionals, such as Moltocare, to conduct air duct cleaning and AC cleaning and make sure to ask them to show images of the dust, dirt, and mold accumulated within the ducts and AC systems- the images will shock most of you! Our skilled workers leave no stone unturned when it comes to providing you with the best service.
The fine dust that accumulates in ducts that haven’t undergone thorough duct cleaning, can contain as many as a thousand dust mites and is estimated to have up to 250,000 allergenic dust mite fecal pellets, which are known to trigger and aggravate respiratory and nasal symptoms in individuals with allergic preconditions. Living and breathing in the presence of these kinds of organisms and dirt are not advisable! A well-known public hospital in the UAE attends to at least 1,500 asthmatic patients in a year, and the healthcare facility has issued a public service recommendation to get deep ac cleaning and duct cleaning done at their homes, to help reduce the severity of these conditions by targeting dust, mold, and fungi.

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According to EPA, you should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:
There are substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems:
Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists.
You should be aware that although a substance may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and may require laboratory analysis for final confirmation. For about $50, some microbiology laboratories can tell you whether a sample sent to them on a clear strip of sticky household tape is mold or simply a substance that resembles it.
If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.
If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.

Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects). Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are released into the home from your supply registers. If any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually suggests one or more underlying causes. Before any cleaning, retrofitting, or replacing of your ducts, the cause or causes must be corrected, or else the problem will likely recur. Some research suggests that cleaning heating and cooling system components (e.g., cooling coils, fans, and heat exchangers) may improve the efficiency of your system, resulting in longer operating life, as well as some energy and maintenance cost savings.

Standard maintenance contracts provided for most apartments and villas typically involve cleaning the grills and filters externally. Tenants/residents would usually have to make an additional request to landlords and property management companies for air duct cleaning and deep AC cleaning services. While most landlords may confer and be willing to pay for it, sometimes the tenants might have to share a portion of the cost with the landlord. In either case, the duct cleaning and ac cleaning is a minor investment that pays forward significantly in terms of better health and has future benefits for your health.

The cost of air duct cleaning and deep ac cleaning varies depending on the number of AC systems and their accessibility. Moltocare provides a free inspection, whereby, the team will come and check the number of AC systems and accessibility and provide a detailed inspection report with images highlighting the present condition of your AC systems, along with a service recommendation and quotation for deep AC cleaning and air duct cleaning. Call 800 MOLTO (66586) or 04 8810811 to schedule your free inspection and take charge of your health to breathe better today!
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