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A Home In Brookeville Md That Didn't Need Air Duct Cleaning
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I had an afternoon air duct cleaning call in Brookeville Maryland. If I hadn't asked a few basic questions this homeowner would have had payed for an unneeded service. This is why we do free estimates and always ask questions like: What benefits do you expect to get out of air duct cleaning?. Questions like that, let me know exactly what's on the customers mind and what they truthfully want. On this particular call, I'm glad I asked my questions because the man didn't need air duct cleaning. He had replied that he had gotten sick a lot lately and something unseen was bothering him. I knew exactly what he needed and after inspecting his system explained the culprit.

I already suspected the cause of the man getting ill and confirmed it after a more thorough inspection. As we walked the home, and inspected the registers, we spoke a little about indoor air quality. My friend who's a carpet cleaner had just thoroughly cleaned the carpets. People who are suffering from indoor air pollution or respiratory issues usually need a couple of services done. Carpet cleaning is one and the other is an inspection of anything that can get airborne.

As we approached the furnace in the basement of the townhouse it was brand new. Everything was new. This man had a new system installed a couple years ago. He even had a nice annual air filter installed. Annual air filters are a great investment for improving indoor air quality. I shined my flashlight through the intake registers and saw very little particulate. I could actually still see the metal shine. Seeing that he didn't have a build up of particulate, had a great air filter and had already had his carpets cleaned... I knew what it was. There was bacteria on the evaporator coil.

I knew about this unseen culprit because it affected my house once. It made all my sons and my wife ill. My oldest son even got a bacterial infection because the bacteria had gotten to a scratch on his skin. Once I had treated and sanitized our evaporator coil, it cleared up all our problems. The customers problems were all too familiar. I knew exactly what to do. I explained that the evaporator coil was after his filtration, and that it should be treated with an alcohol based product.

You could clean a coil with an acid based wash, but I only reserve that for severely fouled evaporator coils. These new high efficiency coils have thinner fins and washing them with acid slightly erodes those fins. You can completely sanitize a coil with an alcohol based product and not erode the coil at all. I saved the man hundreds of dollars by not giving him his original request and actually treated his problem without harming his system or using toxic chemicals. Today was a victory for the honest service man and the homeowner too. So don't be annoyed if your air duct cleaner asks a lot of questions.


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