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Return Air Vents In Kensington Maryland - The Dirty Side That Surprises Homeowners
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Return Air Vents In Kensington Maryland  -  The Dirty Side That Surprises Homeowners

If you've never removed your return air grill and peeked down your return vent, you might be repulsed. The view of the greyish muck, brown if you smoke inside, is too much for many homeowners. I always stress that you change your air filter every month. Except, of course, if you have a 4 inch or annual filter. The average home in Kensington uses 1 inch filters. Those 1 inch filters should be changed every month. It's healthier for you, and it's preventative maintenance for your system. If you think that the prices of the filters is too high, you can use a generac brand. Just find a return filter with a good pleat.

Kensington Maryland has a lot of individual return systems because of the older homes. Those individual returns often clog. I've seen hundreds of homes in the Kensington area that greatly needed air duct cleaning. Some homeowners shudder when I show them whats inside their air ducts. The restricted air flow in individual return systems allows a lot of debris to build up. You might be shocked when an air duct cleaner shows you pictures of what has accumulated inside your air ducts.

Did you know that a majority of the debris collected in return air vents is human skin cells?

It's estimated that 70% of that grey matter, that you see in pictures, is human skin cells. We shed our epidermis once a month. It's always grey, no matter your skin tone. Pigments and blood vessels are much lower than the skin cells we shed. The shedding skin is always grey. That's the majority of the debris that's lining the return side of the home. I've seen supply sides, the air you breathe, that were equally as dirty as the returns.

I'm a big fan of return grills that have filters on them. Unfortunately, Kensington has many older homes and those older homes have individual returns. You can't put filters on all those return grills. It would cause too much restriction. Older homes air flow is already too restricted. The newer homes and the remodeled ones have big central returns. Instead of placing the filter at the furnace/air handler, you can put up filtered grills. It just makes sense to filter the debris before it even gets into the system. Clean air ducts are healthy air ducts, and they are more streamline when they are clean. They allow air to pass through them easier. That's why those individual return homes should regularly have their air ducts cleaned. Individual returns get so fouled up that they can't even move air through them. When there is a lack of air flow, the stagnant are allows all sorts of indoor air quality issues. That's why air duct cleaning in Kensington Maryland is so important.


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