Having your dryer vents professionally cleaned can provide a number of environmental benefits. Regular maintenance can help to improve air quality in your home or business, reduce the risk of fire, and extend the lifespan of your dryer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you read up on the subject of duct cleaning, as it provides important information on the subject. Although there is no conclusive evidence that duct cleaning prevents health problems, it can be beneficial in certain situations. Much of the dirt that accumulates inside air ducts adheres to the surfaces and does not necessarily enter the living space.
The EPA does not recommend that air ducts be cleaned routinely, but only when necessary. If you decide to have your air ducts cleaned, it's important to make sure that the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so. The service provider may also suggest applying chemical biocides or treatments to encapsulate or cover the inner surfaces of air ducts and equipment housings. These practices have not yet been thoroughly investigated and you should be fully informed before deciding to allow them. You may want to consider cleaning your air ducts simply because it seems logical that the air ducts will get dirty over time and should be cleaned from time to time. As long as cleaning is done properly, there is no evidence to suggest that such cleaning is harmful. If family members have unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you think might be related to your home environment, you should discuss the situation with your doctor.
The EPA has published a number of publications for guidance on how to identify potential indoor air quality problems and ways to prevent or fix them. While the debate over the value of regular duct cleaning continues, there is no evidence to suggest that such cleaning is harmful, provided it is done properly. On the other hand, if a service provider fails to follow proper duct cleaning procedures, it can cause indoor air problems. In conclusion, having your dryer vents professionally cleaned can provide a number of environmental benefits. It's important to make sure that the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so.