You can expect smoke to coat every surface in your home if you smoke inside. Smoke accumulates on the walls, floors, ceilings, appliances, furniture, and so on over time until everything is coated in nicotine tar. Because smoke travels through doors, windows, and even cracks, it cannot be contained in one area of a house. While opening windows and using fans can help, they will not completely eliminate smoke from a home. Smoke residue is extremely difficult to clean and even more difficult to eliminate odor.
As smoke permeates your home, it passes through your HVAC system. When smoke is drawn into your system, it is distributed and circulated throughout your home 5 to 7 times per day on average. While you can see a yellow film that stains other areas of your home, the chemical buildup from smoke in your ductwork is more difficult to detect. Because of the nicotine, there will be an oily and sticky buildup inside your ductwork. Because of the nature of the residue, dust, dirt, debris, and other contaminants adhere and accumulate more quickly.
How do you know if your ductwork has smoke residue?
The first sign is a buildup and residue on household items such as ceilings, walls, curtains, furniture, and so on. These items will begin to form a film and/or a yellow tint. Second, pay attention to your nose. If you notice an increase or strong tobacco odor when you turn on your system, this is a warning sign because dust in your ductwork is known to hold odors. Third, if you or someone in your home smokes, you should have your air ducts cleaned more frequently to ensure better indoor air quality. However, in some cases, air duct cleaning will not be a foolproof solution because smoke odors can be absorbed into carpets and walls. For complete remediation, a home may need to be repainted and/or carpets removed.
What role does air duct cleaning play?
A home’s ductwork is analogous to the lungs in your body. The ductwork circulates both the air you breathe and any contaminants that have become trapped in the ductwork. A thorough air duct cleaning will remove all contaminants from your ductwork, including tobacco smoke residue. The system is sanitized after the ductwork has been cleaned and contaminants have been removed. The sanitizer will aid in the elimination of any remaining bacteria or odors. Call ProClean today to take the first step.