Air duct cleaning is becoming more and more popular. While there are many products available at any home improvement store to improve the quality of air in specific areas of your home, a professional service will provide a more complete solution. However, not all companies providing this service are the same. Some will not clean all the equipment associated with your system, and some may not do a thorough job. You also may have some companies suggest services that are not needed. Since this process may cost you hundreds to over $1,000, take time to ask questions and know what you are paying for.
– Why do you need air duct cleaning?
Over time, your heating and cooling system can collect dust, pollen and general debris. If any moisture gets in the system, you have the potential for mold and mildew. All of these factors then travel through your duct system and are released into the rooms of your home. Members of your family could then have issues with sneezing, coughing, headaches, breathing, or any number of issues related to these contaminants being pumped into the air.
– What’s the best way to get rid of the contaminants?
If you want to thoroughly address the issue, you need to make sure that each and every piece of equipment associated with your heating and cooling system is treated. This includes everything from the air ducts, to coils, fan parts, and the entire unit housing. If only part of the system is completed, the contaminants can still be spread by the parts that are not cleaned. A typical service will use special tools to remove the dirt and other debris in the ducts, and then vacuum it all out with a high-powered vacuum cleaner. Some businesses may offer to run a chemical through your system that fully “cleans” all the pollutants out, but this is usually not necessary and likely not any more effective than simply vacuuming the pollutants.
– Can anything prevent a re-occurrence?
Unfortunately, your system will accumulate dust and pollutants over time. Some companies may recommend treatments that they say will prevent this from happening, but such treatments have not been proven. The best solution is to periodically get your system serviced, and try to keep dust to a minimum in your home.
If you’re considering air duct cleaning, take time to research different companies to make sure you’re working with a reputable, experienced service. Don’t hesitate to ask for details about their services and references from other homeowners. You are paying for a valuable service, so make sure you get what you pay for!