Is Duct Cleaning A DIY Project?
Duct cleaning has grown in popularity over the past few years. You’ll find commercial duct cleaning companies popping up everywhere. But is it worth it?
Type “duct cleaning” into Google and it autofills with the phrase “duct cleaning scams”. Search the phrase and you’ll find several thousand search results devoted to the subject.
Is duct cleaning something that is necessary for your home? Is it a do-it-yourself project? Or should you take the time to hire a company that can do a thorough job?
Duct cleaning isn’t a simple process. You can’t thoroughly clean your ductwork with a common vacuum or shop-vac. A professional duct cleaning service will use specialized blowers, vacuums, and brushes to clean out the supply, intake, and return ducts throughout your home. Duct cleaning should also expand beyond the ductwork and into your HVAC system, cleaning out the air handler, registers, grilles, fans, motors, and coils as well.
Dirty heating and cooling coils, motors and handling units can make your HVAC system run less than efficiently. Dust, debris, and pollutants lingering in the air – including the air in your ductwork – can continue to build and affect the overall air quality in your home. Indoor air quality is one of the largest issues we’re facing right now, and it impacts us in many ways, from putting your family at greater risk for colds and flu, to impacting your immune system and increasing your risk of developing allergies and other chronic conditions.
While having your ductwork cleaned is not an every day, routine maintenance item, there are times when having your ducts cleaned is beneficial.
Renovation – any time your home is remodeled – especially if there was significant dust, lead paint removal or asbestos abatement – your ductwork should be cleaned to remove potentially harmful debris.
Animals and pets – pet dander can quickly build and has the potential of escalating the amount of contaminants found in your ducts. If there is ever any evidence of an animal infestation or nesting in your ducts or HVAC system, a thorough cleaning will remove the potentially harmful problems.
Illness – if anyone in your family has an increase in illness or is suffering from unexplained allergy-related symptoms, decontaminating your home should start by having your ducts thoroughly cleaned.
Water Damage – when water seeps in, moves behind your walls, through wallboards, ceilings, and floors, it can cause a lot of damage you can visibly see. It can also cause a lot of damage you will never see. Biological growth can occur in many places, affecting a wide variety of things. A thorough cleaning of your ductwork will protect your family from the things you might not be able to see.
A Recent Move – if you’ve just moved into your home, having your ducts cleaned will ensure you of a safer, cleaner environment. Because you don’t know the living habits or the cleaning patterns of the people before you, it can give you peace of mind in knowing your air will be cleaner when your HVAC system is in use.
Professional duct cleaning does not have to be a crap shoot in the yellow pages. NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) provides a data base of companies that are certified to clean your ducts to the highest standards and finding a NADCA certified company like RS Andrews to work with, will leave you with peace of mind, knowing the ductwork has been cleaned and dis-infected throughout your home.
How clean are the ducts in your home?