There’s A Proper Way To Clean Your Air Ducts
How do you clean your air ducts?
There’s a lot of skepticism around the industry. Do a search, and you’ll find half think it’s something you should do regularly, while the other half says it’s a complete waste of time.
A lot of it is based on the unscrupulous companies in the industry. Some “air duct cleaners” will come in, dust of the registers and grills in your home, maybe vacuum out the ducts they can reach with a hose, and call it a day.
The problem lies with the concept of “air duct cleaning.” It’s actually a whole lot more. Your air ducts are a part of your ventilation system, which is part of your heating and cooling system – HVAC or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. You can’t clean a register or two and assume the system is clean. It’s an all or nothing process.
To do a thorough job of cleaning your air ducts, a technician will include the following in the process:
- Air ducts
- Drain pan
- Blower motor
- Heat exchanger
- Air filter
- Air cleaner
That’s why when you hire someone to clean your air ducts, you better make sure they are a certified HVAC technician too.
While cleaning air ducts might seem like a complicated job, it’s quite straightforward. But it is unique to every home. A technician will access the entire HVAC system from all existing openings, including return grills, ducts, supply diffusers, and service openings.
To properly clean the entire system, it requires using specialized tools and brushes to break apart contaminants within the system and remove them completely. That’s why you’ll find a high-quality air duct company will use multiple tools as they travel around your home.
During the cleaning, your entire HVAC system has continuous negative pressure applied to keep contaminants from spreading. In some cases, this negative pressure will also help remove contaminants. It also helps in the collection process, to ensure small particles don’t make it back into your air stream.
You should be aware that some air duct companies use little more than a disinfectant and deodorizer to give the appearance the ducts are clean. The EPA dictates which chemicals can be used in the process, but you should talk with your technician before the process to ensure all chemicals applied are safe for your home.
What other questions do you have about the air duct cleaning process?