Is air duct cleaning worth it? This is a question I deal with on a regular basis on the phone and in the potential customers house on an estimate, so is it? Air duct cleaning can be a valuable service if the work is done properly. If the work has been done improperly then you just wasted your money.
Reputable companies have been around a while and have a good track record. Research your potential hires for air duct cleaning or for that matter any company that you might hire. Research is easier than ever with the internet. Just make sure you don’t rely on one resource. Myself I like Angie’s List. You are getting reviews that you can track to the source.
Why is having reviews that you can track from the source important? Well sometimes companies have their employees put up good reviews and likewise former disgruntled employees put up bad reviews. There is even a big legal case going on in Virginia, in federal court about this very subject. I like it when someone is willing to put there name to a review, it has more credibility than bobbo65, as far as I’m concerned.
Now take a deep breath and ask yourself the question when did I last have my air ducts cleaned? If the answer was somewhere between 3 years ago and never your probably due. Next I want you to take another deep breath and listen to these next couple of sentences. Indoor air is 19 times more polluted than outside air. The average person spends 93% of our time indoors. So is indoor air important? The amount of time we spend breathing indoor air is significant so in my estimation yes indoor air is important.
The best way to clean air ducts is a source removal method. What is a source removal method? It is a method that does not seal in the dirt but rather removes the dirt from the air duct system. There are many ways to do this. My preferred method is to attach a vacuum hose, preferably a 10 inch wide hose, onto the main trunklines. Attach once on the supply trunkline and once on the return trunkline.
The next step is to seal off all the vents with either magnetic covers or self adhesive plastic. I would then take off the vent covers and feed a power whip into the vents to loosen the soil. The loosened soil is then taken away to the collection bag, by the vacuum, which is located outside the home. We then would run power air whips down the main trunklines to push all the dirt back to where the vacuum is connected.
This is a very basic explanation of some of the things that take place during an actual duct cleaning. I believe this is the best way to clean your air ducts and why have it done if you aren’t interested in getting the best quality job. Clean for efficiency but also clean for your health.