We all have them, but we rarely notice them. In fact, these poor creatures go unnoticed pretty much all the time, until something goes wrong. We’re talking about air ducts. The kind used in conjunction with your heating and cooling system. The fact of the matter is, if you ignore routine air duct cleaning, you’ll end up paying in the end, one way or the other.
One of the biggest problems caused be infrequent air duct cleaning is accumulation of dust, allergens, and mold/mildew. This accumulation builds up until your HVAC system has nothing left to do but expel this polluted air into your living space. Many people who do not clean their air ducts routinely suffer from lowered immune systems or respiratory problems, but they rarely ever think that this could be a contributing factor to their deteriorating health.
Another problem stemming from air duct neglect is the fact that your HVAC system will work overtime to try and maintain the temperature you’re programming it for, and usually this will cause something to inevitably break down in the process. Then, you are forced to pay costly repair fees, and sometimes even more if you have to replace a piece of equipment altogether. In the end, it’s better to just suck it up and pay for routine duct cleaning.
When you do decide to get your ducts cleaned, it is important to verify the cleaning procedure that is being used by the company you selected, as well as what type of equipment will be utilized. There are a number of reasons why a company’s choice in equipment can effect you. It can be something as simple as keeping your furniture and house clean when dust and debris is being pumped out, or it can come down to how much time it will take for the duct cleaning process. Here are a just a few recommended pieces of equipment we feel a duct cleaning expert should use, and how they should utilize them. Hopefully this gives you enough information to choose the company you do business with wisely.
Drop Cloths or Plastic – Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Think about it, though…do you really want a whole bunch of dust, mold, mildew, and who knows what else being blown all over your furniture or house? It’s a simple request, but it sometimes goes unheeded. Make sure the company you’re hiring has some protection for your household belongings.
Vacuum That Can Be Exhausted Outside – This is not always a possibility, but we thought we’d recommend it nonetheless. It will prevent the spreading of air pollutants throughout your household as the cleaning process is taking place.
Insulated Blowing Machines – These are great for dislodging blockages.
Air Gun Head – Very helpful tools for getting pieces debris out of ducts.
High Powered Vacuum – This goes without saying. Again, it’s optimal if the vacuum can be exhausted outside, but if it can’t the vacuum will need to have a heavy duty filtering system that complies with HEPA standards. This will enhance the vacuum’s ability to suck the pollutants and build-up out of your ducts, as well as prevent a messy clean-up afterwards.
Soft Bristled Brushes/Extendable Handles – These are helpful for removing stains and molds from ducts without damaging them.
Depending on the type, and quantity, of equipment the company is using, the time spent on the job can vary. If a lot of the work is being done manually because of a lack of the right equipment, you can count on a longer time on the job. Usually a duct cleaning is a flat rate fee; however, if you are on a time limit, this will ultimately effect your decision.