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Air Duct Cleaning: Worth it?

If you’re not sure whether your home needs an air ducts cleaning, there’s a simple litmus test. Get a flashlight and take a screwdriver to your nearest vent. Take a peak inside. If you like what you see, then you’re probably free to go without an air duct cleaning. If you’re like the rest of us, however, you’re likely to see an excessive amount of dust, pet and human hair, and debris. It’s presence in the vent is indicative of an abundance of it throughout your air system.

While there’s plenty of debate over the merits of air duct cleaning, both the EPA and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommend air duct cleaning in response to mold, pests or excessive debris in your air ducts. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association takes it a step further and recommends an air duct cleaning every three to five years.
Various factors can increase the rate at which your air ducts should be cleaned. The presence of pets in your home, indoor smoking, renovations, home cleanliness and your local weather can all affect your air ducts. People with allergies tend to get their ducts cleaned more frequently, as they report a decrease in allergies following an air duct cleaning.

Proper air duct cleaning is more than just a swipe with a duster. Professional duct cleaners clean your entire system, including coils and the central system. Studies from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers show dirty coils and blowers in commercial buildings can reduce efficiency by up to 40%.

While it may sound simple, air duct cleaning is in fact a skilled job. Coils, central systems and air ducts need to be cleaned carefully to avoid damaging motors or duct work and prevent the loosened debris from going back into your home. Air duct cleaning takes several workers, specialized equipment, and several labor intensive hours.

Beware air duct cleaners that seem implausibly inexpensive. For thorough, well cleaned air ducts, the EPA and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association estimate the minimum you’ll spend to be close to $400. While that price may seem high, it can be much more costly to do with a discount air duct cleaner. Damaged motors, bent ducts, and a home full of dust are costly and time consuming to fix.

High’s Chimney is based out of Gaithersburg, and provides services throughout Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland. Whether you’re looking for air duct cleaning in Rockville, masonry repair in Fairfax, or wood stove installation in Alexandria, our trained professionals are happy to work with you to ensure a beautiful and functional home.

Ducts? Cleaning? Why Do I Care About Duct Cleaning?

Most homes have a forced air system of central heating and cooling. The hot and cold air gets to the rooms of the home through ducts and registers. Even with the best filters in place at the blower motor, dust and other pollutants still get by and get trapped in the ducts.

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The trapped particles build up over time into a thick mat of allergy causing pollutants that break free and get pushed into the home’s air. The only way to remove the pollutants is to use professional equipment that can travel through the ducts and clean them out.

Do it Yourself Duct Cleaning Doesn’t Work.

A homeowner using a vacuum cleaner can only reach a couple of feet into ducts. More often than not, the homeowner ends up just breaking off pollutant build up and forcing it farther into the ducts to be blown out the next time the heat or AC is turned on.

Why Professional Duct Cleaning is the Way to Go

The concept of using a home vacuum with a brush attachment is taken to the extreme with professional equipment. Rotobrush builds equipment that has a rotating brush reminiscent of the style used by chimney sweeps that is attached to a super heavy duty flexible hose. The hose attaches to a powerful vacuum at one end. At the business end, the brush rotates in the ducts to break up the pollutant build up while at the same time sucking all of the filth into the hose.

Pro Duct Cleaning Equipment

Meyer Machine and Equipment offers high pressure systems that drive whip assemblies that are pushed through the duct work to knock all of the debris loose. Once the debris is loose in the ducts, it is cleaned out by a vacuum hose that is guided through the ducts. There are many different whips and brush systems that are designed to be used with different styles and lengths of duct work. A good technician will have multiple tools at his disposable to get to all of the dirt in the ducts. It is a good idea to have some manual brushes on hand too.

Indoor air is known to be of dubious quality in the first place. Adding to the irritants and pollutants already in indoor air by forcing more of it out of old, never cleaned ducts is just adding insult to injury. No wonder spring and fall allergies are so bad. Not only are there new pollens and molds for allergy sufferers to deal with, now they have to contend with the assault the air conditioning, chimney or the furnace brings to their noses through duct work. Not to mention, what do you think a chimney cleaning would stir up in the air within your home?