Is It Time for a Professional Duct Cleaning? Find Out Today
There’s a lot of misinformation circulating about professional duct cleaning. There are also a lot of scammers who may try to cheat you under the guise of cleaning your ductwork. They’ll offer to clean your ducts for a ridiculously low price. Then when they arrive at your house, they’ll tell you that you have a much more serious — and expensive — problem.
The Environmental Protection
Agency has found no evidence that regular duct cleaning has any impact on either indoor air quality or HVAC performance. There is some anecdotal evidence that it can help, but even duct cleaning advocates agree that once every few years is sufficient for effective cleaning. So when do you need to get your ducts cleaned? There are three circumstances where it’s absolutely necessary:
- There’s mold. Mold in your ductwork is a big problem. It’s also notoriously difficult to identify. If you suspect you may have mold growth, send a sample to a microbiology lab to confirm that what you have is, in fact, mold, rather than something harmless that just looks like it.
- There’s an infestation. If there are insects, rodents, or other vermin living inside your ducts, it’s definitely time to have them cleaned, to eliminate the infestation.
- The ducts are clogged. If there’s so much dirt and debris in your ducts that it’s blowing out of the vents and into your home, then a professional duct cleaning is necessary to eliminate the contaminants and improve your indoor air quality. Proper duct cleaning takes several hours, and uses an industrial-strength vacuum cleaner, often mounted on a truck. If your duct cleaner finishes too quickly, or doesn’t use the right equipment, they can end up making the problem worse. If you do need your ducts cleaned, find an HVAC contractor you trust, and make sure the job is done right.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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