Duct Cleaning: 10 Facts You Should Know


There has been a long debate about the benefits (or necessity) of duct cleaning, and there are some interesting tidbits that might surprise you. Let’s dive right in and take a look at the surprising facts behind air duct cleaning.

Duct Cleaning may not prevent health problems

EPA studies have determined that cleaning air ducts will not prevent health problems. It does stand to reason though, that dirty ducts can worsen or intensify pre-existing conditions such as allergies, asthma and other issues. A thorough cleaning of the ducts and components certainly play an integral role in prevention and treatment plans.

Duct Cleaning could cause more problems than it solves

If you decide to have your air ducts cleaned, you should research the company doing the work. If you hire someone who isn’t properly trained and qualified, they could potentially cause damage to the system, and various other components internally, forcing you to make costly repairs.

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Cleaning air ducts alone does not change air quality.

Air ducts cannot produce dirt/dust; they merely act as a collection source. The contaminants collected adheres to the ducts and doesn’t re-enter the circulated air. When the ducts are the only portion being cleaned, there will be little change in the air quality. However, most service providers recommend duct cleaning with other component cleanings, which will give your system better efficiency and increased air flow that will make a difference in your energy costs.

Your home contains more VOCs than the air outside

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are comprised of a large group of chemicals that are produced and used daily. These chemicals are carbon-based and easily evaporate. Studies have indicated that these levels can be two to five times higher indoors compared to outside.

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Alleviate allergens

Studies have shown that an estimated 72 trillion allergens invade your home each day. Having your duct system and components cleaned it can help remove allergen build up within the ducts and assist in prevention/treatment plans.

Save money by spending money

This has always been a long-standing common phrase that can be applied to most situations, including duct cleaning. Most services (depending on the size of system) can cost anywhere from $400 – $1,000 for cleaning, but repair costs for a poorly or improperly maintained system can cost three times as much.

40 pounds of dirt each year

According to the NADCA, an average room with six rooms collects up to 40 pounds of dust, and dirt each year, depending on the region. That can be a huge problem for your system and your wallet. Proper maintenance and care can prevent potential problems with your system, and big repair costs.

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Cleaners and disinfectants are pollutants.

Some service providers offer to spray cleaners, inhibitors, sealers and disinfectants as part of their duct cleaning services. These can be useful within the home, however, they take on a different perspective when used in the air ducts. Check with the EPA for products registered as safe for use.

When to commit to cleaning air ducts

There are some situations that can bolster the need for cleaning your air ducts, and those include renovations, the presence of family pets, mold, contaminants, and persistent unidentified illness. While ducts aren’t going to be the actual source for problems, they can certainly be a symptom.

The Benefits for Children and Seniors

Everyone knows that children and seniors are more susceptible to contaminants. Having your air ducts cleaned from time to time makes sense to ensure members of your family are happy, breathing comfortably, and most importantly healthy.

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