Air Duct Cleaning Information
Unfortunately, there is not a lot of air duct cleaning information out
there and people want to know more about home duct cleaning these days
due to concerns about indoor air pollution, mold and other allergens.
While there is not a lot of duct cleaning information available, there
is plenty of information about the dangers of mold, dust and other
allergens in the home and one way these substances can be spread and
dispersed throughout the home is through the air ducts of a home heating
and cooling system. We’ve examined the available literature on the
subject and put together some helpful guidelines to follow.
Is Home Duct Cleaning Necessary or Beneficial?
The Environmental Protection Agency says that home duct cleaning is
not always necessary, nor is it always beneficial. However, the agency
recommends having your air ducts cleaned in specific circumstances, such
- When there is visible mold in the air ducts. Keep in mind
that not all portions of your home air duct system will be easily
visualized so you may need a professional to examine the system in order
to determine if there is mold anywhere inside. Also keep in mind that
some substances may look like mold but not really be mold. You can have
a professional test any suspicious substances to determine if you are
really dealing with mold or not.
- When there is excessive dust or debris in the air ducts or if you
can see that dust and debris being dispersed into your home when the
heating and cooling system is turned on. Keep in mind that it is
normal for some dust to accumulate inside air ducts, but dust typically
clings to the sides of the ducts and is not always dispersed into the
home. A professional can examine your system and let you know if dust
or debris is excessive if you’re not sure.
- When there is insect or rodent infestation of the air ducts.
Insect and rodent droppings frequently spread disease and can be very
dangerous. If you see any evidence of infestation, you should have your
air ducts professionally cleaned as soon as possible.
Finding a Home Duct Cleaning Professional
If you are looking for a home duct cleaning professional for cleaning
services or simply for more air duct cleaning information, you want to
make sure you find someone qualified. The Environmental Protection
Agency offers the following tips:
- Ask professionals if they comply with the standards set by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association.
- If your air ducts are made of fiber glass duct board or insulated
with fiber glass duct liner, ask professionals if they also comply with
the standards set by the North American Insulation Manufacturers
- Ask professionals if they are certified by the state, if
certification is required in your state (it is not required by law in
- Avoid professionals that claim to be certified by the EPA. The
Environmental Protection Agency does not certify air duct cleaning
- Ask for references so you can talk to prior customers to see if they were satisfied with the work they had done.
Costs can vary from about $450 to $1000 or more, but it’s important to
go with a qualified professional, not just the one that offers the best
bargain. You can follow this link to get a list of qualified
Duct Cleaning Professionals
in your area.
For Additional Air Duct Cleaning Information
Follow this link to learn more about the different air duct cleaning techniques that can be used.
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Please feel free to email us if you’d like additional air duct
cleaning information. We respond to all emails and will do our best to
get you the information you need.
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