“is air duct cleaning worth doing -whole house air duct cleaning”

Do not allow them to use steam because this introduces unneeded moisture into your air conditioning system, and although the moisture on the airflow side of your ducts will soon evaporate, steamers will also blow moisture into areas that do not receive air circulation (joints, etc.) which is a recipe for mold growth.  Don’t allow unnatural moisture into your HVAC system.  Take a look at: How Do You Prevent Mold?
I had both of our furnaces cleaned and inspected. The 3 gentleman were on time, looked professional and best of all walked me through the entire process. If you are looking for a reliable service that promises what they quote…look no further.
Air Quality Engineering manufactures a wide variety of air cleaners and air filtration systems for industrial and commercial applications. Our product line includes mist collectors, welding fume extraction systems, soldering fume extraction systems, electronic air cleaners (electrostatic precipitators), HEPA air cleaners, cartridge dust collectors and disposable media filtered air cleaning systems. We also provide portable and overhead systems, as well as ducted (in-duct) systems for a multitude of environments, including oil and mist collection in industrial applications, welding fume, tobacco smoke removal in the hospitality industry, and air purification in healthcare fields. In addition, we produce HEPA and electrostatic home air purifiers that have been repeatedly ranked #1 in consumer magazines.
The jury is out on whether or not cleaning your air ducts and vents has a significant enough impact to be necessary. A proven connection between immaculate duct systems and air quality in the home has not been made. However, if your vents display any of the signs listed above, cleaning would certainly be in your best interest. Allowing mold, debris and bacteria to fester could create bigger problems down the line. If having your system disinfected is within your budget, you may prefer to take care of these issues rather than ignore them.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.
Improved air quality begins with the lungs of your home. Your air ducts are that hidden room in your house, and the air you breathe may be passing through dirt, dust, and debris. Whether you suffer from sinus and allergy problems, have a new baby in the home, notice a lot of dust, or simply want to breathe cleaner air, calling DuctMedic is a first step to healthier living and a cleaner home.
While your furnace filter is designed to trap this particulate matter and prevent it from entering your air ducts, often particles still get through. The amount of particles your HVAC filter traps coincides with the quality of air in your home: the lower the quality of air, the more particles your filter will trap, and the more particles are likely to get through the filter. If these particles are allowed to build up, your HVAC system can become less efficient, having to operate longer to heat or cool your home. An inefficient HVAC system can result in inconsistent heating or cooling, higher utility costs, and expensive HVAC unit repairs (for instance, an A-coil or blower motor) if the problem is left unchecked. Air duct cleaning from Sears, which focuses on the dirt in your air ducts, can also boost the efficiency of a dirty HVAC system, cleaning out the particulate matter that can hinder HVAC effectiveness.
On the other hand, if family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you think might be related to your home environment, you should discuss the situation with your doctor. EPA has published the following publications for guidance on identifying possible indoor air quality problems and ways to prevent or fix them.
Both the EPA and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) warn against companies that make sweeping claims about the health benefits of duct cleaning. The NADCA also cautions consumers about “blow-and-go” air duct cleaners who charge a nominal fee (often offering extremely low-cost coupons) but use substandard equipment, do a poor cleaning job and perform unneeded services at an extra cost. Cleaning fans and coils is mandatory for a properly cleaned system and should never be listed as an “extra cost.” Be wary if the total “cleaning” process will take only an hour or two.
Al and I just wanted to take a minute to say that John and Frank were great! Very professional and very personable. Because of these two gentlemen I will only use your company for any duct needs. I hope your company knows that the two of them is what gives …
In response to Dan A. I am sorry to hear he thinks air duct cleaning is an out and out scam. I agree there are scam artists in our industry just like any other industry, wish he would’ve explained a little more about his experience.
What if you move into a 20 year old house and find that the people who owned it previously NEVER replaced the filter? It was so dirty that the HVAC system did not work at all. For most people – duct cleaning is NOT a waste of time or money. You must not have allergies. I have very bad ones plus asthma. It makes it very hard for me if I don’t get it done every few years. the way – the ducts get dusty just sitting there – especially without air going through them. Dust settles on them just like it does the furniture.
And if you have flex duct and/or fiberglass ductboard in your home- the last thing you want is a big brush or anything abrasive running through it. Even high-pressure air can erode ductboard so I wouldn’t clean it with anything. If it becomes contaminated, get rid of it and install real ductwork. If your ductwork is accessible in the basement – the best thing to do is take it down and manually clean it if it’s full of junk. It’s not going to cost a nickel more to do that than to pay $500-1000 for a ‘duct cleaning machine” AKA big blower and vacuum – to do the job.
Helpful information. Thanks. I wanted to add, I cut a good length from an old garden hose,inserted inside my vacuum hose and duct taped it. It extended the reach further in a tight space. Pulled out a gruesome amount of dog hair. Thanks again.
yes get a good company and pay the price, I found so much dust and dirt and wood and paint chips and bugs and even bottle caps in my ductwork. I hired a major plumbing company who cleaned ductwork and i will say they did an excellent job cleaning my vent. they did miss one point in my ductwork because i still started to see dust all over my furniture and i realized that my retunduct work that was connected with a piece of sheet metal beam which was 16″ across , the contractor that built my condo used a 16″ wide sheet of sheet metal to connect the vent system to my return for the air to return back into my condo. The contractor should have built a 8″ x16″ square duct by 6 feet long to connect my intake to my return instead of using a sheet of sheet metal 16″ wide by using two 3′ sections by 16 inches wide. That was a shor cut which caused a major problem fir me.
If your facility uses a clothes dryer, you may have a fire hazard without realizing it. Lint buildup increases risk of fire and reduces the efficiency of your dryer. This costs not only time spent working, but also increases the electric bill.
In my opinion, you should never get to the point where a duct cleaning is necessary, and it is completely preventable.  Instead, you should rely on preventative maintenance to ensure the health and welfare of you and your family.  In other words, treat the causes, not the symptoms!  Here are some tips to keep your air conditioning system running cleanly and efficiently:
– Welding & Solder Fumes – Dust Collection – Explosive Dust Extraction – Mist Collection – Odor/Smoke Collection – Mechanical Arms – High Pressure Vacuums – Ducts and Hoses COMMERCIAL AIR CONDITIONINGINSTALLATION
I am in need of HVAC ADVICE!! I need a new furnace badly, mine is cracked. I have bought both a 95 % AFUE furnace and a 5 Ton evap coil, I figured it should all be replaced at once for both cost and efficency. My question is with all the negaitive things I have heard about companies ripping you off, what type of price should I pay someone for putting in those two items and bringing everything in my attic up to code? I have been quoted $550 – $ 3300. Wide margin here!! Then of course comes the licencing part!! I know in my heart that I should use a licenced contractor but I have had such bad luck and prices from them that honestly one that was licened in Ga. and just not here in TN and is a tech. which charges 1100 – 2200 less sounds good as so long as I pay some type of Profenial HVAC person say $100 to inspect the work after its done and before I pay them.
I have to to admit that I was little skeptical of the air duct cleaning ads you see in coupon mailers, but Mr. Duct really changed the way I perceived the industry. Their representatives were knowledgable and, more importantly, honest. I really appreacited their attention to detail and I was happy with the quality of the work.
1. Cover supply registers. Start by covering up your supply air registers (openings that supply heated air to the rooms) with paper towels. You do this to keep dislodged dust from drifting into the rooms as you work. Simply lift the register, wrap the paper towel over the top of it, and replace it.
We are all getting migraines several times a month. I have asthma but not ever as bad as it has been and my 2 year olds dr just informed me she potentially has asthma too. We all get sinus infections regularly and eczema and contact dermatitis. None of us have been this way until recently in our apartment. A roof leak with mold was repaired recently mold was sealed off not removed. We also had lead paint removed from a few window trims this year. I wasn’t here to see if they covered the vents. We had mice too. I vacuum everyday we have hardwood floors no one wears shoes past the font door and I’m getting over a cup full of dirt every time I vacuum. Dust on everything daily. White dust. It’s a 4 room apartment with 1 intake. They are filthy from what I can see when I change the filters. The filters are black after a few months. I feel bad to ask the homeowner to get the system cleaned, can’t afford to move (we live in the city & it’s expensive). I am going to try the shop vac to remove what I can. Any experienced hvac people please give your opinion. Should I just get it done and pay for it myself? We have lived here for 13 years. It’s never been cleaned since ive been here. Is it something I can do with a shop vac? Can i use a wet rag to get the powder dust on the inside of the vents off. One vent has what looks like chunks of dry wall or thick paint sitting in the vent and none of the vents screw into the wall, the screws just fall out. No one ever reinforced the area so the wall just basically crumbles. Kind of useless to spend the money on filters since the air and dust just blows out around the sides of the vents and one of the vents just falls right out of the wall when the heat is turned on. I don’t know why the owner doesn’t fix it. He’s been here to replace filters and saw the condition.
Am just writing to say THANK YOU JOHN H. for your well-written, grammatical, and extremely informative comment. I too have an ancient abode which once had an octopus in the basement and now is on a 3rd forced-air gas heater, and have been contemplating having the ducts cleaned, and now am better equipped to make a decision thanks to you.
I’ve been scammed too. I paid the living social special and they came out and did a sucky job and said we had mold so I paid $330 for it and my neighbor said I shouldn’t have because it is hard to get mold out here were we live. They used a shop vac and a bottle spray which probably had clorox. $330 down the drain for free.

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  1. Cleaning should include: cleaning all of registers, inside the ductwork, the interior of the heating/ventilating system, the furnace fan, and the coils for an air conditioner or heat pump, according to Real-Estate-Agents.com[2] . Once the system is clean, a disinfectant can be sprayed throughout to kill any mold, bacteria or dust mites that remain.
    Gratuitous Rant: First, I’ll be honest with you…I think this is all a bunch of voodoo.  If you properly replace your air conditioning filters, on the proper interval of every three months, then having your air ducts cleaned wouldn’t be necessary in the first place.  Second, having replaced a lot of ductwork in my day, let me tell you that if you have flex-duct, which you probably do, having your air ducts “cleaned” is going to tear them all up on the inside.  On the inside, they are plastic about as thick as a disposable tupperware container.  They are meant to maintain proper air flow over a 10-20 year lifespan, NOT to be scraped with a brush and vacuum.  We’ve had to replace a lot of ductwork in our day from people having their ducts cleaned.  That being said, you are here because you are interested in having your air ducts cleaned, so I’ll be nice from here on out…but now you know my thoughts.

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