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I’m a heating and air conditioning contractor. I’ve been in the trade for over 15 years. I’ve witnessed numerous duct cleaning projects and talked with many duct cleaners. Duct cleaning as it’s usually promoted is a fraud. Most duct cleaners claim to deliver cleaner air. They deliver exactly the opposite. The studies on duct cleaning prove it, including a May 1998 study sponsored by NADCA and the EPA! The stories are compelling, but they can come up with stories that “prove” anything they want. Internet searches are dominated by results from those who are paid to tell you that duct cleaning is worthwhile. Search a little more and you’ll find the truth.
Vinick says he’s encountered much anecdotal evidence of the benefits of air duct cleaning. “You could ask the tens of thousands of customers that I’ve had in 26 years about their improved energy consumption and healthy home environment,” he says. 
Each day the air in your home is re-circulated through your home’s air duct system. Over time dust, dander, and debris builds up in your HVAC/Air Duct System making your furnace and air conditioner less efficient which can cost you more money to operate.
 The A/C System Cleaning and restoration industry has become a very lucrative bait and switch industry that many Carpet cleaning companies, Maid services, as well as plumbing or handyman service companies are adding on to there services. These add-ons are not fully certified, trained or even have any experience in the HVAC industry. These companies are the reason prices and quality of work are all over the place. If you are looking to make a smart decision for your home a professional Duct Cleaning service will protect you for 5-7 years. This info comes from NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association) which is the closest thing to a license we have for duct cleaning. They have a great site that explains this process and pricing much more in depth and factual than what has been written here. This organization is working very hard to get these bad companies exposed and out of this industry. So in saying that do your research! Green Duct Decontamination is a certified company with certified technicians that take this work very seriously. We can not have these low rated unprofessional companies paste a bad name for an entire industry. Stay away from anything under 250$ for a full duct clean this is not feasible, go look at NADCA.com and you will understand why and what these companies are doing to rob you of your dollar.
Over time, harmful contaminants such as dust, dirt, pet dander and bacteria become trapped in your home’s air duct system. Without regular air duct cleaning, your air ducts can become hazardous to your health, diminishing the quality of the air in your home and contributing to illness and allergies. No matter how hard you try to give your home a fresh and clean atmosphere, it requires a professional team with powerful equipment to properly clean your air duct system.
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 have a white gritty dust throughout my whole house. Dust and it comes right back. We have central air. In 2013 had all the air conditioning tubing in the attic replaced. Old ones were completely clean. Why?? Thought dust would be in there. Put everything in plastic containers. Furniture everything is always covered with this. Problem is always there year round. Furnace people said it is not coming from furnace. We built house in 1971. Only started with this @ 19 years ago. Thinking when air conditioning went in. We cough all the time and sneeze. I do not have friends come here because I hate how dirty my house looks.
Pastor B – First, thank you for the kind words! The answer to the first 2 questions in a nutshell is yes. Running the fan however by itself is probably the better idea to dry the system a bit. That said, it isn’t a solution, just helps a bit. I would attempt to find the root of the problem and take care of that to end the issue. Adding things like air cleaner and UV light to the system can help long term with some of this but having the a/c coil cleaned and checked (the indoor evaporator coil) is a good start if you’ve not had that done before. If the smell is coming from the crawlspace and getting pulled into the air stream is the issue then sealing the ductwork with a mastic may also be a good measure and is something you can do yourself with a bucket of mastic, a paint brush, pair of rubber gloves and long sleeves….you don’t want to get it tangled up in your arm hair and such. It can be a difficult task to get out. 🙂 I hope this helps and thank you for reading!
There is no standard measurement for the effectiveness of UVGI cleaners. Typical UVGI cleaners used in homes have limited effectiveness in killing bacteria and molds. Effective destruction of some viruses and most mold and bacterial spores usually requires much higher UV exposure than is provided in a typical home unit. Furthermore, dead mold spores can still produce allergic reactions, so UVGI cleaners may not be effective in reducing allergy and asthma symptoms.
On average, we (Indians in Ontario) receive 3-5 calls per day for duct cleaning services from India. I did get ducts cleaned twice in 25 years. For a newly built house, it should be done as material goes into the ducts. Every year, before turning the heat on, I clean the ducts, using the vacuum pipe or with wet towel. Most of the dust, pet hair, small items get to the ducts from the top floors, not where system is installed. Even in winter months, I open 2-3 windows for air circulation for 15 minutes, specially right after cooking, almost daily. We breath in the same stale air, develop health issues. Also, I have an added air cleaning and fileration system installed. At a low rate, this system constantly cleans the inside air and also that it pulls from the outside. Duct cleaning is a scam, there are other efficient and cost effective methods we can use to purify the inside air.
If any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually suggests one or more underlying causes. Prior to any cleaning, retrofitting, or replacing of your ducts, the cause or causes must be corrected or else the problem will likely recur.
in response to this reply ” should your ducts be cleaned”, i have to politely correct the person who answered this. you are not using common sense. first, most of the country uses metal duct work, so for you to say what you did, is wrong. second, the duct system in a house is a circulatory system. that means it draws air into the furnace, it gets filtered, and then it is blown out into the house to heat or cool. So, obviously that air is being brought into the house from somewhere right? Yes, its coming from the outside where there are many allergens and dust particles . For you to says that about whether a duct system is sealed or not, makes no difference. The air is coming from somewhere right? It has to originate from somewhere right? Just look on top of your cieling fan. If there is a bunch of dust up there, then there is obviously a bunch in your ducts. And the duct air is being circulated every day, and every hour through your house. Its simple, dust collects everywhere in your house. Imagine if you never dusted your shelves, or tv? There would be a ton of dust after a while. Well, now think about the air in the duct system. Of course theres gonna be a ton of dust in there. For you to say that it is not benififcial to clean the ducts, is plain ignorant. 90% of the air we breathe is in our household. Wouldnt you want that air to be as dust and allergen free? I could go on for hours about the benifits of duct cleaning, but i just wanted to make a quick point that the person whose says it is not benificial to clean them, is not using common sense. Not to mention, giving the people who clean ducts for a living, a bad name. Use your head .
Ask the service provider to show you any mold or other biological contamination they say exists. Get laboratory confirmation of mold growth or decide to rely on your own judgment and common sense in evaluating apparent mold growth.
Interesting. Giuliano Cuete and Carlo Olcese have the exact same post about pretenders and being NADCA certified, word for word. So how do you become NADCA certified? And does that mean you are not a scam artist or a “blow and do” ripoff? hmmm, interesting. The EPA says that under normal conditions, a properly maintained system should NEVER need it’s ducts cleaned.
The EPA says indoor air can contain 70 times the pollutants of outdoor air, often because of dirty air ducts. We’re the experts in air quality, dedicated to ensuring your family is breathing cleaner air. You’ll save money too with your HVAC systems running at peak efficiency.
2. Dirt and dust restrict air flow. Let’s say your system is doing a fine job of heating and cooling the air. But if the blower fan or motor can’t turn because of dirt or the air filter is clogged with dust, then the system can’t effectively circulate that properly warmed or cooled air through out your home. It’s still going to run longer and use more energy.
Sears two-step, hot water extraction process, and our specially formulated cleaning solutions and fiber rinse are unlike most other carpet & upholstery cleaners. With the steam cleaning process, warm/hot water is used to loosen dirt embedded deep in the carpet fibers then it is quickly extracted with powerful vacuum equipment. Our second step, the Fiber Rinse, insures that we have removed the most dirt and cleaning solution (residue) from your carpet so it will be soft, fresh and stay cleaner longer.
Jeremy – I allow all comments. Particularly ones like this because it gives me the opportunity to educate people. First off, if you really read the article, I clearly state this is a pretty good way to go if you don’t have the money for professionals. I’m guessing you’re a duct cleaner and don’t want me showing people a nice alternative that will save them money and improve their air quality far more than doing nothing. My articles are not aimed to help or hurt anyone’s business…only to help people who can’t afford such services to do the best they can to help themselves enjoy these luxuries when it’s within their ability to do so. I stand by every word in this article. With over 20 years in HVAC from loading trucks to currently running large commercial projects and everything in between, I think the professionals are already on it. Thanks for reading…or kind of anyway.
Your Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning system (HVAC) will consist of either a furnace and AC or a heat pump, which both heats and cools. Both types will have an interior unit (evaporator and blower) and an exterior unit (condenser coil and compressor). These instructions apply to a whole-home air-conditioning or heat pump unit.
Our staff is dedicated to making your house as clean as possible. Along with removing any dust, or lint from your home’s deepest crevices. Over the years we’ve used our share of equipment but we’ve never been able to perform central air duct cleaning, clean return ducts, or clean mold out of duct-work like we can with our current high end setup.
Deb – I’ve never been asked about tear gassing nor do I have any experience with it. I would think not. I don’t know that a standard professional duct cleaning would do it either. Maybe call a disaster restoration company and see what they recommend. They handle drug lab clean ups and things of that nature so they could probably offer better advice. Thanks for reading.
We offer air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning services in a wide array of commercial settings. During commercial duct cleaning, every component of the ventilation system is thoroughly cleaned, including the air handling units, fresh air intakes, variable air volume (VAV) boxes, supply and return ductwork, and diffusers and grilles. Visit our Commercial Duct Cleaning page to learn more or our Bid Request page to schedule a free estimate.
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You cannot control where drywall dust goes in a new home. It will stick to walls, cupboards, etc. It is definitely a good idea to have it done on a new home purchase as the builders don’t do it. Then you should be good to go. Be sure to clean all surfaces in the home first.
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Our trained Atlanta Air Duct Cleaning professionals can ensure that your air ducts and vents are properly cleaned. We use our HVAC system to individually clean each one of your air ducts from the grill back to the main component.
With 2 dogs and lots of dirt outside, you can only imagine the build up in those air ducts over the years. We actually are putting in a new furnace so we are hiring a pro to do it…but now I know what to watch for. Great tutorial and congrats on being Hub of the Day! Wow! Voted very UP and useful.
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Most homeowners don’t know that they need routine air duct cleanings. When was the last time you had maintenance done on the air ducts in your Dallas home? If you can’t remember, chances are good that they’re filled with dust, lint, mildew or even mold. Kiwi has been in business for 30 years, and air ducts are one of our specialties.
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Find out whether your ducts are made of sheet metal, flex duct, or constructed of fiber glass duct board or lined with fiber glass since the methods of cleaning vary depending on duct type. Remember, a combination of these elements may be present.
The most important part of keeping dust and mold out of your AC ducts is to use a high quality air filter.  I’m not talking about the cheap, see-through filters that are used in most apartments and homes, I mean the more expensive 3M filters available at Lowes and other hardware stores.  They aren’t that expensive, usually run around $15 each and will keep dust, allergens and debris out of your HVAC system all together.  For more on how to choose the right air conditioning filter, look at: Air Conditioning Filter – How Dust and Debris can Affect Your Air Conditioner.
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This is my 2nd time using Mr. Duct and they are my go-to for spring A/C cleaning as well as fall furnace servicing/cleaning. Always on time, friendly and knowledgeable technicians. Reliable and trusted service.

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