Best Air Duct Cleaning Method
The best air duct cleaning method is the one that fits the condition of your specific ductwork and realistically addresses interior air quality issues. While duct cleaning isn’t recommended for every home, it is one valuable tool in an overall strategy to safeguard the air your family breathes.
The entire air volume of your house circulates through your RamAir HVAC more than five times every day. Airborne particulates and other contaminants are continuously deposited in ducts and then recirculated into living spaces. Over a span of years, the accumulation of dust, dirt and microorganisms like mold and bacteria can reach levels that impact interior air quality and may cause irritation and allergic responses in susceptible people — not to mention an ongoing housekeeping headache with never-ending dusting.
Because much of the duct network inside a home is not accessible to the average do-it-yourselfer, a homeowner can normally perform only limited duct cleaning. However, some benefits may result from taking these simple steps:
- Turn off the A/C or furnace at the thermostat.
- Vacuum the HVAC vents in each room with a crevice tool.
- Unscrew the vent covers and wash them to remove all dust and dirt.
- While the vent covers dry, install the crevice tool on the longest available extension. Insert the tool as far as possible into the ductwork and vacuum the interior of the ducts.
- Reinstall the vent covers.
The best air duct cleaning method usually begins with a thorough inspection by a qualified duct cleaning professional. The preferred candidate for the job is usually an established local HVAC provider, like Total Air Solutions — the contractor that installed your A/C and furnace is a good starting point for getting a competent inspection and honest evaluation of your system. A comprehensive procedure will include visual inspection of all spans of ductwork, including those that are inaccessible to the average homeowner, such as in the attic or in the crawl space under the house. A trained inspector will be alert to red flags such as:
- Layers of dust and dirt adhering to interior duct surfaces
- Evidence of mold growth in the ducts
- Signs of water contamination or moisture damage from condensation.
- Insect infestation
- Signs of wear and tear on HVAC components caused by dust infiltration
- Dirty filters and other maintenance issues, such as air leaks in the ducts, that admit contaminated air
After a thorough inspection, a professional duct cleaner will provide a written report and a recommendation of the duct cleaning procedures required to remedy any problems. A reputable contractor will not present duct cleaning as a cure-all for all illnesses nor promise any specific medical benefits from a cleaning procedure.