Good morning! 🕺 Lets talk DUCT CLEANING! Today, I’m going to share with you some personal research I performed on “DUCT CLEANING” - the process of having your heating/air ducts cleaned in your home.
* Note this is NOT professional advice but simply what I’ve learned from researching whether to have this performed in my own home.
Allergy and asthma sufferers are probably the largest contingent of folks who look into duct cleaning. Also, parents who want to make sure their indoor air environment is safe for their kids often look into this. Others may have an unexplainable illness and be willing to consider everything. Most often, the suspected culprit is dust (or more specifically, dust-mites) but sometimes it’s mold or bacteria.
First, there are many $79 duct cleaning offers out there from unscrupulous companies. Their equipment won’t even clean ducts properly. Their main aim is to get in your home to sell you other services and products.
Then there are duct types that can’t really be cleaned. Then there are ducts so old and contaminated the ductwork needs to be ripped out and replaced.
Sometimes there are issues other than dust which can cause problems, especially for allergy sufferers, such as mold & bacteria. Some companies will suggest using a chemical treatment for this. Ask which chemical they want to use and research whether it has harmful effects on humans or pets, as there’s currently no chemical approved for this use by the FDA. There are other methods that may be of benefit, such as a UV-light unit.
Then there are ducts that don’t need to be cleaned but people think they do. In fact, there’s no hard data (yet) that cleaning DUST from ducts helps anyone. The theory is the dust gets trapped in the ducts and doesn’t come out. Note I did not include mold there.
And yes, there is a duct cleaning association (NADCA). Their website was more helpful than most and they certify companies to do this work. I’ve attached a list of the only companies in the Bham area that the association has certified. It is not cheap - at least $400+.
The bottom line is having your ducts cleaned of dust may or may not help allergy sufferers. But if the issue is mold, depending on the type, it can be good to address that by whatever means - and importantly, prevent it from returning. And if you ever choose to have your ducts cleaned, you may want to go with one of the certified companies pictured here and use your favorite HVAC company for everything else.
Have a great day!! 😁
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