Duct cleaning is part of homeownership but not everyone knows exactly how duct cleaning is done. Sure, you can hire someone to complete the job for you, but what exactly does it involve?
You should contact a few air duct cleaning services to get a quote and find out their policies and practices before you book an appointment.
What is the duct cleaning process? And how often should you have your ducts cleaned? Continue reading to find out!
How Duct Cleaning is Done
If you notice that your utility costs are increasing and there is more dust present near your air ducts, it is probably time to have them cleaned. Once you have booked an appointment with a reputable duct cleaning company, they will come out to your house and perform the following:
The Cleaning Team Will Inspect the Air Duct System
Before they can begin to clean your air ducts, they will need to perform a visual inspection of the ductwork. They will inspect the overall working condition as well as check for leaks, kinks, or other such damages. Typically, the cleaning company will also perform any necessary repairs and replace any ductwork that is damaged beyond repair.
Next, They Will Produce Negative Pressure
Large trucks with mounted equipment or state-of-the-art portable vacuum cleaners are used to clean air ducts. They will first hook up the device to the air duct near the air holder. After it is tightly sealed, they will then use an adhesive cover to seal all the registers. They then create negative pressure by turning on the vacuum unit to suck out any debris.
Remove the Dust by Agitating It
While the negative pressure is being asserted, they will uncover all the registers and proceed to clean each duct, one at a time. They will use a complex system of compressed air tools, vacuum cleaners, and a rotating process to dislodge and remove any dirt or debris remaining in the ductwork.
Finally, They Will Clean the Rest of the HVAC System
It is advisable to have them clean the entirety of your HVAC system, including the drain pan, blower motor, and evaporator coil. Then they will remove the equipment and once again inspect the system to see if it is in proper working order.
How to Tell if Your Ducts Need Cleaning
Below are some of the signs that indicate your need duct cleaning in your home
Higher Energy Costs
If your vents are clogged with dust and debris, it will cause your HVAC system to work twice as hard. This will increase your energy costs. Cleaning your air ducts will not only lower your energy bills but can also help prolong the life of your HVAC system.
Increased Dust and Debris
As your air ducts become backed up with debris, you will notice an increased presence of dust around your home, especially near the air vents. This can cause additional problems for those with underlying health issues such as breathing conditions or allergies
Bugs and/or Rodent Infestation
Often rodents build their nests in ductwork, especially during the colder months. If you are noticing the presence of rodents, or insects, it is a telltale sign that you need your ducts cleaned.
Mold or Mildew
A clogged vent system could lead to mold or mildew growth in your home, which could lead to serious health issues if not removed in a timely manner.
Have any more questions about how duct cleaning is done? Contact Comfort Clean for a free estimate and book an appointment for professional duct cleaning today!