Debating if furnace duct cleaning is worth it?
Well, the EPA recommends that you only have your ducts cleaned if you see:
See these signs? Then you absolutely need to have your furnace ducts cleaned as soon as possible.
Don’t see the signs but wondering if you should still have your ducts cleaned for peace of mind? We’ll help you make an informed decision on whether or not to have your furnace ducts cleaned.
Read on for a breakdown of furnace duct cleaning pros and cons...
Think you need a duct cleaning? Give us a call, and we’d be happy to help you schedule an appointment with one of our trusted technicians. They’ll visit your home and help you decide if you actually need a duct cleaning.
If you don’t see mold, insects/rodents or excessive dust coming from your vents then you may not need a duct cleaning.
Here’s why: Your heating/cooling system has air filters that keep dust away from your heat exchanger (furnace) and evaporator coils (air conditioner) and reduce dust from entering your ducts and blowing back into your house.
So, as long as you regularly change your filters, you’re probably okay without a duct cleaning. On the other hand, if you don’t regularly change your air filters, have a professional inspect your ducts for excessive dust buildup.
Dust contains dead skin cells, animal dander, pollen, dirt and even insect parts—so it's not something you want floating around your home's air or clogging up your furnace system.
If you’ve recently bought a home and are not sure the previous owners regularly changed the filters, it’s a great time to have your ducts cleaned and your system tuned up.
If you hire a careless contractor, a duct cleaning could bring more harm than good to your ducts.
Most contractors use long vacuum tubes to suck up the dust from your ductwork. If the contractor isn’t careful, they can damage the interior of the ducts, which could create leaks or holes. But if the contractor is careful, these long vacuum tubes won’t cause any harm and they’ll clean your pipes efficiently.
So if you do need a duct cleaning, we recommend you follow the EPA’s guidelines for choosing a contractor:
Beware of contractors who don’t meet those requirements because they could be scamming you (i.e. charging you for a duct cleaning, but not cleaning them properly).
The keyword here is “could”. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that no research has proven definitively if duct cleaning prevents health problems.
However, the argument that duct cleaning improves your indoor air quality is a strong one. If your air ducts are clean, your home’s air is cleaner. And improved air quality can reduce your risk of indoor health problems, especially if someone in your home has asthma or other respiratory illnesses.
Cleaning away dirt and debris in HVAC components (which happens during duct cleaning) will improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Think about it—less debris in your system means your system has to strain less to blow warm or cool air into your home. And when your furnace doesn’t have to overexert itself to warm your home, you spend less money on monthly heating bills.
Read our related article for more info: 3 Sure-Fire Signs You Should Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned
When a professional cleans your ducts, he or she will vacuum out dust and debris from your home’s ductwork, but they’ll also clean HVAC components like…
Components cleaned in your heating/cooling system by a professional. Image source: www.epa.gov
Basically, the contractor will clean any place where dust and debris can settle in your HVAC system.
Note: Some contractors may recommend ozone or chemical biocides to kill bacteria or mold growth, but these solutions can be hazardous to human health if not used properly. If you have mold, you should contact a certified mold remediation specialist. If the duct cleaning contractor suggests chemical biocides to kill bacteria, make sure they follow EPA regulations on using chemical biocides before they perform any treatments in your ducts. George Brazil Air Conditioning & Heating does not apply ozone or chemical biocides inside the ducts.
We’ll double check to make sure you need a duct cleaning and we’ll help you schedule an appointment with one of our certified technicians.