Residential Air Duct Cleaning

What to Expect From an Air Duct Cleaning Service Provider

If you choose to have your ducts cleaned, the air duct cleaner should:

  • Open access points or doors to allow the entire system to be cleaned and inspected.
  • Inspect the HVAC air system before cleaning to be sure it works. Inspect the HVAC air system after cleaning.
  • Use an agitation method for dislodging dust inside the ducts, and a vacuum method to collect the dust once airborne in the ducts.
  • Use a good quality vacuum equipment procedure that exhausts particles outside of the home or uses high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) filters if the vacuum exhausts inside the home.
  • Protect carpet and household furnishings during cleaning. Use drop clothes as required.
  • Use only soft-bristled air duct style brushes for fiberglass duct board flex ductwork and for rigid sheet metal ducts internally lined with fiberglass.
  • Take care to protect the duct work, including sealing any access holes the service provider may have made or used so they are airtight.
  • Follow NADCA‘s standards for air duct cleaning.

EPA Suggestions and Comments on Residential Air Duct Cleaning in America

The following text is posted here as a consumer service, courtesy of the US Department of Environmental Protection. For the full article, please click here.

From the EPA website:

“Duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. Neither do studies conclusively demonstrate that particle (e.g., dust) levels in homes increase because of dirty air ducts or go down after cleaning. This is because much of the dirt that may accumulate inside air ducts adheres to duct surfaces and does not necessarily enter the living space. It is important to keep in mind that dirty air ducts are only one of many possible sources of particles that are present in homes.

The EPA does not recommend that air ducts be cleaned except on an as-needed basis because of the continuing uncertainty about the benefits of duct cleaning under most circumstances.

EPA does, however, recommend that if you have a fuel burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, they be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. [Please Click here to book your annual service appointment for cleaning of a fuel burning furnace, stove, or fireplace.]

Some research also suggests that cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems.

If you think duct cleaning might be a good idea for your home, but you are not sure, talk to a professional.

Residential Air Duct Cleaning

Midtown Chimney Sweeps provides residential air duct cleaning in select areas around the country, please call or use our online scheduler to request service today!