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What Happens During a Typical Duct Cleaning?

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Posted September 9, 2016
Duct Cleaning

With Americans spending up to 90 percent of their time indoors, your indoor air quality is more important than ever. Air Specialist offers whole-house duct cleaning to help improve eliminate mold, bacteria and germs from your home, thus improving your family’s health.

Why Should I have a Duct Cleaning?

A typical duct cleaning can help reduce the amount of allergens, bacteria and other particles that can cause asthma, allergies or general illness.

What is a Typical Duct Cleaning?

Having your air ducts cleaned generally means your Air Specialist technician is cleaning various components of your home’s forced air system, including:

  • Supply and return air ducts and registers
  • Grilles and diffusers
  • Blower motor and housing
  • Heat exchanger
  • Evaporator coil, drain and drain pan
  • And more

Your technician will discuss exactly what will be cleaned in your home prior to the service. The technician uses specialized tools to dislodge dirt and debris in the system, followed by a thorough sanitizing process to effectively “wash away” the mess. They’ll then do an air filter change and a final testing of the system operation to ensure everything is back to working flawlessly.

Every piece of your forced air system is expertly removed, cleaned and reinstalled for proper seals and efficient use—which will save you money in the long run. Without taking the time and care to replace everything once cleaning is complete, the components of the air duct can become contaminated with dust, pollen or other debris, thus negating the benefits of a duct cleaning (and making your system work harder).

When Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?

While there is no determined timeframe that air ducts should be cleaned (i.e., yearly, quarterly, etc.), there are specific times you should consider cleaning your air ducts:

  • Presence of a vermin infestation (rodents, insects, etc.)
  • Presence of visible mold growth on ducts or other parts of your heating or cooling system.
    • Insulated air ducts might have wet or moldy insulation—because this cannot be cleaned effectively, those air ducts would need to be removed and replaced.
    • If mold is present, actions need to be taken to address what is causing the mold growth.
  • Presence of excess amounts of dust, debris and/or particles that are being released into the home via the registers

If you run into any of these problems and in live in the Houston area, you can discuss with your Air Specialist technician about looking deeper into the problem as to what might be causing the mold growth or the excessive dust.


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