Should I Clean My Air Ducts?

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

Adam Ketterman says he suffered from a nagging,
dry cough after some drywall work created a lot of dust in his home. He scheduled an
air duct cleaning and immediately felt his symptoms improve. “I did feel a lot better physically right
after the duct cleaning like within two to three days. I noticed it was like flipping
a switch, so I was kind of excited about that.” There is no scientific evidence that regular
duct cleaning improves air quality, but some consumers have reported that when they have
their ducts cleaned, they experience fewer allergy symptoms and cleaner air. Air duct
cleaning is designed to remove air-borne dust and debris from the air duct system components
of HVAC, forced air systems, gravity heaters and other related systems.
“This is the hose for the negative air machine that pulls about 5,500 cubic feet of air per
minute. We cut into the supply and the return side. We push through the system. The debris
comes through the system, hits this hose and then is carried outside to the negative air
machine filter and all of the debris is captured outside so nothing will be inside your home.
So this is our negative air machine where the suction or the vacuum hose leads into
this. When it’s on, it fills up and all the debris that we get out of your ducts is
collected right here.” Angie’s List says you must do your research
when hiring to ensure you are working with a reputable contractor. Beware of bait-and-switch
tactics that advertise an unbelievably low rate and then immediately start tacking on
up-charges or using scare tactics. “One of the more common things that we hear
about with air duct cleaning comes down to pricing. It’s important for consumers to
get written in-home estimates because a lot of times air duct cleaning is based on either
the square footage of the home or the number of vents. A typical air duct cleaning might
cost anywhere from $300-$500. If you find you’re being offered a really low price,
you’re going to want to question it.” There are a couple of ways to tell if your
air ducts are dirty. “One of the easiest ways to find out is
to take the vent cover off, stick a camera phone down there and take a picture. They
are going to be able to see down the duct. Another sign is if the house is dusty a day
or two after cleaning the house.”

13 thoughts on “Should I Clean My Air Ducts?

  1. i took my vent cover off and took a picture with my iphone. i dropped it into the venting system. Can you help me retrieve my camera ? thanks

  2. Air ducts and dryer vents should be cleaned regularly. Many of our customers are satisfied with the results of clean and fresh air!

  3. I wish we could do a duct cleaning for $300 to $500.00 if you want it done properly you would spend double those amounts.

  4. I have to back this man on the sinus issues. Had it all my life. Got my ducts cleaned and sanitized and I noticed the difference very quickly. The guy who did mine showed me pictures before and after. and I know they were my ducts I watched the whole time. 40 year old ducts looked like brand new after cleaning.

    Veteran Owned and Operated
    Air Duct Cleaning and Dryer Vent Cleaning
    Serving all of New Jersey.

  6. Some of us have dirty ducts and cannot afford professional services. That would be the ideal way to go. But today I decided to try and clean my ducts myself in my mobile home. Maybe a house would be similar. All I needed was 4 tie wraps about 7 inches long, a car wash mitt, a vacuum cleaner, a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and a 7 foot piece of vinyl top rail from a mobile home supply store. The vinyl top rail is stiff enough yet flexible enough to go into the vent holes. I put the car wash mitt on the end of the vinyl top rail and secured it to the rail. Connecting 2 tie wraps and tightening them around the mitt and also a second 2 tie wraps about 2 inches lower. That was enough to keep the mitt from coming of the end of the vinyl top rail. I squirted the hydrogen peroxide on the mitt and inserted it into a vent and I pulled it back and forth. I pulled the rail out and it was cover in filth. I repeated this at least 4 times at each vent depending on the amount of filth in the duct. I cleaned the mitt after each time it was inserted. Just vacuum the mitt is enough. I used hydrogen peroxide because I have read in many places that it kills mold etc. Use what you want. I vacuumed the ducts to removed loose debris left in the ducts. I'm satisfied with my results and believe I removed at least 95% of the filth that was in the ducts. That is way better than before I started and I saved myself some serious money. YMMV.

  7. I almost fell for this BS. Any dust or debris will be captured by filters thats what they are there for. Invest in good filters and forget about duct cleaning.

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