Duct cleaning is generally a job that’s best left to a professional. Due to the intricate nature of air ducts, it’s not possible for the average homeowner to reach all of these spaces with the equipment that is available to consumers. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to keep your ducts clean and identify indoor air quality problems that require a professional duct cleaning.
Duct Cleaning Basics
Duct cleaning companies use powerful HEPA vacuums, compressed air wands and a series of flexible rotating brushes to effectively dislodge and remove debris. These vacuums may be portable or connected to a truck. As a licensed contractor, Gartner Heating & Cooling technicians follow official duct cleaning guidelines. First, the ducts are placed under negative pressure to contain all of the dust and debris. Then, the cleaning process begins. Both the supply side and return side of your ductwork will be cleaned along with each register. To reach all of the areas and pressurize the system, it’s generally necessary to cut a small access hole in the ductwork, which is why it’s important to hire a contractor who is licensed to service HVAC equipment.
What You Can Do
If you suspect that you have indoor air quality problems, there are a few things that you can do. Isolated issues that have been caused by debris dropping through registers can be alleviated with a household vacuum. You can also install register filters to prevent more debris from entering the ducts. If sneezing is a chronic problem, try installing a better filter in your return vent. Other problems require professional attention. Trying to address the issue yourself may contaminate your home further or damage your ducts.
Duct cleaning is a fairly serious procedure that’s ideal for major air quality problems. Conditions that demand a duct cleaning include dust that pours from vents during normal operation, rodent and insect infestations or mold and debris from previous residents. If you’re unsure whether your ducts need cleaning, have us complete an inspection. Hidden issues can be identified using a remote camera. If an underlying cause is contributing to your indoor air quality problems, we will find it.
During our professional cleanings, we’ll perform an inspection, use the right equipment for your ducts and clean the HVAC equipment that is susceptible to dust accumulations. By addressing all of these areas, you can enjoy cleaner air and improved energy efficiency. If you think that your ducts need to be cleaned, give us a call. We serve customers in Chicagoland and Wilmette, IL. Be sure to check our specials page for duct cleaning discounts before you call.