What is Air Duct Cleaning?

You probably have heard the term air duct cleaning and are often seeing advertisements for this service – but do you truly know what an air duct cleaning entails?

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system consists of many different components: supply and return ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans, fan motors, and the air handler unit. Any one of these components can become contaminated if not properly maintained. Common contaminants include pollen, dust, pet dander, and moisture can lead to mold growth within the system. If you are looking to get your HVAC system cleaned, it is important to confirm with the air duct cleaning company that they will be cleaning all of the above listed components. If a company only cleans part of the system, risk of re contamination is present. It is also important to make sure the duct cleaning company is certified and licensed to perform such work.

There are many different methods for cleaning an air duct system. The professional company will utilize tools to disturb the compilation of dirt and debris, and then vacuum out the residue. The professional company may also use a sanitizer to kill any bacteria or potential mold spores. In some cases, the duct lining is beginning to deteriorate and is causing extra particles of debris to be blown out of your system. In this case, a professional duct cleaning company may suggest to encapsulate, or cover the inside surfaces of the ducting, to prevent further damage without having to replace the entire system.

What to expect
A professional air duct cleaning company, such as Airtek Indoor Air Solutions, may offer a free estimate. Call 1-877-858-6213 for a free estimate today. Once deciding to move forward with the cleaning, you can expect a series of events:
– inspecting the system by opening access ports or doors
– inspecting to ensure the system does not have any asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos-containing materials can be found in insulation and register boots and require a specialized procedure by properly licensed companies – for more information or a free quote, contact Alliance Environmental Group
– use a high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) vacuum
– protect carpet and household furniture
– use tools to disturb the dust buildup followed by contact vacuum
– protect the duct work and seal any access holes the professional made
– follow NADCA guidelines