What Does Regular Duct Cleaning Involve?

6/18/2013

It’s no secret that there are many good reasons to clean the ducts in your house. Hundreds of blog articles discuss it, homeowners talk about it – needless to say it’s an important subject. But even though you might be aware of what duct cleaning is, when it comes to doing it, do you actually know what’s involved?

 

Before you start the process of arranging for a duct cleaning, there are a few things you should keep in mind. It’s good to get familiar with some of prep work that’s needed before it starts. For example, you might have to:

- Move furniture away or cover it so it’s protected from dust
- Make sure the floors around the ducts are clean so screws and nails don’t go missing

It’s also a good idea to know what tools and techniques are used to make sure that your duct cleaning goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some common items:

- Vacuums and brushes
- Sanitizers and disinfectants

No duct cleaning is done in the same way. However, what remains consistent is the goal: cleaner ducts that are efficient and make your house healthier. If you decide to do duct cleaning in your house, here are some of the things you can expect:

- It could start with a test of your air duct system to see how it works. The test reveals a lot about your ducts and how polluted they might be.
- A technician uses a HEPA vacuum to brush and sweep out the dirt and dust from your furnace and air conditioner – a likely source of your allergies. The blower units also get a cleaning so that the tiny particles that cause problems are eliminated.
- The next thing would be to remove the wall, ceiling, and floor registers (the covers for vents you find throughout your house) so they can be washed and disinfected.
- Once the visible debris is cleaned out, it’s time to tackle the invisible. The technician will use germ-killing and odor removing treatments to keep the ducts fresh. A fan will blow the treatment throughout the ducts so the whole unit is clean.

And there you have it: the duct cleaning process in a nutshell! Remember, the process might be a bit different for everyone and the time it takes could vary. But the good news is that duct cleaning is now a very standard procedure with few hassles. Certified RESNET EnergySmart Contractors are experts when it comes to duct cleaning and can properly assess the state of your ductwork. They can clean your duct system in the best and most efficient way possible, so that you can reap the benefits.

 

This content was originally published by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) here. This content has been republished with the permission of RESNET. RESNET is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills. RESNET’s industry-leading standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

 

 

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