Some contractors have recently started claiming that your ducts need to be cleaned at least once a year to prevent a buildup of mold, dust, and other pollutants. Should you be worried about your indoor air quality?
Not All Ducts Need Cleaning
Some ducts are in great shape when we take a look at them. They’re relatively clean inside and pose no health risk whatsoever, and you should only request a professional duct cleaning service if you notice visible debris, mold, or pests. You can only see a tiny portion of your ducts without specialized cameras, so if you’re not sure how clean they are inside, request an inspection before agreeing to a cleaning service.
Replacing Insulated Ducts
Duct insulation can’t be cleaned, so it needs to be replaced. If your insulation grows moldy, don’t agree to a duct cleaning service — you’ll simply be throwing hundreds of dollars away.
Don’t just take our word for it — demand proof before and after the cleaning service. Some companies like to make unsubstantiated claims about how dirty your ducts are, but we’ll be more than happy to show you where your ducts are filthy. After we’re done, we’ll point out those duct sections that we cleaned. Any reputable company will do the same.
Clear Health Benefits
Occasionally, duct cleaning is the best choice that you can make for your health. If you have allergies or other respiratory issues, your indoor air quality can mean the difference between sinus headaches and clear nostrils. Duct cleaning might not resolve all of your respiratory problems, but at the very least, it won’t cause any harm.
Choosing a Pro
Not everyone is qualified to clean ducts. For example, you should always choose a contractor who uses a HEPA vacuum or other equipment that blows the mold and dirt outside your home. It wouldn’t do you much good if we sucked up the mold from your ducts only to deposit it in your kitchen or bedroom!