There are many reasons to have your air ducts cleaned. These include health benefits, long-lasting ventilation equipment, and energy savings. However, not all professionals in air duct cleaning are equal.

The EPA states that indoor air can be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor. Professional air duct cleaning removes all airborne contaminants such as bacteria, mold spores and pet dander that can get trapped in HVAC systems or air ducts. Cleaner air is a huge improvement in quality of life for anyone suffering from allergies or asthma.

Professionals use a powerful, specialized vacuum to clean air duct systems. This vacuum puts the ventilation system under negative pressure, which is called a “negative air machine”. To clean the ducts, the vacuum must draw air through them. Special tools are used to remove any debris and contaminants that may have stuck to the surfaces of the ducts so they can enter the vacuum. To clean the ducts’ interior, a skilled professional will use anti-microbial chemical cleaners.

It is important to ensure that your air duct cleaning service uses safe and environmentally-friendly products that have been approved for use by the EPA. The atomizer spreads the sanitizer product through the ventilation system and air ducts by creating a mist or fog. Some family members, such as allergy sufferers, the elderly, and babies and children, can be very sensitive to harsh sanitizers. People with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), also known as “sick building syndrome”, can feel fatigued and nauseated after being exposed to harsh sanitizers.

A professional air duct cleaner will most likely use either a truck-mounted collection system or a portable unit when he arrives at your house or commercial property. Truck/trailer-mounted equipment is more powerful and can be used in a larger space than portable equipment. However, it cannot be central vacuum cleaning brought into any facility to limit its access to the ventilation system. The vacuum units must be securely attached to a collection device before they can be emptied into the collection system. The vacuum collection device that exhausts indoors must also be HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrestance), filtered for contaminants, and equipped with special tools to remove and agitate debris stuck on the surfaces of the air ducts.

The EPA estimates that these services will cost between $450 and $1000 for a heating or cooling system. This is based on many factors such as the geographical location, additional services offered, system size, ventilation cleaning, material, etc

It’s true that it is too good to be true. Be wary of companies that claim they can do a better job for less.

These are some additional tips to consider before making a decision.

* Always ensure that your company is licensed and properly insured for any accidental damages they might cause.

* Make sure that you have a visual inspection done by the company on all air ducts. You don’t want half the job.

Before you hire a company to clean your air ducts, make sure you do your research.

* Take the contractor through the job and discuss the details with him.

* Determine if he will be cleaning the whole system including fans and coils.

*Ask your contractor for a price guarantee before you schedule the inspection

It takes only a little extra time to determine if you are hiring the right contractor for cleaning your air ducts.

American Fireplace Inc. offers light dryer vent cleaning and residential chimney cleaning and air duct cleaning services. It has been serving Houston for more than 20 years. We care about your air!