Unfortunately, fly-by-night duct-cleaning companies with improper equipment and unproven techniques have brought controversy to the industry and called into question the effectiveness of the procedure. The truth is that in some circumstances, duct cleaning can be quite helpful in improving the indoor environment, especially for those who are suffering from extreme allergies or respiratory symptoms. The key is to cut through the hype and figure out whether duct cleaning is appropriate for your situation.
The first thing you need to know is that right now there are no studies definitively proving the preventive health benefits of duct cleaning. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicates that duct cleaning on an as-needed basis can make good sense. The EPA and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association have outlined some scenarios in which duct cleaning should be considered.
- Clumps of mold, dust or debris are visible inside the ductwork.
- Rats, mice, squirrels or other vermin have infiltrated the ducts.
- You recently completed a dusty remodeling project.
- The ductwork has gaps or is leaky.
- Water damaged the home or the HVAC system.
- Occupants are experiencing unusual or severe respiratory symptoms, including allergies, and your health care provider suspects indoor air quality is a problem.
- You are preparing to move into a home and want a fresh environment.
The next thing you need to know is that duct cleaning isn’t a job for an amateur with a shop vacuum. It is unwise to let random workers mess around with your HVAC system. They can cause expensive damage that will take a pro to repair, and they could even put your system out of commission. Instead, arrange for an inspection by an NATE-certified technician from Griffith Energy Services. Our professional tech will do more than just look for dust and dirt. We will also carefully check your ductwork for loose, leaky sections that can allow dust, insulation, bugs and vermin into the system. Think about it: It doesn’t do any good to clean the ducts if the leaks aren’t repaired and sealed first.
The final thing you need to know is that a proper cleaning goes beyond the ductwork and includes a thorough cleaning of the unit’s coils and other components. The EPA says there’s little benefit in cleaning the ductwork but ignoring the rest of the system. But this is also a way for you to potentially see a monetary benefit. Keeping the HVAC components clean often improves the energy efficiency of the system. Additionally, performing this kind of routine maintenance can help the system last longer.
If your Martinsburg, WV home fits any of the listed criteria, call Griffith Energy Services to find out how duct-cleaning can help improve your indoor air quality. Our professional, courteous technicians are fully qualified to clean the air ducts in your home. We’ll do the job right from start to finish, and we’ll never try to talk you into unnecessary extras. Let Griffith help you create a fresher, cleaner indoor environment.
Written by Kevin Spain