Frequently Asked Questions About Air Duct Cleaning

June 28, 2021

Getting your air ducts professionally cleaned is an investment for your home. Like any other investment, you’ll want to conduct research before making the purchase. While we highly recommend this investment, we understand that you may still have questions about the service and what the benefits are.

In this article, we’ll answer frequently asked questions about air duct cleaning to assist you in your research before making an investment.

What happens during an air duct cleaning service?

The process of cleaning your air ducts is extensive and should be handled by a professional.

The service will begin by cutting an opening into your main supply trunk line and attaching an industrial vacuum system. Next, the air duct technician will begin to clean your air ducts and push the debris into the vacuum. Once the system is clean, the technician will then repair your trunk line and secure it back into place. Your air duct lines will be clean, without the use of any chemicals. Most homes’ HVAC units stay clean for 5 to 7 years with the use of good filters and heating and A/C duct cleaning on a regular basis.

Are there any health benefits that come from residential air duct cleaning?

Air duct systems have been shown to act as a collection source for very small particles of dust. The removal of such contaminants from the air duct system and your air vents should be considered as one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality.

How can I tell if I need my ducts cleaned?

You can tell if your residential air ducts need to be cleaned by inspecting the following items:

• If there are black infiltration lines around the edge of your carpets

• Can you see dust particles in the sunlight?

• Do you wake up in the mornings stuffy and congested from breathing in dust all night?

• Is your home usually dusty?

These are just a few of the ways you will be able to detect if your air ducts need to be cleaned.

Will cleaning air ducts reduce our home energy bills?

Research by the U.S. EPA has demonstrated that residential air duct system cleaning may allow systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components. Clean, efficient systems are less likely to break down, they have longer life spans, and generally operate better than dirty systems.

How long should it take to clean a typical residential air duct system?

There are a variety of factors that could affect the time needed to clean a residential air duct system, including the type of home and accessibility of the ductwork. Most residential homes with approximately 2,000 square feet will take around 2 ½ to 3 hours to clean.

We hope that this article answered all of your questions. If not, we’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have! Based in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding areas, Mr. B’s Air Duct Cleaning is proud to offer state-of-the-art duct cleaning.


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