Is Duct Cleaning Right for You?
If you do any online research about duct cleaning, you will find that there is a great divide in people’s opinions about the matter. About half will swear by the magical powers of duct cleaning, and the other half will say that it is all a scam to get your money. There is always more than one side to a story, and truth can be found in both of the arguments for and against duct cleaning.
What the Experts Say
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that, while duct cleaning alone has never been proven to give substantial health benefits, there are a few reasons you may want to get your ducts cleaned. Their list begins with any visible mold growth on any part of your HVAC system. The EPA specifies that you may not be able to see mold inside of your system, so you should ask your service provider to show you any places where mold is growing. The list also consists of infested ducts and visible dust particles being released into your home. Another list compiled by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) includes the following reasons to get your ducts cleaned: pets, occupants with allergies or asthma, cigarette smoke, water damage, and home renovation projects. Any one of these reasons could be grounds for getting your ducts cleaned. You breathe in the air that is filtering through your ducts. It makes sense that you wouldn’t want to be breathing pet hair, mold, or harmful chemicals involved in remodeling projects.
As stated earlier, the EPA holds to the fact that duct cleanings alone do not always help improve allergy problems or even indoor air quality. This is because, sometimes, the ducts are not the only factor in causing allergies or poor air quality. If you have pets, for example, you know that their hair will still be in other areas of your house even once you clean it out of your ducts. But, unless you can roll around in dust and pet dander undisturbed, getting your ducts cleaned will benefit your home by clearing these things out of your HVAC system. Check out our different duct cleaning packages to see what’s right for you!