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Cleaning Your Residential Air Ducts In Maryland
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Cleaning Your Residential Air Ducts In Maryland

How do you really know if your air ducts need to be cleaned? All it takes is a flashlight and a screwdriver to honestly answer your question. However sometimes it takes a trained eye, especially if something in your indoor air is bothering you. But most of the time you can do this simple test to know if you need air duct cleaning. I'll also share with you:

  • Should You Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned
  • How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts
  • If You Need Your Air Ducts Cleaned, You Should Hire A Professional Company
  • How To Find A Professional Company To Clean Your Air Ducts

Should You Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

I remember talking to a customer who had read an article back in the 1960's. As she explained, the article claimed that air ducts don't need to be cleaned. She then went further into detail about how the natural cycle, from heating to cooling, cleans the air ducts, and that the filter catches all the debris. It reminded me of an EPA report I had read. So I took her to a return register, after scoring the paint I then removed the grill. The evidence that the 1960's article was wrong, was right there. She had a look of horror and disgust when I showed her the truth. The truth was in her home the whole time. All you need to do is to know where to look. Look in your return side of your duct work. If it's dirty, it's time to get it cleaned. If it's disgustingly filthy, which many are, hire the best company you can find. I'll share later, how to find the best air duct cleaners.

How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?

Every home is different. They all breathe differently and they're all nestled in different environments. Homes have different amount of occupants. Some people have pets some don't. Some people smoke in their homes. Those are some of the most common factors that dictate how often you should get your air ducts cleaned. If you invited me into your home for an estimate, this is what I would do.

I would ask to go to your HVAC unit and start inspecting certain telltale points. I'd first look at your intake by the blower motor. This would allow you to see the accumulation of debris on the return side. If you can't see metal anymore, you're due for cleaning. I would then look at your blower motor. I'd specifically look at the blades. Those blades are cupped to scoop air. When debris collects on them they get misshapen. Compacted blower motor blades tell me debris has passed through filtration. This not only effects the efficiency of the blower motor but it also alarms me that your evaporator coil may be fouled as well. I once had a mother jump up and down and hug me because I cleaned all the dryer lint off of the bottom of the evaporator coil. The airflow in the house increased so much that her daughters far bedroom was getting heat again. Cleaning blower motor blades and evaporator coils can make a huge difference. Just look at your return air side. If you can't see the material the duct is made of, you're past due for a thorough cleaning.

If You Need Your Air Ducts Cleaned You Should Hire A Professional Company

Unfortunately, in the air duct cleaning business, there are a lot of dishonest companies. You can avoid dishonest companies. Just choose companies that only do air duct cleaning. Skip the carpet cleaning companies. Also avoid companies that offer “Too good to be true.” coupons. Dishonest companies usually advertise with bait and switch tactics. If you see a coupon that's too good to be true... buyer beware.

You can find a quality air duct cleaning company by asking for referrals. Ask your current heating and air conditioning company for a referral. If you don't have a heating and air conditioning company, look for companies that are licensed and insured. It's important to choose an insured company. If the company doesn't have insurance you could be liable if one of their workers gets injured in your home. Air duct cleaning involves a lot of work around sharp sheet metal and moving heavy furniture. At least make sure the company carries adequate insurance. A professional company will use industrial grade equipment for air duct cleaning and carry insurance and licensing.

If you can't see any of the duct material on your return, meaning debris has covered the initial material, you're past due on getting your air ducts cleaned. How often you should get your air ducts cleaned is a trick question. Every home is different, and they all have factors. Keep an eye on your return side, before the air filtration. Also inspect your blower motor blades. If you find that you're in need of air duct cleaning, hire a quality company that has the appropriate licensing and insurance.


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