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Beware of Air Duct Cleaning Ads

Air duct cleaning ads and circulars show up in the mail boxes of some of our best customers. Unfortunately these air duct cleaning scams are happening all across the country. Many of them make rather extravagant claims about the benefits of duct cleaning but the fact remains that most of the work and the expense is totally unnecessary.
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Duct cleaning usually involves cleaning of the rigid and semi rigid vents and pipes that snake through the underside of your floors, in the walls or parts of the walls and through crawlspaces. The really dedicated duct cleaners will get both intake and outward flowing air ducts clean and clean your air conditioning coils and change your furnace filters.

This probably sounds pretty good. In fact, changing the air conditioning filters and the furnace filters is pretty important, but in combination with a lot of duct cleaning that probably isn’t necessary, it’s up to ten times more expensive than necessary.

Any central air conditioning or forced air system can be contaminated. Mildew and mold will occasionally start to grow where a plumbing leak or a water source from the air conditioner is leaking where it shouldn’t be. Identifying, repairing and drying such a leak will almost always solve the problem, and usually for almost every one.

People with allergies of any severity are usually the worst off. Only you can determine then, the severity of the need for cleaning, which depends really on the allergies suffered by the people frequenting the space, be it your home, building or work space.

People with more severe allergy problems, and depending on the specific allergen, may find homes with pets or the homes of smokers intolerable.These problems are actually more common than the scarier sounding molds and air borne contaminants. Air duct cleaning may spare some misery to those allergic to some of these more common irritants.

Some states will actually require that ducts be cleaned by a licensed professional duct cleaning company so broad have been the claims about the health benefits of air duct cleaning. Other than for allergies though, these health claims have not been proven.

If you or someone in your family really is suffering from allergies, either from pets, cigarette smoke or from mold, we’ll be happy to discuss an air duct cleaning that is thorough and that will eliminate any odors from the ducts or from your furnace or air conditioning. It will also remove irritants from your ducts at least temporarily. Changing the air conditioning filters and the furnace filters will often do as much good as a duct cleaning. But we do frequently perform or consult on air duct cleaning projects, usually as a result of water damage or a similar contamination.

Remember, furnace filters and cleaning a few other key spots around your ducts may be all the duct cleaning you need. They’ll likely put your system in good running order without the invasive nature and expense of a really complete duct cleaning.

Air Duct Cleaning for NYC: Myth or Must

air duct cleaning in new york cityNew York City homeowners are plagued by offers for air duct cleaning as they are for all kinds of services. Duct cleaning offers seem to all come at once, like regular migratory birds. Some years are quiet and the next you’ll be bombarded with allergy horror stories and a ton of reasons your home needs to be hypo-allergenic. All of this will come in a flurry of duct cleaning fliers and mailings that many of us are never quite sure if we should respond to.

Let’s face it. You probably don’t pay someone to clean the spaces between the drywall. You can’t see much of your duct work either. One can even make a good argument that if the dirt is inside there, so be it; it’s not in your house.

Air duct cleaning remains a relatively controversial subject. Unless you really find relief from severe allergy problems after a good cleaning, a thorough and possibly expensive air duct cleaning is probably not necessary. At least not very often.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency:

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If no one in your household suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms or illnesses and if, after a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts, you see no indication that your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold (no musty odor or visible mold growth), having your air ducts cleaned is probably unnecessary. It is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not indicate that your air ducts are contaminated with heavy deposits of dust or debris; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned.

Signs of mold or vermin, or any indication that air ducts are clogged would certainly be a different matter. In New York City, especially in older buildings, these are serious issues and are often found in the HVAC systems, air conditioning and heating duct networks that we inspect and clean all the time. Air duct cleaning under these circumstances is a must!

Air Flow and Air Movement

Both air flow and air movement can be vastly improved with a simple air duct cleaning and regular air filter changes. Good air flow and air movement are essential to air conditioning and to the proper operation of all HVAC systems. But most air flow or air movement problems originate with blockages, and that almost always means a filter that simply needs to be replaced.

In New York City, we provide air duct cleaning, as a part of a regular maintenance visit to improve air flow and air movement, and the same visit can include air filter changes, and a simple inspection of your air conditioning or other HVAC systems. Call now to schedule your air duct cleaning. 646-783-2475.