I was wondering if anyone in here has used any of those outfits that
clean your air vent/air duct cleaners who brings a big truck with a
pop up roof?
I've been calling around for estimates and information and from what I
gather there are those who use a hose to send down your hot air vents
and cold air returns to blow with compressed down to your mainlines to
which the vacuum hose would be attached and suck out the dust.
Another type, supposedly more thorough cleaning, is first sending down
a rotating brush down the hot air vents, then use the hose with the
compressed air. I was told that they don't brush the cold air returns
because sometimes there are electrical wires and cables running
Do these types of duct cleaners really work to reduce your household
dust and would the brush method be that much cleaner? The places I've
called are all registered with the local BBB and have good records.
Thoughts? Thanks for your time and courtesy.
I haven't used these services, and I don't recommend them to my
clients, because all the serious reviews say they're not worth
it--they're a solution in search of a problem. There's not much dust in
your ducts to start with, and if it's not coming out on its own, it's
not a problem.
Of course, you might have a special case, so I guess this should be a
qualified recommendation to save your money. But before you make up
your mind, read reviews by people who don't sell the service.
Total waste of money for 99% of the population. Furnaces and AC have
filters which can keep ducting clean for years. For the $$ you will be
overcharged, you can buy dozens of super duper ultra high performance
furnace filters. Duct cleaning is one of those legal but foolish
businesses that are basically a feel good operation. If dust is a
problem in your house, it isn't from dirty ductwork. The dirt or dust
arrives from elsewhere, like fibers from cheap carpets, animal fur,
poor clothes dryer venting, etc. Look around, find the source(s),
correct them, instal good filtration and change filters often. Take
the money you will save and treat your bride to a fabulous weekend at
the nearest posh resort in your area.
What ever is there has made a stabil coating in the ducts that isnt
going anywhere. I had mine cleaned then It made me sick for weeks,
Maybe previous people had cats that im alergic to and cleaning
loosened everything, I dont know what it was but I would not do it
again. Have a pro clean the furnace and AC coils and check everything,
that will get you an efficent unit that works as designed.
About the only time duct cleaning is called for is after a (small) fire. The
cleaning will remove (most of) the soot and the smoke smell.
I had a renter (the Consul General of Costa Rica) who kept a vat of boiling
oil on the stove just in case a member of the family wanted a snack - like a
banana. Anyway, it caught fire and smoke filled the house before steps could
Duct cleaning did mitigate the resultant odor.
try this: instead of asking the price, offer what you will pay for a
job you describe to the reputable cleaner: on the standby basis that
if they have an opening in their schedule they need to fill during
your specified offer of a month, that you can be available to them on
your specified days of the week and times if they have a
cancellation. this way the company can accept your offer without
sacrificing their regular price schedule to keep their crew busy. and
you get this job at the price you like.
Wow, thanks for all your replies. Certainly made me open my eyes a
bit. However, my neighbor has already booked an appointment with a
local company and they're supposed to come out this Saturday. I plan
on watching what they do and also see if I can witness any of the
supposed dust build up in the ducts get cleaned and vacuumed away.
I'll report back with what I see. Oh, and Bob, would you happen to
have a link to that EPA site handy? Thanks.
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