In today's world full of all sorts of air bound pollutants, cleaning air ducts in your residence is a priority. Keeping your vents dust free and your registers clear of any debris, can improve the quality of your indoor air as well as reduce energy costs.
Many companies are ready to come in and clean your ducts professionally. Duct work system grates are all removed and a hose with a rotating brush is inserted into the duct and cleans the interior of all the trunks and branches. Vacuuming any debris as they go.
Filters are changed and service is taken care of at the furnace. This whole operation should be done no less then annually and more often is better, if you have an older system.
This service can be done by the home owner with a few tips. Start by removing the greats in the floor or walls of your home. Insert a common wet dry vac hose into the opening and vacuum any dust from the duct. Hose extensions will be required to reach all the areas of your system. The filter should be changed at the same time.
Doing this job your self, will get a lot of the air bound particles before they are expelled into the air. Having it done professionally, will get them all. A qualified serviceman can do more service then the average homeowner, such as adjusting burners and draft of the chimney or flue
Normally the duct work will span the entire house. Lines can be difficult to reach. This is another reason to hire a professional. Cameras are usually another weapon in the professional duct cleaners arsenal. These are inserted in the trunks and branches, to show them if they missed anything. A great piece of mind to be able to look at the shine of a dust free heating ore air conditioning system.
Normally but not always, duct cleaning can run anywhere from several hundred dollars, to over a thousand, depending on variables, such as size of system, components and even location. It can be expensive but the quality of the air you breath is an important factor in this equation. Many contaminates will be removed by keeping the air distribution system in your home clean.
Older houses will have a lot more contaminates that will be spread throughout the residence. These contaminates however are less apt to remain in high concentrations due to the fact that the older house will have more openings and air leeks for air to get in and out. Newer houses are a lot more air tight. This causes the contaminants to remain in higher levels. Either way collecting them from inside your air ducts and removing them from your home is a good idea.
Always remember when deciding to have this work done. The duct work in your home enters every room. It transfers air between each room. This action circulates all air bound contaminates through out the residence. Getting this air free of pollutants should be a priority. Cleaning your air ducts is a health benefit to the entire family.