Posted by: advancedcomfortsolutions | December 12, 2013

To clean or not to clean…your air ducts?

Air duct cleaning is one of the most listed tasks on any homeowner’s maintenance to-do list. Countless websites and air duct cleaning companies state that there are health benefits to having them clean and help improve your HVAC systems performance. But is that necessarily true? Is cleaning your air ducts a good investment? Isn’t there any preventative measures you can take to keep your ducts and overall air quality in your home clean?

The most common listed benefit to having this cleaning service done is improving the air quality in your home, which would be an ideal selling point for those who suffer from airborne allergies. According to the Environmental Protection Agency there is no scientific evidence that that air duct cleaning improves air quality in your home. According to Laureen Burton, senior scientist in the EPA Indoor Environments Division, basic maintenance such as checking and changing filters, regular inspections and preventing moisture from entering your system are more important.  Changing your filter regularly on your system is the best way to prevent air duct build up as well as preventing any future, more expensive system repairs.

But if air ducts get dirty by the dirt and debris that are in the air in the rooms of your home, wouldn’t it make sense to just have clean, healthy air to begin with? This is dirty air that you and your family are breathing in! Air Purifiers, such as Carrier’s Infinity Series Air Purifier, clean the air inside your home by trapping and killing bacteria, mold spores, viruses, other pollutants and allergens. If you or anyone in your family suffers from airborne allergies it might be time to consider adding a air purifier to your home.

If you do go ahead and choose to have your air ducts cleaned its important to hire a qualified company that knows what they are doing. Be skeptical about low priced air duct cleaning services. It is a very sensitive operation; often times the rotating brush used to clean the ducts can actually permanently damage your ducts and create air leaks. Some professionals agree that with a well-maintained HVAC system, air duct cleaning isn’t necessary.

We want to hear from you! Does your home have an air purifier? Have you had your air ducts cleaned? What are your experiences with either?

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