Before you have the air ducts throughout your home cleaned, you need to consider a few factors first. These aspects can help you choose the right cleaning method so you remove more dust and debris from the inside of your ductwork.
Debris Removal Methods
The first aspect to consider is the method in which the debris will be removed from your ductwork. Some companies offer a couple methods that you can use to complete this task.
Basic ductwork cleaning involves a high-powered vacuum hose that goes into the air duct. The vacuum pulls the air through the ductwork to remove debris such as hair, pet dander and dust. The only issue with this method is that it does not remove debris that is stuck to the sides or in the joints of the ductwork.
In high humidity areas, debris can stick to the sides of the ductwork due to the excess moisture in the air. To help remove this type of debris, you want to choose a cleaning method that uses both a brush and a vacuum. With this method, a brush is attached to the vacuum and it scrapes the sides of the ductwork as the vacuum sucks up the debris.
The dual cleaning option will be a better option when you want a more thorough cleaning as well. The brush not only removes debris from the air ducts, it also gets into the harder to reach areas such as the joints and bends where debris can become stuck.
Another factor to look into is whether you want your ductwork sanitized. Even though the air duct cleaning process removes debris, it does not get rid of bacteria, germs or mold that can grow inside your ductwork.
One sanitation method you can choose is to have a cleaning company pump steam into the ductwork. The high heat of the steam kills any foreign substances that may be growing inside the air duct. Usually, the company will also use a dry cloth that they attach to a bendable pole to make sure no moisture is left behind.
A few companies use a chemical cleaner that they spray into the ductwork and then wipe away with a dry cloth. This method works well for areas with a high humidity, since the chemical cleaner will eliminate even the smallest of mold spores that may be growing within the ductwork.
Before you have your home's ductwork cleaned, it is a good idea to know the different cleaning methods. With this information, it will be easier for you to pick the right one for your cleaning purposes.