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Can I Clean My Ducts on My Own?

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Regular duct cleaning is an important part of upkeep for your home’s HVAC system. Maintaining dust and dirt-free ventilation passages removes excess strain off a forced-air heater and air conditioner, helps protect indoor air quality, and makes it easier to keep a house looking clean and tidy and without dust everywhere.

Duct cleaning isn’t something to handle on your own as part of spring cleaning. You should schedule the service from professionals. We often hear from people who want advice about handling the duct cleaning job on their own, and we always inform them that the only way to handle the chore is to leave it to other people—specifically, the people with the right training and equipment.

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. has an excellent duct cleaning team on staff. Make an appointment with us to have duct cleaning in Palm Bay, FL, done fast and right.

Why professionals must handle duct cleaning

The network of ducts in a home is extensive, and most of it remains out of sight of the homeowner. Accessing duct interiors is difficult, and the amount of debris that can build up over a year or two inside ductwork is more than a commercial vacuum cleaner can handle. You cannot open up a vent register and place a vacuum hose into it and hope to get the job done. Brooms and brushes brought into service will not complete the task either. It requires technicians who can access the entire ventilation network and remove all the contaminants inside, many of which are ground deep into the ductwork walls.

The way that professionals carry out duct cleaning is through high-powered vacuums that attach to where the ductwork leaves the HVAC system. These large vacuums put the whole ventilation system under negative pressure, and this dislodges debris and particles from the duct walls to make it easier for the vacuum to then suction them up. Special agitation equipment sent into the different registers will remove any further pollutants.

You can provide some help for your ducts on your own, however. Make sure that you change or clean the air filter in the HVAC system once a month during its regular use; this will help slow down dust accumulation. You should also keep the registers clean to allow for better airflow. But it still takes the work of duct cleaning technicians to fully clean a ventilation system for healthier indoor air and an efficient heater and air conditioner.

If more than two years has passed since you had your ductwork cleaned, or if you’ve noticed more dust around your house and higher AC and heating bills, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. right away to schedule duct cleaning in Palm Bay, FL.

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