When the buildup of dust and debris in ducts starts causing air quality problems, it may be time for a duct cleaning. Ductwork is mostly inaccessible to homeowners, so it’s a task that requires qualified professionals. They have many specialized tools to help them throughout the process. Here’s how duct cleaning works in a typical situation.
- Your ductwork will be analyzed for access points. If necessary, the technician may create additional entry points, such as access panels for cleaning equipment or small holes for inspection equipment.
- A thorough inspection will be performed to ascertain the amount of dust and debris present. Mirrors, periscopes and remote control cameras may be used to examine the distant areas of your ductwork. This inspection can also reveal if your ductwork has any major air leakage problems.
- A vacuum collection device will be setup to ensure dust doesn’t escape to other areas of the house.
- A wide variety of hand cleaning tools may be used to send dust and debris into the collection device, including manual or powered brushes and advanced tools that use compressed air to dislodge and disperse dust.
- Your contractor will likely clean the other indoor components of your HVAC system as well. He or she might use chemicals to clean your air conditioner’s cooling coil and employ handheld vacuums with HEPA filtration for various tasks.
Due to the damage that can be caused if these steps aren’t done carefully and correctly, it’s important to choose a reputable contractor. If you want more information on how duct cleaning works, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve served Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about dict cleaning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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