Air Duct Cleaning
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What is Air Duct Cleaning?
Legitimate Air Duct Cleans are performed using 2 basic methods. Contact Cleaning generally employs some type of rotating brush and vacuum system, while Negative Air Cleaning relies on compressed air whisks and “skipper balls” combined with a centrally located vacuum source that puts the system under a negative load. Both systems have their strengths and weaknesses. No holes are cut into your system to provide the clean. You have, no doubt, seen the “$99 Whole House Special” type mailers for duct cleaning and probably wondered if they were legitimate. In a word… NO. We often refer to these less than scrupulous offers as the “Blow and Go Special” where not much more than a shop vac and hand broom are used to dust off your vent covers and vent openings. THIS IS NOT AN AIR DUCT CLEAN. Any whole house pricing structures should be a RED FLAG. We clean condos with 4-5 vents and 1 unit in around an hour, but we also clean 70 vent homes with 5 units over the course of 1-2 days. Obviously these cannot be priced the same if a thorough and proper job is performed. According to the EPA (epa.gov), duct cleans should “range in cost from $450 to $1,000 per heating and cooling system, depending on the services offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, climatic region, and level of contamination.” Our cleans are typically lower and range from $200-450 per unit depending on exact vent count. We carry both Contact and Negative Air options on the truck so we can tailor the clean to your duct type and configuration. This is rare. Most companies offer one or the other. Our pricing is all inclusive and based solely on vent and unit count, with no upselling or “optional services.” Don’t trust your ducts and air quality to just anyone. Make sure they have a significant online presence and customer review history.
Over time, the ducting for your home’s HVAC system will collect an extraordinary amount of dust and other unwanted particles, that may affect the air quality of your home. Although the standard air filter for your HVAC system is designed to trap most of these undesirable particles from settling within the ducting, finer particles are often introduced into the system, rendering standard filters less effective in preventing build-up.
A substantial amount of particle build-up in your home’s ventilation system may harbor moisture, which in turn may become a breeding ground for mold, mildew and unsavory smells. Particularly heavy amounts of dust, debris and moisture may cause physical damage to the ducting, as well. Older metallic ducting can rust from a persistent amount of moisture-soaked debris within , which may result in holes or cracks; reducing heating and cooling efficiency that will increase utility costs, while putting undue strain on more expensive HVAC components. Flexible air ducts (“flex duct”) made from plastic polymers can also be damaged by excessive amounts of debris due to their helical design that naturally collects such particles.
While cleaning your home’s HVAC ducting may be a tempting proposition for many do-it-your-self homeowners, the process of properly accessing, handling, and cleaning HVAC air ducting is best left to experienced individuals that have access to required equipment, supplies and safety gear. Improperly cleaning or handling the air ducts in your home may result in damage to ventilation systems, possibly costing hundreds or thousands of dollars in extra repairs, in addition to further contamination of your home when the presence of mold is found. Cleans target fine airborne particulate vs drywall texture and paint overspray. Mold growth is a sign of a moisture problem and should be diagnosed and repaired by a licensed HVAC company. While duct sanitizers may kill minor surface mold, damage to duct work may exist and repair or replacement may be required. Ripley Services does not guarantee removal of mold from all HVAC components, duct work, vent covers or duct boots. We recommend repair or replacement of mold contaminated components and a complete system checkup by a licensed HVAC company. Stop the moisture! Stop the mold!
Our trained professionals will be able to preform a proper inspection of your air ducts and provide you with service tailored to your system’s specific needs.