If you or your family members have allergies or breathing problems, you may want to consider air duct cleaning. Fall is a perfect time to have air duct cleaning performed in your home, before you spend lots of time indoors during the winter. Your air ducts can even harbor germs like bacteria and viruses, as well as mold spores and other allergens. A thorough air duct cleaning will remove all this debris and let you and your family breathe easier again.
If you have never had air duct cleaning performed at your home, you may wonder what to expect. Here are some of the basic steps involved in air duct cleaning:
- First, your HVAC system will be checked to make sure it is working properly. Then, it will be turned completed off. This is another good reason to have this job done in the mild fall weather.
- The main filter will be wrapped in plastic to divide the two sides of your ductwork. The supply side takes air to the registers throughout your home, while the return side brings it back to the air handler.
- An access hole will be put into the main trunk of your ductwork if this is the first time you have had air duct cleaning performed. A zone bag will be inflated, which creates negative pressure and helps vacuum debris out of the system.
- All your registers will be sealed off.
- Once these steps are complete, each branch line will be thoroughly cleaned with a duct brush and the vacuum power. Then the main trunk itself will be cleaned.
- These steps will be repeated with the return side of the ductwork.
Once the air duct cleaning is complete, you may also want to have the blower and coils cleaned. You can also have your ductwork sanitized during this process to eliminate mold, bacteria and viruses that are there.