July 13, 2015
Professional Duct Cleaning: A Waste of Your Money?
One of the key services offered by many HVAC professionals (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) is a routine air duct cleaning. Duct cleaning claims to rid your ducts of harmful allergens and biological contaminants that would otherwise move into your air.
But here’s what science tells us about duct cleaning: nothing.
Air Duct Cleaning Is Ineffective for Indoor Air Quality Control
Routine air duct cleaning has not been proven to be effective in any way at improving the indoor air quality of a home, according to EPA research. In general, any contaminant that makes its way into the ducts is likely to cling to the surface and stay there, never making its way into the living space.
It’s far more likely for pollutants to reach your home in other ways. Your air conditioner has a higher chance of sucking in particles from the surrounding air and recirculating them into the home than it does of forcing stuck-on particles back into the living space. Your best line of defense is to instead have an indoor air quality system in place to stop pollutants in their tracks.
Alternative Indoor Air Quality Services
If you are worried about particles infiltrating the air in your home, you can have a professional install a new indoor air quality system in your ducts instead. Your air filter might not be powerful enough to block small pollutants like bacteria and pollen, but a technician can help you find an air filtration system with a higher MERV rating (minimum efficiency reporting value) for greater protection.
Alternatively, you might be interested in a dehumidifier to reduce the chances of mold developing in the home or a powerful UV air purifier that can kill and sterilize the most harmful of microscopic biological contaminants. Speak with a local HVAC technician today to make sure you get a system that is right for you, and don’t fall for those duct cleaning claims some companies make.
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