If you’re concerned about the indoor air quality in your Twin Cities home, you’ve probably heard that professional duct cleaning can help. But if you’ve never had air duct cleaning before, you likely have a few questions — perhaps even a few concerns — about how the service works and whether it’s really effective.

Read on for answers to the most frequently asked questions we get at Dust Doctors.

What Benefits Can I Expect From Professional Air Duct Cleaning?

Regular duct cleaning offers a number of benefits for conscientious homeowners who are concerned about indoor air quality, cleanliness, and their overall health. When you maintain clean ductwork, here’s what you can expect.

Better Airflow Throughout Your House

When there’s excessive debris inside your air ducts, that debris can interfere with normal airflow through the duct system. And when air can’t flow through your ductwork as it should, some of the rooms in your house might end up cooler than others or might even start smelling musty.

Professional duct cleaning removes all of the debris inside your ductwork, which will help improve your air ducts’ ability to circulate air as efficiently as possible.

Improved HVAC System Efficiency

A dirty, clogged-up duct system doesn’t do anything good for your furnace and air conditioner performance. A clean duct system, on the other hand, allows air to flow through your HVAC system as efficiently as possible.

When air can flow as freely as possible without picking up particulate matter in the process, it helps prevent your heating and cooling units from working harder than necessary to keep your home comfortable. 

Check out Dealing With Inefficient AC Performance? How Duct & A/C Cleaning Helps for more information.

Reduced Energy Bills

Because routine duct cleaning appointments help keep your HVAC system as efficient as possible, they can help reduce your heating and cooling bills as a result. If you love saving money, furnace cleaning and a/c cleaning can help you save on energy costs, too, so don’t forget to take care of these annual HVAC maintenance must-dos!

To learn more about how duct cleaning, a/c cleaning, and furnace cleaning can help you save money, check out High Heating & Cooling Bills? 3 Tips to Increase HVAC Efficiency.

Fewer Indoor Allergens

If you suffer from indoor allergy symptoms like sneezing, watery eyes, persistent fatigue, or headaches, dirty ducts may be a culprit. And because professional duct cleaning removes the particulate matter in your ducts that tends to cause these issues, it can help minimize indoor allergy symptoms, too.

A Cleaner Home

A more hygienic home is a natural byproduct of keeping your ductwork clean! When you have a professional remove dust and debris from inside your ducts, your HVAC system won’t continually recirculate that gunk into your living areas. As a result, you won’t notice as much dust settling on the surfaces around your home.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Lots of nasty things might be lurking inside your ductwork, including volatile organic compounds, chemical residues, and mold. These substances can easily impact your indoor air quality, and if you spend a lot of time in your house, you definitely don’t want to be breathing them in.

Professional duct cleaning will rid your air ducts of anything that might be lurking in them currently, so your furnace and air conditioner don’t push dirty air into your living spaces.

For more tips on cleaning up the air in your home, check out these five simple ways you can improve your indoor air quality.

How Often Is Duct Cleaning Necessary?

Optimal duct cleaning frequency varies from home to home based on several factors, including:

●        Whether you have pets

●        Whether you smoke indoors

●        Whether you have carpet (and how much)

●        Whether occupants have allergies

●        Whether your home has water damage and/or mold

If any of the above is true, you can probably benefit from duct cleaning at more frequent intervals than if none of the above apply to your household. Generally, we recommend a deep duct cleaning when you move into a home that was previously occupied, after home renovations, or if you’ve never had duct cleaning in the past.

After a deep cleaning session, most households do well with regular duct cleaning every one to two years. When you schedule your initial service appointment, your duct cleaning specialist can help you determine the appropriate frequency for your home and unique circumstances.

Do You Use Any Harsh Chemicals to Clean Ducts?

No, we never use harsh chemicals to clean our clients’ ductwork. Our number one goal is to help Twin Cities families improve their indoor air quality, and using harsh chemicals indoors for any reason only serves to diminish indoor air quality.

That’s why we’ve developed a comprehensive duct cleaning protocol and specialty tools that allow us to thoroughly clean ductwork without using harsh chemicals. For more information on your duct cleaning techniques and tools, check out How Duct Cleaning Works

How Do You Control Dust Spread During the Cleaning Process?

When we clean the duct system in any home, we start with all the vents, returns, and registers. Once they’re completely clean, we seal off any openings where dust might escape the system during the cleaning process.

Next, we hook up our cleaning tools and hoses, which attach to our truck-mounted vacuum system. We create negative air pressure with our proprietary system, which effectively pulls all the debris from inside your ductwork straight into our truck-mounted tank.

Throughout the cleaning process, every bit of dust and debris ends up securely inside that tank. We're careful to properly seal off all open areas within the duct system, so no particulate matter ends up inside your living spaces. Check out this air duct cleaning video to get a better idea of how our process works. 

Get a Free Twin Cities Duct Cleaning Quote Today

Are the ducts in your home due for a thorough cleaning? Get in touch with our team at Dust Doctors! For over a decade, we’ve proudly served the duct cleaning needs of homeowners throughout the Twin Cities metro. You won’t find our custom package of tools or our unique cleaning system at any other company because we’ve taken great care to develop our comprehensive systems over many years of hands-on experience.

To learn more about how we help you improve your indoor air quality, give us a call today at 651-319-9777 or contact us online. You can also request a free quote online to get started.

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