Like most things involved in maintaining a home, cleaning the air ducts has its fair share of myths. Here are 4 myths you may have heard but definitely aren’t true.
Breathe in, breathe out—we do it all day, every day, yet we never stop to question the quality of the air we breathe. As a property owner, you know that air duct or HVAC cleaning is the way to get better air quality. However, even something as simple as cleaning your duct has several myths perpetuated due to the spread of incorrect information and even blatant falsehoods.
Some of these misconceptions make it difficult for people to perform this activity correctly, and ASAP Restoration is here to set the record straight with the truth.
Myth #1: Air Ducts Don’t Really Get Dirty
False. Have you ever changed your air filter? How did it look when you first took it out? Was it as clean as the day it went in? Certainly not. There is a good chance that it was covered with dust. Where did this dust come from? Yup, your air ducts.
Always remember that air ducts and the small components surrounding the entire system can potentially become contaminated with particles of pollen, dust, or other materials if they are not installed, maintained, and operated correctly.
Myth #2: Duct Cleaning Just Pushes Dust Forward
False. Professionals are meticulous; more importantly, they are aware of the potential risks to human health from dust buildup inside a commercial or residential property. Generally, HVAC cleaners at ASAP Restoration create negative pressure in air ducts with high-powered blowers and vacuum-operated vehicles. They seal up all vent returns and holes to ensure the debris is pulled straight into the truck’s tank, preventing it from moving forward and entering other spaces.
Myth #3: Only Homes with Humidifiers Need Duct Cleaning
Another falsehood. Properties with humidifiers, particularly in the ductwork, are most prone to mold growth; however, mold can still grow anywhere there is moisture—even if no humidifier is present.
Here’s how: when cool air circulates through the ducts, it leaves a trace of moisture. This moisture can condense and progressively collect inside the walls of the ducts. Since mold spores are almost everywhere, they may start growing within the air ducts at some point.
Myth #4: Anybody Can Clean Air Duct
True and false since it depends on how educated and experienced you are. Simply put, you can certainly clean the ducts on your own, but you must be honest about how well you’ll be able to clean them. Go for it if you have access to a high-powered vacuum, heavy-duty hoses, industrial blowers, and pneumatic brushes. However, if you aren’t familiar with the HVAC procedures necessary to close up the vents and registers, let the professionals do their job while you rest on the couch.
At ASAP Restoration, we use a specialized assortment of high-powered, industrial instruments to clean the inside of your ducts meticulously and prevent any material from entering other spaces. So what are you waiting for? Schedule your air duct cleaning appointment with us today.
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Deerfield Beach, FL 33442