Deciding Whether or Not to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Deciding Whether or Not to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned


The EPA reports that knowledge about the potential benefits and possible problems of air duct cleaning is limited. Due to conditions being different in every home or business, its impossible to generalize whether air duct cleaning would be beneficial.

The EPA also reports that if anyone in your home or office suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you think might be related to your indoor environment, you should discuss the situation with your doctor. The EPA has free publications to guide you on identifying possible indoor air quality problems and ways to prevent or fix them.

Air ducts get dirty over time and they should occasionally be cleaned; “there is no evidence to suggest that these cleanings would be detrimental, provided that the cleaning is done properly”, says the EPA.

It is important that you hire a professional and cheaper is not always better. If a provider does not follow proper procedures or is not properly trained, the duct cleaning may cause you even more indoor air problems and damage your air ducts or even your heating and air conditioning system.

Air Duct Cleaners of Virginia is a National Air Duct Certified company with trained, professional technicians.

You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:

  • There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems:
  • Ducts are infested with vermin, (e.g., rodents or insects
  • Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are released into the home from your supply registers. understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems:

You should be aware that although that black stuff around your register may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and may require laboratory analysis for final confirmation. For about $50, some microbiology laboratories can tell you whether a sample sent to them on a clear strip of sticky household tape is mold or simply a substance that resembles it.

If you have fiberglass insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy, it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed or replaced.

If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.

Air Duct Cleaners of Virginia provides FREE air duct system inspections and in most cases, an estimate at the same time. Call us today or go online to request your FREE Quote.