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Indoor Air Quality – Duct Cleaning

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Do you know what the inside of your ducts looks like? Most of us don’t know and prefer not to think about it! However, you should consider duct cleaning to improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Why should I have my ductwork cleaned?

The two main reasons to have your ductwork cleaned are to remove dust accumulation and to remove mold. Dust can accumulate in your ducts over time. More dust means more harmful allergens moving around your home. Mold is a little sneakier. It is usually caused by condensation buildup or pooling water, but you can’t necessarily see mold when it occurs in the ductwork. The air ducts can also harbor dirt, dander, pollen, bacteria, viruses, microbes, odors, insect parts, and even small animals! So, it may be beneficial to have them inspected and cleaned.

How will I know whether my ducts need cleaning or not?

There are pros and cons to consider when deciding to have your air ducts cleaned. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides guidelines to help you make that decision. The EPA recommends cleaning ducts if they are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris or if there is substantial visible mold growth inside metal ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.

What are the benefits of cleaning ductwork?

If there is debris in the ductwork, it is probably blocking the airflow and decreasing the efficiency of your HVAC equipment. Removing that blockage will improve the ventilation, help your system perform to its full potential, and give your equipment a longer lifespan. Cleaning the ducts could also help eliminate musty or stale odors caused by dust accumulation and lingering smells from food or smoke.

What is the ductwork cleaning process?

There is a right way and a wrong way to clean the ducts in your home, and it is best to hire a professional who has the proper equipment. If you have mold or some other infestation in your ductwork, you don’t want to mistakenly bring that from the ducts and into your living space. A professional HVAC cleaning service would dislodge dirt and debris and carefully remove it using an industrial vacuum. If there is mold, special chemicals might be needed to kill and prevent further growth. However, these chemicals can have their own pros and cons, and it is recommended that you work with an HVAC professional to choose a solution that works best for you and your home.

The technicians at American Star Total Home Comfort have the expertise to help you decide if and when your ducts need to be cleaned. Visit or call 847-241-2834 for more information.

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