The Main Air Duct Cleaning Methods03/08/2014 Back To Blog
Cleaning is a major part of air duct maintenance. It ensures that the ductwork and the entire HVAC system remain in perfect condition and work properly. Most homeowners are not very familiar with the process. It is a little known fact that the cleaning can be done in more ways than one. Find out what the major methods used are.
Ways to Clean the Air Ducts
One of the simplest methods for home air duct cleaning involves the use of a regular vacuum cleaner. The longest attachment which is typically the nozzle is used for the purpose. The attachment and part of the hose are inserted inside the ductwork so that any dust, dirt and debris can be removed effectively and suctioned into the machine. With this method, you can clean the area matching the range of the hose.
Another method for residential duct cleaning involves the use of a large vacuum and compressed air. As you know, compressed air is sufficiently powerful to remove dust and dirt sticking to any surface. At the same time, it does not pose risk of mold growth and damage like steam cleaning. After the ductwork surface has been thoroughly cleaned the debris is collected with the use of the vacuum.
The third most widely used method for air duct sanitizing involves the use of a specially designed mechanical brush. The brush is inserted inside the duct and mechanically rotated so that it can scrape dirt and debris as well as dust off the surface. The brush is highly effective for removing the most stubborn of dirt accumulations. It is designed so that it does not cause accidental damage to the surfaces. Once the dirt has been removed from the surfaces, it is collected with the use of the vacuum.
With proper cleaning, the ductwork will have a much longer useful life and air duct replacement will not be required for many years to come.