If you’re considering duct cleaning, think again! After years of experience, our experts have come to the conclusion that replacement is the better option.

Most people believe when they suffer from indoor allergies that the best solution is to have their ducts cleaned, but we are here to provide you some insight on the risks of duct cleaning and give you some easy ways to keep your indoor air at the highest quality. Experience cleaner air like never before!

3 Reasons Why Experts Recommend Replacement Over Cleaning

  1. Cleaning is a band-aid fix, not a permanent solution

The first question you want to ask yourself is what is causing my home to be abnormally dusty? The answer is probably your ductwork. When there is an underlying cause of dirty ducts, cleaning is only a temporary solution.

Duct leaks are typically the main cause of dirty air ducts. If there are leaks in your ductwork, dirt and debris can get sucked into the ducts. The dirt and debris will then travel through your air ducts and into your home, creating poor indoor air quality.

Poor indoor air quality can create an uncomfortable living space, especially for those with respiratory problems or allergies. If the root of your dirty ducts is not addressed then you will continue experiencing issues with poor indoor air quality. It is important that you determine the underlying cause of your dirty ducts as duct cleaning is only a temporary solution.

  1. Duct cleaning can cause more damage than you think 

The main reason why our experts do not recommend duct cleaning is because of the potential damage cleaning causes. Most ductwork has a thin interior lining that can be easily ripped or torn.

There are tools used for duct cleaning that shake up the debris that sticks to the inside of your ductwork to knock it loose. While this is being performed, the machine can puncture or tear ductwork. During duct cleaning, a hose is placed into a duct and suctions out debris like a vacuum. The strong force from this vacuum can disconnect your ductwork.

It is best not to disturb the debris in your ductwork as it can knock loose harmful contaminants that will travel into your living area.

  1. Air contamination

Cleaning vs. Replacing Ductwork | Why Our Experts Recommend Replacement Over CleaningWhile everyday dust and dirt inside your air ducts is nothing to be worried about, there are some cases when you should be concerned with possible air contamination. Pests, insects and rodents like to use your attic space as shelter, especially during the colder months. If undetected pests are present and duct cleaning punctures a hole into your ductwork, you are now bringing rodent contamination into your breathing air.

Another possible contaminant that can get sucked into your ductwork through a punctured hole is insulation. Most insulation is made of fiberglass which is composed of a woven material embedded with glass fibers. Air contamination by fiberglass can be uncomfortable and potentially cause breathing problems.

3 Easy Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality Without Duct Cleaning

While duct cleaning is not recommended as an effective way to improve indoor air quality, there are many other ways to minimize indoor air pollutants in your home:

  1. Schedule Routine HVAC maintenance

The best way to prevent HVAC and duct problems is by scheduling your annual heating and air conditioning maintenance. During your routine maintenance we inspect your evaporator coils, clean your condenser coils, and replace or clean filters. Committing to regular HVAC preventative maintenance is essential for maintaining clean and efficient ductwork.

  1. Wash or Replace Air Filters

Cleaning vs. Replacing Ductwork | Why Our Experts Recommend Replacement Over CleaningMaintaining your filters is one of the easiest things you can do to contribute to healthy indoor air quality. We recommend checking your air filter at least every 3 months and replacing your disposable filters as needed. If you have a washable filter it is recommended that you also clean them at least every 3 months. If you are interested in using washable filters, Bell Brothers offers a lifetime washable filter that can save you money on disposable ones. 

  1. Consider an Air Scrubber

You probably think your air is already clean by regularly changing your filters and receiving annual maintenances on your HVAC equipment, but it could be cleaner! Let us explain.

What is an air scrubber? We are glad you asked. Any air entering your HVAC system has to pass through the purifying process before it can go anywhere else. As air cycles through your HVAC system, it passes through your filter and then over a UV light before entering your home. When the air passes through your filters all large dust and debris are filtered out. Once it reaches the UV light all smaller particles and contaminants are eliminated from the air prior to reaching your living space. Thus, providing you and your family cleaner, healthier air!

How is an air scrubber installed? It’s easy! With professional help, of course! Air scrubbers are installed inside your existing ductwork, between your intake and the rest of the system. Having a professional install your air scrubber ensures everything is done right. It also means that the work is covered under warranty.

Contact Bell Brothers today for cleaner, healthier air!