Because of health aspects, we all know by now that our air ducts should be cleaned at least once a year. This will help avoid serious asthma and allergy issues within your home. However, there is more than one way to perform air duct cleaning, and the question may arise as to which method is preferable. One way to clean the air ducts is through the power vacuum or air sweep method. This requires some heavy duty, expensive equipment. The other common form of duct cleaning is the contact method, which is less costly from an equipment perspective.
Both methods of heating duct cleaning have their advantages and disadvantages. The vacuum or air sweep method employs using a powerful, large diameter vacuum hose, which is installed in the duct work and moves pressurized negative air through the vents. Mechanical brushes break down and push the debris to the vacuum suction. Then, compressed air is sent through the system to remove anything left by the brushes. The method is superior in terms of actually removing all the loose contaminants from your duct work. It creates increased efficiency by unblocking any and all airflow from your duct system, and it can keep your ducts clean for as much as three to four years. However, the cost of the equipment used is high, and the cleaning process takes longer than the alternative contact method. It is a loud process as well, and because of the power engaged in the duct cleaning process, there is a chance of mishap in the cleaning process.
The contact cleaning method for air vents typically involves the use of a shop vac or carpet cleaning hose attachments and maybe a spinning brush. This method requires that the individual wielding the equipment be able to physically reach any part of the ductwork they are cleaning. This method of cleaning is more affordable to the homeowner and is safer in terms of avoiding mishaps. However, because not all ductwork is exposed, the technician likely cannot reach every part of the ventilation system and will not be able to thoroughly clean every inch of the duct work. However, it doesn’t take as long and is less dangerous in terms of possible mishaps (unless you have phone wiring or a sound system running through your ductwork).
Both forms of duct cleaning can have advantages. Contacting your local Lewisville duct cleaning experts can help you determined the best solution for your particular application. Either way, be sure your ducts and heating system are in tip-top shape this winter so you can effectively and efficiently heat your home in a safe, healthy manner.