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Can I Clean My Air Ducts Myself?

Regular cleaning for your home’s network of air ducts is an important part of maintaining the efficiency of your HVAC system, shielding the ductwork from damage, and protecting your indoor air quality. Depending on how much dust, dirt, and other contaminants enter your ducts, you will require cleaning every one or two years. Sometimes you’ll need cleaning done earlier if the ductwork has become heavily congested.

To have duct cleaning in Atlanta, GA done properly, you must hire professionals. We understand that many people have DIY hobbies and enjoy the idea of independence. But when it comes to duct cleaning, you cannot handle the task on your own. The job requires more than a long-handled broom, a few rags, and a bottle of commercial cleaner. Call up duct cleaning specialists, like those at Cool Air Mechanical, to schedule the work.

The reason that duct cleaning requires trained professionals is because of the extent of the ductwork in your home and the nature of the contaminants that can get inside it. Most of your ductwork is hidden behind walls and ceilings, making it difficult to access. You can reach parts of it by unscrewing vent covers, but this is hardly enough to provide a thorough cleaning. Professionals use high-powered vacuums with long hoses to reach inside your ducts to places that you can’t on your own.

Professional duct cleaning also requires agitation equipment to remove particles embedded deep into the walls of your ducts. Standard cleaning methods, even powerful vacuums, cannot get out many of these contaminants. Duct cleaners use agitators to first loosen these pollutants. This equipment includes rotary brushes on long cables and special vacuums hooked onto the blower of your HVAC system that puts the entire ductwork under negative pressure. After using the agitation equipment, the duct cleaners can more easily remove the dirt particles and other debris.

Finally, duct cleaners often use special sanitizers on the ducts to remove allergens and pollutants that can cause cold and flu-like symptoms. These sanitizers are designed to avoid leaving lingering chemicals in your air or cause damage to your ducts.

Although you can’t perform a thorough cleaning for your ducts on your own, it’s easy to discover if you need to call for duct cleaners. Unscrew the cover to one of the vents in your house, and then reach inside and use a digital camera with a flash to take a snapshot of the interior. If the image shows heavy clots of dust, it’s time to call for experts in duct cleaning in Atlanta, GA.

Cool Air Mechanical can handle cleaning out your home’s ventilation system. Our duct cleaners use the best equipment available to leave you with ductwork that will keep your air clean and your heater and air conditioner happy.

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