There is a lot of speculation about air duct cleaning. Our customers continually inquire what the benefits are in keeping their air ducts cleaned.
The primary benefit is improving the air quality in your home. The air that you breathe in the home has an impact on your health and your general feeling of well-being.
Added benefits are that your allergies are typically better when you have a clean HVAC system in your home. You will also notice that you have less dust in your home when the air ducts are clean.
Chances are, you probably spend as much or more time in your home as any other place, so focusing on air quality in your home is probably very important to you.
These are just a few things you can plan to benefit from, by cleaning you air ducts on a regular basis.
A vent is the grate in which your Air conditioning or Heat comes from, and is pumped into your home. Vents are usually located in your ceiling, along the top of your walls, sometimes in the floor.
A return (or intake or register, everyone calls them something different) is a larger grate in which your HVAC unit sucks air from your home and recirculates it through the system and back out of the vents. Returns are always one of the dirtiest parts of your system, they hold around 80% of your home's dirt, dust, hair, and debris. Returns are usually located along the baseboards, sometimes in the ceilings or along the wall. All homes are set up differently.
*Note to "new construction" homeowners*Did you know that returns in newly constructed homes, especially returns that are along the floor or baseboards, were likely used as trash cans by workers building the home? Those returns could contain anything from drywall dust, pieces of drywall, nails or screws, trash from the workers such as cigarette butts, empty packs, food wrappers, and we could go on and on, but those things will begin to decompose and stink. How do we know? Because we have pulled these types of things from returns in newly constructed homes. Do not assume yours are clean.