What To Expect From Your Duct-Cleaning Contractor

Posted On: September 09, 2011

More and more homeowners in the Metro-East region are choosing to have their air ducts cleaned as a way to enhance indoor air quality. Over time, dust, pollen, other particles and sometimes mold can build up in ducts. These indoor and outdoor pollutants could negatively affect your health, and the health of your family.

If you choose to have your ducts cleaned, know what to expect from your duct-cleaning contractor.

  • Pre-inspection: A quality duct-cleaning contractor should fully inspect your ducts before agreeing to clean them. The contractor also should verify that you don’t have any materials containing asbestos anywhere in your system.
  • Preparation: Before the cleaning begins, the contractor should take care to protect your carpet, furniture and other furnishings from the cleaning equipment and any incidental dirt and dust.
  • Vacuuming: If a vacuum that vents in your home is used, the contractor should only use high-efficiency particle air equipment, better known as HEPA. Inefficient vacuums can release more dirt into the air, which neutralizes any benefit you might get from having your ducts cleaned.
  • Protection: Your duct-cleaning contractor should take measures to protect your ductwork from damage by using only soft-bristled brushes. They also should seal and re-insulate access ports and doors used to clean the ducts so the system remains airtight and clean.
  • Verification: Finally, when the job is complete your duct cleaner should show you what was done by guiding you through a thorough visual inspection of all your duct components. Some contractors use photos for additional verification.

The Environmental Protection Agency has not yet suggested that homeowners schedule regular duct cleanings, so use caution with unscrupulous contractors who approach you with service contracts or other aggressive sales techniques.

To discuss indoor air quality and whether having your ducts cleaned could help your home’s indoor air quality, give the professionals at Ernst Heating & Coolinga call today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about duct cleaning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Ernst Heating & Cooling services Hamel, Illinois and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!      

Service in Just Hours
What People Are Saying About Ernst
  Reviews for Ernst Heating & Cooling

259 customer reviews

Average rating:5

 
  Excellent work.
I think their service is excellent and the techs are very polite, they listen to any questions or concerns you have. ...
by Mary K on 04/17/2019
  Great service
Never have we had anything but great service. Everyone always polite, courteous, and helpful. Would recommend Ernst...
by edward o on 04/16/2019
  Great Job!
Seth, the tech, found the problem quickly & the replacement part will be installed in a few days.
by Beverly T on 04/13/2019
  Well pleased with...
Technician was thorough in his explanation of our service. He changed the filter and replaced the capacitator. ...
by mr Charles m on 04/12/2019
  Service was great...
We always use Ernst.
by Dale H on 04/06/2019
More Verified Reviews
Service in Just Hours
Reasons You Should Replace Your Window AC Unit
Posted On:June 25, 2018

Nobody likes the idea of spending thousands of dollars on central air conditioning, which makes the window air conditioning unit an attractive option for those...