There are thousands of “do it yourself” websites out there that encourage homeowners to do everything from panting the walls to fixing the car without professional help. When you have the knowledge to execute these projects properly, you can save yourself quite a bit of money, but there are still some projects that should always be performed by professionals. Cleaning the air ducts on your own in order to save a few bucks is always a bad decision. There are many negative consequences that come from attempting to do so, and the job should be left in the hands of someone who has the proper training and equipment.
4 Problems Caused by “Do-It-Yourself” Duct Cleanings
- Duct Work is Still Dirty: The majority of the duct work system in your home is probably hidden behind walls and under floors. Any parts of the system that you can reach are going to offer limited access, and therefore will only allow you clean the first four to six feet of duct work. That leaves several feet of duct work in the same filthy condition. Once you see how dirty the first four to six feet are, you will want to clean the rest.
- Possible Damage: Some duct work materials can only be cleaned with tools that are specifically designed for that type of duct work. The hose on your vacuum and whatever other cleaning equipment you may have in the home may cause damage to the system, and this damage could lead to leaks and gaps in the system that allow air to escape.
- Mold Released into the Air: Most of the debris that is in your duct work is stuck to the sides, and when agitated by cleaning equipment it will detach. Some particles will escape into the air of the home if you are not using the proper collection equipment. If there is any chance that your duct work is infested with mold, you could have a major problem on your hand if you attempt to clean it up on your own. Disturbing mold spores will spread them all over your home. Instead of just having a mold problem in the ducts, you now have a mold problem in the kitchen, the bedrooms, the basement, and every other room of the home.
- Dust and Other Particles Released into the Air: Even if you do not have a mold problem, disturbing dust, dander, and other particles without having a way of collecting them safely will release them into the air in the home. This will greatly increase the concentration of any other harmful particles that may have been in the ducts. If you have family members or if you yourself suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems, this could have very negative effects upon your health.
Call Four Seasons!
If you want to have the duct work cleaned properly and safely, call Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning today! We use only state of the art duct cleaning equipment that will efficiently remove and dispose of all particles that are taken from the ducts in your home. You can trust Four Seasons to get the job done right because we offer our 100% satisfaction on all of the work that we perform. Don’t try a “do it yourself” duct cleaning, and call Four Seasons today!