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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-06-2005, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone ever had the ducts cleaned in their house? Another benefit of living in an appartment, I know.

My question is does it do as good of job as all of the before and after pictures show? I know mine are filthy but dont want to kill $150 if its not going to help much.

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It's good to get it done, a professional service will get the ducts pretty clean. My cousin just had it done, they had a special for something in the range of $100, he ended up paying $300. Once he saw what came out of there and how clean it was when done he says it is worth it. Once every 3-5 years is cheap compared to breathing garbage in all the time. My $0.02

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I would be worried about spending just $150. To have it done, right, with the right equipment should be about twice that. Depending on the outfit, they should have a camera, so that you can see the before and after yourself, or at least take a peek into where they cut into the ductwork.

I would try to stay with Servicemaster, or similarly sized company. A lot of the smaller companies do not have the truck mount, which is essential. G'luck!
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truck mount?
what the alternative that I should stay away from?

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Something that is not a truck mount! :

Hand held vacuum, upright vacuum, wet/dryvac etc. .....
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should I insist on the camera thing?

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should I insist on the camera thing?
If it is an option, I would go for it. Brauer brothers had one, and they showed me before and after. It sure makes a difference when you know the cleaning did the trick, instead of hoping/wondering if the cleaning did the trick.
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interesting. is this soley to keep from breathing circulated dirt or does it effect how effecient your unit is too?

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all I know is I look down the vents and see shit that makes me want to puke. I never even thought of the positive effects on the furnace.

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all I know is I look down the vents and see shit that makes me want to puke. I never even thought of the positive effects on the furnace.

but 300 buys a lot of 50 parts! I'll breath a lot of dirt for some 50 parts!!

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but 300 buys a lot of 50 parts! I'll breath a lot of dirt for some 50 parts!!
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Okay Mike this is totally MY opinion..........

It is a waste of money if your house is newer (10-15 years).
I know the backlash is coming but i will speak my peace. I know a little bit about HVAC: and if you think this through it will make sense.

Where does the air that goes into the ductwork come from? Your furnace right? In order for that air to get from the blower wheel to your duct work it must first pass through your filters right? of course. NOW-- The dirtiest part of your ductwork is obviously your registers AND the 2 feet back or so.

I recommend you remove the register covers and take a flexible hose from your wet vac and push it into the opening and vacauum those areas real well. You would be surprised how dirty those are from stuff falling INTO the register.

To prove my point-- you can go buy a sheet of filter screen and place it under the register discharge and see how very little dust there is coming out.

HERE is when you WANT your ducts clean.....
1. When the bozo finishing/sanding your hardwood floors forgot to turn off your furnace
2. New walls put up and when sanding they forgot to shut off the furnace as well.

Just my opinion mike so take it for what its worth.........

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Okay Mike this is totally MY opinion..........

It is a waste of money if your house is newer (10-15 years).
I know the backlash is coming but i will speak my peace. I know a little bit about HVAC: and if you think this through it will make sense.

Where does the air that goes into the ductwork come from? Your furnace right? In order for that air to get from the blower wheel to your duct work it must first pass through your filters right? of course. NOW-- The dirtiest part of your ductwork is obviously your registers AND the 2 feet back or so.

I recommend you remove the register covers and take a flexible hose from your wet vac and push it into the opening and vacauum those areas real well. You would be surprised how dirty those are from stuff falling INTO the register.

To prove my point-- you can go buy a sheet of filter screen and place it under the register discharge and see how very little dust there is coming out.

HERE is when you WANT your ducts clean.....
1. When the bozo finishing/sanding your hardwood floors forgot to turn off your furnace
2. New walls put up and when sanding they forgot to shut off the furnace as well.

Just my opinion mike so take it for what its worth.........


I agree with Kelly on this one. The only thing I worry about is animal dander and my alergies. With 3 cats and 2 dogs I sometimes wonder if just vacuuming by the register is enough

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Thanks Bri but i gotta tell you that in YOUR situation it is NOT enough. Nor will having your ducts cleaned either. You need an external purifier. Dont waste money on HEPA's either. The ionic purifier is top notch for that. The smell is a little hard getting used to at first but i do have 1 other alternative for you if you are interested.....

There is a start up company of a couple people i know and they do air purification. Commercial and residential. The name of the company is " Tend2Corp" i believe. I am reviewing a few of their commercial apps. If you are interested i can get you some info from him...... Its not too expensive...YET!

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Thanks Bri but i gotta tell you that in YOUR situation it is NOT enough. Nor will having your ducts cleaned either. You need an external purifier. Dont waste money on HEPA's either. The ionic purifier is top notch for that. The smell is a little hard getting used to at first but i do have 1 other alternative for you if you are interested.....

There is a start up company of a couple people i know and they do air purification. Commercial and residential. The name of the company is " Tend2Corp" i believe. I am reviewing a few of their commercial apps. If you are interested i can get you some info from him...... Its not too expensive...YET!

Sure, I'd be curious at least. I'm not sure anything will be enough. One of our dogs has skin alergy's and I have to give her medicated baths. Even still I gotta use air freshners because her skin makes everything smell like a dirty vacuum bag

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I know we are changing to an Allergen Filter for the furnace, not sure how much better it will be..


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Well, for what its worth, I just purchased a house and it has a Honeywell electronic air cleaner that sits next to furnace and so, if you don't have an electronic air cleaner, that might be an option for you. Doing some of the cleanig yourself (hose down the register and stuff) might be all that you need to do. So far, I'm pretty happy with the quality of air. You may still need to have the ducts professionally cleaned, but going this route might be an option for you.
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