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How Are AC Ducts Cleaned: Tools and Procedures

Air duct cleaning can help improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and lower energy expenses by allowing the air conditioning system to run more efficiently. But how are AC ducts cleaned? Review the procedures for cleaning the ducts in a heating and cooling system with the Sun Air Service Team.

Learn more about the tools used throughout the cleaning process by calling the professionals at (813) 694-8989.

Facts About Air Duct Cleaning Procedures

Cleaning the duct system that heats or cools your property offers several benefits. The cleaning process can get rid of contaminants, such as:

  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Pet hair
  • Pollen
  • Bacteria

Duct cleaning services typically use a powered vacuum to get rid of dust and debris. However, a basic vacuum cleaner may not be up for the task. Generally, professional HVAC technicians use a professional-strength cleaning unit that creates negative pressure to suck up unwanted particulates.

The National Air Duct Cleaning Association provides a standardized process for cleaning that many cleaning companies use. This standardized process can help property owners feel confident that the cleaning process will work properly.

Procedures for an AC Duct Inspection

How are AC ducts cleaned? Generally, crews begin the cleaning process with an inspection. They use cameras to check deep within the ducts to determine how much cleaning is required. In addition to looking for dust and dirt, crews keep an eye out for kinks or leaks in the ductwork.

Air duct cleaning crews inform you about any damage to the ducts and take care of repairing this damage.

Procedures for Beginning Duct Cleaning

Before crews begin the cleaning process, they must hook up the vacuum system to collect dust, pollen, and other contaminants. Some teams use a truck-mounted vacuum system, while others use a portable unit. The technicians hook up the system by:

  • Attaching the hose to a duct near the HVAC system’s air handler
  • Sealing each register in the home or business
  • Turning the vacuum on to generate a negative pressure environment

No cleaning should take place before technicians turn on the vacuum hose.

Procedures for Agitating the Dust

Technicians can begin the cleaning process once the negative air pressure system is properly functioning. Crews take the covers off all the registers in a property and then carefully clean each duct.

Crews can use a number of tools during this process, including:

  • Compressed air tools
  • Rotating brushes
  • Smaller vacuum cleaners

The dust disturbed by the cleaning process gets sucked up by the larger vacuum system, preventing it from flooding back into your home or business. Crews dispose of the dust once they finish the cleaning process, improving the air quality of your property.

Procedures for Finishing Air Duct Clean-up

Cleaning air ducts also involves ensuring that the rest of the system components get attention. Professionals can clean up an HVAC system’s:

  • Blower motor
  • Evaporator coil
  • Drain pan

Handling the cleaning process comprehensively helps your HVAC system functions efficiently throughout the year. Dirt on the evaporator coil, for instance, can cause the entire unit to freeze over, preventing it from working properly. Cleaning the HVAC unit thoroughly represents a pivotal part of air conditioning maintenance.

Take Care of Your Air Ducts Between Cleanings

A thorough AC duct cleaning may take between three and five hours. Property owners may want to schedule a cleaning on a yearly basis to keep their AC system functioning at peak efficiency. Between appointments, property owners can take steps to protect their system.

The experts recommend ensuring that the system has the right filter installed. An incorrect filter can allow dust and debris to enter the system, causing problems over time. Filters also should get changed regularly to prevent the build-up of pollen, bacteria, and other contaminants.

Learn More About Air Duct Cleaning Today

How are AC ducts cleaned? Generally, duct cleaning crews attach a large vacuum hose to the system and then clear out the dust with vacuums and brushes. You can begin the clean-up process with duct cleaning by Sun Air Services. Sun Air technicians put their experience and training to work cleaning both commercial and residential ductwork. Learn more by calling (813) 694-8989.


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