Duct Cleaning (Is It Worth It?)

Air duct cleaning is vital for the health of your family, home, and HVAC equipment. As your heating and cooling systems pump air throughout your home, they are bringing in airborne pollutants with them. In this blog we'll review common airborne contaminants found in Kansas City homes as well as recommendations for when you should request air duct cleaning and what to expect from the process.

Why Get HVAC Air Duct Cleaning?

When air moves through your ventilation system, it brings along all kinds of dust, allergens, bacteria, and even fungal spores along with it. Dirty air ducts can affect people with allergies, asthma, nasal congestion, sinus problems, respiratory ailments, and dry skin. These contaminants build up and hide in your walls. A.B. May uses patented technology to thoroughly clean your ductwork. As a result, we remove 99.97% of contaminants from your system. Fun fact: More people ask us for information on duct cleaning than any other service.

Clean air ducts have many health and financial benefits. Removing the dust, dander, and chemicals that have collected inside your ducts provides better air for you and your family. Clean air is especially important for people with allergies, asthma, and respiratory issues.  Having a clean heating and cooling system also means your unit won’t have to work as hard to pump air throughout your home. In other words, your home will become energy efficient. An efficient heating and cooling system will cost less to operate and will avoid many common repair problems. Think of it this way - air ducts are like the circulatory system of your home. Filled with gunk and dirt, the system as a whole won’t function properly. When your airways are clear, nothing stops your heating and cooling system from operating at its best.

Common Indoor Pollution Found in KC Homes

All sorts of pollutants can be found in KC homes. Pet hair, dust, allergens, viruses, pollen, and debris are just a few of the disturbances lurking in your air ducts. Since Kansas City experiences all four seasons, our air ducts are faced with a variety of seasonal pollutants.

When's a Good Time to Book Air Duct Cleaning

At the very minimum, air ducts should be cleaned every three to five years, though most need cleaning every two years. Not sure how long you should wait? Take this quiz below to find out:

  •          Does anyone in your home smoke?
  •          Is there anyone in your family who suffers from asthma or allergies?
  •          Does anyone in your family have a chronic illness?
  •          Does your cooling system have a difficult time controlling humidity?
  •          Do you have pets?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we recommend having your air ducts cleaned at least every two years.

The HVAC Air Duct Cleaning Process

Our highly trained team of technicians use patented HEPA-AIRE equipment. By design, this equipment captures 99.7% of the particles, leaving your ducts squeaky clean. First, we will clean your air conveyance system with high-pressure air and a powerful HEPA vac. The vacuum gets rid of dirt and contaminants from the ductwork and other HVAC components. Next, we use a powerful HEPA-filtered vacuum collection system. The vacuum creates negative pressure and pulls dislodged contaminants out of the duct to capture them. Finally, we will seal up all access points and leave the space just like we found in. In other words, it is an incredibly easy and streamlined process that will leave you with healthy air.


Breathe Easier (and Lower Bills!) with Air Duct Cleaning from A.B. May.