Debunking The Biggest Myths about Air Ducts

Aug 23, 2018 | Ductwork Cleaning

Air ducts are a vital part of any building, and keeping them clean and sanitary is not just important for keeping the people in the building healthy, but also to comply with certain standards that have been set. Unfortunately, there are many myths about air ducts that cause people to neglect them.

Discussed below are some of the biggest myths about air ducts, and why they’re myths.

Myth 1: Air ducts do not get very dirty

People think that air ducts just circulate air, and hence, they don’t get very dirty. A lot of people think that duct cleaning companies just want to take money, so they talk about how air ducts get dirty.

Why it’s not true: Although it’s true that air ducts circulate air, the air also contains dust, dirt, and germs. Some ducts and vents may also have rodents and vermin infestations. Neglecting the ducts will cause them to accumulate over time, causing your ductwork system to do more harm than good.

Although you don’t need to get the air ducts cleaned very frequently, it’s a good idea to have them inspected at least once every six months to gauge whether they need to be cleaned or not.

Myth 2: Only dehumidifiers need to be cleaned

It’s a well-circulated myth that only ductwork with dehumidifiers need to be cleaned, because the moisture makes it conducive for mould and bacteria growth.

Why it’s not true: All ductwork systems have drip trays that catch water condensing on the coils. If these are not periodically cleared out, the water in the drip tray can back up and cause mould and bacteria to grow in the ducts.

Myth 3: Duct cleaning requires harmful chemicals

People think that the duct cleaning process makes use of a lot of harmful chemicals so they are wary about getting their ductworks cleaned. This can lead to a lot of complications down the road.

Why it’s not true: While it is true that industrial cleaning chemicals can have harmful effects when inhaled, chemicals are not a necessity for ductwork cleaning. A lot of duct cleaning professionals have non-chemical options for ductwork cleaning too, and they also conduct a thorough disposal and removal processes for any chemicals that might be used when cleaning ductworks to avoid any health issues for the building’s occupants.

Myth 4: Air ducts don’t affect health

People believe that whatever is in the ductwork systems will not affect their health in any way. They believe that only air is circulated inside the ducts, and air has no negative effects on health.

Why it’s not true: While it is true that ductwork systems circulate air, the air can get mixed up with dust and dirt accumulated in the vents and cause a large amount of health problems. Unclean ducts can aggravate allergies, cause respiratory problems, and have an overall detrimental effect on a person’s health.

Myth 5: You don’t need professionals to clean air ducts

Some people falsely assume that ductwork cleaning is something that can be done by yourself, and that professional cleaning is not a requirement. They couldn’t be more mistaken.

Why it’s not true: Professional air duct cleaning is not just recommended, it’s a legal necessity. All ductwork systems in the UK must be cleaned to meet the TR19 standard set by BESA. All professional ductwork cleaners are trained to meet these standards, which is a requirement for many insurance providers as well.

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At innovatefm, our highly trained teams and innovative methods will make sure that your ductwork cleaning is up to the required TR19 standards. We also provide complete certificates of cleanliness, and quotes based on drawings or schematics emailed to us.

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