On the other hand, John DeSilvia, a contractor and host of DIY Networks Rescue My Renovation, premiering Feb. 27, doesnt generally recommend duct cleaning to homeowners.
Its normal for dirt to accumulate and stick to the sides of air ducts, he
The exception, he
said, is if theres visible mold growth.
If you do have ductwork cleaned, he
advises getting a few estimates and ensuring that the service you hire uses high-powered equipment to capture what they dislodge.
Otherwise, the effort could backfire.
Any dust and dirt not collected will be distributed throughout your home, causing a bigger problem, DeSilvia
said homeowners can do a lot on their own to improve their HVAC efficiency by cleaning dirty coils, fans and registers, ensuring drain pans are emptying properly, and changing air filters at least three times a year.
also recommends a yearly professional tuneup.
Think about your heating and cooling system like you do your car, he