Is Duct Cleaning a Requirement or a Myth?

Is Duct Cleaning a Requirement or a Myth?

The answer? It depends on your situation.

Systems made of duct board, flex duct or lined metal duct cannot be cleaned effectively without dismantling the duct and cleaning them by hand.  For homeowners with metal ducts, quality contractors have machines similar to enormous vacuum cleaners that are attached to the supply and returns. The process involves forcing compressed air through the duct system that flows towards a vacuum at the bottom, taking dirt with it as it goes.

Like most HVAC companies, Summers & Zim’s is equipped with the technology that makes duct cleaning possible, especially for areas in the duct system that are inaccessible. Depending on the circumstance, we may point you to a home services provider with different equipment better suited to a specific scenario. If your duct system is dirty due to pet hair, old age, or leaking ducts, this could work very well.

Many times, duct cleaning does not resolve the problem either. A duct cleaning will just temporarily clean ducts that dust will return to anyway, especially if the system is sucking in a lot of attic or basement air through returns that are not sealed properly.  Many times, we recommend Aeroseal to homeowners before duct cleaning to curb the problem at its source so that the cleaning is actually worthwhile.

Here’s the bottom line: there are absolutely applications where duct cleaning is a good idea and sometimes even necessary. However, thinking of it as something that needs to be done as regular maintenance is usually wasting your time and money for very little benefit.

A Summers & Zim’s professional will be happy to give you a free evaluation if you are unsure what you should do. Call (610) 593-5129 or use our contact form to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Summers & Zim’s

Why should you trust the plumbing professionals at Summers & Zim’s for all your residential plumbing needs? At Summers & Zim’s, we pride ourselves on our good natured disposition, unmatched plumbing experience paired with numerous certifications and focus on providing our customers with exceptional service and personalized plumbing repair and installation solutions. We’re proud to be certified by the Master Plumbing License, North American Technician Excellence, Inc. and the Environmental Protection Agency.

With our dedication to our customers, we also ensure consistent quality and satisfaction with our one-of-a-kind 5 Point Guarantee:

5-Point Guarantee

  • Design Guarantee

    For all of our repairs and installations, we guarantee it will perform as intended. If it’s not what you expected, we’ll make adjustments or replacements at no extra cost.

  • No Lemons Guarantee

    If you have a recent plumbing fixture installed and a piece of it fails to perform reliably, we’ll install a new one at no additional cost.

  • $500 No Frustration Guarantee

    If your new plumbing installation does not perform as promised or expected within the first two years, we’ll pay you $500 for the inconvenience.

  • Home Protection Guarantee

    While working in your home, if our team accidentally damages any part of your home, we will cover any repair or replacement costs.

  • 100% Money Back Guarantee

    If your new system installation does not meet your needs or expectations, we’ll remove the item and return 100 percent of your investment.