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2 Reasons You Shouldn’t Clean Your Ducts Yourself

March 8, 2016

You might enjoy refinishing your own cabinets and building your own furniture, but duct cleaning isn’t a DIY project. It requires a professional who knows how to handle the duct lining material and how to clean your ducts without causing any damage. Following are two reasons you shouldn’t attempt DIY duct cleaning in your Jacksonville, Florida, home.

Injuries or Damage

Duct cleaning can prove dangerous for non-professionals who have neither the tools nor expertise to attempt such jobs. Our HVAC technicians have the experience and equipment necessary to handle your ducts with care without putting themselves in harm’s way.

Additionally, you could inadvertently cause damage to the ductwork’s infrastructure. Even a small tear in the duct lining will allow air to escape, which reduces your HVAC system’s efficiency. If you cause major damage, you’re looking at a repair that is likely to cost far more than professional duct cleaning.

You Don’t Have the Right Equipment

Duct cleaning requires a complex variety of professional-level equipment. The bagless vacuum cleaner you bought for your home’s floors might effectively remove pet hair and stray Cheerios with no problem, but even the hose attachment isn’t powerful enough for your ducts. Plus, it’s not long enough to reach into your ductwork and make a significant difference.

While you could theoretically buy the equipment necessary for duct cleaning, it wouldn’t constitute a smart investment. You’ll pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for machinery that you might use once or twice — and that will take up valuable space in your garage or storage shed.

What’s the Alternative?

Now that you know the dangers of cleaning your own air ducts, what should you do instead? Hire a professional. You can handle certain things on your own, such as changing air filters and vacuuming vent covers, but our technicians are your best bet for professional duct cleaning.

To schedule an appointment to have your ducts inspected, call Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating at (904) 574-5619 today.

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