5 Furnace Duct Cleaning Pros and Cons in Portland

Your furnace ducts help carry heated air throughout your home during the winter. So, when your ducts are dirty, they could be carrying dust, debris and microorganisms around your home.

That being said, cleaning your ducts can be expensive and cause issues if done incorrectly.

Below, we’ll outline the pros and cons of having your furnace ducts cleaned so you can make an educated decision on whether or not duct cleaning is the right choice for your home.

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Furnace Duct Cleaning Pros

1. Cleaning your ducts canimprove health, hygiene and the smell of your home

The EPA recommends furnace duct cleaning to check for mold growth, rodents, insects and excessive dust accumulation. Removing mold, dead animals and excessive dust from your furnace ducts can improve your indoor air quality—which, in turn, can improve your health and hygiene—and get rid of any lingering bad odors in your home.

2. Duct cleaning can improve your HVAC efficiency and lower your energy bills

If your ducts are clogged with dust and debris and animals, your furnace will have to work harder to blow air around those blockages. When you have your ducts cleaned, it provides your furnace with the path of least resistance, allowing your furnace to work more efficiently and, in turn, lowering your heating bills.

3. Cleaning your furnace ducts can prevent expensive future repairs

Furnace duct cleaning can help you catch other minor issues before they snowball into big, pricey repairs. During a duct cleaning, the HVAC technician will check if your furnace is working properly. If not, the technician will recommend repairs that should be made before they become major issues.


Furnace Duct Cleaning Cons

1. It’s not easy to check if your furnace ducts need cleaning

Since most furnace ducts are inaccessible without equipment, you will have to hire a contractor to check if your ducts have any mold, vermin or dust clogs before deciding whether or not you need to clean them.

2. Your ducts or furnace could be damaged if you don’t hire the right contractor

Furnace duct cleaning isn’t a service that can be easily DIY’ed. Most homeowners will need to hire a quality HVAC contractor to come look at and clean their ducts.

Don’t let the cost be a deterrent. It’s important to hire a high-quality contractor and not a budget one that might do a careless job. Incorrectly cleaning furnace ducts could easily damage the interior of the ducts, causing leaks and holes.

To find a high-quality HVAC contractor in Oregon, you want to look for:

  • A contractor that is licensed and insured in the state

  • A contractor that does not try to sell you on any guaranteed health benefits from furnace duct cleaning

But, luckily, your furnace ducts only need to be cleaned every 4-5 years. And if you have an effective air filter, you might be able to go longer between duct cleanings since excessive dust won’t pile up.

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