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Old 10-19-2013, 04:03 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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As promised, I am reporting back with the results of our house's duct cleaning. Before duct cleaning: Visible dust on furniture even when dusted daily. I dusted 2 days ago (after cleaning) and still no visible dust on dark wood furniture. For the third day in a row, I woke up being able to breathe through my nose (usually I am congested). Pretty dramatic results.
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:16 AM
 
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Who did you use for the duct cleaning?
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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A local company here in Kentucky - recommended by our heating/cooling company - Thompson Heating & Cooling - reputable company in our area...always nice to have a referral.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:23 AM
 
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I've often wondered if duct cleaning was beneficial or just another way for money to be made.

How do they charge? A flat rate? By the size of your house?
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:32 AM
 
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I've often wondered if duct cleaning was beneficial or just another way for money to be made.
If someone believes it is beneficial then it is beneficial.

Note that the OP's duct cleaning apparently turned off the spontaneous generation of dust by her ductwork thus the cleaning was beneficial.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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Thanks for reporting back, cattknap. I had my ducts and unit cleaned 6 years ago. I used a firm that's certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association and has an A rating from the BBB.

The cleaning took 4-5 hours and cost $900.00 (I have a small house), but it was the best $$$ I've ever spent on this house. Before the cleaning, I suffered from very bad allergies/sinus issues. Since the cleaning, I havent had one problem.

And I had no expectations that it would be beneficial. Actually, I almost expected it not to work so well, mainly due to negative remarks on this forum (by people who've had no first-hand experience with duct cleaning). But I had to do something to try to relieve my headaches, stuffiness and sore throats. And am I ever glad I did.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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I've often wondered if duct cleaning was beneficial or just another way for money to be made.

How do they charge? A flat rate? By the size of your house?
It works quite well for rigid metal ducts typically found in older houses, but not so much for the modern flex duct, although still helpful. With that said, for $900 I could replace all the (flexible) ductwork in my 3400 sq ft house, twice. Add a 4" media filter at the unit and stop the dust before it even migrates into the system.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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If we had stayed in our old house, I would have gotten the ducts cleaned as the house was built in the 60's. Even though when we bought it, we converted it from single zone forced hot-air oil heat to a dual-zone heat pump system, much of the original ductwork was re-used. I installed a whole-house humidifier the year before we moved and was horrified by the amount of crust and funk inside the ductwork. I did what I could with a shop-vac in the immediate area near the air handler.

When I bought my current home, I asked the home inspector about getting the ducts cleaned and he told me the it would be as waste of money. He said they were so clean he thought it had been done recently, plus my current house has filters on each return instead of just one filter right at the air handler like my old house. I imagine that keeps things cleaner since the return air is being filtered at the point of entry into the ductwork, and not at the point of entry into the air handler.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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As promised, I am reporting back with the results of our house's duct cleaning. Before duct cleaning: Visible dust on furniture even when dusted daily. I dusted 2 days ago (after cleaning) and still no visible dust on dark wood furniture. For the third day in a row, I woke up being able to breathe through my nose (usually I am congested). Pretty dramatic results.
Check back in 4-6 weeks and let us know. Unless you sealed your house completely and never open a door or window dust will always be present.
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