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Heck John, you've done taken the dash board out of your truck to change the evap, which is frightening to me. The ducts are nothing compared to that. Spend some dough on the brush and extensions, do it yourself, end up saving money and know what you've got.

Marc

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Heck John, you've done taken the dash board out of your truck to change the evap, which is frightening to me. The ducts are nothing compared to that. Spend some dough on the brush and extensions, do it yourself, end up saving money and know what you've got.

Marc

Explain that to my better half, please!

After all I've done to improve our lives while saving money, I still don't know jack according to her.

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Heck John, you've done taken the dash board out of your truck to change the evap, which is frightening to me. The ducts are nothing compared to that. Spend some dough on the brush and extensions, do it yourself, end up saving money and know what you've got.

Marc

Explain that to my better half, please!

After all I've done to improve our lives while saving money, I still don't know jack according to her.

JD,

OK ... you set me up!!

Does your wife know jack or maybe, umm, eerr ... oh well ... Never mind!! [;)]

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Heck John, you've done taken the dash board out of your truck to change the evap, which is frightening to me. The ducts are nothing compared to that. Spend some dough on the brush and extensions, do it yourself, end up saving money and know what you've got.

Marc

Explain that to my better half, please!

After all I've done to improve our lives while saving money, I still don't know jack according to her.

JD,

OK ... you set me up!!

Does your wife know jack or maybe, umm, eerr ... oh well ... Never mind!! [;)]

Possibilities are mind boggling.

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You may have already read this but the EPA does not recommend duct cleaning as routine maintenance but only under certain conditions.

I bristle when REAs recommend duct cleaning to buyers just because. I know you are more informed.

"You may consider having your air ducts cleaned simply because it seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should be occasionally cleaned. Provided that the cleaning is done properly, no evidence suggests that such cleaning would be detrimental. EPA does not recommend that the air ducts be cleaned routinely, but only as needed."

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html

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I would take a good shop vac and clean what I could reach.

Ask the cleaners if they repair the insulation in the ductwork when they damage it or pull it loose.

Ask them if they treat the inside of the duct after they clean it.

Has the ductwork alway been used for heating and cooling or just heating. The reason I am asking this is if it has only been used for heating or it started out just for heating the duct may not be sized right for cooling.

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Since my wife has extreme asthma I would want someone who certified and trained to clean my duct work. I would look for certifications by NADCA - National Air Duct Cleaners Association and ASCS - Air Systems Cleaning Specialist. There is a franchise called Ductz that I trust here in St. Louis maybe there is one near you as well

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That's why there are filters on the systems. Want to reduce that buildup in the ducts? Since you're cleaning the system anyway, once you've scoured the ducts move your filter from the plenum before the unit to the return air intakes.

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike

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Hey John

It would be a good idea to have them cleaned since it is a new system from a Nadca certified duct cleaning firm which Specialize what is called source removal ductcleaning, have them go thru the proceess with you and main points would be 1, make sure they put the system under neg air pressure 2. brush and air sweep back to the neg air collector from the register back to supply air plenum 3 seal any air leaks utilizing a duct blaster with colored smoke then seal those openings I have 20 yrs in Hvac and Hvac cleaning in the residential, commerical, industrial and offshore sectors

Any other questions or refferals Pm me

Keith

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Try a leaf blower or see if you can borrow one of your neighbor's angora cats to send through the ducts.

I say use both -- the blower can be used to provide a little encouragement to the cat to keep moving, thus helping to ensure that he won't return before the job's done right. After all, cats aren't known for their work ethic. And be sure to heavily spray the cat with Endust first. It'll take a couple of cans or more. Not because the job requires it per se, but because even the dullest cat won't likely sit still and you will waste half of what you spray.
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Try a leaf blower or see if you can borrow one of your neighbor's angora cats to send through the ducts.

I say use both -- the blower can be used to provide a little encouragement to the cat to keep moving, thus helping to ensure that he won't return before the job's done right. After all, cats aren't known for their work ethic. And be sure to heavily spray the cat with Endust first. It'll take a couple of cans or more. Not because the job requires it per se, but because even the dullest cat won't likely sit still and you will waste half of what you spray.

Brilliant!

At the nuke plants, they air blast little shuttlecock birdies though the condenser tubes to clean them. Pretty much the same thing!

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