The actual process of air duct cleaning requires the right equipment. It can be a messy procedure, so it’s a good idea to have extra drop clothes or plastic on hand to protect carpets and furniture. If possible exhaust the vacuum used outside.
Duct cleaning equipment is varied and you’ll need to decide which type of tools will work best for you. Insulation blowing machines are one option and a popular one for dislodging blockages. This can also be useful for getting things moving. Having a good air gun head can be very useful when it comes to getting stubborn pieces of debris out of ducts, as well.
A high powered vacuum is also necessary, to suck out any debris. If the vacuum cannot be exhausted outside, you’ll need to invest in a heavy duty filtering vacuum that fits HEPA standards. This will filter any pollutants and debris being vacuumed up and allow clean air to be expelled into the home. It also cuts back drastically on the amount of cleanup in general after the air ducts have been cleaned.
On the lower tech side of things, soft bristled brushes on extendable handles will make it easy to remove stubborn stains and mold from ducts without damaging them. You can even clean fiberglass lined tubes with this type of duct cleaning equipment.
It pays to invest in top quality equipment, since it will serve you for longer. The worst thing that can happen during a job is having your air duct equipment fail, leaving you to do all the cleaning with a brush!