When you’re thinking about getting your ducts cleaned, it seems like it should be a very simple decision. Get a few quotes, perhaps a personal reference and pick the date. One thing to add to the list of considerations is they type of system which will be used to complete the process.
There are two types of duct cleaning systems. The first and most common is a portable unit which uses hoses to go through the vents and suck up debris and contaminants. Portable units should not be confused with Shop-Vac’s or similar equipment. Portable units can be commercial equipment and are effective for locations such as high-rise buildings where access can be an issue. The second is the truck mounted power vac system. This is the more effective option.
What Are the Differences?
The biggest difference between the two systems is power. The truck mounted system has a much higher level of air circulation with 12,000 CFM which stands for cubic feet per minute. Portable units range between 2,000 and 5,100 CFM. That equates to six (6) times more power than the standard unit and still more than double the best portable units.
The second aspect could have a significant impact on those in your home or business. Portable systems use a storage system which is brought into your home to which all hoses are connected. Should all work perfectly with no leaks or malfunctions, the statistics are that 1% of all contaminants will be re-released back into your home through seals and gaskets. That 1% may also contain materials left behind from previous jobs the unit was used for. Truck mounted systems are exactly that, the storage unit is mounted right on the trucks keeping debris outside your home.
Cost in this scenario applies both to the cost of the unit and of the cleaning. A truck mounted unit costs about $100,000. At that price point, the company has made a significant investment in their business and shows they are not just a freelancer who picked up a cheap unit to made some money. The cost of the truck unit translates into a higher cost for the actual service. Reviewing the points outlined above, this is truly a “you get what you pay for” situation. Duct Cleaning is a service you want to get done the right way the first time.
Whether it’s your home or business, be sure to do your research and ask the right questions. If you would like some help understanding the benefits of the truck mounted system or which equipment would be available for your location, we’d love to talk to you.