Sunday, June 22, 2008

Favorite Local Vendor - Ductz

There's some disagreement in the general public about whether cleaning your home's ducts is actually worthwhile. Some say the air circulating through the ducts surely cleans them out. Others swear by duct cleaning, saying it improves overall circulation and even prevents the build up of microbes and mold inside the ducts.

I won't weigh in on the debate, but will say if you're going to clean your home's ductwork, at least use someone who's certified to do so. Recently one of my sellers agreed to clean the ducts during a buyer's inspection negotiation, or BINSR period. We used Ductz Indoor Air Professionals and I recommend them. Here's some of the info from their brochures:

  1. Children are more likely than adults to be affected by polluted indoor air (Dept of Consumer Affairs)

  2. The EPA claims indoor air has been found to be up to 70% more polluted than outdoor air

  3. Air ducts contain more germs than chicken coops (American Lung Association)

  4. A build up of 0.42 inches of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease in efficiency of 21% (EPA)

Vince DiVarco handled the duct cleaning for my seller and I; ou can contact Vince at 623-466-8625. He was a good communicator, very knoweldgeable about his job, and extremely careful to protect the seller's home from his equipment. Vince set up a portable generator and the hosing systems needed to attach to each duct in the home. Vince brought along rubber corner protectors that he placed on the corners of the bookcases. He wore paper booties to protect the flooring from tracking unwanted dirt inside. The whole setup took about an hour or so for a 1900 square foot, 2 story townhome. The cleaning actually took less time than the setup and tear-down of the equipment.

The Ductz brochure indicates the benefits of a good cleaning last 3 or 4 years. The cost was $395. Ductz also offers additional services: duct sealing, deodorizing blocks that suck odors out of the air, dryer vent cleaning and air duct sanitizing.

Did it work? I can't say. Vince & Ductz have the statistical information to back up what their claims about how important clean ducts are. I'm sure there will continue to be people who think duct cleaning is a silly thing to do. But the Buyer was happy. Given our current marketplace where it's so incredibly difficult to sell a home, I count that as a success.