Duct Cleaning – Do It Yourself and Save $500
We recently decided to paint the entire house and in the process of removing everything from the walls, I took off the cover from an air return vent and the above is what I saw. I called a reputable Duct cleaning service and learned a lot about the process and what needs to be done and what doesn’t need to be done.
The service man checked the furnace – it was clean. It was only a couple of years old anyway.
When he checked the actual air ducts going to the room – they were clean. The above picture is what I saw. It actually makes sense. The air going into the furnace is dirty, it gets cleaned by the filter and then clean air goes out into the room.
When I asked if he could just clean the dirty air return vents, he said “No – I’ve got to clean the whole system.”
I decided to see if I could clean the four air return ducts myself.
I bought this dryer vent cleaning system from Amazon for $15. It fits perfectly between the drywall and the 2×4’s. The wire is not quite as stiff as I’d like, but with some pushing you can move it all the way up and down the wall to clean that area.