What’s In Your Home’s Air Ducts?


You probably have given very little thought to your home’s air ducts. They’re just there, doing their job blowing warm or cool air throughout your home. No problem, right? Well, considering the average home in America is 35 years old, chances are there are years of build-up in your home’s air ducts. Just what could be inside of your home’s air ducts? Read on to discover some the weirdest things professional air duct cleaners have found on the job.

A few years ago, during a cleaning job, we found a box behind a register that contained $400 of Confederate money. We gave it to the homeowner and she gave it to her children, who cashed it out. That $400 of Confederate money ended up being worth $100,000!

We got a call from a customer saying they had a mysterious odor in the home. Our technicians went into the home and they definitely smelled something very strong, but couldn’t find anything obvious at the start. Finally, they took off the vent covers and found a dead skunk!

We do a lot of post-construction after homes are built, especially townhouses, and one thing we find a lot of is pee bottles used by workers during construction. It’s gross, but they’re everywhere, on every job. During a cleaning, one of those bottles got sucked up into our negative air machine, went through the blower blade and sprayed everywhere outside. It was really disgusting.

We were cleaning ductwork and in the basement of the establishment, there was a kitchen with a grill. Right above that was the bulkhead with an air duct blowing right over the grill, which we were cleaning. We took off the supply duct, shined a light in there and, low and behold, there was a giant, dead rat. In the course of cleaning, the gentleman befriended us and offered to make us lunch on the grill. We politely declined the offer.

We had posted a video of a cleaning job to our social media account and someone commented on it, “Wow, did you see the dollar bill get sucked in there?” The trunk line was really full of all kinds of junk, so I thought “Well, I’m not surprised that there was a dollar bill in that mess.” Later on, someone commented, “That wasn’t a dollar bill, that was a $100 bill!” I went into the truck and sifted through all the garbage to try to find it, but no luck.

We did a cleaning on an old rail car and found a pre-Civil War whiskey bottle stashed away in the ducts of the rail car. The bottle is now sitting a museum somewhere.

View the following 3 crazy but true videos!

Crazy Duct Cleaning Stories Part 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUKczIYqYog

Crazy Duct Cleaning Stories Part 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx2mlvg2hkI

Crazy Duct Cleaning Stories Part 3:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STe_qnFhjfU

Source: National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA)

Please contact Aspen Air Duct Cleaning, an approved Aeroseal Dealer, at
1-800-931-6653 or email info@aspenenvironmentalservices.com, for an Air Duct System Inspection and to learn more about how sealing air duct leaks can improve indoor air quality and reduce energy costs.

Aspen Air Duct Cleaning is licensed and ensured, a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI).

Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance

The warm summer weather is just starting in the northeast, and that means checking to make sure your air conditioner is in good working order. None of us want to experience an inefficient AC that costs money but doesn’t deliver—or worse, an AC BREAKDOWN in our home or office on a 90 degree day!

Following are 5 tips on how to keep your air conditioning system running efficiently:

• Test pipe or tubing joints or connections for leaks, using pressure gauge or soap-and-water solution.
• Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
• Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.
• Discuss heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate or to verify that repairs corrected malfunctions.
Repair or service heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to improve efficiency, such as by changing filters, cleaning ducts, or refilling non-toxic refrigerants. 

Source: The Occupational Information Network (O-NET); O-NET was developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Please contact Aspen Air Duct Cleaning, an approved Aeroseal Dealer, at
1-800-931-6653 or email info@aspenenvironmentalservices.com, for an Air Duct System Inspection and to learn more about how sealing air duct leaks can improve indoor air quality and reduce energy costs.

Aspen Air Duct Cleaning is licensed and ensured, a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI).

Why Clean Air Ducts? Answer: Because They Get Dirty

In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • pets
  • occupants with allergies or asthma
  • cigarette or cigar smoke
  • water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
  • home renovation or remodeling projects

Some occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.

Watch the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh1JspTY2uU

NADCA’s rule of thumb for consumers is that “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are,” and that dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. Below are some other reasons homeowners choose to have their air ducts cleaned.

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system takes air in and breathes air out.

Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

Watch the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOEssctNLZU

Energy Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

Watch the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hImvxVyZvQE

Source: National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA)

Please contact Aspen Air Duct Cleaning, an approved Aeroseal Dealer, at 1-800-931-6653 or email info@aspenenvironmentalservices.com, for an Air Duct System Inspection and to learn more about how sealing air duct leaks can improve indoor air quality and reduce energy costs.

Aspen Air Duct Cleaning is licensed and ensured, a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI).