04:42AM | 01/21/03
Member Since: 12/08/02
18 lifetime posts
Is one way better than another for cleaning out our air ducts between the removal of our old furnace and the installation of the new one? I've had quotes from two different companies that are 50% different from each other ($200 vs. $400). One uses steam and suction while the other uses rotating brushes guided remotely by a guy with a video camera and joystick (LOL!) and suction/air movement.


05:44AM | 01/21/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
Some of this depends on how long it's been since your ducts were last (if ever) cleaned. Last house I had was a forced hot air house, and we had been there about 16 years before cleaning the ducts became an issue, more for dust considerations as the furnace had been replaced a couple of years prior. The contractor was able to show me some of the stuff he found in the ducts and how caked in place it was in most locations. His method of choice was similar to the brush method you describe, where a moving object was inserted into the ducts to break up the settled and caked debris so that a very large vacuum attached to the lower level of the system could suck it all out.

Not being familiar with the steam method, but quite familiar with what we saw in the ducts, I'd tend towards the moving brush. But that's just one opinion.


07:30AM | 01/21/03
Member Since: 12/08/02
18 lifetime posts
Thanks. I'm not sure if the ducts have EVER been cleaned, at least in the last 50 years or so. Since the former owners were smokers and had several pets, I'm leaning towards having the ductwork cleaned out before installing the new furnace and definitely before we move in. wife has allergies.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Colorful, useful, and fun, these tire planters form the foundation for a delightful container garden. Just spray-paint old... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon