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Have you ever thought about the air you breathe in your home? One of the reasons why your carpet, furniture, and surfaces get dusty so often is from inferior interior air quality. It is also why you may be suffering from persistent allergies and other breathing issues. The culprit is in your air ducts!


When an excessive amount of dust and debris accumulates, a heating and cooling system can continuously distribute it throughout your home. These undesirable contaminants can harm your health, trigger asthma, skin allergies, and other types of respiratory issues. In addition, these residues can give your home an unpleasant musty odor and spread unpleasantness throughout your household.


The best way to ensure that the air flowing throughout your home is clean and safe is by keeping up with regular duct cleanings. KleenRite’s professional air duct cleaning can address all the above problems and make your indoor air smell and feel healthy again. Air duct cleaning is a crucial way to keep your HVAC system running smoothly and keep your family breathing healthier quality air. Unfortunately, some air duct cleaning myths can make some homeowners wary of this vital service. Here we dispel five of the most common myths you may have come across.


Myth 1: Air Ducts Don’t Get Dirty
This is an outright falsehood, and air ducts can and do get filthy. Air ducts can quickly accumulate dust, dirt, pollen, construction debris, pet hair, and some unfortunate homeowners must deal with less welcome pests like insects and rodents. Just like any other HVAC system, air ducts require regular maintenance to ensure maximum efficiency. As a general rule of thumb, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends air duct cleaning every 3 to 5 years. With certain methods, that cleaning recommendation can be extended to 6 to 8 years.


Myth 2: Cleaning Can Harm My Ductwork
Our duct cleaning service offers Central Illinois residents a way to clean the hard-to-reach ducts without damaging the ducts. KleenRite’s cleaning methods are careful to avoid abrasive equipment that can damage your ducts. We use pressurized air to loosen caked-on dirt and a powerful vacuum to draw it out of your ducts and out of your life. Regular duct cleaning will keep your air cleaner, safer, and less dusty.


Myth 3: Duct Cleaning Is Expensive
Forced air systems move air through ducts, which means the air will get dirty, even if the air conditioning system is never used. Ducts used for ventilation or heat will eventually get dirty and necessitate periodic duct cleaning. Getting a professional inspection of your system is how you get the most accurate cost for your ductwork cleaning needs. There are many variables, and contacting KleenRite today for a FREE, NO-OBLIGATION estimate will provide you with peace of mind for a happy and healthy home.


Myth 4: Duct Cleaning Uses Harsh Chemicals
Homeowners are commonly concerned about exposing their families to dangerous chemicals. Fortunately, chemicals are not necessary to clean the ducts with KleenRite. We use compressed air and our powerful vacuum, the same vacuum we utilize during our carpet cleaning. We place a pressure-sealed clear cap over the duct opening and then insert the pressurized air into the duct, and our high-pressure vacuum does the rest.


Myth 5: Air Ducts Don’t Affect Your Health
It is hard for anyone to argue the impact dirty outside air has on their health, but many people are resistant to the idea that the inside air in a home can also be harmful to the health of the inhabitants. Unfortunately, even with air filters, your home is susceptible to pollen, dirt, and other allergens, all of which travel through the ducts in your home. In addition, mold and bacteria can grow in the ducts. These particles in the air contribute to poor indoor air quality. You may begin to experience health symptoms like breathing trouble, headaches, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms due to poor air quality. The scariest thing you can find in your air ducts might be mold. Since your air ducts are responsible for transferring air from the HVAC unit to the rest of your home, this means that if you have moldy air ducts, all the air flowing through them could be contaminated. One important reason you want to get your ducts cleaned is to detect any more severe issues. They are often signs of some other underlying cause that needs to be addressed, such as leaks, malfunctioning filters or equipment, or cracks that allow pests into the ductwork. Therefore, professional cleaning is essential to ensure that experts—like the KleenRite team—can detect any underlying issues before they grow into more significant problems.


These are some of the debunked myths you may hear when people mention duct cleaning. It is a valid idea to have your ducts cleaned regularly simply because you and your family will be breathing cleaner air. When too much dirt and dust accumulate, it is time to act!


Have you ever wondered what your ducts look like? KleenRite has new equipment that allows us to see through the vents in your home or office visually. This allows us to provide you with a better and more efficient cleaning! Schedule your cleaning today at or call (217) 351-4930 to schedule a no-cost estimate, and our duct experts will take a look, assess your needs, answer any questions and ensure your family can breathe with confidence once again.