Why Air Duct Cleaning Matters in New Jersey

Written by Richard Spano of Advanced Furnace & Air Duct Cleaning
Updated June 15, 2021
A clean air duct sits without a grate.
New Jersey is susceptible to lots of pollutants, which makes keeping air ducts clean all the more vital.
Photo by Eldon Lindsay

Whether it stems from manufacturing or Mother Nature, air pollution can impact your HVAC system. Learn how to hire the best air duct cleaning service.

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Getting air duct cleaning done is extremely important, especially in areas where air pollution is a problem.

We love New Jersey, but let’s face the facts. Our state has thriving commercial, building and manufacturing industries. In addition to development, we are still the “Garden State” and have a diverse ecology from beaches, wetlands and mountains to Pine Barrens and oak forests.

As residents of this state, we must deal with the resulting air quality issues. 

Air pollution vs. air quality

While the air quality in New Jersey has improved greatly over the past 40 years, there are still many pollutants in the air (man-made as well as natural ones, such as pine and oak pollen). These can cause respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies.

No matter how careful you are, these particulates find their way into your home through the windows, doors and on your clothing and pets. These particles are naturally drawn into your ventilation system. The result is a buildup in sensitive mechanical parts and can result in premature failure of costly HVAC equipment.

Air duct cleaning can remove these pollutants from your New Jersey home’s air ducts and save on operating costs and help maintain a healthy indoor environment.

Selecting the right air duct cleaning company

Many businesses offer air duct cleaning as a secondary service. It is important to hire a company that specializes in duct cleaning and has invested in the proper equipment and trained personnel to do the job the right way.

The powerful vacuum trucks used for air duct cleaning are rated at 16,000 cfm (cubic feet of air per minute), and have a force equivalent to a 300 mph wind. Comparing that to the portable vacuums some companies use (at 2,500 to 5,000 cfms) is like comparing a tornado to a summer breeze.

Contractors using inadequate vacuums and inadequate cleaning procedures can cause more problems than they solve.

These substandard jobs can release more dust, dirt and other contaminants into the air than simply leaving the ducts alone, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Industry standards for air duct cleaning

In order to complete the job correctly and according to NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association) standards, the contractor must place the system under negative pressure.

This procedure is almost impossible to achieve with most portable vacuums. Some contractors attempt to deceive potential customers by stating they have a power vacuum truck, when in reality, they have mounted a portable system in the rear of a van. The fact is that an actual power vacuum truck is a $100,000 investment, and most companies simply don’t have the capital to invest in such equipment. But purchasing a $3,000 vacuum and adding “duct cleaning” to a company’s list of services does not make it a duct cleaner.

NADCA has become the industry standard used by all engineers for commercial and residential duct cleaners. Certified technicians must meet both NADCA and OSHA standards and pass a comprehensive exam and continue their education each year to maintain their certification.

About this Experts Contributor: Advanced Furnace & Air Duct Cleaning is the largest NADCA certified duct cleaner in New Jersey. The company has been in the business of duct cleaning for more than 48 years. Employees are properly licensed, registered and insured for the state of New Jersey.

As of June 12, 2012, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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