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Do you really need to clean your air ducts?

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To clean or not to clean your home's air ducts?

Kevin Brasler, executive editor at Checkbook.org says probably not. He calls air duct cleaning "a solution in search of a problem."

"A lot of ads say there's a health reason, you need to do it to improve the indoor air quality of your home. That's actually not true,” Brasler told me.

The ads for air duct cleaning often promise health benefit, such as relief from allergies, sinus problems and nasal congestion – even asthma. But the EPA says there isn't any proof that cleaning ducts prevents health problems.

The experts at Checkbook.org say the dust that settles in your ventilation ducts generally stays where it is, unlikely to become airborne unless disturbed.

"When they get up there and they get their brushes in and they try to clean your ducts, they can actually stir up more dust; they create a bigger problem than they're actually trying to solve,” Brasler said.

If you decided to have your ducts cleaned, make sure you get a qualified company to do the work.

"A common complaint about air duct cleaning companies is that they come in and they actually damage your ducts. They break the seals and they create a bigger mess than you had to start with,” Brasler said.

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