MY-T Duct Cleaning Helps to Improve Air Quality in Homes
Writer / Lois Tomaszewski
Ever wonder why dust builds up in your home frequently? It could be a sign that your air handling ducts need cleaning.
“You would think that a brand-new house would be the cleanest,” says Mike Taylor, owner of MY-T Duct Cleaning.
In his experience, that is not always the case. Ducts in new construction can be filled with drywall dust and construction debris that can impact the air quality inside. Debris, dust and even mold can also accumulate in lived-in homes. Cleaning out the ducts in any home can benefit the health of those inside, he says.
Multiple studies suggest that people who suffer from asthma should have air ducts cleaned every five to 10 years. It is a simple process using a hose vacuum, and the result can be beneficial, Taylor says.
Taylor started his business one year ago, right before COVID-19 put a halt on many businesses. He used the first few months of downtime to set up his business, and went to work in June. He and his wife Yulia, who represents the “Y” in the business name, have cleaned ducts for customers from Fort Wayne to Huntington to South Bend and Warsaw.
Taylor, who once worked as an installer for a telecommunications company, says he understands the importance of good customer service. He tries to make sure he schedules enough time between appointments, so customers are not impacted by late arrivals or jobs that take longer than expected.
Depending on the size of the home, duct cleaning can take from one to four hours. The price is based on the number of floors and the square footage. Taylor decided on this pricing structure because it seemed fairer than charging by the duct. It is often easy for a homeowner to overlook a duct when conveying the size of the job, he says.
Once on-site, Taylor uses a large shop vacuum with a 35’ hose. A rotating brush attached to the end of the hose helps to clean the sides of ducts while dust and debris is sucked into the vacuum. He has hoses and attachments of various sizes to ensure that he can get into any duct within a residence.
“I like to spin the brush one way going in and the reverse direction when it is coming out,” he explains.
Dealing with mold requires a different process. The duct is inspected with a camera, then sanitized to reduce any mold. This is followed by a general cleaning.
The company also offers dryer vent cleaning. Taylor suggests doing this every 18 to 24 months.
There are other benefits to this service. Taylor says it can improve the performance of furnace and air conditioning systems within a home.
“By getting rid of the dust in the ducts, you are not sucking it into the air handler,” he explains.
This can make the heating and air conditioning more efficient and reduce energy consumption.
Taylor learned the business by helping someone he knew who was doing similar work. Then he supplemented that on-the-job knowledge with online training. Indiana does not require training for this service, and as such, online training is important.
“You don’t see much of this service,” he says. “More people should do this in their homes.”
There are a couple of signs that might indicate a home’s air ducts need attention, and one sign is when the homeowner gets tired of dusting and cleaning frequently. An excessive buildup of dust can be a sign that ducts need attention. Another sign is a musty odor from the air flowing from the ducts.
Taylor wants his customers to be satisfied, and to improve the air quality in their homes.
“My hope is that we show up and we do our work, and you don’t know we were there,” he says.
He also strives to leave each worksite clean so the customer does not have that worry.
Taylor can handle residential properties and some businesses housed in former residences. He’s also considering an expansion into commercial operations.
To schedule a duct cleaning, call MY-T Duct Cleaning at 574-529-4963, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit mytductcleaning.com.