While a residential and commercial heating and cooling system have similar components and are made to perform the same function, a slight difference between the two exists. It starts with the ductwork.

Vacuuming and dusting may be a part of a weekly cleaning routine, these basic methods invariably leave dust and dirt behind, and no amount of regular cleaning can capture every dust mite your home produces. As such, much of that dust and dirt ends up in your air ducts. What’s worse is that this same dust continues to recirculate over and over again, with the dust continuing to accumulate inside your ducts even while it’s redistributed throughout your home or business.


This constant cycle of dust accumulation and redistribution can have serious effects on your home’s cleanliness and your family’s health. Constantly re-circulated allergens will irritate allergy sufferers throughout the year, even when their allergies are not in season (like pollen and weed allergies). Additionally, people with compromised respiratory systems may experience difficulty breathing in homes with high dust quantities. With Air Duct Cleaning, you can significantly reduce the amount of dust in your air ducts, which can lead to better indoor air quality throughout your home.


Once on the scene, trained professionals utilize powerful, truck-mounted equipment to clear your air ducts of dust, debris, pet dander, allergens, and grime. This powerful suction equipment essentially vacuums out years of accumulated dust from the air ducts, leaving them clean and clear. Once finished, our technicians remove all equipment and make sure that your ducts and HVAC unit are restored to their former condition.


Your HVAC unit and air ducts deliver heated or cooled air throughout your home year-in and year-out. The air your HVAC unit produces travels through your air ducts and heats or cools your home through the air vents in each room.


The air duct cleaning technicians employ is among the most powerful air duct cleaning systems on the market today. Our cleaning system applies to nearly any air duct system found in homes today. The techniques and methods our staff utilizes are the result of careful training to operate their equipment safely and consistently with the guidelines set by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA).

The Difference Between Residential And Commercial Ductwork

Check out residential and commercial ductwork:

  • Material. According to Sobieski Services, a commercial and residential HVAC and plumbing company in Wilmington, Delaware, commercial ductwork is usually made from one of the following:

Stainless steel constructs of shaped sheets and are usually either round or rectangular. Metal ductwork is installed in large sections with smaller sections making up the occasionally adjustable elbow joints where the duct must bend. Stainless steel ducts help prevent air leaks.

  • Flexible non-metallic ducts are very light and easy to bend because they’re made of a continuous length of metal spring sheathed in plastic or similar nonmetallic substance. They’re useful in areas where larger metal ductwork isn’t practical due to limited space or an unusual pattern with or without obstacles.
  • Maintenance. Generally, the cost for upkeep of a building’s HVAC ductwork cleaning is higher due to the complexity of the system and the extensive training of a commercial technician. However, the same gas-powered vacuums are used for residential and commercial duct cleaning jobs.
  • Location. A major difference between residential and commercial units is where they’re located in a home and business, respectively. Residential HVAC systems typically reside on the ground near the home, while commercial HVAC systems are located on the roof due to the following reasons:
  • Components. Residential and commercial metal ductwork are both inside. However, residential HVAC systems are usually in splits, an industry term that means two units work together to heat and cool the home. The indoor unit houses the blower, evaporator, and condensate drain, while the outdoor unit houses the compressor, condenser, and condenser fan.
  • Commercial HVAC systems are usually one unit with those components in a single cabinet that remains outside. Zone dampers are housed inside the building with the metal ductwork.
  • Additions. Residential units are typically standalone and can’t be built upon. Because the indoor and outdoor units need to work together, the entire system needs to be replaced if any significant changes to the heating and cooling system are required. This includes any change to metal ductwork like zoned heating and cooling.
  • Complexity. Commercial units are more complex and detailed than their residential counterparts. Buildings often use a trunk-and-branch ductwork design because they’re made from fiberglass duct board, which costs the least amount of money.

This ductwork is larger because it’s made to heat and cool a larger indoor area with more occupants. As a result, the drainage system also needs to be bigger and more windows for exhaust are required.

Residential units have smaller ductwork systems (usually in the attic or basement), only one drainage pan, and a few windows to alleviate exhaust.