So my buddy was telling me about his predicament the other day. His parents are much older than most of ours, so his folks decided to move out of the house and allow my friend to inherit the entire home. This friend of mine makes pretty decent money for a living, so he wasn’t worried about making payments for homeowners insurance. However, he was very worried about the state of the heating and air conditioning system! Since most of the HVAC system was in terrible shape, he decided to start with the ductwork. The ducts of his house hadn’t been cleaned in years – allegedly, he was in middle school when they were last cleaned! So, he called one of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning service companies in town, and made an appointment for a duct cleaning. It was a good thing that he scheduled the duct cleaning first, as the HVAC maintenance technician sent to perform the cleaning discovered countless punctures, tears and other holes in the ductwork itself! My buddy says the HVAC technician stuck his entire arm into the air duct, and pulled his arm back to show the incredible amount of dust, dirt and other debris that had built up in the ductwork over the years. I was pretty disgusted at that point in the story, but my buddy continued to describe this poor HVAC technician. For over an hour, the technician worked to scrub the ductwork clean!