Duct Cleaning plays a pivotal role in maintaining the indoor air quality of your home. Over time dust, dander and debris accumulate within your ductwork causing your system to recirculate polluted air throughout your home. The average 1600 sq. ft. household is said to accumulate approximately 40 lbs of dust annually. That is a considerable amount of dust that is being recirculated within your home on a daily basis. If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in the last 4-5 years it is something that you should consider having done. In addition to duct cleaning the easiest way to maintain the indoor air quality of your home is to ensure that you are changing your furnace filters as required. A dirty or clogged filter cam impact the efficiency at which your blower operates and can also impact airflow at the registers.
We use the highest power portable units available in the market to clean your ductwork. By using portable units we minimize on the amount of suction loss when compared to a truck mounted system. Exterior doors can remain closed throughout the entire cleaning process ensuring that conditioned air stays inside. These shorter runs also allow for a higher and a more consistent amount of suction. The basic principle of duct cleaning is creating an environment of continuous negative air pressure and using the Push/Pull dynamic to remove the dust and debris from your ductwork. Agitation tools such as skipper balls, whips and brushes are used to dislodge and break the debris loose so that it can be pulled into the vacuum. We also have a specialized camera system that can be used to verify the quality of our workmanship. This invaluable tool allows our technicians to be sure that they have done a complete and thorough job. Please note that we do not use any subcontractors and all work will be performed by our very own trained technicians. It typically takes between 2-3 hours to properly clean both the supply and return ductwork. Be conscious as to how much time a company will be allotting for your job to get an idea for how thorough of a job they will be doing.
What are the main benefits of duct cleaning?
- Improve your Indoor Air Quality
- Increase efficiency of HVAC equipment
- Minimize HVAC equipment failures
Poor indoor air quality is typically one of the main reasons why homeowners have their ducts cleaned. On average we spend 90% of our life indoors; whether its at work or at home. That’s a considerable amount of time spent indoors in an artificial environment. Newer homes have ventilation systems in place that help bring fresh air in and exhaust stale air that can also help alleviate common household issues with humidity. For parents with children who suffer from allergies, respiratory conditions and more severe autoimmune disorders maintaining a high level of indoor air quality is a key concern. The elderly are also more vulnerable to the types of conditions brought on by the build up of dust, dander and debris in the duct system.
As the air gets recirculated throughout your home it is making its way through your HVAC equipment and its build up takes away from the operational efficiency of the system. It can lead to longer run times which contribute to an increase in mechanical wear and result in more frequent breakdowns & repairs. Your house is a system and as such all components of the system work together to enable it to operate as a single unit the same way the human body does. When certain systems are out of sync or operating inefficiently it will have an impact on the house as a whole.
How often should you clean your ducts?
On average you are looking at an interval of 3-5 years under normal living conditions. The following scenario’s are situations where the cleaning of the ductwork would also be recommended or lead you to do so more frequently.
- Moving into a new home
- After any major renovations
- Installing new HVAC equipment
- If there are any pets in the home
- If you have allergies or asthma
Furnace Blower Cleaning
If your ductwork represents your veins supplying air to your home then your furnace would be the heart responsible for producing that conditioned airflow. Your furnace filter even when changed regularly does not block all the dust and debris from passing through it. Gradually dust, dander and debris builds up impacting the efficiency of the furnace. During this process the blower unit is removed from the housing to ensure thorough cleaning. The interior of the furnace housing will also be cleaned with this service.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryer Vents are often overlooked but are just as important as the rest of the ductwork in your house. There are over 15,000 fires that start in the laundry room every year from lint that builds up and catches fire. There are nearly 20 deaths a year associated with these year which shows you how serious of a problem it is. A sign that you might need to have the dryer vent cleaned is that you notice its taking longer to dry your clothes or your dryer itself is getting very warm to the touch. We recommend that if its been quite some time since it was last done to do so while your ducts are being cleaned. Dryer Vent cleaning services are also offered as a standalone service.
AC Coil Cleaning
Similar to your furnace your AC Coil can become dirty and clogged up over time. If the coils are blocked with dirt it will force the system to work hard due to the decrease in airflow. Based on its position above the furnace all air whether warm or cool has to pass through the AC coil to get to your ductwork and into your home. This is why a clogged AC coil will impact airflow. It’s almost always a good idea to clean out the evaporator tray and drain line at this time to prevent any potential leakage within the furnace assembly onto its other components.