Why You Should Get Residential Ductwork Cleaned
The main reason why residential homes should have their ducts cleaned is because they accumulate dust! This accumulation can be the cause of a multitude of problems, including an increased need for dusting, poor heating and cooling performance, and musty odors through your home. While normal, repeated cycling of dust in a home can increase the need for air duct cleaning, other factors may push the air duct cleaning timetable forward even more, including:
- Occupants with allergies or asthma
- Cigarette or cigar smoke
- Water contamination/damage to home or HVAC system
- Home renovation or remodeling projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed poor indoor air quality as America’s fourth-largest environmental threat. Some occupants are more sensitive to the contaminants within a residential HVAC system than others, so having a proper air duct cleaning performed to alleviate this issue is important.
Our Air Duct Cleaning Services
We offer air duct cleaning services that meets both the needs of quality and budget for clients:
Clean Return and Supply Duct work Remove Clean and Reset Supply Registers Return Air Grilles, Clean Supply Air Plenum Return Air Plenum, Clean Air stream Side of Heat Exchanger Clean Blower Motor, Evaporator Coil, Drain and Pan.
- Cleaning of your dryer vent* and furnace blower compartment is included.
- Furnace safety evaluation is included with every service.
How To Inspect your Home’s Air Duct Vents
One of the most popular questions our customers ask when they begin researching the air duct cleaning process is how to determine whether the vents need cleaning. There are very simple ways to do this: using a screwdriver, remove a floor or wall register. With a mirror and flashlight, observe the condition of the ductwork. If you see that the vent contains any visible dust or debris, it is time to get the ducts taken care of. This process can also be done with a digital camera.
What You Need to Know About Air Duct Cleaning
Air Duct Cleaning is a lot more complicated than just blowing out the heating and cooling vents in your home. Depending on how reputable of a service you are researching, air duct cleaning can mean several different things. Some firms only clean some vents, up-charging additionally for others. Some only use negative pressure, a vacuuming process. Others yet exclude furnace components. Your air ducts are only part of the overall Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System, which include the following components:
- Return vents
- Supply vents
- Drain pan
- Vent registers
- Air Plenum
- Blower Motor and Assembly
- Heat Exchanger
- Air Cleaner
- Air Filter
The Basics: Proper HVAC Cleaning Process
There are two key components to HVAC cleaning: breaking contaminants loose, and collection of contaminants.
Breaking Contaminants Loose
Properly cleaning HVAC systems requires removing the sources of contamination. Source removal begins with use of one or more agitation devices designed to loosen contaminants from the surfaces within the heating and air-conditioning system. Dean’s Home Services utilizes the Roto Brush system through every vent in the home to agitate and remove your dirt and debris.
Because each system is unique, the way the duct cleaners will access them will also be different. Where possible, access to duct interiors should be made through existing openings such as supply diffusers, return grills, duct end caps, and existing service openings. However, if the system dictates, we may need to create an access panel ourselves. Creation of these service openings, and their subsequent closure, will be performed and maintained by our expertly trained technicians.
Cost and Time Estimates
At Dean’s Home Services, we believe in fair and accountable service. Our pricing is upfront with no hidden charges. As for timing, service usually runs between 3-5 man hours, which can vary depending on HVAC system set-up. The technicians can confirm with you the approximate completion time once they are on site.
There are a few things that you can do to maintain the cleanliness and efficiency of your HVAC system:
- Get good HVAC filters—ask your contractor for a recommendation.
- Clean/change the HVAC filters as needed (at least every two months)
- Even with proper air duct cleaning and changing quality filters, the HVAC system will still become dirty over time. Have your heating and cooling system inspected every two years to determine whether your system needs to be cleaned again.
*Dryer vent must be accessible on first level of the home.