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The Dirty Facts About Air Duct Cleaning
1.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that by cleaning as little as four-tenths of one inch of accumulated dust (slightly under ½ inch) from your heating/cooling system coils can decrease energy usage by as much as 21%. Imagine saving 21% of your next heating or cooling bill! Interested in saving money?
2. It's estimated that 90% of heating and air conditioning systems breakdown or fail due to a lack of proper maintenance. Costs for repairing heating or cooling system is often quite expensive and total replacement of your HVAC systems can cost upwards of 6-7 thousand dollars.
3. Air duct cleaning is crucial to healthy and clean indoor air. Allergens (pollen, pet dander, dead skin cells, etc.), dust and debris and toxins (mold, mildew, mouse droppings, etc.) are routinely found in home HVAC systems. If your air ducts are not cleaned on a regular basis, these pollutants are being blasted into your home via the heating and cooling systems. Remember, you don't have to have allergies or asthma as many of these pollutants have been shown to cause severe illnesses in some cases.
4. Allergies, Hay fever & Asthma. If anyone living in your home already suffers from allergies or asthma, air duct cleaning can help to provide a healthy environment for allergy and asthma sufferers. Regular cleaning has been proven to reduce the quantity of allergens and pollutants found in your home, ultimately reducing the chances for allergies and other serious illnesses.
5. Nasty Odors. A musty or "moist" odor in your home often means that mold and/or mildew is already lurking in your air ducts. Air fresheners, scented candles or incense will only mask dirty air for a short while. Professional cleaning can eliminate the smells almost completely in a very short while
6. One out of six people who suffer from allergies do so because of the direct relationship to the fungi and bacteria in air duct systems. (Health Magazine)
7. 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.
8. Approximately 42,000 dust mites and their feces can live in one ounce of dust. -Healthy-Homes.com
9. 50%of all illnesses are either caused or aggrevated by polluted indoor air. -American College of allergists
10. Maintaining HVAC system cleanliness in homes can reduce average operating costs by 10-25%. -American Society of Heating, Refridgerating and Air Conditioning Engineers Study (ASHRAE).
11.Nine out of ten HVAC System failures are caused by dirt, dust, & Debris. -Louisiana Cooperative Services.
Questions & Answers
QUESTION: Are there any health benefits from having my HVAC system cleaned?
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health, such as mold, fungi, bacteria, and very small particles of dust. The removal of such contaminants from the HVAC system and home should be considered as one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality.
QUESTION: How often should a residential HVAC system be cleaned?
Frequency of cleaning depends on several factors, not the least of which is the preference of the home owner. Some of the things that may lead a home owner to consider more frequent cleaning include:
• Smokers in the household.
• Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander.
• Water contamination or damageto the home or HVAC system.
• Residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from a reduction in the amount of indoor air pollutants in the home’s HVAC system.
• After home renovations or remodeling.
• Prior to occupancy of a new home.
Question: How should a HVAC system be cleaned?
The most effective way to clean air ducts and ventilation systems is to employ Source Removal methods of cleaning. This requires a contractor to place the system under negative pressure, through the use of a specialized, powerful vacuum. While the vacuum draws air through the system, devices are inserted into the ducts to dislodge any debris that might be stuck to interior surfaces. The debris can then travel down the ducts to the vacuum, which removes it from the system and the home.Truck-mounted Vaccuum systems generate the most power, so it is wise to hire a professional utilizing fuel-powered systems.
QUESTION: Whats the general price range for residential HVAC system cleaning?
The Environmental Protection Agency says that “duct cleaning services typically – but not always – range in cost from $450 to $1200 per heating and cooling system, depending on the services offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, climactic region, and level of contamination” and type of duct material.
QUESTION: Will our homes HVAC system be more energy efficient after a thorough cleaning?
Research by the U.S. EPA has demonstrated that HVAC system cleaning may allow systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components. Clean, efficient systems are less likely to break down, have a longer life span, and generally operate more effectively than dirty systems.
QUESTION: How long does this take?
Much of the time and cost to clean the system depends on factors such as the location of the system, the number of supply and return ducts, condition of the system, and the number of air systems. An example of a single family home, with the furnace in the basement, that has 18 duct vents would usually take 5 to 7 hours to properly clean the entire system. Situations like the furnace being located in a crawl space or attic, or significantly more or less ductwork to clean also has an impact on the time and price. If the fan wheel, or evaporator coil require type-2 cleaning, that takes additional time and there may be additional cost. Homes with multiple systems naturally have
additional costs commensurate with the work required to clean them.
QUESTION: What do you consider the “entire system” ?
- Clean all accessible ductwork with both brushes and air whipped/air washed while under negative pressure
- Wash all registers(Hand wiping or power washing if required)
- Clean both the supply and return air trunks with brushes and air washes while under negative pressure
- Clean via vacuum and air wash accessible evaporator coil and plenum
- Clean via vacuum, and air wash Blower Wheel and Blower Motor
- Clean Air Handler Cabinet and Plenums
- Remove all trash and debris collected from the duct system
- Seal all access ports to assure no leakage
- Leave premises in as good or better condition than found
Our business is built on reputation and referral, so your satisfaction is of our utmost importance. All work is guaranteed 100%.
QUESTION:How do you protect my home?
Respect for your home and belongings is very important to DUCTZ. We call it Total Care. Our technicians will use drop cloths throughout your home, they wear shoe covers, use corner guards, and even bring their own door mat to wipe their feet as they enter, or come up from the basement. Any furniture that required being moved is put back in its place. All registers arecleaned and returned to the original position. Since the entire system is under negative pressure, we assure there is no dirt or dust in the occupied space (it all flows into our collection unit). When we are finished working, we do a complete walkthru with the owner to make sure everything is up to your satisfaction. We build our business on referrals, so we do everything we can to delight the customer.
QUESTION: How do I know whether I need duct cleaning?
If the ducts in your home have never been cleaned, it may be good to have it done. Even in new homes, there is often construction debris in the ductwork and fine particles like drywall dust that can affect your furnace and its performance. You may want to check your return ductwork since the returns pull air back to the furnace and this ductwork is frequently the dirtiest. The returns are usually larger and easier to access by removing the grill for inspection with a flashlight and a mirror. Other reasons to consider duct cleaning include: fire, water or mold restoration, infestation of rodents or insects, installation of a new system, dust from a remodel, pet hair, odors and symptoms of allergies or asthma or the previous use of an inadequate filter.
QUESTIONS: Do I need sanitizers?
It is not uncommon for microbial growth (mold, fungus, yeast, mildew or bacteria, etc) to be present in the ductwork, the air handler evaporator coil, in the blower and the air handler cabinet walls in humid climates. The particulate that accumulates in an HVAC system often presents conditions for such growth, and if moisture is present, it may create a breeding ground. If microbial contamination is present, it is important to first establish the cause and remediate it, or the contamination will likely return.
QUESTION: How often should I have my Clothes Dryer Vent Cleaned out?
Depending on the material used in constructing the dryer vent, and the complexity of the ducting exhaust, most dryer vents should be cleaned out annually. Ask about our Routine Dryer Vent Maintanence Program. If you have cheap, flexible, corrugated plastic vent tube, you should replace it immediatley with metal ducting to avoid dryer vent fires.
QUESTION: How can I tell if my Dryer Vent needs to be cleaned?
Generally an annual cleaning is recommended, however, when your dryer starts to work less efficiently, it probably needs to have the vent cleaned. Dryer Vent fires are not to be taken lightly and occur everyday, being proactive and implementing routine maintenance is the best way to avoid a catastrophic house fire. Signs that your dryer is becoming less efficient include:
items taking longer than usual to dry, multiple cycles
moisture in the dryer
odor from the dryer
QUESTION: How often should I have my Chimney cleaned?
According to the National Fire Protection Association, you should have your chimney swept at least once a year at the beginning of the wood-burning season. The best and safest way to have a qualified chimney professional inspect your chimney for damaged flue tiles, creosote build-upand proper venting. They will be able to detect a build-up of creosote in your flue and remove it. burning your fireplace or wood stove at the right temperatures will also prevent creosote from accumulating. When you burn firesat lower temperatures, like when you partially close the damper opening at night in order to make the fire last longer,it allows creosote to form insidethe chimney flue.
QUESTION:How is your Company different from other Gillette area Duct Cleaners?
Unlike most of our competitors, we are utilize the most powerful truck-mounted gas-powered vaccuum systems. So while our competitors pile in their portable electric systems and assemble them inside your home, potentially cross-contaminating your home from a previous job, we pull our large vaccuum hose in and hook up directly to the trunk line next to the furnace and begin cleaning. Our certified technicians specialize in diagnosing and cleaning the entire HVAC system and not just the air ducts, but the furnace and all its components, air conditioners, and much more. We are a well established, licensed, insured, locally owned and operated cleaning business. We have a sterling reputation in the community and we will take all the necessary steps to keep it that way!