Duct cleaning is a key home upkeep service amongst homeowners for many reasons. Everyone wants cleaner air to breathe, an allergen and odour free home and their HVAC consuming less energy. While the outdoor environment is degrading, the indoor air pollution is also increasing which is why homeowners are looking into the necessary steps to reduce it, one of them being cleaning the homes air ducts.
How to Air Ducts Get Dirty?
Air ducts are the passages for your HVAC system that help circulate your homes air. Over time, pollutants from your indoor environment (like carpets, dust, pets, hair, etc.) and outdoor environment enter your home and then move around the house and get pulled in through the return air vents. Your furnace filters can only capture and collect some of the pollutants. The rest enter your duct work and are circulated throughout your home. So it’s highly recommended that you get your homes air ducts cleaned every 2 or 3 years.
What is Duct Cleaning?
Duct cleaning involves cleaning several of the heating and cooling system components of the forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.
These components act as the defense of indoor air pollution. They provide you with clean and fresh air to breath inside your homes and offices. But, like every other machine part, they need maintenance and cleaning after a certain period of time. You may be able to find a ton of articles on how to clean ducts yourself but we would never recommend you to do that due to many reasons. Doing a DIY duct cleaning session may cause irreparable damage to the ductwork components and end up costing more money than it would have been to have it done by a professional duct cleaning company.
Benefits of Duct Cleaning
There are many benefits in giving the ducts in your home their due attention.
1. Reduction in the indoor air pollution
Indoor air pollution is the effect of increasing global climate change. Air ducts are the conduit of your HVAC system. They’re one of the most important tools in countering harmful indoor air pollutants. The air ducts circulate the air from HVAC system to various parts of your house. This cycle repeats multiple times of the day. So this air should be as pure as possible to keep you and your family healthy, which is why proper cleaning of your ductwork is so important. According to a study, homes produce 40 pounds of dust each year on average. This dust can adhere to ducts and become airborne. The duct cleaning process ensures that this dust problem is neutralized by vacuuming to remove matter particles like dust, debris, and dirt and make sure they don’t find their way back into your home by recirculating.
2. Assists in removing the allergens
Over time, several dust particles and other irritating agents enter the air ducts. These pollutants aggravate the conditions of asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems in you and your family members. Duct cleaning ensures that these particles are removed from your ductwork and you’re able to breath fresh and clean air.
3. Removes bad smells and odor
Microbial growth and mold growth have many negative health effects associated with them, especially when they get air borne. Among these health problems, bad smell and odor is an added problem. Duct cleaning removes these organisms which helps with all the strong odor problems inside your home.
4. Increases the durability of your HVAC system
Air ducts are essentially a machine like the rest of your HVAC system. When a machine is not maintained and cleaned regularly, it will have to work much harder than usual. When the air ducts are not clean, your HVAC system needs to work harder to push the air through the ducts and circulate it. Not only does this end up using more electrcity, but if this continues, the components will wear out and you will need to replace them out. This will cost you significantly more than regular cleaning.
5. Increases electricity efficiency
Dirty and clogged ducts make your HVAC system work a lot harder than required. Along with reducing the durability of your HVAC system, dirty ducts increase your utility bills because they draw in a lot more power than they require. If you’ve been noticing higher utility bills for some time now, it might be a sign that your air ducts are dirty and need a thorough cleaning.
How to Choose a Duct Cleaning Company
1. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is
Never trust a cleaning company that makes outrageous claims about their low charging rates. Duct cleaning is a tedious task which requires a lot of expertise and work which will cost you some money. Anyone claiming incredibly low rates is probably going to cut corners and so you should always stay away from such companies.
2. Research the cleaning company online
Before contacting the cleaning company to get a quote, you should research the company online and read reviews about them to help you assess the company’s reputation and work. You can read reviews for Entire Duct Cleaning on Google here.
3. Stay away from companies that use harmful substances
Some companies can use harmful substances like insecticides, chemicals, or biocides. You should never hire these kinds of cleaners because the cleaning solutions they use go inside your ducts and circulates through your house. So you want to ensure they’re not using harmful substances that you’ll be breathing later on. At Entire Duct Cleaning we use herbal products for sanitizing.
4. Don’t hire companies that use steam
Some companies introduce steam into your ducts as a method to clean them. We recommend against the use of steam because it introduces unnecessary moisture. While, this moisture will get evaporated after some time (if it is on the airflow side of the ducts), the steamer will also blow the moisture deeper into the components that don’t receive air circulation like joints. This moisture facilitates the growth of molds and other harmful microbial organisms. So be cautious of the use of steam during your cleaning process.
5. Contractor’s license
Always ask the contractor for their license. If the contractor is unlicensed to work in that area, you should never hire them because there will be no surety that the work will be done safely and professionally. At Entire Duct Cleaning, we are a team of well experienced skilled professionals that get the job done right.
Get a Duct Cleaning Quote!
You should always ask for a price quote before choosing a contractor. You can call Entire Duct Cleaning at (416) 278-7661 or fill out the form below and a team member will get back to you with a personalized rate.
We are Entire Duct Cleaning and we are here to provide you with professional duct cleaning services. Our team of trained and skilled professionals make sure that the air you breath inside your homes and offices is clean and pollutant free. We provide duct cleaning services for residential and commercial properties to help eliminate irritants and allergens such as pollen, smoke, dust mites, bacteria, etc. We service Toronto & the GTA and all cities within a 50 km radius of Toronto including Brampton, Mississauga, Milton, Oakville, Pickering, Ajax, Vaughan, North York, Richmond Hill, Scarborough.
We take great pride in our craft! Therefore, our highly experienced team uses specialized machines and tools to do a professional job! We are always striving to give our customers the best experience and are here to answer all your queries. You can contact us at (416) 278-7661 or fill in the form below for more information and to get a price quote.
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