Monday, September 21, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Does Duct Cleaning Help

Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton & surronding areas homeowner doesn’t have to go far to learn the benefits of duct cleaning. When suffering from allergies, a trip to the local allergy clinic and they discover that, among other things (like mattress cleaning, and freezing pillows, etc), duct cleaning ranks high on the list of allergy proofing a house. A conversation with any HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) technician and a homeowner will also discover that the furnace needs to be cleaned on an annual basis. Annual furnace cleaning is recommended by all manufacturers.
House Getting Dusty Faster - Try Duct Cleaning
One of the most common complaints we hear is; 'my house is getting dustier faster than it used too'. It only stands to reason that if it has been more than a couple years since you last had your air ducts cleaned, your duct work is loaded with dust. When your furnace (or a/c) fan kicks on, the dust that is in your air ducts will get blown around the house.

If you live in Greater Toronto Area and would like to schedule duct cleaning for your home, please give us a call. Generally, we can get you on the next days route. Schedule your duct cleaning 905.970.9919
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Should You Get Your Heating Ducts Cleaned

Should You Get Your Heating Ducts Cleaned?
A hot air furnace heats and distributes air through its ducting system.The ducts are usually made of sheet metal and are most obvious in your basement, where they hang from the floor joists.The return, or cold air, ducts bring air to the furnace, usually collecting it centrally in the house. The return air trunk duct is the big rectangular duct along the basement ceiling that enters the bottom of the furnace. The supply, or warm air, ducting usually exits from the top of the furnace. It starts with a trunk duct on the basement ceiling.The individual supply ducts, in round or smaller rectangular sheet metal, branch off the trunk duct and go to each room, where they terminate in a floor or wall register. Over time, dust and debris will collect in these ducts, particularly in the return air ducts.You may be wondering whether it would be worthwhile to have these ducts cleaned.

Duct cleaning is a major industry. As a homeowner, you may be regularly solicited to have your heating ducts cleaned on a regular basis. Claims are made that duct cleaning will:

provide you with better indoor air quality (or IAQ),
reduce the presence of house molds and allergens,
get rid of house dust,
result in more airflow and better delivery of warm air, and/or
reduce energy costs.
If you expect duct cleaning to make these improvements, you may be disappointed. It is difficult to find objective and independent research which substantiates these claims.

What Can Duct Cleaning Do For You?
A thorough duct cleaning done by a professional duct cleaner will remove dust and debris-pet hair, paper clips, children's toys and whatever else might collect down there. Ideally, the inside surface will be shiny and bright after cleaning. Duct cleaning may be justifiable to you personally for that very reason: you may not want to have your house air circulated through a duct passage that is not as clean as the rest of the house. However, duct cleaning will not usually change the quality of the air you breathe, nor will it significantly affect airflows or heating costs.

In the 1990s, duct cleaning research conducted by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)1,2 and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)3 tested house and duct performance before and after cleaning. Researchers observed little or no discernible differences in the concentrations of house airborne particles or in duct airflows due to duct cleaning. This is because ducts are just metal passages.They cannot create dust. Most household dust comes from outdoor dust that has been tracked in or blows through windows or other openings. ''Dust'' is also created by human skin and hair shedding, pet debris, fibres from carpets, clothes, bedding, hobbies etc. In fact, as you walk around in your house you raise a small cloud of dust particles wherever you go. Dust will be present in one form or another whether you have clean ducts or not.

Householders often expect an efficient furnace filter will remove airborne dust. CMHC has tested the effectiveness of furnace filters in reducing household dust. While some very good filters effectively clean the air in the ducts, they do not create a dust-free environment in your house because of all the dust sources mentioned above. A good filter will help keep your air-conditioning coil, furnace heat exchanger, and supply ducts from accumulating circulated dust. For more information on filters consult the CMHC publication Your Furnace Filter in the About Your House series.

1 Efficiency of Residential Duct Cleaning , Auger, Donnini, and Nguyen Inc. for CMHC 1994
2 Use of Biocides by Residential Duct Cleaners , Figley Consulting Associates for CMHC, 1994
3 Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?, US EPA, 1997

When Does Duct Cleaning Make Sense?
There are several situations when duct cleaning could make sense (although there is little research data to support this).

If you have a problem with water in your ducts, this may result in mold growth in the duct. In this situation, solve the water problem first, clean and disinfect the ducts where mold growth has occurred, and have the rest of the ducting system cleaned as well. In some cases, it may be necessary or more cost effective to simply replace the affected duct areas.
If you are moving into a newly constructed house, and have doubts about the diligence of the construction crew, duct cleaning can be useful. Drywall dust, fibreglass pieces, and sawdust have no place in ducts. Duct cleaning will also catch the odd occurrence where lunch bags or soft drink cans have fallen or been swept into ducting. For similar reasons, duct cleaning may be advisable for older houses following major renovations.
If you are having trouble with furnace airflow, a duct cleaning could reveal significant blockages. Have the ducts cleaned before you embark on more expensive duct replacement or rerouting to solve an airflow problem. Cleaning of furnace and air conditioning components (e.g. furnace fan blower, air conditioning coil, humidifier, furnace heat exchanger, etc.) has been shown to make some difference in duct air flow.
If you look in the return air registers and see an accumulation of debris in the duct below, you may want to have it removed. CMHC research showed that return air ducts, which are relatively big and have slow moving air, are generally far dirtier than the supply ducts.You should be able to accomplish much of the return air duct cleaning with a household vacuum cleaner after removing the register grill. For example, households with hairy pets or young children may find it necessary to inspect their return air ducts more frequently. Do not expect any difference in airflow or house air quality after this cleaning.
How Should Your Ducts Be Cleaned?
There are various duct cleaning procedures available. Reputable duct cleaners will be familiar with different techniques and their effectiveness. Duct cleaners affiliated with heating and air conditioning firms may be able to provide a more thorough system tune-up. Check to see if the duct cleaners are affiliated with trade organizations.They should also be able to offer references from satisfied customers. Some duct cleaners visually inspect the ducts after their work, either through duct access panels that they cut into the sheet metal or by in-duct cameras. This allows some proof of the effectiveness of the cleaning.

Do not accept offers from duct cleaners to spray or fog the ducts upon completion of the work, ostensibly to get rid of residual bacteria or mold.There are no products registered under the Pest Control Products Act in Canada for residential duct cleaning. Registered products, if they existed, would have been tested for effectiveness and human safety. A proper duct cleaning job does not require the use of a biocide to clean up missed areas. Based on current research, broadcast spraying of biocides through houses is considered inappropriate if you wish to maintain good indoor air quality.

So... To Clean or Not To Clean?
This choice is up to you. Duct cleaning may possibly improve air quality of houses in cases where serious moisture or blockage problems exist in the ducting.

A comprehensive cleaning of all heating and cooling system components (furnace fan blower, furnace heat exchange, air conditioning coil, humidifier, ducts, etc.) may help air movement within the house. However, regular duct cleaning is probably unnecessary for most householders.

Some people will choose to have their ducts cleaned simply because they feel that they cannot do this task easily themselves, and they prefer to have any accumulation of dust and dirt within the house removed regularly. Ensure that any duct cleaning that takes place in your home does not include broadcast spraying of biocides within the duct system.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

House Getting Dusty Faster - Try Duct Cleaning

One of the most common complaints we hear is; 'my house is getting dustier faster than it used too'. It only stands to reason that if it has been more than a couple years since you last had your air ducts cleaned, your duct work is loaded with dust. When your furnace (or a/c) fan kicks on, the dust that is in your air ducts will get blown around the house.

If you live in the GTA area and would like to schedule duct cleaning for your GTA Cities home, please give us a call. Generally, we can get you on the next days route. Schedule your duct cleaning visit or call 905.970.9919

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Is Routine Duct Cleaning a Good Choice?
Your home is undoubtedly one of your most valuable assets, so keeping it clean is part of the routine chores that you should perform to keep the structure and it's appliances in optimal condition.

Hire Only Professional Air Duct Cleaners
Professional air duct cleaners provide you with services that include duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, furnace cleaning, a/c cleaning, chimney cleaning, and many other services related to your home's furnace and air conditioning system.

Most duct cleaning companies in the GTA also include the cleaning services of furnaces, air conditioning systems, ductwork, chimneys, water heaters and other routine household maintenance chores. They may also offer transit duct cleaning, vent cleaning, air duct sanitizing, etc

Thursday, October 30, 2008

"How can an air duct cleaning actually cost less than 200.00?"

"How can an air duct cleaning actually cost less than 200.00?"
This customer is not the first to ask this question, we hear it all the time when people call in. We decided to post our reply so others could be reassured that, yes, the price really is $99!

Austin says:

How can an air duct cleaning actually cost less than 200.00 dollars given the time it takes and everything else? This site makes me wonder how someone can actually do this job correctly for just $99. I have had many quotes and this is no where near the price. I was told that to correctly have he ducts cleaned that everything in the air system needed cleaned and had to be done by a licensed hvac contractor….so how are you able to do it correctly for $99….or is this a bait n switch.
March 13th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Dave Trosdahl says:
The price is most definitely correct! - We hear concerns like yours all the time. First you need to decide what level of clean you want. 100% clean will cost you serious money (think camera, 4 hours and $400+++). If you just want the ducts thoroughly cleaned then $99 is the price. For $99 ALL your duct work gets thoroughly cleaned. If a camera was sent through the ducts, yes some residue may or may not remain. For most homeowners that’s good enough. For others, they may feel more comfortable having the camera crew out and spend lots of time and money on air duct cleaning. We find that most of our customers don’t want to spend so much time and money on a project like duct cleaning. They tell us all the time that they just want the “crud” out of the ducts. What (if anything) remains in the duct work certainly won’t be blowing around their house anymore. - Thanks for your interest and consideration, good luck on your decision.
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