Air Duct Cleaning F.A.Q
We are here to answer any questions you have, feel free to call!
Q. How should I pick a Duct Cleaner? Be aware of Scams!
A. Is the company Nadca Certified? Is their a A.S.C.S on Staff? Is their a VMT on Staff? Are they coming to your house if yes?
B. Second thing to look for is if they use trucks with an “authentic” Power vacuums, and that is run from the vehicles’ engine. Not just a Portable unit bolted in to a dressed up box truck or van to constitute a truck mounted vacuum. Our Power Vacuum trucks create sufficient vacuum pressure, not to create a mess in your home, and to make the minimal amount of holes. Most of the company’s out there use small and inefficient vacuums. Look for any hint of hidden charges or fee’s or any ridiculously small amount of supply vents and returns. Make sure they are going to clean your furnace for that price! Do they have ladders? Do they have insurance? For commercial? BBB? Nadca Certified? Can’t find their business location? Social Media? Years in business? More than one truck (reliabilty), most of the time the companies who are charging more then average is because they are using the right equipment and the right supplies.
C. Years in Business? Location?
D. Are they BBB Accredited? What is there Rating?
E. Last, Proof of pride in workmanship(Social media), make sure that the company you choose isn’t a jack of all trades. To do the job right, you need dedicated equipment and personnel to perform a proper duct cleaning. This is our dedicated business, and we understand it is not an easy choice. We treat and clean every home as if it are own and this all we do. Our technicians are also encouraged to be trained in continuing education of Electricity, HVAC, Building Science, Mold and Remediation, OSHA, etc.
Q: What kind of sanitizers do we apply?
A: It depends on the situation and your preference. We have different sanitizers for each application,including organic, applying anti-microbial sanitizer to all inner surfaces of your air handling system is not to mask or supplement a thorough air duct cleaning. Sanitizing should be done on a clean system, which will inhibit the growth of mold, mold spores, blood born pathogens, H1N3 Virus, Influenza, Tuberculosis, etc. on surfaces that are known to have issue’s. Also, we have sanitizers for animal and human decomposition. Sanitizing’s purpose is to provide a protective barrier and to remove trace elements left behind from the removal of debris, dirt, mold. We also have odorless sanitizers, any concerns, ask our office for more information.
Q: What is difference between Portable vacuums and Real Truck mounted equipment?
A: The largest Portable vacuums are rated at about 5500 c.f.m. This would be fine if your duct work was four feet long, but it’s not. Our Vacuums produce up to 16,000 c.f.m! To perform a correct duct cleaning you need to establish a negative vacuum on your duct work, all of the duct work, and this requires a lot of volume. Smaller units can’t move enough air, quick enough, to complete the job. Many times performing this procedure with inadequate equipment will stir up dust, dirt, debris and leaving you worse off then just leaving it untouched! Exercise Caution with prices that start at “89.99” on the phone, then disappear(once they have arrived), and you have to make choices while they are in your home. This is to pressure you, not to mention you already took a day off of work. Also, another usual downfall to companys’ who use smaller vacuums is they often have to cut many holes, in many area’s of your duct work. When we say “Real Truck mounted equipment” we mean vacuums powered by the vehicle, pictured on our site, 350 hp turbo diesel or gas. Not a portable unit bolted to the back of a van or pickup, or cheap imitations.
Q: What type of equipment do we use?
A: Our Trucks are Power vac and our trucks transmission powers our vacuum and is no match for a portable. It is capable of up to 16,000 c.f.m and has 8-11 inch inlet. Our trucks are more than capable of cleaning the largest duct work in hospitals, schools, office buildings, etc. Trucks are equipped with hepa bags to prevent any particles from escaping and a quincy air compressor which produces unmatched p.s.i to agitate and move dust into our vacuum. Whether it’s large commercial duct work or a long residential dryer vent, we can clean it the right way. Be wary of company’s who state they only use these trucks for bigger jobs! They probably don’t have the right equipment. We also do not advocate the use of Rotating Brushes of any form!
Q: How Important is Cleaning my Dryer Vent?
A: Believe it or not most of all dryer fires are caused by a malfunctioning dryer vent exhaust. Most new dryers will shut down before this happens but we still recommended not leaving your home with your dryer on! This being said, If you notice clothes aren’t drying until you run them 2-3 times or you get a warning light to clean dryer vent, then it might be time. As far as maintenance, on average it’s recommended you clean your dryer vent once a year. It really comes down to how many loads of laundry a week you run and the design, length, and orientation, of the dryer vent line. 3+ loads a week, We would suggest cleaning once a year. And last, but not least, the length and the path the dryer vent duct takes. The longer and more elbows the vent has, the harder it is to expel the excess lint. Then it settles in dryer duct work and eventually clogs. Even if you are vigilant in cleaning your lint trap located on dryer, the lint still gets by this filter while the dryer is running.
Q: How often should I have my Ducts Cleaned?
A: It’s usually 1-3 years in between duct cleanings for residences, 2 years with pets or allergy’s, and 3-4 years without pets, no allergy’s. Commercial spaces may require frequent service intervals due to increased human or manufacturing traffic exposure. This being said, there are some considerations to make. Are your return vents close to the floor or in your floor? This can decrease time between cleanings. Did you recently do construction or move in? or have a water leak? Meaning, it can vary from house to house, and you can check up on your unit either through the blower section on furnace or take a return vent off and check for dirt buildup. It will buildup heavier in the returns because it is typically pre air filter.