Air Duct Cleaning Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I have my air ducts cleaned?
There are three main reasons to have your entire HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system cleaned.
1. Your HVAC system acts as a filter and collects dust, debris, hair, smoke and thousands of other allergy-causing pollutants every day. These contaminants end up in your air duct system and then get recycled in your indoor living environment. When you use your furnace or air conditioner, these pollutants are circulating in your home. Having your entire air duct system cleaned and sanitized will provide a healthier indoor environment for you and your family.
2. Cleaner vents will also reduce the amount of dust in your home. You won't have to stop dusting entirely, but you will notice a dramatic difference in the level of dust.
3. Air duct cleaning will increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Studies have shown that a dirty HVAC system reduces the effieciency of your heating and cooling systems by 21%. This means that your heating and cooling systems have to work a lot harder when they are not properly cleaned and maintained, which can lead to higher energy bills as well as systems that have a higher chance of breaking down.
How do I know if I need to have air duct cleaning done in my home?
While most homes would benefit from air duct cleaning, here are the consumers who really should make it a priority to have their vents cleaned:
1. People who suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory illnesses. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the indoor air we breathe can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. And for anyone suffering from allergies, asthma, emphysema, etc., your indoor living environment can be contributing to shortness of breath, asthma or allergy attacks, etc. Cleaning the vents will greatly improve the indoor air quality of your home, helping you breathe easier.
2. People moving into new homes. Okay, so the paint is practically still wet and you have that new home smell. So, everything is perfectly clean, right? Unfortunately, no. Newly-constructed homes have more debris than you would expect. Sheet rock, nails, insulation, pounds upon pounds of dust and sometimes garbage makes its way into your vents. And even the most cautious contractors and home builders cannot ensure that nothing will fall into the vents, especially since the air duct system is installed long before the walls, insulation and sheet rock go up.
3. Newly-remodeled homes. Basement refinishes, updated kitchens and bathrooms, add-ons...anything that involves a saw or a sander will more than likely kick up dust and debris that will end up in your air duct system. Even when the utmost caution, dust and debris find their way into your vents.
How long will it take to have my air duct system cleaned?
We have a two-man crew that comes out to clean your entire air duct system, which cuts down in the number of hours it usually takes. The time it takes to clean depends on a few factors:
1. The number of vents you have. The more vents you have, the longer it takes to complete the job.
2. How difficult the set up is. We connect our 8-inch in diameter hose directly to the main trunk line of the house. Some trunk lines are easy to access, while others may be more challenging.
3. How many furnaces you have. We clean and set our hose up to each furnace. The more furnaces you have, the longer it will take.
A 2,000 sq. ft. home can take anywhere between 3-5 hours to clean. When you call Allied, we have a two-person crew to perform the air duct cleaning. Because there are two people, it significantly cuts down the amount of time necessary, while being able to clean your vents more efficiently.
How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
It is recommended to have your air ducts cleaned typically every 2-4 years. However, if there are pets, smokers, or people who suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory illnesses, you may consider having them cleaned every 12-18 months.
Will my home be full of dust during the air duct cleaning process?
This is a concern for many people who aren't aware of our air duct cleaning process. We use what's called the "negative air" system. This means that we attach our hose to your main trunk line (the furnace area). The hose is connected to our powerful vacuum located on our truck. The vacuum is extracting the debris through the hose, to a holding tank in our truck. While this is happening, we are cleaning each individual vent with our rotating brushes which knock the debris loose in the vents and then get sucked down through the vacuum into our truck. The compressed air we also use pushes the debris and dust down through our hose, out to the truck. As a result, the debris and dust goes through the vents and out to our air duct cleaning truck, not into your indoor living environment.
Is air duct cleaning really worth the money?
We have had dozens of testimonials from clients who say they have noticed a difference in the amount of dust in their house. One client in particular mentioned that she has a black file cabinet in her home office. Being a clean person, she was bothered by seeing a layer of dust every time she walked by the filing cabinet, so she would dust the top every 3-4 hours. She called us to have her air ducts cleaned. Six days after we cleaned her air ducts, she called us to say that she hasn't had to dust her file cabinet once.
Cleaning your air ducts will provide a cleaner indoor living environment for you and your family, cut down on the amount of dust in your home, and help your heating and cooling system run more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills!
If you have any questions about air duct cleaning, call us at 303-791-5100.