What is Air Duct Cleaning?

by forceda on March 28, 2018

Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. Many companies are marketing products and services intended to improve the quality of your indoor air. You have probably seen an advertisement, received a coupon in the mail, or been approached directly by a company offering to clean your air ducts as a means of improving your home’s indoor air quality. These services typically — but not always — range in cost from $350.00 to $550.00 per heating and cooling system, depending on: the services offered

  • The size of the system to be cleaned
  • System accessibility
  • Climatic region
  • Level of contamination

If you decide to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, it important to make sure the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so.

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of 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.

If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them. If you decide to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, it is important to make sure the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits. Methods of duct cleaning vary, although standards have been established by industry associations concerned with air duct cleaning. Typically, a service provider will use specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts, then vacuum them out with a highpowered vacuum cleaner.

In addition, the service provider may propose applying chemical biocides, designed to kill microbiological contaminants, to the inside of the duct work and to other system components. Some service providers may also suggest applying chemical treatments (sealants or other encapsulants) to encapsulate or cover the inside surfaces of the air ducts and equipment housings because they believe it will control mold growth or prevent the release of dirt particles or fibers from ducts. These practices have yet to be fully researched and you should be fully informed before deciding to permit the use of biocides or chemical treatments in your air ducts. They should only be applied, if at all, after the system has been properly cleaned of all visible dust or debris.

Note: Use of sealants to encapsulate the inside surfaces of ducts is a different practice than sealing duct air leaks. Sealing duct air leaks can help save energy on heating and cooling bills.

Forced Aire HVAC offers duct cleaning.

Call our office for your quote.

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Importance of Furnace Maintenance

by forceda on October 17, 2017

Performing regular yearly inspections and maintenance on your HVAC system not only diagnoses and repairs existing problems, but it helps find and prevent problems from occurring in the future.

Your furnace system controls the temperature and moves air throughout your home to keep it comfortable while also filtering out dust and allergens. Oddly enough, temperature, movement, and dust are the very things that wear down HVAC systems. Heat exchangers undergo thermal stress by expanding and contracting, blower motors vibrate while spinning at high speeds to circulate the air, and the whole system is pulling in and filtering out dust. A yearly preventative maintenance inspection by a qualified service technician can keep your HVAC functioning at peak efficiency by identifying problems from thermal stress, movement, or dust. Common problems can be:

  • Duct work loosened due to normal thermal expansion and contraction;
  • Blower motor bearings in need of lubrication;
  • Replacing of air filter and cleaning of dust from blower fan blades and AC condensing coil.

An inspection can also find and repair less than obvious problems like:

  • Loose blower belt;
  • Improperly firing burners;
  • Blocked condensate drain;
  • Loose wiring harnesses;
  • Slowly leaking coolant from the AC system.

Often a service technician can tell you common minor issues about your furnace make and model that you can solve yourself in the future. Plus, they’ll perform a multi-point safety check to verify your system’s safe operation.

A yearly maintenance inspection keeps your HVAC running like new and improves your energy savings. You can expect safer operation from an inspection by monitoring your HVAC’s performance and condition, you’ll enjoy its longer life and lower chances for an expensive break down.

The best way to keep your furnace stay efficient and reliable is to have it inspected before you really need it. Before cold weather strikes, set up an appointment to have your heating system inspected by an expert. Yearly fall maintenance can save you time, frustration, and money when it’s done right by inspection a licensed technician from Direct Energy.

Below are some pictures of dirty units that we have serviced recently. These units had to be replaced because they were not serviced regularly.

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