HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. For an HVAC system to work properly, all aspects of the HVAC system need to be well maintained and clean.
There are two main types of HVAC systems. One is an air conditioner-based system which is typically paired with a gas-based furnace. The other is a heat pump system that can work as an air conditioner and is paired with an electric furnace. The main thing to remember is that both systems work to move air through your furnace or air conditioner, and through the air ducts and vents in your home as they recirculate the air in your home. When windows are open or doors open and close, particles from outside, such as pollen, smoke, dust and other pollutants are coming into the house. These particles then mix with particles from inside the house such as from cooking and cleaning, moisture from showers and baths, and pet fur and dander. This mix can then become a breeding ground for mold and mildew, viruses and bacteria. All of this is then circulated and recirculated through your HVAC system including all the ductwork in your home. Sounds gross doesn’t it?
The purpose of your furnace filter is to capture the particles in the air in your home. That is the large filter in your furnace that you are supposed to change every 2-3 months. Some pollutants are captured by your furnace air filter, which is why, when you change it, the old filter is often gray, brown or black. The color that filter can get depends on the activities in your house, the air quality inside your house, and how often the filter is changed. Unfortunately, those filters cannot catch everything. In addition, if you are not changing the filter regularly, once they are covered in gunk, they don’t capture anything else. The result is your air ducts become contaminated over time.
Don’t forget, since you have vents both inside your house and on the exterior of your house, other things besides pollutants can also end up in your air ducts.
There are other, far worse contaminants that can be in your air ducts. Have you just moved into a newly built home? Did you buy an existing house but don’t know if the previous owner ever had the air ducts cleaned? Have you had any construction done on your home? If any of these apply to you there are probably lots of things in your air ducts that should not be there.
Action Air Ducts has found many crazy things while cleaning air ducts. These range from dead bugs and mice, small critters to human trash like fast food wrappers, bottles, cans and cigarette butts. There can be construction debris like nails, screws, wood and drywall dust and even whole pieces of wood and drywall. None of these items belong in an air duct and certainly not in the air you are breathing!
Call Action Air Duct for a thorough cleaning!
The first step in any duct cleaning is to examine the entire system. Our air duct cleaning technician examines both the air conditioning system and the heating system. We will inspect your main lines, returns duct and all the supply air vents. At your request, we can also inspect your dryer vent. We use a camera to view the ducts themselves so we can show you any particularly bad areas. At the end of our service, we will also provide before and after pictures.
Once we have assessed the state of your air ducts, we will provide a quote on how much it will cost to clean all the parts of your HVAC system that we have found need cleaning. In addition, if we find any problems, such as leaks or other damage to your HVAC or air duct system, we will let you know so we can discuss a solution. Any such problems we find and fix during regular cleaning can save you from more costly repairs down the road, increase your system efficiency and save you money on your utility bills.
In order to remove the debris from your air ducts, we must use a vacuum system and create negative pressure to force the debris to go into the vacuum and not out other vents into your living spaces. We will then use various devices to loosen the dirt and debris in your ducts, which will then get sucked into our truck mounted vacuum system.
After finishing the cleaning, the vents will all be cleaned and the whole system will be sanitized to help prevent any mold or bacteria from growing between cleanings. For the best indoor air quality, call Action Air Duct today. We pride ourselves on our quality of service and fair and competitive pricing.