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Air Duct Cleaning Frequency and Other FAQs

Monday, July 11th, 2016

It’s no secret that HVAC systems have brought America homes immeasurable benefits in recent decades. There have been a number of advancements and improvements made, which has increased the efficiency and effectiveness of central air conditioner units as well as other types of HVAC systems. No air conditioner or furnace is immune to problems though! With central systems particularly, you have to keep in mind that air conditioners and heaters are complex appliances with snakes of ductwork making their way through your home.

As a result, your air ducts serve as a collection point for numerous contaminants, which can negatively impact your health. For this reason, regular duct cleaning services are a must. But how do you know if duct cleaning is really worth it? This may not be a service you’ve heard a lot about, but we’ve shared some commonly asked questions below to help you determine if you should invest in duct cleaning or not.

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How Can Dirty Air Ducts Impede My Air Conditioner?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

We use our air conditioning systems pretty much year round in this part of the country. Considering how much we rely upon our air conditioners, few would bother using inefficient, ineffective window units in order to heat a whole house. If you have a small studio or rent a room, that may suffice. If you’re looking to cool an entire house, though, a central air conditioner is really what you want. Of course, central air conditioners use ductwork in order to distribute cooled air throughout. That means that you must be sure that your air ducts are in fine working condition, and this includes ensuring that they are clean within.

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3 Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning

Monday, November 9th, 2015

We all let our chores get away from us from time to time. Sometimes there just are not enough hours in the day to get the dusting, vacuuming, and other household responsibilities out of the way. While you can always catch up on such chores when a long weekend comes around, there are certain areas of your home that require cleaning from time to time, and which you may have never gotten around to. We’re speaking of your air ducts, and when they need to be cleaned, you cannot handle the job on your own. Professional duct cleaning in West Palm Beach, FL is necessary if you hope to have your air ducts cleaned effectively and thoroughly. Work with Envirotech Air Quality Services to ensure that this is the case.

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Do My Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned?

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Even with modern air conditioning systems and equipment, keeping one’s home cool and comfortable throughout the hottest time of the year here in Lake Worth, FL can be quite difficult. If you hope to do so in an effective and efficient manner, it is important that you have more than just a great air conditioner in place; you must also ensure that every component within that air conditioning system is in prime working condition. You can guarantee that this is the case by working with the AC experts on our staff. One service which is extremely beneficial for many homeowners is professional duct cleaning. If you suspect that your air ducts could use a thorough cleaning after the reading the information below, give a member of our staff a call.

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Signs That It’s Time for a Thorough Duct Cleaning

Monday, April 20th, 2015

If you, like so many other homeowners, choose to heat and cool your home with a system of air ducts, then it is vital that you keep your ductwork in fine working condition. This requires more than ensuring that your air ducts are not torn or disconnected, though; it also means that your air ducts must be immaculately clean within. The buildup of pollutants within your ductwork can lead to a number of different problems. Fortunately, they are nothing that a professional duct cleaning in West Palm Beach, FL cannot handle. We’ve put together some tips below to help you to determine if you are in need of a thorough duct cleaning. If so, make sure that Envirotech Air Quality Services is the company that you call to get the job done right.

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What Kinds of Contaminants Are In Your Ducts?

Monday, February 16th, 2015

An air filter comes standard in any forced-air (ducted) heating and/or air conditioning system. However, filters cannot possibly keep every contaminant out of the ducts. Most home air filters have a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) of about 1-6, even though the MERV scale goes up to 12 (these filters are usually reserved for commercial buildings). These typical home air filters can only remove certain sizes and amounts of contaminants from the air and may not do anything for common allergens like pollen and mold spores.

If there are contaminants in your duct system, they could do more harm than you think. Many pollutants are most dangerous to those with severe allergies, asthma, and immune system conditions. But some particles can be just as harmful to those with minor allergies or no preexisting conditions at all.

Duct cleaning is a service that can help to eliminate several different types of particles that could be hazardous to household members and guests, including these ones.

  • Bacteria – Certain bacteria may be particularly dangerous to people with immune system disorders. Other bacteria may irritate even those household members with no preexisting conditions at all.
  • Dust Particles – Layers of dust may form along the inside of the ducts, even though you have a good filter in place. And this layer of dust may contain pollen or pet dander—even if you don’t currently have any pets at all.
  • Mold Spores – Mold spores float through the air and may settle in the ducts and develop if there is excessive moisture. Mold is one of the most common irritants, but you may need to schedule additional mold removal services if the problem is too serious.

Your technician may recommend additional HVAC components and services to help control the indoor air quality in the future. This includes UV germicidal light installation to kill microorganisms on the indoor air handler, or electronic air cleaners that work with the HVAC system to eliminate contaminants from the air throughout the home.

At Envirotech Air Quality Services, we install a variety of indoor air quality systems for residents in Wellington and comprehensive duct cleaning to remove a number of contaminants that may plague your home. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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When Is the Best Time to Schedule Duct Cleaning?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

When it’s time for an intense home cleaning session in your house, you can reach most of the hidden nooks and crannies with a step ladder, an extendible dusting wand, and a little bit of patience. And while you may believe you can take care of the most problematic areas of your house for dust and debris buildup, cleaning the ductwork is a bit more difficult than, say, dusting a ceiling fan or wiping off the top of a bookshelf.

Duct cleaning is a service that should be left to professionals, for several reasons. First, it’s vital to have clean ductwork since you breathe in the air that circulates through these ducts every day. And with professional duct cleaning, allergy and asthma symptoms may be reduced and you could immediately notice the difference in your air quality. But, an amateur job can leave much to be desired, as you can miss some key portions of ducts. Plus, most homeowners don’t have access to materials that will completely and safely target all types of pollutants. Besides having non-toxic materials at their disposal, experts also know how to clean in such a way that even the most delicate flexible ducts won’t suffer damage.

Professional duct cleaning is important not only for the quality of your air, but also for the longevity of your heating and air conditioning system. A layer of dust in the ducts means your AC or heater has to work a bit harder, resulting in higher energy bills. Although professional duct cleaning has so many important roles, it’s clearly not a job to be done every week. So how do you know it’s time to schedule duct cleaning in West Palm Beach?

It’s hard to tell when your ducts are in need of a thorough cleaning. But most experts recommend that your ducts get cleaned once or twice a year—especially if you run your home HVAC system frequently. Professional duct cleaning involves the use of professional-grade vacuums and cleaning agents to ensure the job is done properly and that any type of contaminant cannot survive in the ducts.

Contact Envirotech Air Quality Services to make sure your duct cleaning in West Palm Beach is completed properly and safely. Give us a call now!

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Are There Ways I Can Take Care of Duct Cleaning on My Own?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

If you’re worried about the air quality in your home, one of the best things you can do to improve conditions indoors is to clean out the ducts. There may be contaminants hiding in the lining of the ductwork used to condition the air in your home that are making you ill. With professional duct cleaning, dust, pollen, dander, bacteria, and even mold gets cleared from the ducts so that you won’t have to breathe in these harmful contaminants every day. And while it may seem as though you can do some duct cleaning on your own, this isn’t always safe for the ducts, and you may simply be unable to eliminate most of the pollutants you’d like to.

One of the key reasons to choose professionals for the job is that they have the right tools for the job. The items professionals use for duct cleaning include soft brushes and vacuums that are safe even for delicate flexible ductwork. The powerful vacuums create negative pressure in the ducts so that debris loosens from the duct lining. Another reason to choose professionals for duct cleaning is that many of the contaminants you want out of your home aren’t visible to the naked eye. Though you may try to access the ducts and scrub debris free, you may miss portions of bacteria or spores that are particularly harmful to the lungs. And technicians never use cleaning chemicals that are unsafe to breathe in.

Besides, with professional duct cleaning, your technician can even let you know if there are any leaks or cracks in the ducts that require immediate repair. When there are leaks in the ducts, your air conditioner or heater simply cannot run as efficiently as it is meant to. Instead, you continue to spend money on energy costs to cool or heat an unoccupied area of the house, such as an attic or crawlspace. This causes your unit to become overworked and could lead to repairs or premature failure. If technicians find a leak during inspection, they can let you know so that you can schedule the proper services as soon as possible.

Envirotech Air Quality Services offers duct cleaning in West Palm Beach with professional tools and expertise to make sure the job is done right. Give our office a call today!

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How Professionals Perform Duct Cleaning

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Duct cleaning is a necessary part of maintaining an efficient HVAC system in your home, as well as keeping your home clean and protecting its indoor air quality. The ductwork inside your home’s walls and floors will gradually collect dust and dirt that enters through the return ducts. It only takes a year for a significant amount of dust to accumulate along the walls of the ventilation system and start to interfere with airflow. This will cut into the efficiency of your central heating and air. If the accumulation continues without receiving cleaning, it will begin to blow pollutants into the air of your living space, potentially affecting the health of the people inside.

The solution to this problem is regular duct cleaning from professionals. It’s important that you not attempt the cleaning yourself: it requires training and special equipment, and you may end up damaging your ducts if you try cleaning them on your own. For quality duct cleaning in Wellington, FL and the surrounding areas, call the experienced team at Envirotech Air Quality Services and schedule service.

The Methods of Professional Duct Cleaning

The main step in professional duct cleaning is for the technicians to use a power vacuum to alter the pressure inside the ventilation system first to agitate dust and other contaminants from the walls of the interior of the ducts, and then to suction them up. The duct cleaning team will seal off all the vent registers in your home to close up the ventilation system; then they will cut a hole into the main duct the leads from your central heating and air conditioning cabinet into the rest of the ductwork and seal the mouth of the power vacuum over the hole. This vacuum is able to alter the pressure of the ventilation system and then remove most of the contaminants. The professionals will also use powered rotary brushes on long lines to reach inside individual vents and provide spot cleaning for areas with heavier congestion.

For most homes, the process takes approximately an hour to complete. Once it is done, you will have ducts in the cleanest condition possible. If the technicians locate unusual contaminants or breaks and holes in the ductwork, they will inform you of the situation and offer suggestions for what you can do to fix the problem.

At Envirotech Air Quality Services, we offer duct cleaning in Wellington, FL as well as other ductwork services, including duct sealing and duct repair. To help you with indoor air quality, we also supply mold remediation services and installation of air cleaners, filters, and purifiers. Contact us today for whatever work you need done for your ventilation system.

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How Often Should I Schedule Duct Cleaning?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The ductwork in your HVAC system plays a very important role in your comfort. Maintaining your ductwork with scheduled cleaning is as important as maintaining the other parts of your HVAC system. Plus, there are several important benefits to scheduling duct cleaning in Lake Worth. Hiring professionals is always best when it comes to any kind of maintenance or repair of your HVAC system, so call the people you can trust: Envirotech Air Quality Services.

What Happens During a Professional Duct Cleaning Appointment?

Here is a general overview of what happens during a routine duct cleaning appointment:

  • Thorough inspection of your system
  • Ductwork is opened at various access points
  • The first major vacuum is performed
  • Second inspection of system
  • Smaller, harder-to-reach areas are vacuumed and cleaned
  • Any sticking debris will be removed with brushes and pneumatic tools
  • Final inspection is performed to ensure all the ductwork has been thoroughly cleaned
  • Access ports are closed
  • All vacuumed contaminants will be removed from home

When Should Ducts Be Cleaned?

The recommended frequency for cleaning your ductwork is every 3-5 years, unless you have pets and/or smokers in your home. In those cases, it’s recommended that you schedule professional duct cleaning every 2-3 years.

What Are the Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning?

Duct cleaning can benefit you, your home and your system in the following ways:

  • Better energy efficiency – significant buildup in your ductwork can restrict air flow. Restricted air flow forces your system to work harder, and any time your system has to work harder, it uses more energy. By removing the dirt and dust buildup with a professional cleaning, you can help increase your system’s efficiency.
  • Improved indoor air quality – dirt and dust in your ductwork can enter directly into your living space, which can be problematic, especially for any allergy sufferers in your home. Removing dirt and dust with a professional cleaning can help to significantly improve your indoor air quality.
  • Less strain on your system – an HVAC system that has to fight the effects of dirt and dust in the ductwork over a period of years operates with a significant level of stress, which can cause wear and tear, malfunction and breakdown. You can help reduce this wear and tear with professional duct cleaning.

When was the last time you had a professional duct cleaning in Lake Worth? If it’s been more than 5 years, call Envirotech Air Quality Services today.

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