Air Duct Cleaning
Air duct cleaning is a growing industry. As more homeowners are becoming aware of the importance of indoor air quality, there has been a big demand for this service throughout the United States and other countries that utilize forced air systems. Air duct cleaning has been around for many years and, every year with the pollution and changes in global warming there are a growing number of reported allergies and health conditions related to why this process is on the increase. With that in mind, indoor air can and may be more polluted than outdoor air according to new research when you add in cooking residue, paints and varnishes, and fungal spores to everything else.
The air duct system or HVAC system cycles about 72 times in a 24 hour time span. Although the furnace does have a filter to help maintain air quality and protect its components from getting dirty, over time these particles and dust make it past the filter into the ductwork which can also include left over debris from the original construction of the home. If you are not familiar with air ducts and how they perform please let me explain;
- In most homes coming off the furnace, you will notice a rectangular box known as the main trunk line going down the length of your home or other areas. There are metal tubes that branch off of the main trunk duct going places throughout your home known as supply ducts. When your furnace blower comes on, air passes through the main trunk duct to all the branches allowing warm or cold air to make its way throughout your home. The return side of the system is the process where air returns back to your furnace from your home through the air filter starting the process of heating or cooling all over again. The return side of the system is designed different as you may notice a metal pan passes through the joist in the ceiling and utilizes the studs through the wall cavity that lead to the cold air return pan.
- In the process of air duct cleaning we clean both the supply and return side of the air duct system ensuring that the system is completely dust free. We do this by placing the system under negative pressure, and block off the registers throughout your home to help create better suction...essentially turning the system into a huge vacuum.
- After we connect our vacuum hose to the main trunk line we make access holes in the ductwork to feed air rods and agitation tools through the ducts to help loosen any debris and work everything back toward our powerful vacuum.
- Once finished all access holes and openings will be completely sealed making the system air tight, only using approved metal patches and duct plugs.
- It is recommended to do a duct cleaning in your home every 3-5 years. This will help expand the life of your furnace and maintain healthy indoor air quality throughout your home.
- It is important to keep in mind that all duct cleaners are not the same and not every duct cleaner can give you the same results. Experience, understanding duct design, and proper use of equipment and attention to detail are very important when it comes to air duct cleaning.
- Remember, anyone can show up to your house with a shop vac and vacuum your vents, but not everyone is licensed and cetified to understand duct design, let alone show up at your home with proper equipment.
Mirror Ducts will handle any duct configuration and perform the best air duct cleaning possible...no matter how dirty they are and we gaurantee it!