Residential Air Duct and Dryer Vent Cleaning
Efficient Home Solutions conforms to the highest professional standards as set forth by the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association). The NADCA has strict standards relating to equipment, cleaning procedures and ethical behavior. The best way to protect yourself as a consumer is by knowing what to ask. The Frequently Asked Questions below will give you a good understanding of the industry and the things to avoid when selecting a Dallas HVAC contractor for professional air duct cleaning
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What if any are the health benefits that come from HVAC system cleaning?
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health, such as mold, fungi, bacteria, pet dander, pollen and very small particles of dust. The removal of such contaminants from the HVAC system and home should be considered as one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality.
- What effect if any will cleaning my HVAC system on reducing our home energy bills?
Research by the U.S. EPA has demonstrated that HVAC system cleaning may allow systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components. Clean HVAC components are less likely to break down, have a longer life span, and generally operate more efficiently and effectively than dirty HVAC systems.
- What method should be used in a residential HVAC system to cleaned it?
The most effective way to clean air ducts and ventilation systems is to employ Source Removal methods of cleaning. This requires a contractor to place the system under negative pressure, through the use of a specialized, powerful vacuum. While the vacuum draws air through the system, devices are inserted into the ducts to dislodge any debris that might be stuck to interior surfaces. The debris can then travel down the ducts to the vacuum, which removes it from the system and the home.
- Equipment best for cleaning HVAC system-truck mounted vacuums or portable vacuums?
NADCA does not endorse one kind of equipment over another. There are two main types of vacuum collection devices: (1) those mounted on trucks and trailers, and (2) portable units. Truck/trailer mounted equipment is generally more powerful than portable equipment. However, portable equipment can often be brought directly into a facility, allowing the vacuum source to be located closer to the ductwork. Both types of equipment will clean to NADCA standards. All vacuum units should be attached to a collection device for safe containment prior to disposal. Any vacuum collection device which exhausts indoors must be HEPA (high efficiency particulate arrestance) filter. A vacuum collection device alone will not get an HVAC system clean. The use of methods and tools designed to agitate debris adhered to the surfaces within the system, in conjunction with the use of the vacuum collection device(s), is required to clean HVAC systems. (For example: brushes, air whips, and skipper balls.)
- With what frequency should residential HVAC systems be cleaned?
Frequency of cleaning depends on several factors, not the least of which is the preference of the home owner. Some of the things that may lead a home owner to consider more frequent cleaning include:
- Smokers in the household.
- Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander.
- Water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system.
- Residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from a reduction in the amount of indoor air pollutants in the home HVAC system.
- After home renovations or remodeling.
- Prior to occupancy of a new home.
- Professional HVAC cleaning jobs include what?
A professional HVAC or air duct cleaning job includes the furnace, furnace blower, air conditioning coils, registers, returns, air ducts and sanitizing. Cleaning just part of the system is not effective. A dirty furnace blower, for example, will re-contaminate the air duct system after cleaning. Thus, it’s very important to make sure the entire system is going to be cleaned and make sure the price quote you are given also covers the entire system. Unfortunately some companies will advertise a very low price and then charge extra for the furnace, sanitizing and other things and before you know it the $99 dollar price is $600 or more! So be careful!
- Price range for a typical air duct cleaning service?
The Environmental Protection Agency says that duct cleaning services typically but not always range in cost from $450 to $1000 per heating and cooling system, depending on the services offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, climactic region, and level of contamination and type of duct material. Consumers should beware of air duct cleaning companies making sweeping claims about the health benefits of duct cleaning such claims are unsubstantiated. Consumers should also beware of blow-and-go air duct cleaning companies. These companies often charge a nominal fee and do a poor job of cleaning the heating and cooling system. Representatives often show up in their own cars as opposed to company vehicles with nothing more than a vacuum unit similar to a shopvac. These companies may also persuade the consumer into unneeded services with or without their permission. (If you have knowledge of a practicing blow-and-go air duct cleaner, contact your local Better Business Bureau to report the company, and your local, federal, and state elected officials to demand legislation.
Last year there were around 16,500 dryer vent FIRES in the U.S. alone!
Protect your home and family by having your dryer vent cleaned by one of our technicians once a year.
These images show samples of dryer vents before and after cleaning:
Why We Clean Dryer Vents:
Dryer vents are one of those “hidden” maintenance items that is often forgotten. The old adage, “out of sight, out of mind” really holds true when it comes to cleaning dryer vents.
After cleaning, your clothes will dry much faster, your dryer will enjoy trouble free operation and you will greatly decrease your odds of a dryer vent fire.
No other equipment cleans dryer vents like the RotoBrush with its special rotating brushes and patented powerful HEPA vacuum system combined with the RotoVision Cam which can see inside the vent system, all the way thru to the exit point.
Homes, Offices, Condo Associations, Nursing Homes & Laundry Centers will all benefit greatly from this “much needed service”.