Duct Cleaning -Don’t Get Sucked In-Here’s Why

 

First of all, pity your poor forced -air ductwork system! Because it is so reliable, it is easily the most neglected part of the average home’s indoor comfort components. Normally that’s okay, but you probably suspect your health and well-being will eventually suffer from dirty, dusty, even moldy ducts forcing air though your rooms. Meanwhile, your loyal ducts just keep on pumping, never complaining.
Dirt and other foreign matter are naturally drawn through your intake vents as the seasons pass. Items that shouldn’t get into your ducts inevitably end up there: dirty snow and mud, dead bugs, mice, cobwebs,leaves, of course pet hair by the ton, and yes,decomposing kid’s food is also common! Turns out your little angels really do put veggies in the vents.

None of this will kill you, but it could make you sick, and it will almost certainly aggravate any existing respiratory condition. Even if that doesn’t happen, who doesn’t naturally want to breath fresh air where they live? A thorough professional cleaning is the right answer.

Maybe you’ve noticed a lot, and we mean A LOT of homeowners have logged complaints with the BBB all over the province of Ontario about duct cleaners. And the lower the price, the more complainants stating it ended up being just too good to be true.

When these ‘deals’ turn out to be customer-funded upselling presentations from a company who knows the ‘real’ labour for the job actually costs triple what was advertised, people feel cheated, because they were. They end up fighting a hopeless battle for a refund. But we think these homeowners are lucky! They escaped without damage.

There is no such thing as a ‘lite’ , a ‘halfway’, or dare we say ‘half-fast’ duct cleaning. Professional duct cleaners know there are only two ways to do this job: the right way and the wrong way. A super-sale amateur duct ‘cleaning’ will actually leave your home worse off than before–with dust everywhere and less air circulating due to leaks in your pipes and other potential damage. Experts know the truth: duct cleaning simply can’t be rushed through. The work is either done or it’s not!

For homeowners who take the same consumer precautions in assessing a service providers’ competence and trust, the result is a job you’re delighted with. Then for a couple of years at least, you can go back to not giving a second thought to your clean and trusty ductwork.

How often should you really get your ducts cleaned? We say every second year. In Ontario, we get our vehicles pollution-tested on alternating years..make that your reminder to get the ductwork cleaned!

There ARE professional duct cleaning services–seek them out.

The amount of labour you purchase is worth its weight in gold. 2+ hours is standard. Anyone who claims they can finish a job in under an hour is almost certainly taking advantage of you. There’s no such thing as a rushed cleaning; the work is either done or it’s not.

What are YOU breathing? duct lungs Typical configuration of ductwork
What are YOU breathing? Typical configuration of ductwork

 

Tankless Water Heaters

If you are looking at installing or replacing a hot water heater, do you go with the traditional or with the new ‘tankless’ version?

Consumers are searching out ways to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. As with anything, there are benefits and drawbacks associated with the tankless heaters. They do however, deserve a closer look. While they are intended to save on water consumption and energy costs, they are not for everybody.Due diligence will ensure you make the right decision for you and your family.

PRO’S

* Hot Water on Demand–instant hot water at the source.

* Energy Saving–not spending money heating up a large tank of water. Tankless units can potentially save you up to 25% in water heating bills.

* Eco-Friendly–Electric heaters don’t produce ‘greenhouse gases’.

* Space Saving–take up much less space than a traditional holding tank.

* Water Saver–because of their size, they can be installed closer to source(ex: sink, dishwasher…) Less time in waiting means less water down the drain.

* Damage Control–no unexpected floods

* Life of Appliance–usually lasts 10-15 years longer than traditional tanks.

* Versatility–available in different sizes to accommodate space availability. Some have multiple settings and remote controls(bells and whistles are extra)

* Energy Star Savings–most tankless heaters are eligible for a federal tax rebate.

CON’S

* Cost–this is a BIG one!! tankless heaters can cost up to 3 times as much as traditional models, however, they do last longer.

* Electric Installation–may require special installation as well as additional circuit in the breaker box.

* Gas Installation–may require installation of additional gas line for the unit. Gas heaters also require additional venting..both of these add to the cost.

* Eco-Friendly??–gas units emit some ‘greenhouse gases’

* Supply and Demand–more than 1 unit may be needed to meet your families’ needs. A minimum of 0.5 gallons per minute is required to trigger the heat exchanger.

If you are at decision making time, consider the Pro’s and Con’s of both tankless and conventional heaters. Compare as well, the financial impact of tankless vs. traditional…paying particular attention to installation and replacement costs in the future. Don’t forget, conventional heaters last about 10 years, while tankless will have a life of 20-25 years.