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

 

What’s the scoop on Central Dehumidifier’s?

Chances are you have a Central Air Conditioning system installed or are planning on having a system installed in the future.

While an AC does remove some humidity (only as a byproduct of the cooling process), it is designed to control the temperature of your home. It is NOT a dehumidifier.

In the Spring and Fall when it is cool outside your AC is typically not running. It can however, feel damp inside the house. While running a dehumidifier in the basement will make it feel more comfortable, it is only drawing the moisture from that 1 room. A Central Dehumidifier removes the damp air from ALL the rooms in your home and replaces it with dry air.

This process not only makes you feel warmer, it improves the IAQ (indoor air quality). Too much humidity has the potential to cause mildew, mold and health related problems.

Central Humidifiers can run in conjunction with your AC or independently.

As with any HVAC product, there are many different models and sizes to choose from. To be sure you get what you need for your home and your needs, consult with a licensed, professional HVAC installer.

Humidity levels differ from floor to floor