Air Duct Cleaning Tips 

Air Duct Cleaning is a multi-step process that usually 3 steps to get an effective clean. This starts with a large push brush that is extended down the line, which scrubs and knocks loose larger debris. After the scrub, using a negative air machine and air compressor, the line is whipped using specialized nozzles which spray high pressure air, that is then collected in the negative air machine. Lastly any good cleaning wraps up with a sanitization of the line using an EPA approved sanitization agent.

If you are a DIYer or someone who wants to do it themselves, here are some tips on how to get your air ducts cleaned. These are some general guidelines we would recommend if you are going to be getting your ducts cleaned.

Use A Vacuum To Collect Larger Objects/Debris

By using a vacuum this is a quick and effective way to suck up the debris and remove it from your vents. Keep in mind it’s not always just what you can see that may lurk inside your vents, reach the vacuum nozzle as far down the vent as it will go and listen for debris being sucked up.

Check For Any Breaks Or Disconnects

During the cleaning this would be the time to check your line for any obvious disconnects in the system. Disconnected, or torn vents can cause a few issues. Some of the issues include things like: poor air flow in a particular area or room of the home, or debris being blown out of the home.

Check your Air Returns For Buildup

Air returns generally will accumulate the most buildup on the vent cover. This is because air returns are pulling old air from inside the home, then cycling it through the furnace where it is filtered. Doing a visual inspection of your vent return cover is a good indicator for how dirty the line is. If you notice significant buildup that’s deeper in the line than you’re able to clean, consider calling us for a quote on a professional duct cleaning service!

Replace Or Inspect Filters After The Cleaning

Following your cleaning or after any service, we highly recommend checking your filter. During the cleaning any of the debris or contaminants can be pushed around and make it’s way to the furnace, checking the filter makes sure nothing is left to slip through the cracks and risk any hazard or damage to the furnace.

Increase Air Flow By Closing Vents In Select Rooms

With the way that vents are interconnected, you may notice some rooms in your home have better air flow than others. To better improve the efficiency of the heating and cooling in your home, strategically close the vents in certain rooms with better air flow, so the other rooms have more pressure. If you are noticing little to no air flow, this may be because the unit installed is too small for your home, or there is a disconnect in the vent.

Have The Furnace Cleaned By A Professional

The furnace is the central point of your homes heating and cooling system. While your vents are fairly easy, we highly recommend you have your furnace checkup done by a licensed, certified professional. You’ll thank yourself when you hire a professional who does his due diligence in making sure your system is safe to use.

Inspect Your Dryer Vent

While it’s pretty common to have a clogged up dryer vent, can you remember the last time you checked the exhaust for your dryer? Dryer vents can vary greatly in length from just a couple feet, to up to 25 feet long. Depending how much you use your dryer, it’s recommended you have it cleaned annually or every other year. This preventative maintenance is to prevent a number of problems. Some issues that can occur when your dryer vent needs cleaning are poor drying efficiency, dryer throwing error codes, or sometimes it can damage the heating element or blower motor.