Cleaning the Ductwork this Fall

Just like replacing your furnace filter, air duct cleaning should be a part of your routine maintenance for any home containing a central air conditioning system, and there is no better time to have the ductwork cleaned than the later part of the fall season.

The air in your home could have pollutants because windows are often kept open at night to avoid running your cooling system. Increased foot traffic in and out of the home carrying with it air contaminants is also a reason. More time being spent outside means more time for you to accumulate contaminants that can find their way back inside your home and in your air duct system can lead to a decrease in air quality.

The fall is the best time to hire an HVAC contractor for air duct cleaning for a variety of reasons. The fall is typically a slow time for heating & cooling companies, which allow them to schedule dates much faster and usually offer seasonal discounted rates. With winter right around the corner, it is important to make sure any potential pollutants are removed so you and your family are not stuck breathing in dirty recycled air. This can often lead to health problems heading into the months where children and adults are much more susceptible to illnesses.

Many air duct cleaning also offer routine maintenance furnace tune-ups. Air duct cleaning can be a great opportunity to also have your furnace inspected to avoid potential furnace repair heading into the cold months ahead. Many factors go into your air duct cleaning cost, which can include the size of your home, layout of the ductwork, and also the amount of ductwork in your home.

If you are not sure if your home is in need of ductwork cleaning, there are some things to consider. If your home has pets, small children, anyone with allergies, or residents who smoke, duct cleaning is recommended. You can also contact us and we can advise you on if the ductwork needs to be cleaned.

Spring Maintenance for your Air Conditioner

As the seasons start to change, make sure to set aside some time to get your HVAC system inspected and cleaned. Over time, the system can have a build up of dirt and debris, which can result in reduced efficiency when they choke off airflow to your condenser. A quick way to start off HVAC maintenance season right is to clear away any debris from this critical component, making sure plants are a safe distance away. A way to avoid condenser buildup is through the use of a cover during the off season. If you are using a cover, make sure you remember to remove it before kicking the air conditioner on. Condenser covers can block airflow and reduce efficiency if they remain on your unit.

Your furnace filter acts as a buffer between the air you breathe and any potential contaminants. Making sure it is clean is important not just in the spring, but during each season. Some homes may only need two changes, during the fall and winter, while other homes may need filter changes as frequently as once per month. It all depends on your particular home. Make sure you are regularly checking your furnace filter and we can advise you when the filter should be changed.

Both your condenser and air distribution component, either an air handler or furnace, need power in order to work. This may seem ridiculous, but a switch or fuse may have blown and you wouldn’t even know it. If your air conditioner won’t turn on, look here first. If it does not seem like this is the issue, make sure you turn off your equipment immediately and call a professional. If you notice an issue between visits, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the system for you.

Why Cleaning the Ductwork is Important



You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if you notice visible mold growth inside hard surface ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists. Also notice if the ducts are infested with vermin, rodents, or insects. Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for mold growth is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits.

How to Prevent Duct Contamination

Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, committing to a good preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination.

To prevent dirt from entering the system:

Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system. Also remember to change filters regularly. If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently. Be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.

During construction or renovation work that produces dust in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust. Remove dust and vacuum your home regularly. (Use a high efficiency vacuum cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts).

If you need to have the ductwork cleaned in your home, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the system, and schedule a cleaning. This can help the air in your home to be clean, as well as having an efficient furnace.

Fall Maintenance Tips for the HVAC System

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Now is the best time to get your HVAC unit ready for winter. It is recommended to contact us so we can inspect the system for you. This way you can ensure the parts are working efficiently and at top performance levels. These can include the filter, ductwork, thermostat, as well as the furnace unit itself.

Replacing the Filter

After a long, hot season, all that wear and tear leads to dirty air filters as well as worn belts and pulleys. Leaving them in this condition all winter is dangerous. Dirty filters can introduce contaminants to your system. And worn belts and pulleys can break when you start your system again and cause further damage.

Check the Coils

Lines and coils are clogged with debris or coated with moisture and dust, which decreases the efficiency of your unit and can even lead to a breakdown. It will be harder to remove the grime by spring, so it is recommended to clean it now.

Clean the Ductwork

If the ductwork is dirty, you could be contaminating your home throughout the winter. If you can see dirt and dust, there will probably more further down the ductwork. If it is clogged with dirt and dust, it will not operate efficiently. Make sure to contact us and we can inspect the ductwork for your home.

Protect the Outdoor unit

It is important to cover any outdoor or rooftop units when they are not in use. This will protect them from the harsh elements. But make sure you do not wrap it completely air-tight. The moisture that is trapped inside the unit will cause rust and corrosion with time. It is better to use a cover designed for your air conditioner, which keeps out the rain, snow, and nesting pests, but also allows moisture to escape.

If you notice something out of the norm with your HVAC unit, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the HVAC system for you. We can also properly clean and maintain all the components, and also spot looming problems before they cause breakdowns. We can also recommend improvements that will make your system run more efficiently, reducing energy costs, and keeping your tenants or employees comfortable all year long.


Checking the Filter this Fall for your Home



When you have an HVAC system in your home, you will want it to work efficiently and at top performance levels. This way you can save money each month on the energy bills and reduce repair costs.


You will want to inspect the filter on a regular basis. This is because over time, the dirt and dust in your home will be collected on the filter. This can reduce the amount of clean air that is then circulated through your home. It will also cause extra strain and stress on the HVAC system as well. If this happens, then the parts may need to be repaired or replaced sooner than they typically should.


Remember to never run the HVAC system without a filter in place. If you do, the dust and other pollutants can do damage to the parts inside the system. When the filter is clogged, make sure to have it replaced as soon as possible. This can help the clean air to circulated through your home again. If you are not sure what type of filter to use for your HVAC system, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct one.


Also remember to inspect the ductwork in your home. This is important because the air that is produced will need to travel through the ductwork and then into the rooms of your home. If the ductwork is clogged, it will need to be cleaned to ensure proper airflow in your home. It will also have less stress on parts of the system, and allow it to run at top performance levels. If you ever notice anything out of the norm with your HVAC system, make sure to contact us, so we can inspect it for you.

Getting Your HVAC System Ready this Fall



As the cooler temperatures approach, you will want to turn off the air conditioner, and get your furnace ready for winter. The most important thing you can do is to have it inspected on a regular basis. This way we can inspect the parts and components to ensure that it will be operating efficiently.


Make sure that the filter is always cleaned and inspected. The filter will help capture dirt, dust, and other particles that are in the air of your home. If you are not sure how often to change the filter, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on when the filter should be inspected, and when it should be changed. This can help keep the air in your home as clean as possible for you and your family.


Also be aware of any odd noises you hear. This could indicate that a part has worn and will need to be replaced. If you ignore an issue, over time it will become worse and cause further damage to the HVAC system. Contact us, and we can inspect the system for any issues. We can also check the ductwork, thermostat, and the unit itself for any damage or cracks.


Since the ductwork is the part of the unit that carries the air through your home, it is important that it is in the best condition possible. If there is damage to the ductwork, it can cause air to leak out. Over time, this can result in a higher monthly energy bill. By having the unit inspected, you can save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Saving Money on your HVAC System



When you own a home, you will want to keep it in the best condition possible. No matter if you are running the air conditioner when it is hot, or you turn on the heater when the temperature gets cooler, you will want the system to be as efficient as possible. There are also some tips you can do in order to reduce your monthly energy bills.


The most beneficial thing you can do is to keep the HVAC system clean. Whenever your air conditioner or heater is not performing at peak efficiency, it can result in using more power and correlates to more money being spent.


Also make sure that the system is inspected for any cracks or leaks. When air leaks are present in your home, your air conditioning and heating systems are working harder to either cool or heat your entire home, leading to a high energy bill. Check your doors, windows, and even ductwork to confirm if any leaks are evident, and then make sure you seal them.


You can also install a programmable thermostat. To make sure that no energy is wasted throughout the day, having a programmable thermostat enable you to set specified temperatures whenever you are home or not.


If you ever notice anything out of the norm with your HVAC system or an increase in energy bill, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the system to check for anything out of the norm. This way you can have a reliable system, while also being cost efficient through the year.

Benefits of Cleaning the Ductwork Regularly



Since you spend a majority of time indoors, you will want the air to be the best quality possible. This makes it easy to breathe if you or a family member suffers from allergies or asthma. When your HVAC system is running, airborne contaminants are being drawn into your duct system. Over a period of time, these harmful contaminants will eventually build up inside your air ducts.

Indoor contaminants may include: dust mites, tobacco smoke, household mold, chemicals, airborne allergens, bacteria, animal dander, and carbon monoxide. These contaminants are then circulated throughout your home or office and affect the health and comfort of you, your family, or your employees. Air duct cleaning can remove airborne contaminates such as bacteria, fungus, mold spores, pet dander, and pollen which may help to alleviate allergy & asthma symptoms. By cleaning the ductwork, you can improve the quality of air in your home.

According to the EPA, a build up of only .042 inches of dirt on a heating coil can result in a decrease of efficiency of 21%. A clean air conveyance system may help to increase efficiency and therefore may help to reduce energy costs. If the unit has a build up of dust, dirt, and debris, it will cause the parts of the system to work harder with more strain. Make sure to contact us and we can inspect the HVAC system, and clean out the ductwork for you.

Proper Maintenance for the HVAC System



When you own a home, you will want it to be as comfortable as possible. Part of this includes inspecting the HVAC system regularly. If you are not sure how often to inspect the HVAC system, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you on the schedule. By having the air conditioner maintained, you can help prevent further issues in the long run. If it is well maintained, then you can also save on monthly energy bills.


Make sure to check the filter on the air conditioner. Over time it can catch dirt and dust that are in the air of your home. The filter should be replaced regularly to ensure good quality air is in the home. If you notice the system is no longer efficient, it could be from a poor filter. If you are not sure when to replace the filter, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on how often the filter should be changed.


Also remember to check the ductwork. If there are punctures or damage to the ductwork, the air that is produced can leak out of the system. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us and we can inspect it for you. When we inspect it, if we notice an issue we can repair it so the ductwork is efficient again.


Anytime you notice something out of the norm for the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. This will help you save money in the long run and keep the system lasting as long as possible.

Keeping an Efficient Air Conditioner

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In the summer, you will want to keep your air conditioner working efficiently. You will want to make sure you contact us so we inspect the system for you. Between visits, be aware if there is anything out of the norm with the system. This can help you to prevent further damage to the parts of the system.


Make sure to inspect the filter for the air conditioner. The filter is important because it helps to capture the dirt and dust that is in the air. Over time the filter will become clogged and need to be cleaned and replaced. If you are not sure how often to inspect the filters, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on how often the filter should be inspected and changed. The correct air filter you choose is important, as you will want one that fits the air conditioner.


Another task is to inspect the ductwork. It should be free of any cracks or gaps in it, as well as puncture marks. If there is damage, it can result in the air being produced to leak out of the system. This will result in your air conditioner having to work harder, and a higher monthly energy bill.


Anytime you notice an odd sound or issue from the air conditioner, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to have an efficient air conditioner this summer when it operates.