A great question. While a standard vacuum hose can remove visible debris from the top of the registers and surface portion of the vents, proper duct cleaning starts with access panels at the furnace level.
Take a look at the furnace; if there are no substantial access holes near the furnace duct work, then proper duct cleaning has never been done.
Professional duct cleaning equipment has extensive psi (suction) by a motor located in the commercial vehicle outside (or large portable unit), with a special device with tendrils to loosen the debris off the side of the vents.
Static electricity (cohesive forces) causes debris to be stuck to every nook in cranny and every surface inside of the duct work all the way down the shaft far beyond the reach and strength of a standard household vacuum. It continues to build up collecting more and more dust over as days, months and years pass by.
Cold air returns too, accumulate a lot of settlement, that doesn’t make it back to the furnace filter and remain on the floor of the cold air return shaft. This is often fine silt that is a common contributor to mystery coughs and allergies.
Mold, dust mites, bacteria and pathogens can stick to vent surfaces; the more moist the air in the home, the more habitable for these pathogens, professional equipment is required, as well as vent treatment after professional cleaning to ward them off for the near future.
House Fire Concerns – Debris can also settle on the heat exchanger and be a potential fire hazard, again, a standard vacuum would not have the power to handle this. Also if the clothes dryer is taking too long to dry, have the technician check the piping all the way to the exit whether at ground or roof level. It has been found a basket ball size of moist lint was compacted into the very top of a widowers roof vent! Once removed there was no more humidity in the laundry area and caregivers said the towels and sheets dried in half the time.
Previous Tenants – No one knows how many Christmas tree needles, confetti or kid toys, pet hair, dander, cigarette butts, or the like ended up at the bottom of the “vent sea” from your own family or the previous families!
Renovations: Do your kids sneeze when the furnace comes on? Did you or previous occupants do renovations? Drywall dust too is a concern for fire.
Professional Equipment – Proper professional duct cleaners will have a big truck or sizeable portable unit (for units where parking is unavailable with the large truck). They will need access to the furnace as well as each vent, as a proper cleaning will be done at both the furnace and the vents. All vents will be sealed off except for the one being worked on, and the crew will work from vent to vent, ensuring maximum pressure is used to remove any debris.
Ask to See the Debris – Proof is in the pudding: Up to 40lbs of dust is created in an average home on an annual basis. Good duct cleaning techs are more than happy to show clients how much debris was collected in their bins, to show how much the family and fur family was breathing in.
It may also make cleaning easier, without films of dust on everything. Some clients have experienced reduced heating bills too, without the furnace or air conditioner (or laundry) having to work so hard.
Commercial Duct Cleaning – What about your place of work? Not just for the home, many people spend 8 or more hours at their place of work.. It’s one thing to breath in “air” from your own family, but since the average human sheds 30,000 skin cells per hour, not to mention whatever other contaminants are in the carpet and wherever else floating around it’s often a good idea to ask when the last time duct cleaning happened in the place of employment, your kid’s school, your parents retirement facility etc.
Do you have multiple workplace facilities, franchises, homes or offices?
Canaduct’s broad range of coverage provides a huge duct cleaning service area in Southern Ontario including the Greater Toronto Area. No need to deal with multiple companies, technicians and locations. One call will solve it all.
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Canaduct offers fast efficient appointments for our commercial clients for these services:
Commercial duct cleaning
Air vent cleaning,
Dryer duct cleaning
Commercial carpet cleaning
Indoor Air Quality Specialists
Odour removal Specialists (powerful yet all natural treatments)
Fire or Flood restoration
Ensure your heating and cooling systems at your home or business are operating at peak efficiency. Our air duct quality service will help you breathe clean, healthy air at work or home; saving money on energy costs and can help improve the bottom line.
Don’t Live in Someone Else’s Grime… Move in Duct Cleaning, HVAC Cleaning and Carpet Steaming
You love your new home, and you want it to be safe for your family. But who knows what kind of dust, dirt, dander, spores, pet hair or other unmentionables are lurking behind the walls from the previous occupants, ready to spew out when the furnace or air comes on.
If you’ve ever gotten a cold in summer, there’s a good chance you had a stationary fan blowing on you the day before (maybe at a friend or relatives place, or cottage). The reality is most home-owners never clean their ceiling or portable fans, which are a magnet for mould, bacteria & viruses. These need to be cleaned one a year with soap & water, alcohol or vinegar.
When you pull out your oscillating fans in spring, make sure you clean them before use, and put them on reciprocate so that it’s not always blowing on you. If you can catch a cold from a ceiling fan in just one year of dust accumulation, why wouldn’t you think it could be possible to get it from a furnace/central air system that’s on for several months of the year, and hardly ever cleaned? When was the last time the office fan or central air system at work was cleaned – talk to you Health & Safety department to keep your workplace health issues from spreading.
Not just vents, but carpet too, all the same things as above and maybe more. Removing someone else’s mystery stains and any odours before your kids play on the floor would be even more things for you to do when moving in. You’re probably an awesome cleaner, but having it professionally done, ensures a deep clean with commercial equipment that elbow grease alone couldn’t muster.
Even new homes can have drywall dust and silt that settled in the bottom of the cold air returns, which could poof all over your furnishings, the first chance it gets. Did you just renovate? As good as you did on the clean up; it’s amazing what makes it down into the vents.
Clothes dryer vents are the leading cause of home fires, even if you’re diligent about cleaning the lint trap, who knows if the previous owner(s) were? It’s amazing what gets trapped in those pipes over the years. We do lots to keep our kids and family safe, and this should be one of them.
Does the house have a weird smell? A customer focused duct cleaning company with IAQ (indoor air quality) certification will spray the vents once cleaned with a non-toxic commercial grade odor control comprised of essential oils, to ensure your new house smells fresh and clean.
While you’re at it, considered having the furnace or HVAC maintained and cleaned prior to move-in. There’s no sense having your kids sneeze every time the furnace or air conditioner comes on. Making sure there are no gas or oil leaks, no critters to stink up the house, and maintenance that it can operate at peak efficiency, is good for peace of mind.
Having clean vents and HVAC is not only safer for your family, and help prevent fires, but could also save money, by not having to force air through constricted vents.
In a condo? No problem, we duct clean high rise condos, apartments, office buildings, warehouses, retail shops and all kinds of spaces.
Have commercial properties? We do that too! We service a broad coverage area across Southern Ontario Burlington – Scugog – including: Milton, Halton Hills, Oakville, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, King, Newmarket, Markham, Pickering, Bradford, Georgina, East Gwillimbury, Uxbridge, Oshawa and more)
With multiple technicians and can handle various commercial properties simultaneously. Let us handle the project management for cleaning and maintaining your HVAC, duct work, boilers, odor removal services, carpet cleaning, IAQ, fire & flood restoration and related services, and let you get back to doing what you do best.
If You Need Duct Cleaning Near Me – Call Today 416-410-3777 to ensure you’re scheduled before your move in date near one of our many local offices!
Canaduct Duct Cleaning is widely recognized over the last 10+ years for our commitment to serving our customers while staying friendly to the environment. We have a history of excellence and dedication to our clients, providing professional and high-quality duct cleaning services across Southern Ontario.
What is more important than taking care of your home? Not much! That is why it is time to start thinking about the quality of air you’re breathing. Clean air is an absolute must for any living space. It contributes to the cleanliness of your home as well as the overall health of you and your family members. Unfortunately, many homeowners today don’t give their air quality a lot of thought. The result is polluted indoor air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this is the fourth biggest threat to overall health in North America. Before you start worrying endlessly – don’t! Having clean air can be as easy as 1-2-3.
Are you ready to get started? Then you’ll need to take the first step: paying attention to your home. That’s right, improved air quality can be as easy as taking note of signs there is trouble. For instance, have you found that your furniture is dustier or harder to clean lately? Has anyone in your household experienced symptoms like coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, migraines, or allergic reactions recently? These issues are strong indicators that your home air is unclean – and something needs to be done about it.
The next step is to schedule a professional duct inspection. Yes, you read that right! Unclean air in the home is most commonly linked to air ducts that are full of contaminants like dust, dirt, and debris. Over time, these contaminants build-up inside the ducts naturally. This can be problematic if not removed, as dust and dirt can then be pushed back out into the air you breathe. That leads to indoor air pollution and reduced air quality in the home.
Scheduling a duct cleaning inspection is a necessity. During this process, a qualified specialist will take a peek inside of your air ducts. Through a visual inspection (or by using a number of small cameras for a more accurate reading), they will look for any signs of contaminant build-up. Why is an inspection so important to clean air? It gives the professionals a glimpse at your ductwork – and allows them to determine whether or not an air duct cleaning is necessary.
You’re almost done! There is just one more thing you’ll need to do to get that squeaky-clean home air. Step 3 is all about taking action by scheduling a duct cleaning. After that professional inspection is all said and done, you’ll know whether or not your ducts are full of potentially harmful contaminants. If they are, it’s time to eliminate the problem. How? Contact Canaduct Duct Cleaning to schedule a duct cleaning. Our team has experience removing any and all contaminants, leaving you with clean air that you are sure to notice. We recommend that a duct cleaning be done every two years or as necessary. This will ensure that your home air is always benefiting the health and wellness of your family. Think of it this way: a duct cleaning equals clean air!
Take care of your home by filling it with clean air each and every day. Need some help making it happen? A professional duct cleaning will do the trick. Improving your home doesn’t have to be difficult. You can do it in 1-2-3! What are you waiting for? Clean air is within your grasp.
Are you concerned about the quality of air in your home? Contact Canaduct Duct Cleaning at: 416-410-3777. Our experienced staff members specialize in residential and commercial air duct cleaning.