Duct Cleaning

Air Duct Cleaning Service

Properly cleaning a ductwork system is essential for maintaining a healthy and efficient HVAC system. When ductwork leaks air and returns inadequate airflow to the HVAC unit, your system will be less energy efficient. To make matters worse, filthy or infested air ducts will fill the air you breathe with pollutants, allergens, and dirty airborne particles.

Fortunately, One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating can professionally clean your ductwork. Our technicians are available around the clock to come to your location, examine your ductwork, and restore your system to pristine conditions.

What Is an Air Duct?

Air ducts consist of a network of tubes that connect HVAC units to the air vents throughout a house. Usually made of sheet metal, HVAC systems pull in air through an intake vent and then cool or heat that air.

Why Do You Need Air Duct Cleaning?

There are many upsides to air duct cleaning, including:

  • Ensuring your indoor air quality (IAQ) is healthy
  • Eliminating allergens and irritants
  • Removing unpleasant odors
  • Improving airflow and HVAC efficiency
  • Mitigating dirt and dust circulation
  • Avoiding respiratory illnesses

Get Rid of Dust Mites and Reduce Allergies and Asthma Issues

Over time, air ducts gradually accumulate allergens, contaminants, and micro-organisms, such as:

  • Pet dander
  • Bacteria
  • Pollen
  • Mildew/mold spores
  • Vermin/insect droppings

These airborne particles should be immediately removed, especially if you suffer from respiratory problems, severe allergies, or asthma.

Increases the Efficiency and Lifespan of Your HVAC System

When ductwork is backed up with dust, dirt, and grime, the airflow between the heating unit/air conditioner and the vents will be negatively affected, causing your HVAC system to work harder, longer, and less efficiently.

Refreshes and Improves the Air of Your Home

The airborne scents of cleaning agents, paint fumes, mold, cigarette smoke, dust, and dirt can all get trapped in air ducts. When a furnace or air conditioner runs, these odors will circulate throughout the house. Thorough air duct cleaning can significantly freshen up the air in your home.

A Well-Maintained Air Duct Saves You Money in the Long Term

According to ENERGY STAR, about 20% of an HVAC unit's air supply is lost to leaky, clogged, and damaged vents and ducts. This forces your HVAC system to produce more hot or cold air to satisfy your thermostat’s settings, causing monthly energy bills to increase.

Keep Away the Bugs and Vermin

Don't let vermin and bugs live freely inside your air ducts. After all, several diseases are associated with rodent infestations and bugs. If you have an infestation in your ducts, it should be professionally treated as soon as possible. After taking care of the infestation, we will also examine your ductwork to repair broken seals, patch up holes, and replace faulty vent protectors.

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Contaminated air ducts distribute pathogens and allergens throughout a home. If you’re suffering from itchy eyes, a runny nose, a persistent cough, or headaches, you might be dealing with indoor air pollution. The simple preventative measure of having your air ducts cleaned could radically improve your health and wellbeing.

50% of All Illness Is Caused or Aggravated By Polluted Indoor Air

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims that indoor exposure to pollutants is “two to five times — and occasionally more than 100 times — higher than outdoor levels.” Some experts estimate up to 50% of all illnesses are the result of indoor pollutants. Each year, asthma-related emergency room visits from indoor exposure to mold, dust mites, animal dander, and other airborne catalysts top 200,000. Don’t let your air ducts serve as a recirculating tunnel for these harmful allergens.

Air Duct Cleaning Process

Air duct cleaning involves multiple components, including registers, filters, plenums, evaporator coils, and air handlers. Upon arrival, our technicians will inspect your duct system’s access points and current condition to customize a game plan. Utilizing a vacuum unit, we will create negative air pressure in the air ducts – ensuring dirt and other debris do not spread. We will then remove pollutants and icky buildup. Before leaving, our team will also complete a final inspection of the air ducts for quality assurance.

Duct Inspection

We visually inspect the air ducts for two reasons:

  1. To assess the amount of dirt and debris in the ducts before and after cleaning. Some locations have cameras that can probe deeply into the ducts.
  2. To check for leaks or kinks. We also excel at repairing and replacing damaged ductwork.

Vacuuming

We use heavy-duty HEPA-filtered vacuums to remove dust and debris from your ductwork. The process entails three steps:

  1. We hook up our vacuum close to the air handler (the heart of the HVAC system) by cutting an access hole, inserting the vacuum’s hose, and tightly sealing where they connect.
  2. To create negative air pressure, we tightly seal each register with an adhesive cover.
  3. We use negative pressure, electric brushes, and vacuum power to remove particles trapped inside.

Compressed Air Flush

Once negative pressure is established throughout your ductwork, we will uncover each register one by one to clean various sections. To thoroughly loosen and agitate the dirt, our HVAC specialists use rotating brushes, compressed air tools, and high-powered vacuums. These tools ensure all dislodged particles and debris are entirely extracted.

Clean All Components of HVAC System

Along with your air ducts, we can clean all components of your HVAC system, including the:

  • Air handler
  • Blower motor
  • Filters
  • Vents
  • Registers
  • Evaporator coil
  • Drain pan

With clean parts, a fresh air filter, and eco-friendly disinfectants, we can exponentially improve the air quality in your home.

Air Duct Cleaning Cost

Several factors impact the price of air duct cleaning, including:

  • The type of ductwork
  • Number of crew members required
  • Amount of labor involved
  • Level of contamination
  • Presence of vermin/insect infestation
  • Ductwork system’s size and accessibility
  • Environmental factors

Hiring a Professional HVAC Company vs Cleaning Air Ducts Yourself

Routinely replacing air filters and dusting around vents helps. However, these measures alone are not enough to keep air ducts clean: normal DIY cleaning protocols will merely tackle a small portion of a ductwork system. Invisible and inaccessible, most of your ductwork sits behind walls and underneath floors. These hard-to-reach areas are where mold, dust, and infestations usually begin. By only accessing the vent openings, amateur cleaning will fail to clean these aspects of an air ventilation system. With cutting-edge tools and proven techniques, One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating can deliver extensive and lasting results.

How Long Does it Take to Clean Air Ducts?

In general, the air duct system in a single-family home should take two to four hours to clean. That said, the length of time it takes to clean air ducts depends on many variables. The size, scope, and accessibility of the ductwork system are primary factors. The extent of the contamination and the age of the home will also impact the duration of a professional cleaning.

How Clean Are Your Air Ducts?

Visual cues that your air ducts are dirty and need to be cleaned include:

  • Visible mold growth
  • Signs of vermin, rodent, or insect infestation
  • Clogged air filters and vents restricting airflow
  • Visible particles of dust and debris being released from supply registers
  • Recurring layers of dust on indoor surfaces

Noises and smells coming from ductworks are also telltale signs that your air ducts may be filthy.

Is Air Duct Cleaning Really Worth It?

If you care about HVAC efficiency and IAQ, ductwork cleanings are invaluable. The following conditions are further reasons to promptly request air duct maintenance:

  1. Vermin or insect infestations
  2. Recurring and unexplained allergy- and asthma-related illnesses
  3. Visible mold/mildew or musty/stale smells coming from inside the ducts
  4. Recent renovations, remodeling, or construction work (asbestos abatement, lead paint removal, and sanded walls/floors all warrant immediate air duct cleaning)
  5. Visual contaminants, such as dirt, dust, and pet dander

How Often Should Your Air Ducts Get Cleaned?

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends cleaning residential air ducts every 3 to 5 years. Even with regularly replaced air filters, airborne particles can slip through small cracks, vents, and leaks. If you live in an urban or suburban area with high pollution, constant construction, and/or windy/dusty weather, your ducts are likely trapping and recirculating unhealthy particles at a fairly concerning rate. This is why air ducts should receive professional maintenance every few years to sustain HVAC efficiency and clean indoor air.

What Can You Do to Help Keep Your Air Ducts Maintained After Cleaning?

To keep your air ducts clean, One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating recommends:

  1. Keeping your home dust-free
  2. Frequently replacing air filters
  3. Leaving air vents open

In addition to ductwork cleaning, we also sell and install a range of indoor air quality products, including:

Maintaining fresh air is a year-round process!

Also Providing Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Services*

Commercial facilities usually entail complex ductwork systems that require thorough maintenance. Regularly changing air filters is helpful, but indoor air quality levels will gradually decline, nonetheless. By having your ductwork cleaned, you will benefit from a healthier work environment and a more efficient system. Utilizing electric-powered rotation bristle brushes to loosen debris/dirt and sucking it all out with HEPA-filtered vacuums, our services will make a dramatic improvement.

Warehouses

As dirt, dust, and dander gradually accumulate in your ductwork, these particles can be pulled into your HVAC system, clog it up, and cause various components to fail. Proactive air duct cleanings will ensure your HVAC equipment functions smoothly for longer and can save you money in the long run.

Offices

If employees occupy your commercial building for multiple hours a day, clean air can significantly improve productivity levels. Studies have shown that focus, engagement, and work performance improve in work environments with clean, fresh air.

Retail Stores & Grocery Stores

Dirty air ducts can spread bacteria, contaminants, and pollutants that cause sickness. As a commercial business that sells food and clothing, you want your employees to be healthy and happy, and your products to look pristine. Duct cleaning can also reduce the average number of annual employee sick days.

Medical Buildings and Hospitals

Routinely cleaning air ducts in hospitals and specialized medical facilities is particularly important. For sanitary and sterile environments, air ducts must be consistently maintained to avoid contamination. With high-powered HEPA-filtered vacuums performing frequent air duct cleanings, One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating can dramatically reduce the spread of airborne particles.

Schools

Schools are populated by hundreds of young kids who track in dirt, dander, and pollen that eventually find their way into the air ducts. If left untreated, these young students will experience adverse health effects due to poor indoor air, especially if they are asthmatic, allergy-prone, or susceptible to respiratory illnesses. Our commercial duct cleaning services can remove the dangerous particles they are likely inhaling on a day-to-day basis.

Senior Homes

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to indoor pollution, contaminants, and airborne disease. Be vigilant and keep the air ducts of nursing homes and senior care facilities extra clean with professional maintenance!

Apartment Complexes, Townhomes, and Condos

According to the EPA, a buildup of merely .042 inches of dirt can reduce HVAC efficiency by 21%. Therefore, you can substantially lower your energy bills just by keeping your air ducts clean. Also, many apartment complexes, townhomes, and condos have ductwork systems that distribute air to multiple units. This puts residents at risk of cross-contamination and exposure to the diseases, pollutants, and smells of their neighbors. Let us help you safeguard against these hazards!

For Healthier, Cleaner Air, Call Our Air Duct Cleaning Professionals Today!

Poor indoor air is no joke. When impurities recirculate throughout your household via air ducts, your employees, guests, and/or family are put at risk. Luckily, our duct cleaning specialists are highly trained, well-equipped, and always adhere to our elite code of ethics. This code outlines our commitment to teamwork, integrity, respect for the law, excellence, and consideration of customers’ property and privacy. With the UWIN® seal backing our satisfaction guarantees, One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating is one of the most trusted HVAC companies in the nation for a reason.

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