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Air Duct Cleaning: It Means More Than Just Vacuuming Out Your Air Ducts!

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Here at Clean Air Solutions Hamilton, we take our work of cleaning and maintaining our residential customers’ air duct systems very seriously.

This is because we have seen and heard firsthand what a difference a professionally cleaned indoor air duct system can make for your health, well-being, and quality of life.

We are certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialists with the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) precisely for this reason. We want our customers to trust us — that we know what we are doing, that we will do their job right, and that we fully stand behind every air duct cleaning job we do.

In this post, go behind the scenes with us to learn what really happens during an indoor air duct cleaning job — it is so much more than just vacuuming out your air ducts!

What Happens During An Indoor Air Duct Cleaning

When you hire us to clean your indoor air ducts, we don’t just clean your air ducts. We clean your entire HVAC system. We do this because we know that the same trapped dirt, dust, and debris we find in your actual air ducts is also trapped elsewhere in your HVAC system.

If we vacuumed out your air ducts and stopped there, it wouldn’t be long before the detritus trapped at other points inside your HVAC system would begin filling up your air ducts again!

So our cleaning and vacuuming service includes all components of your HVAC unit as outlined by NADCA's Proper Cleaning Methods:

  • Air ducts

  • Air filter

  • Air coils

  • Air registers and grills

  • Air plenum

  • Air blower motor and components

  • Heat exchanger (if applicable)

  • HVAC drain pan

The Two Key Steps of an Indoor Air Duct Cleaning Service

There are two distinct parts to any thorough indoor air duct cleaning appointment. Both steps are critical to ensure the cleaning serves its ultimate purpose — to purify your indoor air.

Step 1: Detach the Detritus

During this first step, our goal is to detach all trapped dirt, debris, toxins, pollens, allergens, pet dander, dust mites, and other undesirable matter from the insides of your air vents and other places inside your HVAC system as noted here (see earlier section for list).

This is harder than it sounds, mainly because many people have never had their air duct system cleaned before. It isn’t something most people think about, since the air ducts are hidden from sight. And if a house has been bought and sold a few times, any records of past air duct cleanings have likely gotten lost in the shuffle of paperwork, so the new owners have no idea when or even if a cleaning has ever been done!

So sometimes the trapped toxins have really gotten packed into the air ducts and components. In these cases, it can take some mighty effort (and a very powerful vacuum and other agitation equipment as needed) to break them free so they can be collected and removed from the premises.

Step 2: Collect the Detritus

Of course, once the toxins are free, that brings up another complicated issue, which is how to safely collect and remove them without risking contamination of the HVAC system and inside air.

So this step, as you might imagine, must proceed very carefully.

The type of vacuum used is critical. A professional cleaning should always use a negative-pressure vacuum so that loosened toxins and particles are sucked safely into the vacuum and are never given the chance to float free and contaminate the indoor air again.

It is also important here to map out access points (where the vacuum mechanism itself will be attached to your air ducts) to ensure all trapped contaminants and toxins at any point inside the HVAC system can be safely removed into the vacuum cleaner.

A Word About Disinfecting and Freshening Your HVAC and Air Duct System

Part of any complete HVAC cleaning job includes disinfecting and sanitizing the entire system after the toxins are safely detached and collected.

While this is always at the customer’s option, it is a highly recommended part of the cleaning service to ensure all microbial-based toxins have been fully neutralized, along with any potential lingering odors (such as from past issues with mould or mildew, fungi, fire damage residue, bugs, or small rodents).

However, here it is important to know that ONLY disinfecting and sanitizing products that have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should be used at this phase of the cleaning project.

Since the cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing being done during an HVAC cleaning project is very specific to purifying the indoor air, only certain chemicals can accomplish this goal without adding additional toxins to the indoor air.

NEW YEAR’S SPECIAL: Take $50 Off Your Indoor Air Duct Cleaning Package!

Here at Clean Air Solutions Hamilton, we believe that the purity of the air we breathe has a huge impact on our short-term and long-term health. Over the years, we have had the privilege of seeing proof of this as our customers tell us stories about how much better they feel after their air duct cleaning!

We offer three different air duct cleaning packages to fit the needs of different-sized spaces and HVAC systems.

Right now we are offering a New Year’s special: during the month of January, we will deduct $50 from the cost of the air duct cleaning package of your choice. To claim this offer, just visit us online and complete our form.

If you have questions, please contact us at 905-544-2470 so we can answer them for you. Happy New Year from all of us here at Clean Air Solutions Hamilton!

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