Do I need Air Duct Cleaning?
There are some things that you can check yourself to get a general idea about the state of your air duct system:
First thing, check your air filter. Whatever dirt is on it is only a small portion of the amount of dust in your return air duct. If you think it's very dirty, then it'd be safe to say that you need your ducts cleaned. Now would also be a good time to replace or clean the filter.
Second, check your return air vents. If they are on the floor, lift one out and look inside with a flashlight. It should probably be pretty dusty in there. That's typical. This is the part of your duct system that draws the air from the house back to the furnace before it is cleaned, re-conditioned, and circulated back into the home. If your return air vents are screwed onto the wall, then it's easier to just look closely at the vent. If you see that it's covered in dust, then that's only a small portion of what's inside the air ducts.
Check your heating vents. These are almost always on the floor, so the vents should be easy to lift out. Look inside. If you see any dirt or cobwebs in there at all, then you should get your ducts cleaned.
WHAT'S IN MY DUCTS?
What could be in your air ducts is the same things that are in your vacuum cleaner bag. Picture a full vacuum cleaner bag. This bag may contain any or all of the following debris: carpet fibers, skin scale and hair, dust mites and their feces, food crumbs, pet food and cat liter, mold and mildew, drywall dust and new construction debris, insect and rodent excrements and remains, bacteria and viruses, pet hair and dander.
Now picture 2-4 grocery bags full of this same material. This is an accurate picture of how much debris vacuums out of an average sized home’s air duct system. Then consider that a standard fiberglass filter is less than 7% effective at stopping this debris from eventually breaking down, passing through your filter, and back into the air you and your family breathes.
We at Ecofresh use truck-mounted vacuum equipment and compressed air. Our technician runs a large vacuum hose from our truck to your furnace. Once the duct system is under suction, we clean each air vent with 250 psi of compressed air, starting on the top floor and working our way back down to the basement. This blows all the dirt from the air vents into the main ductwork. From there, we use air-snakes and air-whips to clean the main ductwork. The vacuum draws all of the dirt out to our truck. The procedure is repeated to clean the return air ductwork. All air-handling components are cleaned using compressed air.
All services include
-free basic filter (upgrades available)
-carbon monoxide test
Additional Services available
-Dryer vent cleaning
Packages starting from $34.99 plus 8.99/vent (min 10 vents)
For a free estimate call 604 721-4326 or 1 877-521-9326