Cleaning your air ducts is an important part of regular maintenance for your HVAC system. Learn more about the process in this beginners guide to Calgary duct cleaning.
Why Clean Your Air Ducts?
You may wonder why it’s important to clean your air ducts. The answer is that as you use the HVAC system dust and debris builds up in the ductwork. Insects, small rodents, bacteria, and mould can also find their way into your ducts. Duct cleaning removes all the build up to help keep the air blowing into your home cleaner and allow your system to work efficiently.
Contact Method Duct Cleaning
There are three basic types of duct cleaning; the first is the contact method. It involves using a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove debris from the air ducts. It is more likely to release contaminants into the home and requires large, frequent openings in the ducts.
Air Sweep Ductwork Cleaning
The second method is air sweep duct cleaning where compressed air is blown through the ducts to loosen debris. Then a vacuum pulls the detached debris out of the ductwork.
Rotary Brush Cleaning
The third method for cleaning your ducts uses a rotary brush to remove debris from the duct walls and out of the system. An attached vacuum catches the contaminants as they are removed.
Can I Clean My Ducts Myself?
Many homeowners wonder if they can save money by cleaning their air ducts. Although it is possible to partially clean the ducts using the contact method, this is a job best left to the professionals. They can perform a complete Calgary duct cleaning in a way that won’t release contaminants into your home.
Cleaning your ducts is an important part of regular HVAC maintenance. Schedule it with a Calgary furnace cleaning to help keep your whole system operating smoothly.