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5 Reasons to Get Your Furnace and Air Ducts Cleaned

Did you know it’s recommended that you have your ducts and furnace professionally cleaned every 2-3 years?

While we rely on our furnaces quietly and dutifully to keep our homes warm in the winter, they are generally out of sight and can easily slip out of mind. As a result regular necessary maintenance, like Furnace and duct cleaning, can be easy to forget or neglect.

There are several benefits to homeowners who regularly have their furnace and ductwork cleaned. Let’s look at the top 5 reasons to have your furnace and ducts cleaned regularly:

1. It extends the life of your furnace

In Calgary, a new furnace can cost anywhere between $3,500 to $7,500. That’s a lot of money! Over time, dust and debris accumulate in the furnace. This debris inevitably works its way into the blower motor and blocks the cooling passages within the blower motor. This can lead to overheating and reduced airflow which will shorten the life of your blower motor (future link to ‘How Much does it cost to fix XX?’. Furnace filters will also become blocked far more quickly when your furnace and ductwork are dirty. This too results in reduced airflow.

Reduced furnace airflow is bad because it ultimately will lead to furnace short cycling. Short cycling is when the furnace runs for short periods of time, overheats, shut itself off and then runs again. Short cycling adds unnecessary heat cycles to your furnace heat exchanger, shortening its life and ultimately results in your home not holding a consistently comfortable temperature.  Furnace and duct cleaning ranges from $139 for a small house and a basic duct cleaning package, while with typical single furnace homes in Calgary typically cost between $225 – $400 for a standard Duct Cleaning package. This is an investment into your furnace every 2-4 years can save you the thousands of dollars to prematurely repair or replace a neglected, unmaintained furnace.

2. It improves air quality

Your furnace circulates warm air through your home’s supply and returns ductwork. Over time, household dust, dirt, and debris will collect in the ductwork. If the ducts aren’t regularly cleaned, this dust will be circulated through your furnace and back out through your supply vents into the living areas of your home whenever the furnace motor is on. This can reduce air quality, and make the air stuffy, it also results in dust accumulating more quickly on countertops, window sills, and floors. When your ducts are cleaned, all of this dirt and buildup is removed from the ductwork, and efficiently sucked from your home into the vacuum truck outside. If you own pets, a cleaning removes hair and dander that has built up in your furnace and ductwork.

3. It can reduce your energy consumption

Debris in the furnace and ductwork can cause the furnace blower motor to work harder than it should. This will have a direct impact on its performance and energy efficiency. Because your furnace blower motor has to work harder and run more frequently, the furnace will consume more electricity and more natural gas to adequately heat your home. Cleaning your furnace and ductwork will enable your furnace to operate at it’s as designed, peak efficiency and minimize your energy consumption.

4. It can remove allergens from your home

Anyone who suffers from allergies knows that poor indoor air quality can trigger symptoms, turning your home from a refuge to a prison. A wide variety of common allergens can enter your home and accumulate in the ductwork – cause sneezing, itching and irritation. This includes dust (and dust mites), pollen, mold, pet dander lint, and more. If you have allergies, it is worthwhile to choose to go with a duct cleaning package that includes the use of brushes to physically loosen debris from the wall of your ductwork for a more complete clean.

If you suspect mold, bacteria or viruses may be present in your furnace and ductwork, a ‘Sanitizing package’ can be added onto any furnace and duct cleaning package. The technicians will circulate an atomized sanitizing solution through the ductwork. The 2 most popular options are Benefect which is a hospital-grade sanitizer and Benefect with is an all-natural sanitizer using the active ingredients from thyme, both are capable of killing 99.9% of germs, bacterias, viruses, funguses and molds. Whether you have allergies or not, these pathogens can have a negative effect on your health and a Sanitizing treatment of your furnace and ductwork can help improve air quality.

5. It will capture sawdust and debris following a renovation

Even a small renovation can generate a lot of construction-related contaminants. This can include everything from sawdust to drywall dust. Prior to turning on your furnace after a reno, it’s always recommended that you book a duct cleaning appointment to prevent all of these materials from being spread throughout your newly finished home

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A/C Tune Up

Regular preventative maintenance improves efficiency and extends the lifespan of your air conditioning system, with the following benefits:

 

  • Reduced electricity bills and operating costs. When the unit operates as designed, electricity usage is reduced.
  • Maximized cooling capacity. Home comfort on the hottest of days with minimum run time.
  • Minimized repair bills. Detect and fix small problems before they get worse.

HRV Cleaning

Most homes built in the last few years have a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV), which efficiently replaces stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air, all year round.

 

As with any other air-handling equipment in your home, your HRV should be cleaned regularly to ensure the best possible indoor air quality.

 

If you aren’t sure if you have an HRV, call our team to find out how you can tell.

Duct Work Sanitizing

If you or your loved ones suffer from respiratory issues or allergies, or you’re concerned about the quality of the air that you are breathing, then our sanitizing treatment will give you the reassurance that your ductwork is sterile and free of debris that could negatively impact your respiratory and overall health.

 

Microban is our hospital-grade sanitizing solution, which kills 99.99% of germs, viruses, funguses, molds, and other pathogens.

 

We also offer Benefect, an all-natural sanitizer made from plant extracts, which also kills 99.99% of germs, viruses, funguses, and molds. ​

Exhaust Flu Stack Cleaning

Mid-efficiency furnaces produce a sand-like, mildly-corrosive byproduct. This substance condenses in the exhaust flu stack and collects over time near the inducer/venter motor, restricting exhaust gas flow. Eventually, it enters the inducer motor and causes premature wear on the furnace.

 

Exhaust flu stack cleaning removes the build-up to reduce the chance of motor failure and maximize the life span of your furnace. Preventative maintenance ensures your furnace runs efficiently all Winter long — without costly no-heat emergencies. 

A/C + High-efficiency Bypass

The secondary heat exchanger in a high-efficiency furnace or A/C coil has delicate, closely spaced fins that must be protected during your furnace and duct cleaning.

 

For furnaces that require a bypass, we temporarily install a filter above the heat exchanger or A/C coil, and position our duct vacuum above the filter.

 

This bypass procedure prevents damage by ensuring all dust and debris in your supply duct work is collected before reaching the heat exchanger or A/C coil.

 

Standard furnaces without A/C don’t have secondary heat exchangers or A/C coils and don’t require the bypass procedure.

Furnace Tune Up

Regular furnace tune ups are essential to maximizing the lifespan and efficiency of your furnace, so you can rely on it to keep you warm all Winter long.​

 

During our 30+ point inspection, we check all furnace systems to identify components that are worn out and need replacement. Replacing parts before they break — preventative maintenance — maximizes heating efficiency, avoids no-heat emergencies, and saves on costly service calls. 

 

Home furnaces can last for 20 years or more if well-maintained. A professional furnace tune up every two years helps to preserve your investment for decades.

Reverse Octopus Whip Tool

The reverse octopus whip has eight 16” flexible tentacles, which whip around blasting high-pressure air in all directions as it moves through your duct work.

 

The tool agitates and dislodges the most hard-to-reach dust, debris, and contaminants, moving them toward our duct vacuum for collection and disposal.

Brush Cleaning Method

Our high-speed rotary brushing equipment sweeps the entire interior surface of your duct work, ensuring that all dust, debris, and pet hair are vacuumed away.

 

Physically cleaning the entire length of your duct work ensures that no contaminants are left behind, increasing your indoor air quality and peace of mind.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer fires are a top-five cause of house fires. Cleaning your dryer vent regularly greatly reduces the chance of a dryer fire, plus the following benefits:

 

  • Reduces clothes drying times
  • Lowers utility bills through greater efficiency
  • Extends the life span of your dryer
  • Lessens the amount of allergens in your house

Back Skipper Tool

The back skipper is a 1” diameter rounded ball connected to a long, flexible high-pressure airline.

 

The 1” ball has jets that discharge high-pressure air, pulling the tool and airline through the length of your duct work.

 

The high-pressure air moves the dust and debris toward our duct vacuum, where it is collected for disposal.​