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Dirty Ductwork? Call Us for Cleaning!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

With the weather becoming cooler here in Orlando, you’ve probably been able to open up your windows and let some fresh air in. Wouldn’t it be nice to also have fresh air coming from your home’s ductwork? If it has been more than five years since your last ductwork cleaning, odds are your air isn’t all that fresh. But the experts from Downtown Air and Heat can help – with our professional duct cleaning services!

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What Are the Benefits of Duct Cleaning?

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Quick! When was the last time you had your ducts cleaned? If you can’t remember the last time you had your ducts cleaned, or if you’ve never had them cleaned, you likely have a big problem that you can’t even detect. Ducts serve a vital role inside the home, allowing central heating and air conditioning systems to circulate air throughout the living space. Without ducts, many home heating and air conditioning systems would not be possible. Unfortunately, ducts are also home to a lot of unsavory things that can lessen your quality of life. Read on to find out why duct cleaning is necessary.

Contaminants in the Ducts

The air in your home is actually filled with thousands of different particulates and microorganisms. Most of these are harmless, but there are several that can provoke allergy attacks and more serious illnesses. These contaminants include dust, pollen, bacteria, insect dander, viruses, mold, and many others. Though they can be found in smaller numbers throughout the house, the ducts are often the central hub for these contaminants. This is because the ducts are out of the way, and relatively undisturbed by human or animal activity in the home. The contaminants collect in the ducts until the heat or air is turned on, at which point they are blown out of the vents and throughout the house, where they come in contact with humans and affect their health.

Duct Cleaning

The primary reason for duct cleaning is to eliminate as much of these airborne contaminants as possible. Depending on the type of ducts you have, an HVAC technician can either suck all the debris out of the network with a specialized vacuum or carefully clean each area with a set of brushes. By cleaning the ducts in your home once every year or two, you can substantially increase your air quality and health. If you neglect your ducts, however, you provide a haven for these germs and other contaminants from which to infect you.

If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in a while, call Downtown Air & Heat. We provide duct cleaning throughout the Orlando area.

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How Does Duct Cleaning Help Air Conditioning?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Dirty vents don’t just adversely affect you; they can also adversely affect your air conditioner and its operation. Because ductwork is largely not visible, it can be easy to forget that, like other parts of your air conditioner, it needs cleaning and maintenance, too. Accessing ductwork and cleaning it properly can be tricky, which is why it’s important to use certified technicians, like the ones at Downtown Air & Heat, to conduct the duct cleaning for your property.

What Happens During a Duct Cleaning?

Here is a general overview of what happens during a routine duct cleaning appointment:

  • The technician will cover all nearby furniture and carpets with protective coverings
  • The technician will open your ductwork at access points and portals and thoroughly inspect your entire system
  • He/she will then employ the use of professional-grade, HEPA filtered vacuums to remove the dirt, dust and debris from your ductwork
  • He/she may then use a mechanical brush and vacuum to scrape off and remove any debris stuck in your ducts
  • Visual equipment, such as cameras and periscopes, may be used to inspect for any missed areas or lingering debris
  • Once the technician confirms all debris has been removed from the vents, he/she will close the system

How Does Duct Cleaning Help Your AC?

A professional duct cleaning can help your air conditioner in the following ways:

  • Better energy efficiency – large amounts of dust and dirt build-up in your system can constrict air flow, which can make your air conditioner struggle. Any time your AC operates under stress, it uses more power. By removing the excess dust and debris with a thorough duct cleaning, you can help your AC “breathe” better, and alleviate extra power usage.
  • Reveals other potential problems – it can be hard to see holes and cracks when the vent work is extremely dirty. Holes and cracks contribute to air loss, which can tax your system and drive up energy costs. By cleaning your ductwork, you’ll be able to see if there are any developing problems with your vents.
  • Less stress on your system – excessive dust and dirt can put undue stress on your system. Undue stress can prematurely age your systems and its components, making it more prone to malfunction and breakdown.

Ductwork should be cleaned about every 3-5 years – when was the last time yours was cleaned? If it’s been longer than 5 years, it may be time to schedule duct cleaning for your property. Call Downtown Air & Heat today and schedule duct cleaning in Altamonte Springs with one of our ductwork specialists.

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3 Signs You Need Professional Duct Cleaning

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

This is an unfortunate reality of modern life: we spend approximately 85% of our time indoors, and the quality of the air trapped inside modern, almost sealed indoor environments is far below that of the outdoors. (According to the EPA, it can be up to 100 times worse!)

One of the major contributors to low indoor air quality inside homes is contamination within ductwork. Regular duct cleaning will help improve the time you spend in your home, which is a major part of that 85% of your indoor time.

Downtown Air & Heat takes your indoor air quality seriously. Not only do we install purifiers and dehumidifiers, but we also perform professional duct cleaning and sanitizing. Our NATE-certified ductwork technicians will give your ducts the cleansing they need to give you high indoor quality air.

3 signs to call for Orlando, FL duct cleaning

This trio of warnings will tell you that your ducts have become contaminated with dust, dirt, pollens, dander, hair, or biological pollutants:

  1. You notice foul odors coming from your vents. Many contaminants that can develop inside your ducts will create unpleasant smells. You may also notice a burning stench, which usually means dust has infiltrated your heating system’s cabinet.
  2. The power bills start to climb for no obvious reason. The more contaminated your ductwork becomes, the more resistance the contaminants will create to the airflow from your heater and air conditioner, forcing them to overwork. Watch for spikes in your bills when nothing else seems to be wrong—it might indicate filthy ducts.
  3. Dust builds up in your home, and no cleaning you do seems to take care of it. This can indicate that your ducts aren’t helping you keep your living spaces clean, but are instead wafting dust in along with the air.

Call for professional duct cleaning

Your ducts are difficult for you to access on your own, and the dirt, dust, and other contaminants inside will not come out with a broom or a rag soaked in cleaner. Duct cleaning is a specialized field that requires an array of professional tools like environmentally-safe sanitizers and UV germicidal lights. Summon professionals with the proper certifications for this job, and you’ll have the peace of mind that your ducts are the cleanest they can be.

Downtown Air & Heat has extensive experience with ducts, from designing them to fixing and cleaning them. We guarantee our work for 1 year and are always available around the clock for emergencies. Get started with duct cleaning in Orlando, FL today with Downtown Air & Heat.

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