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Is Duct Cleaning Actually Beneficial?

Monday, May 14th, 2018

inside-air-ductIf you’ve looked around our website at the many residential services we offer our customers, you may have noticed that you can schedule duct cleaning in Eugene, OR, or elsewhere in our service area for your home’s ventilation system. A common reaction people have to seeing this service is to wonder if it’s useful at all.

We understand why homeowners may be skeptical. For one thing, ducts are out of sight—and that often means they’re out of mind. People rarely give much thought to what’s inside their ducts. There are also a number of non-professionals who offer duct cleaning at suspiciously low costs. “Suspiciously” is right: these aren’t real duct cleaning, only a quick vacuum job that doesn’t do much good.

Thorough duct cleaning from professionals using the finest equipment can provide a home with many benefits. Here are some of the ways regular duct cleaning (done every 3 to 5 years) with our pros is beneficial:

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Closing Air Vents in Empty Rooms: Will This Save on My Bills?

Monday, August 21st, 2017

room-ventThis is a question that we sometimes hear from homeowners. When utility bills start to climb during the summer and winter because the cooling and heating system has to work more often, people wonder if closing the shutters of the rooms vents will help cut down on costs. The idea may make some sense initially—but the truth is that not only won’t this help reduce costs, but it can cause damage to the HVAC system. You don’t want to close off or block any of the room vents in your home.

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Does Professional Duct Cleaning Really Make a Difference?

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Homeowners are often curious about regular duct cleaning. Is it really necessary, and does it make that much of a difference for a home?

The answer to that is a qualified “yes.” The qualification is that you must have experienced professionals with the best tools handle this job. Relying on someone who makes a suspiciously low offer to clean your ducts will usually result in nothing more than a superficial cleaning that doesn’t offer you any benefits. Make sure that when you schedule regular duct cleaning (every 3 to 5 years) that you go to experienced ventilation experts like those on our team.

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Prepare for the Spring with Duct Cleaning

Monday, February 29th, 2016

You don’t have to wait for the actual spring to start with spring cleaning. In fact, when it comes to the ventilation system in your home that carries air from the heater and AC to the various rooms, it’s a good idea to get started with cleaning before spring arrives and the weather starts to change.

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Fall Duct Cleaning = Winter Energy Savings

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Your home’s ductwork serves as the delivery system for your home’s heating. If it is impaired in any way, the delivery of your air will also be impaired. One way your ductwork system may be causing a struggle with air delivery is when it is chock-full of dust and dirt. It can be easy to forget about your home’s ductwork, and if your air ducts go for years without being professionally cleaned, the accumulating dust and dirt can form a layer that can restrict air flow, among other things. The best solution to a situation like this is to hire professionals to clean your air ducts, and we have those professionals right here at Comfort Flow Heating.

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Looking to Maximize Your Cooling This Summer? Schedule Duct Cleaning!

Monday, June 15th, 2015

The phrase “out of sight, out of mind,” can be applied very well to your home’s ductwork because it is often forgotten about. However, your ductwork is the delivery system for all your cool air, so making sure it is clean is one of the best ways to keep it effective. It’s recommended that you clean your ductwork every 3-5 years, so if it’s been this long or longer since your last cleaning, give the experts at Comfort Flow Heating a call today.

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How Often Should I Schedule Duct Cleaning?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Ducts are among the most unobtrusive parts of any HVAC system. They are simple, often quiet, and tend not to suffer the dramatic breakdowns common to the more main parts of heating and air conditioning systems. That being said, your ducts still serve a vital purpose. If not taken care of properly they can not only negatively affect your HVAC systems, but your own health as well. Let’s have a look at why duct cleaning is so important, and how often you should have it done.

Why Bother With Duct Cleaning?

Floating through the air you breathe, right this second, are millions upon millions of microscopic particles. Some of these particles are harmless. Some are lung irritants, like dust and pollen. If you’re an allergy sufferer, these can make your life pretty hellish in high amounts. Some are even infectious agents like viruses, bacteria, and mold spores. These are the worst, able to sicken those they infect and lowering their quality of life.

With all of these things present in every breath you take, you may wonder why you’re not sneezing and coughing constantly. The reason you’re not constantly sick or having allergy attacks is that the concentration of these particles is often pretty low. In most homes, while these contaminants are present, they often don’t have the numbers to really impact your immune system in a noticeable way. There is one big exception to this, however, and it has to do with your ducts.

Airborne contaminants have a tendency to collect in the ducts in your home, mainly because it’s dark and out of the way of most human activity. This makes it easy for these pollutants to settle down and thrive, away from any normal cleaning efforts you may attempt. Then, when you turn on your heater or air conditioner, all of those contaminants get blown around your house at once. This gives you a much higher dose of these contaminants than normal, increasing the chances of a severe reaction.

The Benefits of Duct Cleaning

Duct cleaning is used to remove this massive buildup of contaminants from your ducts, increasing your air quality and possibly improving your health. Though the buildup of contaminants in your ducts can be quite significant, it tends to happen slowly. For that reason, you shouldn’t need to have your ducts cleaned more than once every one or two years. The biggest danger is not having them cleaned at all. If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in the past couple of years, call Comfort Flow Heating to schedule duct cleaning service with us in Salem, OR.

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How Duct Cleaning Improves Your Indoor Air Quality

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

When was the last time that you spared a thought for the ducts in your home? Probably not for a while, and no one can blame you for that. After all, what is there to really consider about ducts? They are an avenue for air to travel through, and that’s about it. Now, when was the last time you worried about the quality of the air in your home? Probably quite a bit more recently. People worry about dust and dander a lot more often, because they have a lot more apparent (and harmful) effects on the occupants of the home. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that there is a strong link between the home’s ducts and the pollutants that lower the home’s air quality. Let’s take a look at how duct cleaning can vastly improve your air quality.

The Ideal Environment

As you already know, the air in the average home is full of all sorts of airborne contaminants. These range from dust and dander to viruses and bacteria. While a lot of these contaminants have limited harmful effects, they can have a major impact on the health of allergy sufferers and those with weakened immune systems. While most people counteract these contaminants by dusting and keeping the house clean, there is one place that is often neglected: the ducts.

Ducts are not only spared cleaning efforts and other human activity, but they are also dark. This makes them the ideal environment for biological pollutants to spread, many of which can be killed by too much exposure to UV light. When a heating or air conditioning system is turned on, all these new pollutants are then blown out of the ducts and into the home, where they can begin infecting people.

Duct Cleaning as a Solution

Duct cleaning counteracts this vicious cycle by periodically removing the buildup of contaminants in your ducts. This both prevents the ducts from distributing contaminants around your house, and removes a lot of the extant ones from your air. Essentially, your ducts become a trap, collecting the majority of the airborne pollutants for removal by your HVAC technician.

If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in a while, call Comfort Flow heating. We provide duct cleaning services throughout the Florence area.

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How Does Duct Cleaning Help Heating?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Duct cleaning is one of the more important kinds of maintenance you can conduct on your heating system. Sadly, it is also one of the most ignored among homeowners. This is often because homeowners are simply unaware of how important duct cleaning is, not only for the health of your heating system but for your own health as well. Let’s examine the ways that duct cleaning helps your heating system, and provides a few benefits that you don’t want to miss.

The Necessity of Duct Cleaning

Ducts are naturally unobtrusive, designed to do their jobs quietly and stay out of sight as much as possible. This is a good thing in many ways. You don’t want giant sheet metal eyesores lining your walls, after all. However, this also means that they often get completely ignored regarding maintenance. Though it may seem like your ducts don’t need any sort of special attention to keep operating, they actually need duct cleaning in order to have a long and productive life.

As ducts are left undisturbed by the activities of the home’s occupants, they have a tendency to accumulate dust and other microscopic airborne pollutants over time. When the heat is turned on, all of that debris is circulated throughout the house and lowers your air quality. Duct cleaning removes debris and pollutants before they can circulate, improving your health and the health of the ductwork.

Duct cleaning isn’t limited to the ducts, either. Often, an HVAC technician will extend their cleaning efforts to the heater itself, ensuring that no dust is present in the system and that the air filter is clean and functioning. This helps the heater to operate more efficiently, as too much dust in the system can cause problems.

Finally, duct cleaning can save you money. The US Department of Energy has estimated that forced air systems lose as much as 30% of their heat on average to leaks in the ductwork. While duct cleaning does not normally involve sealing leaks, it can identify them so that they can be fixed.

Schedule an appointment with us if you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in a while by calling Comfort Flow Heating. We provide duct cleaning services throughout Cottage Grove.

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What Are the Benefits of Duct Cleaning?

Friday, August 8th, 2014

“Out of sight, out of mind” could be applied to many homes’ ductwork. Not seen, and hopefully not heard, your ductwork is the hidden highway in your home that delivers cool air throughout. But, as with other parts of your air conditioning system, dust, dirt and debris can collect in your vents, decreasing indoor air quality and increasing the stress on your system. Do you know the last time you had your ducts cleaned? If not, it may be time to schedule a duct cleaning with Comfort Flow.

Why Call for a Duct Cleaning?

All kinds of things can take up space in your ductwork: dirt and dust, small debris, pests (both animal and insect), mold, mildew, fungi – there can be a whole world in there. And as long as it stays there, it will continue to blow directly into your home.

What Happens During a Duct Cleaning?

It typically takes less than a day to clean your ductwork. When the technician arrives at your home, s/he will thoroughly inspect your entire system. Specialized access tools are used to open the ductwork, and a large, truck-mounted vacuum is attached to the openings. This first pass with the vacuum is to remove the build-up of dust and dirt. At this point, the technician may use visual aid tools, such as a periscope, to re-inspect the inside for any clinging particles. If found, pneumatic devices and/or scraping tools will be used to remove these particles, which will be vacuumed by a hand-held, professional HEPA vacuum. Once the ductwork is cleaned, your technician will inspect and clean all the household registers. Collection devices are used for the removal of all the particles of your system. Any problems found with your ductwork, such as broken seals, excessive mold growth or the presence of leaks, will be reported to you (repair work is not typically done during a duct cleaning) for further action.

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

First, duct cleaning helps make your air conditioning system more efficient by removing build-up that can contribute to air flow restrictions. Second, it helps improve the quality of your indoor air, and third, it helps improve the comfort level in your home.

Ducts should be cleaned every 3-5 years, so if it’s been a while since yours have been cleaned, call Comfort Flow Heating and schedule your duct cleaning in Salem today.

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