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Frequently Asked Questions

What would be in my ductwork?

  • Carpet fibers
  • Skin scale and hair,
  • Dust mites and their feces,
  • Food crumbs,
  • Pet food and cat litter,
  • Mold and mildew,
  • Drywall dust and new construction debris,
  • Insect and rodent excrements and remains,
  • Bacteria and viruses, and
  • Pet hair and dander

 

How do I know if my HVAC system should be cleaned?

If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, then it may be time for you to call Dick's Vacuum Service:

  • Does it seem like there is not enough airflow coming from your registers?

  • Does anyone in your family suffer from allergies, asthma, headaches, sinus or nasal congestion?

  • Are there smokers in the house?

  • Do you have pets?

  • Do you have "dust trails" or discoloring coming out of your registers?

  • Are you constantly dusting the furniture?

  • Do you have young or elderly family members that tend to be more susceptible to respiratory illness?

  • Do you have a furnace that uses a standard disposable filter?

  • Has it been three (3) years or longer since your system has been cleaned?

 

How is my HVAC system cleaned?

  • The most effective way to clean air ducts is by using a truck mounted vacuum. Your system is placed under negative pressure. While the vacuum draws air through the system, various tools are inserted into the return and supply register to dislodge contaminants and debris. The powerful vacuum pulls the contaminants out of the air ducts, removing them from the system and your home with no mess left behind. The final steps are to clean the plenum, furnace, heat exchanger, evaporator coil, condensate drain pan and the blower housing, motor and wheel.

 

What are the benefits of air duct cleaning?

  • Clean HVAC systems are less likely to breakdown.

  • To obtain maximum airflow possible from your registers. The dust that stays in your system will acumulate on the fan blades of the blower motor, the grills, or the inside of your ductwork. This build-up in your air ducts can reduce the flow of air up to 40%.

  • To ensure good indoor air quality in your environment. The EPA states that indoor air is up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air. Now consider that according to the American Lung Association, most people spend 90% of their time indoors.

  • Allergy sufferers may find relief. Now acknowledged as a major allergy and disease-causing problem by leading medical authorities, poor indoor air quality has prompted doctors and allergists to commonly prescribe furnace and air duct cleaning as one of the ways to reduce allergy problems.

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