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How Often to Change Furnace Filters

How often you change your furnace filter will actually depend on a variety of factors. What type of furnace you use, as well as what types of filters you use will help determine the frequency of changing. Keep in mind that some manufacturers may void out your furnace warranty if they suspect or can prove that proper maintenance was not followed.

Disposable Fiberglass Filters
Disposable fiberglass filters are the filter of choice for consumers, particularly because they're fairly inexpensive. Also, many consumers are not aware of the true reasons for changing your filter often and may feel their furnace maintenance company is simply lying just to get more money. However, these filters are considered to be the least effective. They block large dust particles and dirt particles, so they protect your furnace from damage. However, if you've got mild to severe mold or pollen allergies, this filters won't help. Generally, these filters should be changed every 1 to 2 months.

Washable Electrostatic Filters
These filters are slightly higher quality than traditional disposable filters. They utilize an electrostatic charge that helps gather dirt, dust and other various particles. However, they still do not attract all necessary pollen, molds, dust or other allergens and are estimated to only block between 15 and 20 percent of particles in the air. These filters should be cleaned out once a month. Some filters will last years while others may be made to last 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months so it's important to check to see how often the actual filter itself has to be replaced, rather than cleaned.

Pleated Allergy Filters
These filters use several pleats to increase the total available surface area for catching dust, allergens and mold. That being said, they're significantly higher in quality compared to electrostatic filters or disposable fiberglass filters. They're estimated to be between 35 and 50 percent efficient. Pleated filters should last for a minimum of 3 months. However, you should check them regularly for buildup, which may signify it's time for a change, especially during high pollen seasons or whenever you're using your air conditioner or forced heat regularly.

HEPA Filters
HEPA filters, or "High Efficiency Particulate Air" filters, are currently the top of the line when it comes to filters. These filters are used in hospitals, manufacturing plants and research centers in order to maintain the highest quality air possible. Unfortunately, they're not recommended for home furnace use because while they may remove up to 90 percent of all allergens, dust particles and more, they will also significantly block air flow. Blocked air flow means your filter will work harder and is more likely to break down.

Industry Guidelines
The industry standard for any filter is to change once a month for the highest level of maintenance. Of course, this may or may not be necessary for all homes depending on their specific environment and how often homeowners use their furnace.

When is the Best Time for Duct Cleaning?

There are several situations which help determine the best time for duct cleaning. Duct cleaning companies will tell you every year or two, but that is a rather vague answer. In our experience, the best time for duct cleaning depends on many factors. Here are some guidelines in determining when to have your air ducts cleaned.

Newborn Baby? Think Air Duct Cleaning

Common household dust mite Are you expecting? if so, you REALLY need to consider duct cleaning. Even if your air ducts were cleaned just 2 years ago, why leave anything to chance? An infants lungs are so small that any airborne contaminants could quickly make your little one sick. But don't stop at duct cleaning, consider carpet and upholstery cleaning as well as a thorough top-to-bottom house cleaning.

Flooding or Moisture Problems

Duct cleaning could make sense If you have a problem with moisture in your duct work. Moisture may result in mold growth in the air ducts. First it is important to solve the problem. Next, clean and disinfect the entire duct work system where the mold growth has occurred, and have the rest of the ducting system cleaned as well. In some instances, you may be better of to simply replace the affected duct areas. It may also be more cost effective to replace the contaminated ducts.

New Construction Project - Clean the Air Ducts

If you are moving into a newly constructed or newly renovated house, duct cleaning should be on your list. Drywall dust, fibreglass pieces, and sawdust and other construction debris can restrict air flow.

Duct cleaning will also remove lunch wrappers, soda cans and other garbage which may have fallen or been swept into the air ducts. For similar reasons, duct cleaning is always advisable for older homes after any renovations have been completed.

Is Your House Cold or Drafty?

If you are having trouble with furnace airflow, duct cleaning could uncover significant blockages. You should have the ducts cleaned before you pursue other more expensive solutions like duct work replacement or air duct rerouting to solve an airflow problem. Furnace cleaning and air conditioning component cleaning (e.g. furnace fan blower, air conditioning coil, humidifier, furnace heat exchanger, etc.) has also been shown to make a huge difference in air flow.

Visible Inspection of Air Ducts

Although the hidden components within your heating and cooling system are oftentimes the dirtiest, if you can see your vents are dirty, imagine how dirty the rest of the duct work system is. If you look in the cold air return air registers and see an accumulation of dust and debris in the air ducts, you may want to have it removed. Research has shown that cold air return air ducts, which are relatively big and have slow moving air, are generally far dirtier than the supply ducts.

Household Pets Require Frequent Duct Cleaning

Households with hairy pets (or young children) may find it necessary to inspect their return air ducts more frequently. Pet hair and pet dander, toys, food items and yes, even fecal matter seem to all find their way into the air ducts. If you have pets or children, you may want to plan on more frequent duct cleaning.

If any of the situations listed above have helped you determine you might be ready for duct cleaning please contact us and schedule a duct cleaning appointment at your convenience, using our online form.

Why should I get my air ducts professionally cleaned?

Only professionals equipped with truck mount machines can thoroughly clean up your air ducts. Air ducts are just like the respiratory system of a human body. Through those hidden air ducts, air circulates in your house the air conditioning system pumps up the hot air heated up in the furnace in winter time and the cold air generated by the cooling device in summer time, and sends it to the vents around the house. When the air conditioning system is running, contaminants like dust, pollen, pet hair and animal dander would be brought into the system through the return air vents. They would deposit in the air ducts. Vents on the floor level are inevitably laden with dirt and mud, brought in from the house doors or just from your indoor plants. These contaminants will eventually enter the air ducts in which they produce mildews and germs that would jeopardize our health. Since ordinary cleaning is not able to reach the very deep inside of the air ducts, only professionals with special machines can help you thoroughly clean up the air conditioning system.

How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?

Every 2 years. More if you or your family members have respiratory problems, such as asthma or allergy to pollens, etc. Or you are living in a kind of dusty neighborhood.

Should I have my air ducts cleaned before I move in to my new house?

Yes. As your house is newly built, it's not unusual that quite a lot of the construction debris like sawdust, asbestos, and concrete lumps would remain in the air ducts. Leaving them unclean would obstruct the airflow in the ducts and then cause more dusts. So having your air ducts cleaned would also result in lowering your utility bill. As a matter of a fact, most new houses are located in a community that is under construction, which means its environment is much dustier. So it's a good suggestion to have your new house cleaned before you move in.

How do you clean my air ducts?

We use our truck mount vacuum machine and high pressure air blow gun to clean up the whole air conditioning system. We will first open some holes on the air ducts to hook up an 8 -10 inch diameter hose to the air conditioning system and connect this hose to our powerful truck mount vacuum machine (air volume 20000 cubic feet per minute). When the vacuum machine is turned on, it generates huge negative pressure. Contaminants in your air conditioning system would be extracted through the hose to the vacuum machine outside. At the meantime, we use a high pressure air gun (air pressure 250 pounds per square inch) combined with the roller brush to clean up the air vents and floor/ceiling registers one by one and help draw the contaminants to the vacuum machine. For the usually unreachable places inside of the air duct, we will use a special equipment to do the job. This so-called "octopus" (some people call that spider) equipment is an air-blowing plastic whips mounted on the end of a very flexible long rod that can be inserted deeply into the air ducts. For the next step, we will open your furnace to clean up its inside including the air filters. We also spray the disinfection sanitizer (optional) into the air ducts that can eliminate the germs grown in there. After we finish the job, we seal up the opened holes.

Do you charge "connection fee", "hole opening fee", "individual vent cleaning fee"?

No. Some companies do, but we don't. We charge the air duct cleaning fee based on a. how many furnaces you have; b. the size of your house.

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What is Air Duct Cleaning?
How clean is the air you breathe?

  • Remove dust, fungus, mites, bacteria
  • Asthma sufferers can be helped
  • Allergy symptoms can be reduced
  • Utility bills can be lowered
  • Indoor cleaning can be reduced
  • FACT: One out of six people who suffer from allergies do so as a direct result of the fungi & bacteria in air duct systems (Total Health & Better Health Magazine). Children are more likely to be affected by polluted indoor air (Department of Consumer Affairs).

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Dear Home and Business Owners!

By carrying out Duct Cleaning service you will ensure that you, your family or employee are safe from any potential Allergens that often exist in the air-ducts of your property - it can be absolutely anything from dust, dump, animal fur or debris. Please don't forget to clean your ducts!

Cleaned ducts = your health!