Keep The Fresh Air Flowing with Professional Air Vent Cleaning Services
Cleaning air ducts is an essential part of maintaining indoor air quality. The ductwork in a building moves air around the structure, and if not managed adequately, can suffer from a build-up of pollutants like dust, particles, fungus, and germs. These contaminants can adversely influence both the HVAC system and the people who live or work there.
Disasters, such as storms, fires, and floods can negatively impact the HVAC system. As such, they will benefit from cleaning and restoration during a disaster remediation service. This article goes over everything you need to know about keeping your vents and ductwork clean, so you can keep the fresh air in your property flowing.
Air Vent Cleaning Benefits
Removing contaminants such as dust, debris, mold, and bacteria helps to create a cleaner and healthier living or working environment. Here are just a few ways cleaning air vents and ductwork creates a cleaner. healthier environment.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
One of the biggest benefits of air vent cleaning is improved indoor air quality. A clean HVAC system circulates fresh air throughout your home or building, reducing the presence of allergens and other harmful particles that can negatively impact health. Improved indoor air quality can lead to fresher, cleaner air and reduce the symptoms of allergies and asthma.
Increased Energy Efficiency
One more advantage of purifying the air ducts is enhanced energy performance. If dust and dirt build up in the vents, the HVAC system needs to work harder to keep the air flowing. Cleaning out the air ducts enables greater airflow, which can lead to decreased energy costs and extended life for your HVAC system.
Dust, pet dander, and other allergens can accumulate in air ducts over time, making it more difficult for those with allergies to breathe. Cleaning removes these allergens and can significantly improve indoor air quality for those who are sensitive to these particles.
Maintaining the Health of the HVAC System
Regular vent cleaning helps to maintain the health of the HVAC system by removing contaminants that can cause damage or reduce efficiency. Clean air ducts ensure that your HVAC system always runs at peak performance and can prolong its lifespan.
Air Duct and Vent Cleaning Tips
While it's always a good idea to have vents and ductwork inspected, repaired, and cleaned by a professional, there's a lot home and business owners can do themselves to improve the condition and longevity of their HVAC equipment.
Safety Precautions: Before cleaning the ducts and vents, disconnect the electricity. Doing so will guarantee that you can clean the vents safely and avoid potential hazards.
Cover the Furniture: Remove or cover the furniture directly below the vents so they won’t get covered by falling dirt and grime.
Remove Covers and Grills: Use a screwdriver to remove the covers or grilles from the walls.
Clean the Vents: Use a brush to clean the grates thoroughly. You may need to use soap and water to remove stubborn dust, dirt, and soot.
Vacuum the Vents: Vacuuming is an efficient way to remove dust from vents. An industrial vacuum cleaner with a powerful motor will work best as domestic units won’t have enough power to remove debris that is heavily embedded.
Cleaning the Return Ducting After a Fire
The return ducting can be the dirtiest part of the HVAC system as it catches the incoming airborne debris. Thoroughly cleaning this critical component is essential to maintaining air quality.
The process of cleaning the return ducting usually involves a combination of agitation, mass air movement, and vacuuming to remove dust and debris. A duct cleaning whip is used to agitate the debris and soot residue on the surface of the duct.
The whip is attached to the end of either a specialized blasting hose or a series of rigid tubes that are fed through the entire length of the ductwork. The compressed air released through the whip causes it to violently move around inside the duct, so it knocks the debris off the walls.
A HEPA-filtered, sealed containment canister collects and contains the dust and soot as it is removed from the duct. This process is referred to as the push-pull method and is a time-tested method for removing debris from the return ducting.
It is essential to clean the entire length of ducting, from grill to air handler, including the register grills. This will ensure that all of the debris and soot residues are removed.
Air Handler Cleaning
Remove any accumulated dust and particulate from the blower fan, heating elements, air conditioning coils (if available), and electronic boards/circuits by either using air to blast them and/or high-powered vacuuming. Additionally, use a coil cleaning spray available in aerosol form, for the best results.
Supply Duct Cleaning
Supply ducts are connected to the air handler by what is known as trunk lines that branch into the different areas of the property. These are called the supply lines and are cleaned with whips or blasting balls (or both) powered by compressed air. The devices remove the debris along the entire length of the supply line, which is then contained in a HEPA-filtered container.
Cleaning HVAC Duct Work After a Fire - Getting Rid of Smoke Odors
Now that all the systems are clean, you may still have a lingering smoke odor to deal with. There are a couple of methods available that disaster remediation services can use to remove all traces of smoke odor.
Ozone odor neutralization: An ozone generator is placed near the return duct opening. Turning on the HVAC system pulls the ozone through the duct system and the air handler to effectively treat the entire system.
Chlorine dioxide odor neutralization: The duct walls and air handler are treated with a chlorine dioxide mist (CIO2). Fogging the air handler directly so it can transfer the mist through the system is no longer recommended. Instead, a hose is inserted into the duct, which is then slowly withdrawn as it delivers the CIO2. This method ensures that the chlorine dioxide is only applied to the intended structures rather than coating the entire system.
Call Best Option Restoration for all Your Air Vent Cleaning Needs
Best Option Restoration are trusted smoke and flood damage restoration professionals that homeowners and businesses can rely on to get their property back to pre-disaster condition. Call today for professional advice and a no-obligation assessment of your property.
Keep The Fresh Air Flowing with Professional Air Vent Cleaning Services with Best Option Restoration
If you’re experiencing in need of HVAC duct cleaning in Denver, Arvada, Thornton, Broomfield, Boulder, or the surrounding areas, Best Option Restoration can help you. We are aware that water damage or fire damage can leave you feeling overwhelmed, and our goal is to instill peace of mind throughout the project and restore your property in the most efficient way possible. We have many years of experience in restoration reconstruction and all our general contractors are licensed and insured. If your property has been damaged due to water, fire, or mold we will give you the personalized service and expert marksmanship needed to get the job done right. To learn more about our services, call us at (720) 620-3272 or contact us online to receive an estimate on your project.