Air Duct Cleaning & Care Basics

High-quality windows, doors, and insulation make your home comfortable and energy-efficient, but they also can contribute to poor indoor air quality. No matter how clean your home is, it’s common for dust, mites, pollen, mold spores, and other air pollutants to build up within your ductwork and circulate throughout your home. Dirty air ducts put you and your family at risk of breathing in harmful indoor air pollutants. On top of their potential adverse health effects, dirty ducts can also pose serious fire hazards. Installing electronic air cleaners such as the Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner and regular air duct cleaning performed by skilled HVAC technicians can help improve the air quality inside your home. Read more “Air Duct Cleaning & Care Basics”

Winter HVAC Checklist

Cold weather is here and it’s only going to get colder. Gone are the days of opening up the windows to fill your home with fresh air — in many parts of the country, you’re about to stay huddled up indoors for the next several weeks. And since you’ll be breathing more indoor air than in the months past, it’s the most important time of year to focus on your home’s indoor air quality.

There are a lot of ways you can improve the quality of the air you breathe at home. Some are as simple as routine cleaning and maintenance, while others involve installing new systems that purify the air on a microscopic level. The combination of approaches that’s best for you may depend on how well sealed your home is, whether you have pets, and whether anyone in your home has respiratory problems.

Here are a few things you might consider at the outset of the winter heating season:

Clean your HVAC registers and vents. This is an affordable way to improve your quality of life in your home. All of the air handled by your HVAC system blows through them, so these vents will inevitably get dusty. A flexible duster or the wand attachment on your vacuum should make this an easy job, and it can cut down on the amount of dust blowing through your home.

Clean your ceiling fan blades. This is one that many people forget about. The tops of your fan can collect large amounts of dust that then circulate whenever you turn them on. Be careful reaching up there when you go to wipe down the blades!

Schedule professional duct cleaning. The worst accumulation of dust and allergens in your home may be in the places you can’t see. Professional duct cleaning lets technicians reach deep into your ductwork with special vacuums and spray gentle disinfectants that can help keep your ducts cleaner for months to come.

Check and replace your filters. This is a year-round job, but it’s as important as ever during the winter. When people and pets spend more time indoors, their skin cells and hair collect inside, causing filters to fill up faster.

Add an air filtration system. If you’re ready to make an investment in your indoor air quality, professional installation of an air filtration system is a smart first step. These systems complement your existing HVAC system by filtering out microscopic particles that may currently be flowing through your HVAC filters. And by keeping your indoor air clean, they can also make your HVAC system more efficient and longer lasting.

Disinfect with UV light. You can go a step further by installing UV disinfection systems in strategic locations throughout your ductwork. While these systems don’t capture airborne particles, they can remove toxic gases, odors, germs, bacteria and viruses using low-voltage UV light.

If you want to learn more about professional maintenance like duct cleaning or advanced systems for purifying your indoor air, remember Comfort Air. We’re your local expert when it comes to all things HVAC.

Fire Safety & Air Duct Cleaning: A Guide

Keeping your home free from dirt, dust, allergens, and other contaminants is not only good for you health, but it can also help keep your home safer. When your air circulation system is full of dirt and other substances, it could pose a fire risk in some circumstances. Professional duct cleaning in Vancouver WA will ensure your home is safe and comfortable.

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is the process of removing dirt, dust, and grime from heating and cooling system components including the air ducts, registers, diffusers, heating and cooling coils, air handling unit, and other parts that come into contact with circulating air. These parts can become contaminated with allergens and other household particles, and if there is moisture present, mold can also become a problem.

Duct Cleaning and Fire Safety

Accumulated dust and debris in any area is a risk for fire and poses a danger of spreading fire to other parts of a home via the ventilation system. In most homes, a significant buildup of dust is unlikely as the simple circulation of air through the ventilation system prevents much settling. However, if your central heating and cooling system is not used frequently, or you rely on other systems such as a wood-burning stove or fireplace for heat, then settlement can occur. Pest infestation can also lead to heavy accumulations in your ducts, especially from rodents, birds, and other small animals.

When to Clean Your Ducts

If anyone in your home is experiencing upper respiratory problems from allergies or illness, regular duct cleaning is essential. If you’ve just moved into a new home, getting a thorough cleaning is also a good idea, especially if the previous owners had pets. You should also schedule duct cleaning in Vancouver, WA, in these situations:

  • Mold is Discovered. Although not a risk for fire, if mold is detected anywhere in your heating and cooling system, a full cleaning is necessary.
  • Pest Infestation. Whether the infestation is in the air system or not, a full duct cleaning should follow after eliminating the infestation. Rodents and birds can also carry debris throughout your ventilation system and these accumulations will put your home at risk for fire.
  • Major Remodeling. Demolition and construction can cause a significant decrease in indoor air quality and the continual circulation of dirt, dust, and debris can lead to accumulations in your ducts. Always schedule a duct cleaning following any major home improvement project.

Scheduling Your Duct Cleaning in Vancouver, WA

Comfort Air is your duct cleaning specialist serving the Portland and Vancouver Metro market since 1983. Unlike many of our competitors, we charge by the job rather than by the hour. That means – NO SURPRISES! To learn more about duct cleaning and fire safety or to schedule an appointment, call us today!

Summer Duct Cleaning

Schedule a Summer Duct Cleaning Service

During the summer, the flurry of outdoor activities can track dust, dirt and debris into your home at record rates. These particles can easily be sucked into the intake vents of your HVAC system and cause your air ducts to get dustier than usual. This is why having your ducts cleaned can be a great idea during the summer. If you suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma, then you might especially notice a difference in the cleaner air that will be flowing through your vents once you have them cleaned.

It is recommended that you have your air ducts cleaned every 3-5 years especially if you’ve had any remodeling done or if you have a pet friendly home. This will help ensure that you are not exposing your family to potentially toxic buildup of mold or other debris that can get stuck in your vents. Our trained technicians have the tools and experience necessary to get the job done quickly and efficiently. At Comfort Air, we use the HyperVac Technologies Revolution Hybrid Duct Vacuum for duct cleaning, which is specifically designed for this purpose and utilizes a HEPA filtration system with double the suction power of most other portable duct cleaners.

At Comfort Air, we have a proven track record of quality reliable HVAC service that our loyal customers will attest to. Don’t get scammed by fly-by-night too good to be true duct cleaning services who will take your money and do a poor job–or even perhaps use faulty tools and methods than could damage your HVAC system in the long run. Go with the one you trust, and the one who has a reputation built on years of quality service. Give us a call at Comfort Air and make your appointment if you need duct cleaning services this season. We are happy to help.

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Air Duct Cleaning For Your Home

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Before Duct Cleaning!

Comfort Air offers air duct cleaning services for your home. If you suffer from allergies, asthma or trouble breathing no matter what the season is, it may be that you need to get your air ducts cleaned. Particles, mold and dust can accumulate in your vents over time and compromise your home’s air quality. It is recommended that you have your ducts cleaned at least every 3-5 years to ensure that you aren’t exposing your family to potentially toxic debris. It is also a good idea to have your ducts cleaned if you have had recent remodeling, or if you have just purchased a new home.

Our trained technicians have the skills and equipment necessary to make sure the job is done right. You may have heard of some companies that offer super low pricing on air duct cleaning. Unfortunately, these are all too often scammers who come in to clean with the equivalent of a shop-vac, which does nothing to effectively clean the vents, and could also potentially harm sensitive components of your HVAC system.

At Comfort Air, we use the HyperVac Technologies Revolution Hybrid Duct Vacuum, which is specifically designed for air duct cleaning and features HEPA filtration and double the suction power of most other portable duct cleaners. Our proven track record of HVAC maintenance, repair and installation ensures that our customers will receive the highest quality of service available. If you need your ducts cleaned, you can count on us to get the job done right. Call for an appointment today!

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The Value of Air Duct Cleaning

Home air duct cleaning is one of the best ways to keep your heating and cooling system working efficiently, as well as maintaining the quality of the air in your home. People who suffer from seasonal allergies and asthma will benefit from a duct cleaning as well as families with pets or who have had a recent remodel, especially if one has not been performed in your home in recent years.

Homes in the Vancouver, WA and Portland Metro areas will benefit from a duct cleaning about every 3-5 years, depending on the individual situation. A full service cleaning will improve indoor air quality by removing debris, dust, mold spores and pollen. Another plus to keeping up to date on air duct cleaning is that it supports the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by removing the debris that limits air flow and can cause damage to your furnace.

One thing to keep in mind is that there is a right way and a wrong way to go about cleaning your air ducts, which is why you will want to hire a reputable company who’s commitment to quality will yield the best results for you and your family. Comfort Air has been serving Vancouver, WA and the surrounding Portland Metro area for over 30 years, building a great reputation among its clients.

If you want to be sure that it will be done right, call Comfort Air today and make an appointment.