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We provide air duct cleaning services that will improve the indoor air quality of your home or business. We pride ourselves on relieving our customers from allergies due to pollen, mold spores, and mites thru our dust removal process. This is especially important in the damp Portland area as our homes are more prone to mold and mildew spore growth. Give us a call today to get a no obligation over-the-phone estimate to clean your HVAC system.
At Willard Power Vac, one of the things that our company gets complimented on the most is the personal attention and time that we provide to every customer, to ensure that they understand the problem and our solution. We never undertake any work that is not necessary, we always agree on the job details before starting, and in our opinion, the time we spend getting to know the client and explaining all of the details establishes a much better relationship of mutual trust and understanding.
However, we also understand that our customers are busy people, and some simply won’t have the time to ask all of the questions they want, which is why we decided to put together a list of the top 11 air duct cleaning questions we get asked on an almost daily basis. Visitors to our site are welcome to read the information, and even make a decision based upon that information, we understand that not everyone will want to use Willard Power Vac, but we are still happy to provide the answers for our visitors.
Why Duct Cleaning Is So Important in Portland?
Many people, possibly due to the fact that ducts are generally out of sight and out of mind, pay little to no attention to their ducts, and this is a fundamental error. Ducts are one of the critical components within any HVAC system and failing to clean them properly could cause the homeowner a myriad of problems in the future. The three main issues are:
Human Health – Air duct filters are designed to capture dust and debris and prevent it from entering the air supply. Think of the duct air filter like a fishing net full of millions of little holes. As the system works and stops the dust and debris, all of those holes will eventually become clogged up. At this point, any air that does get pushed into the property has effectively been filtered through the dust and dirt already trapped in the air duct filter. This is not healthy at all, which is why cleaning your ducts and replacing your filters regularly should be a top priority.
Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness – Everyone has at some point put their hand over the tube of the vacuum cleaner, and listened as the engine worked at fever pitch to try and clear the blockage. When the air ducts have not been cleaned regularly, it costs the homeowner money. Their HVAC system is having to work fifty to seventy percent harder, to suck the air through the system. This drastically increases the cost of operating the system, which will be reflected in increased energy bills.
Shortening The Lifespan Of Your HVAC System – A new HVAC system is not an inexpensive purchase, which is why it is vital that people look after it and regularly service it to keep it in good working order. If the air ducts are dirty, forcing the system to work harder, then this is the equivalent of driving an automobile at 100 miles per hour everywhere. The vehicle may cope with it initially, but the wear and tear will be excessive, and it won’t be long before the vehicle starts to break down, and its lifespan is inevitably shortened. Failure to clean the air ducts is exactly the same as the vehicle scenario above, and so any perceived saving by not cleaning the ducts is a false economy.
When is Duct Cleaning Necessary?
Now that we have established that duct cleaning is essential and not an optional extra, the next question customers regularly ask is when is duct cleaning necessary in Portland? Generally speaking, most companies would advise that the ducts should be cleaned between one and five years, but there are a number of situations or factors which might alter this answer. First of all, your location will have an impact, if you live in an area of high wind, where there is a lot of grit, dirt, and detritus swirling around outside, it is inevitable, that the HVAC system will become clogged up quicker, than in an area with the air is generally cleaner.
Another reason why duct cleaning might be required is if the homeowner starts to become aware of various signs and symptoms, which indicate that the air ducts need to be cleaned. Some of these signs and symptoms include accumulated dirt and dust around the home, increased symptoms for people who suffer from allergies or respiratory problems, or maybe visible rodent or insect droppings. The minute any of these symptoms become apparent, it is essential to have the ducts cleaned immediately, as the problems will only multiply, they certainly will never go away of their own accord.
How Does Duct Cleaning Work?
Air duct cleaning when done correctly, is a significant piece of work, that entails using high-quality equipment operated by adequately trained staff. This is the process they will follow
- Our friendly and helpful staff will examine your ducts to ascertain how deep a clean they actually need. We place a great deal of importance on integrity and honesty, and if we feel that the ducts do not need to be cleaned, then we will not begin the work and explain the reason why. We don’t believe in charging our customers for unnecessary work. Part of the inspection process will include checking for cracks in your system, which would cause issues with the vacuum process.
- Our fully certified staff will then attach a powerful truck mounted vacuum which will remove all of the dirt that is cleaned from the ducts. The vacuum Willard Power Vac uses is so powerful it is housed in our custom built trucks.
- Motorized brushes are then inserted into the ducts all around your property. As the brushes are moved around the pipes, they dislodge the dirt, dust, and debris. Depending on the layout of the property, it is entirely possible that some areas of the duct may not be accessible easily. When this happens, it may require some cuts to be made to your ducts, to provide access. Although this might sound alarming, we repair the cuts at the completion of the job, leaving everything in perfect condition.
- Now that all of the dirt has been dislodged, the vacuum will go to work and suck up all of dust and debris.
- The next crucial part of the process is to clean the heating and cooling unit; this is important because if it is not cleaned, the second the system is turned on again any dirt in that unit will instantly be displaced into the ducts, destroying all of the excellent work.
- The final part of the process is to seal everything back up, clean the vent covers, and tidy up any mess that has been caused during the cleaning process. We always aim to leave the property as tidy as it was when we first arrived.
How Long Does Duct Cleaning Process Take?
Obviously the more extensive a property is, the longer the process will take, but generally speaking for most average family sized properties the process will take between 2 and 2.5 hours from start to finish.
How Much Does Duct Cleaning Cost in Portland?
As you might expect every property is different, some may have easy access to the ducting all over the property; others may be more of a challenge. The average cost of air duct cleaning is somewhere in the $250 to $750 range. There are a lot of unscrupulous duct cleaning companies out there who may offer to do the job for considerably less, but if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Just remember that if the work is not completed to the required standard, then you are putting extra stress and strain on your HVAC system, which could result in a much more expensive repair or replacement further down the line.
What Is The Best Duct Cleaning Equipment?
Once the dirt and dust has been dislodged, then the most crucial task is to remove it quickly and efficiently. Have you ever used a handheld cleaner to clean the car for instance? The concept makes perfect sense; it is small, light and easy to maneuver in small spaces. The reality though is that there is not enough power to get the job completed correctly, and most people eventually end up using their household vacuum cleaner, thanks to the extra power. The same principles apply to duct cleaning, the vacuum has to suck up dirt in some situations over a not insignificant distance, so it needs to have sufficient power to complete this task. A portable vacuum does not have adequate suction to ensure that job is completed to the highest standards, a power vac truck is the minimum requirement, and anyone who proposes to do the work should own one of these.
Will Duct Cleaning Help Allergies?
According to WebMD, a staggering 36 million Americans are affected by allergy issues. Although there is a lot of attention paid to the pollen count, with weather and news presenters talking about the it on an almost daily basis during certain times of the year, the allergens which are thought to cause reactions are not exclusively found outside. Indoor pollution is a significant problem and is created when HVAC systems suck the outdoor air and allergens into the heating and air conditioning system air ducts. Once the pollutants are inside the property, their effects can be magnified, meaning that being indoors could actually cause sufferers more problems, than if they were outside in the fresh air. If your air ducts are full of dirt and debris, this can become a breeding ground for allergens, dust, pollen, and mold. Cleaning the air ducts, removes that risk at the source, and ensures that staying indoors remains the best way to avoid the perils of allergies.
Will Duct Cleaning Improve The Airflow Of My HVAC?
This is perhaps the most straightforward question we get asked, as the answer is pretty obvious. If there are blockages all around the HVAC system in the air ducts, then cleaning the air ducts is the equivalent of removing vehicles from a traffic jam. Once the dirt has been removed there are no blockages, and consequently, the air can and will be able to circulate much more freely.
Will Duct Cleaning Reduce Dust?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is no, dust is everywhere, and trying to keep your home dust free is probably a pointless exercise. Dust is caused by dust mites and their feces, mold spores, dead insects, bacteria, human and pet hair, and any number of other sources. While cleaning your air ducts will remove the dust and debris in the HVAC system, it will have minimal bearing on the dust inside your property.
Will Duct Cleaning Remove Mold?
The Environmental Protection Agency is very straightforward when it comes to visible mold in air ducts. Their advice is to seriously consider having your air ducts professionally cleaned, because the reality is that if there is mold visible, in the areas you can see, then there is a high probability that mold exists throughout your system, including the areas you cannot see. That is why Willard Power Vac cleans the entire air duct system, and not just the easy to access parts. If you want a professional air duct cleaning company, then Willard Power Vac is your first and only choice.
Will Duct Cleaning Remove Smoke Smell?
The simple answer to this question is yes, the more complicated answer is maybe. If there is only one smoker in your property, and they continue to smoke, then cleaning your air ducts will make little to no difference. On the other hand smoke and the smell of smoke becomes ingrained into a property, and this is especially true inside an HVAC system. If the only smoker in the home has finally quit, then getting the air ducts clean will help to eradicate the smell from the property. However, if people are still smoking in the home on a daily basis, then for the smoke smell at least air duct cleaning is probably pointless.
We hope that this in-depth article has answered any and all of the questions you may have had, but if there are others, please do not hesitate to contact our helpful, knowledgeable and courteous staff. Willard Power Vac is committed to providing the best customer service and experience in the state.
Portland Commercial and Industrial HVAC Cleaning
For commercial and industrial duct cleaning jobs we will send out a project manager at your earliest convenience to perform a thorough inspection and give you a written estimate. We have 40+ years of experience cleaning commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, manufacturing buildings and more. When you need it done right and on time and on budget we are the company to call.
Dryer Vent Cleaning in Portland
Did you know that clogged dryer vents result in poorly performing dryers and can even cause fires? Ask us to clean your dryer vent while we are performing air duct cleaning on your home. It is inexpensive and it can reduce your energy costs and possibly prevent a fire.
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