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Duct Cleaning

Duct Cleaning

In the last several years, scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air — even in the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors. C.A.R.E Property Services offers duct cleaning services to improve the air quality of your home. Our duct cleaning services use blowers, vacuums and brushes to clean out ducts throughout your home. Our duct cleaning services also include a thorough cleaning of the HVAC system.

All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. We expose ourselves to environmental pollutants daily, varying in the degree of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable, but we are able to avoid some by improving indoor air quality to prevent associated health risks.

People who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for long periods of time are often the most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. Such groups include the young, the elderly and the chronically ill, especially those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease.

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Source Removal and Capture Provides Complete Cleaning and Decontamination of Air Ducts

Cleaning should include: cleaning all of registers, inside the ductwork, the interior of the heating/ventilating system, the furnace fan and the coils for an air conditioner or heat pump.  Once the system is clean, a disinfectant can be sprayed throughout to kill any mold, bacteria or dust mites that remain.

A conventional HVAC duct system consists of ducts that carry heated or cooled air from the furnace/air conditioner (air handler) to various parts of the home or building. It also contains a return duct system to bring fresh air back to the air handler to be heated or cooled again. The supply network consists of main ducts, which carry air to smaller branch runs and in turn carry air to the desired locations. The return network works in reverse.

State-of-the-Art Source Removal Duct Cleaning Process

The HEPA-AIRE process utilizes a HEPA-AIRE Portable Power Vac in tandem with a specially designed AIRE-SWEEP Portable Air Compressorand Agitation Tools for efficient state-of-the-art source removal duct cleaning. This method enables professional duct cleaners to remove contaminants from all parts of the duct system, regardless of location or type of duct. Yet it is simple to perform and requires only a limited amount of access holes. Here’s how it works:

    1. The supply and return networks are “zoned,” or separated, so they can be cleaned independently. This is typically done by removing the furnace filter, inserting it into a plastic bag and reinserting it into the furnace.
    2. An access hole is cut into the supply plenum and the flex duct from the HEPA-AIRE Vacuum inlet is connected to the plenum with a quick-connect attachment collar. The powerful vacuum creates high-velocity air movement within the supply ductwork to transport loosened dirt and contaminants out of the ductwork and into the vacuum’s filtration/collection system.
    3. Each branch is cleaned separately starting with the branch farthest from the vacuum. The register and boot areas are blasted with compressed air from the AIRE-SWEEP Compressor using the special air booster gun to push any dirt or debris into the branch run.
    4. The branches are then cleaned by feeding the Forward AIRE-SWEEP Assembly down each branch run to push dirt and debris forward into the main run. The Reverse AIRE-SWEEP Assembly can also be used to clean branch runs if access at the main supply duct is available.
    5. Agitation devices such as the AIRE-SWEEP Power Brush, Duct Whip or Power Rod System are used when needed to dislodge caked on debris from inside duct surfaces.
    6. The main duct run is then cleaned. First, access holes one inch in diameter must be cut into the duct every 25 feet. Then, the Agitation Devices and an AIRE-SWEEP Assembly are used to dislodge debris accumulated on surfaces. The loosened debris is pulled or pushed toward the HEPA-AIRE Portable Power Vacuum and captured in its multi-stage filtration/collection system.
    7. Once the supply side of the system has been completely cleaned, the return duct system is cleaned using the same method.
    8. The coil, motor and blower and blower compartment can be cleaned.
    9. Once the entire cleaning process is completed, all access holes are completely closed with efficient plugs and cover plates are installed over the access holes.
    10. A realistic time frame for a total cleaning is approximately 4 man hours.

What is ‘Source Removal and Capture’ Air Duct Cleaning?

Studies have shown that even a small amount of dirt buildup on HVAC system components can significantly reduce HVAC efficiency and increase energy consumption. According to university research and industry standards, complete removal of dirt, debris and other contaminants from the air duct systems is the most effective cleaning and decontamination method for ductwork in both homes and commercial buildings.

C.A.R.E. Property Services’ duct cleaning process includes ‘source capture’:

  • A specially designed compressor equipped with special agitation tools is used to loosen or dislodge dirt, debris and other contaminants from inner ductwork surfaces.
  • A patented HEPA-AIRE portable vacuum system is taken right into the home or building and plugged into a standard 115-volt wall outlet. It combines the power needed to place the ductwork under negative pressure, and to pull out the contaminants, with a 3-stage filtration system that has the efficiency and capacity needed to capture them.

Because the HEPA-filtered air exhausted back into the indoor environment from the vacuum is cleaner than many hospital operating rooms, there is no need to pull huge amounts of heated or cooled air out of the building and exhaust it outside, as must be done with gasoline or diesel-powered equipment.