You could think of your HVAC system as the lungs of your home (or you might not think about your HVAC at all); it’s an integral, but fragile system, controlling the quality of the air that we breathe, yet easily injured by pokes and prods. When it comes time to clean your HVAC system, the methods used are crucial to getting the job done without damaging structures.
Any professional affiliated with the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (or NADCA, for those in the know) can be found using two kinds of duct cleaning accessories: truck-mounted equipment, or portable vacuums. Both of these methods should ensure your ducts are cleaned properly on the first go.
There’s another series of tools that your HVAC professional will use to get your ducts and filters looking like new:
One of the most basic cleaning tools, a rotary brush offers an effective, no-nonsense way to clean out an air duct. In most cases, the best method is using a combination of power brushing and good old fashioned elbow grease…within reason. Aggressive brushing can damage ducts lined with fiberglass, so this is one job you should be sure to leave to the professionals.
Used to remove the most persistent contaminants, compressed air is often used at the same time as a vacuum, so those nasty particles can be sucked up before they get a chance to escape.
You’ve probably heard of HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, because of their popularity in medical facilities, aircraft, and fancy air purifiers. Some people with asthma and allergies swear by them, and they’re worth investigating if you’ve got increased respiratory sensitivity.
Just like a doctor uses imaging technology like x-rays and CT scans before they plan to do surgery, a true HVAC professional will always inspect before they clean. The diagnostic tools in the duct-inspecting arsenal include things like periscopes that can see at right angles, CCTV set-ups, and remote controlled vehicles with attached cameras. A proper inspection is key for the homeowner and the HVAC professionals to know the job details before it begins, and anyone who wants to skip this step might not be the right person for your job.
Because your HVAC system winds all the way through your house like an unseen skeleton, there may be parts of it that are difficult to access for cleaning. Power tools might be necessary to open panels and vents, and will be part of your Portland HVAC professional tool supply. No matter how much fun you think power tools are, this is another thing that’s best left to the professionals!
Although every HVAC system is different, what they all have in common is the need for regular cleaning. By having a professional do a thorough inspection, you can be informed about what’s required and the costs involved, or get a second opinion if something doesn’t feel right.
If you can’t remember when your last HVAC cleaning was, you’re probably due for one! Your ducts (and lungs) will thank you.