Air Duct Cleaning | Omaha, NE | Council Bluffs, IA
Why Clean Air Ducts?
Most homeowners have no idea what goes on inside their home’s air ducts. Air ducts are a collection area for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect your family’s health such as mold, fungi, bacteria, pet dander, dust and allergens. Even in newly built homes, the air ducts can be full of drywall dust, sawdust and other debris. These contaminants can cause or exasperate allergies, asthma and other illnesses.
The problem is so serious, that the Environmental Protection Agency has determined that indoor air is as much as 70 times more polluted than outdoor air, and people spend most of their time indoors!
Cleaning the air ducts in your home safely removes these contaminants and allergens from the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system.
Air Duct cleaning also enhances the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, and helps reduce energy bills. Making sure that your air ducts are clean will also extend the life of your HVAC system and insure that it operates at its highest efficiency.
Protect Your Health
Industry standards recommend inspection every 2 years, and a thorough cleaning every 2-8 years, depending on the location and condition of your home, and the number of family members and/or pets. An air duct cleaning from Executive Cleaning Services can greatly enhance your indoor air quality and help to alleviate symptoms of allergy sufferers!
We’ll Do the Job Right!
We are in our 31st year of Business! We take great pride in doing the job right, after all our motto is ‘It’s Detail that Makes Us Different‘. You can breathe easier knowing you will receive professional and knowledgeable service, when you choose us. We pay special attention to the finer details of cleaning your duct work and furnace. We are fully insured and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau of which we have been members for over 20 years.
“We have used Executive Cleaning Services for a long time. The company has cleaned our windows, guttering, carpets and air ducts. The jobs have always been well done and the personnel doing the work is always top notch. It has been a pleasure having such professionals working in our home. We would recommend this company to anyone.”
-Barbara S. Omaha
How Do You Clean Air Ducts?
We start by examining your ductwork and furnace configuration to determine the best places to connect up our vacuum system to your HVAC system. We close or cover all vent registers to ensure that no dust or debris enters your home during the cleaning process. A powerful 3-stage HEPA filtration vacuum is then connected to your furnace or main trunk line of the ductwork. There are two sides to the ductwork system, the supply side where the cold or hot air comes out into the home and the return side, which recirculates the air back to the furnace. We start with the supply side and clean all the vent covers, ductwork and plenum/main trunk lines and then reconnect our vacuum and do the return side of the system. We start at the farthest register from the furnace to begin the cleaning process and then work toward the furnace; this ensures that we don’t contaminate already cleaned ductwork.
We go into each vent register opening and adjoining ductwork 2 times! The first pass we use brushes or special air-driven scrubbing tools to loosen the caked on debris and dust from off all the walls of the ductwork. On the second pass we use what is called an ‘air sweep’. This tool sweeps all the dust and debris through the ductwork until it is sucked up and removed out of your ductwork by the vacuum system. We do not simply clean the first 2 or 3 feet of the ducts, but our special tools allow us to travel up to 50 feet all the way back to the vacuum located by the furnace. We not only clean the smaller branch lines, but also the main truck lines called the ‘plenum’. We then clean accessible a/c coils, blower fan and housing. The average house takes 3-7 hours to complete. You can view our video on this page that gives a brief description of the processes and tools we use.
Protecting Your Home
We take the necessary steps to protect your home, like using entry floor mats and shoe covers to keep from tracking mud, dirt or snow into your home. We even place corner guards on the corners of your walls to protect them from being scuffed by our air hoses.
As part of our mission statement to complete all services with honor and integrity, we keep our pricing simple and straightforward. We don’t use bait and switch technniques as some other companies do in the area. The cost to have your air ducts cleaned is derived from the number of furnaces and the total number of supply and return registers in your home. That is it, no hidden or surprise fees! Our cleaning always includes cleaning the main trunk lines, the furnace compartment, fan and accessible a/c coils. The only additional service is our optional Anti-Microbial fogging which helps eliminate mold, bacteria, fungus and odors from the ductwork, this service is $99 for most systems. Call now for an exact price quote on air duct cleaning and experience the “Executive Difference!”
Air Duct Cleaning Frequently Asked Questions
Why should air ducts be cleaned?
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health, such as fine particles of dust, pollen, mold spores, fibers, hair and pet dander. The removal of such contaminants from the HVAC system and home should be considered as a key component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality. Cleaning of the HVAC system can also increase the efficiency of the system due to increased air flow through the furnace and ducts; this will result in lower heating and cooling costs. A clean system will generally have less break downs and an extended life because clean components function better and more efficiently.
When should they be cleaned?
When anyone in the home or building has breathing problems like allergies, asthma or emphysema; before moving into a new home or pre-owned home; after a remodeling project or when installing a new furnace or making changes in the air duct system.
How often should this be done?
The air duct system should be cleaned every three to seven years. The frequency of cleaning is going to vary depending on a number of variables some of which are: the number of occupants in the home, the presence of and number of pets in the home, smoking in the home, the use of fireplaces or wood burning stoves and whether or not any remodeling work has been done on the home. Allergy sufferers will generally need duct cleaning more frequently.
How are they cleaned?
We use a method called source removal. This method is recommended by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. A powerful vacuum is attached to the furnace or the main truck lines of the ductwork. A number of agitation tools are then utilized to scrub the ducts. We use a power rotating brush that scrubs the ducts clean wherever possible, as this gives the finest cleaning. While the rotating brush is fed down the ductwork, compressed air blows the dust and debris toward the vacuum. The ducts are under a constant vacuum so that no dust is introduced into the home. The vacuum then evacuates hepa-filtrated hospital quality air back into the home. In areas of the ductwork that are not accessible to the power-brush system, we utilize air whips and air sweeps which agitate and push or pull all dust and debris to the vacuum.
Many contractors use air sweeps alone due to the cost and time in utilizing the power-brush system, but without the use of proper agitation, air sweeps alone do not thoroughly clean the ductwork. The power-brush system is the most time consuming, but provides the most thorough cleaning. We also clean or vacuum all vent registers, accessible blower fans and evaporator coils.
Is a Truck-mounted vacuum better than a Portable one?
While contractors with truck-mounted vacuums will usually boast about the power of their units, there are numerous disadvantages to using them. Truck-mounted or exterior vacuum systems create what could be called an ‘Open System’. In an open system, warm air in the winter time and cool air in the summer is drawn out of the house and due to the negative air pressure placed on the home this air must be displaced by the dust and pollen laden air from outside. This unfiltered air is then drawn back into the ductwork. Not only can this method drastically change the temperature in the home, it is also counter-productive when you are trying to increase indoor air quality.
Truck-mounted or exterior vacuum systems use 8 to 12 inch vacuum hoses that run through a doorway or window and through the house to connect up to the furnace. Not only are they an obstruction in your home, these dirty hoses can scratch up furniture and woodwork. They also create the gap to the outdoors that allows the bugs, dust and pollen laden air to be drawn unfiltered into the home and back through the ductwork. Our system is a ‘Closed System’ utilizing a powerful, portable hepa-filtrated vacuum which is connected directly up to the HVAC system and continually filtrates the air in the home while the system is being cleaned.
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