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Why Schedule Professional Duct Cleaning: 3 Reasons to Make the Call

Monday, November 16th, 2015

One of the most important parts of any heating and air conditioning system is the ductwork, but it is also one of the most ignored HVAC system components. Your ducts take on a lot of airflow over the course of the years, forming the path between your heating and air conditioning systems and the rooms of your home. As air flows through it, many particles from your home can get sucked into it as well.

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A Few Facts about Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, July 20th, 2015

You spend a lot of your time indoors—probably around 90%—and we’re guessing a lot of that time, your doors and windows are sealed tightly. The quality of the air you breathe plays a major role in how you feel from day to day, particularly if you have asthma or allergies. We’ve put together a few facts about indoor air so that you can take the proper steps to correct poor air quality in your home.

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Types of Tools Professionals Use for Duct Cleaning

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Duct cleaning in Atlanta involves a lot more than just vacuuming some of the ductwork and cleaning the registers. The trained specialists at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., use several types of professional-grade tools to thoroughly clean your entire ductwork system. Duct cleaning in Atlanta has several important benefits, but these benefits can only be achieved when your system is properly cleaned. Think it’s time for a professional duct cleaning? Call the people you can trust: Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

Tools Professionals Use

Here is an overview of what kinds of tools a trained technician may bring to a scheduled duct cleaning:

  • Access tools
  • Inspection tools
  • High-powered HEPA truck-mounted vacuum (also known as an air sweep)
  • Hand-held, professional-grade vacuums (typically HEPA)
  • Vacuum collection devices
  • Pneumatic tools
  • Visual equipment
  • Mechanical brushes

How Is Duct Cleaning Performed?

There are several steps involved with professional duct cleaning:

  • The technician will open the access ports in the ductwork.
  • A thorough inspection is performed, possibly using visual equipment.
  • Air sweep is employed.
  • Technician will inspect again.
  • Any observed pockets of debris, dust and dirt will be removed, as well as any sticking debris; this may be done with the use of hand-held vacuums, mechanical brushes and/or pneumatic tools.
  • A last inspection will be performed to confirm ductwork has been cleaned as needed.
  • All contaminants will be removed with proper collection devices.
  • Coverings will be removed.

What Are the Benefits of Duct Cleaning?

There are several benefits you can gain from a professional duct cleaning:

  • Better energy efficiency – dirt and dust build-up in your system can restrict air flow. Any time the air flow in your system is restricted, your system has to work harder to achieve the temperature you’ve set. When your system works harder, it uses more energy.
  • Better indoor air quality – any contaminants in your ductwork will blow directly into your living spaces every time your system operates. Removing these contaminants with a professional duct cleaning reduces these contaminants, which helps improve indoor air quality.
  • Less wear on your system – when your system operates under stress for long periods of time, as it can when the ductwork has a great deal of build-up, this stress can prematurely age your system. Cleaning your ductwork reduces the build-up and helps alleviate any stress it may be causing.

Having clean ductwork is important to you and the proper operation of your system. If you need professional duct cleaning in Atlanta, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., and schedule an appointment today.

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3 Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Your ductwork acts as the highway for delivering cool air into your home. When maintained properly, it does the job of delivering clean, fresh air; when it’s not, leaks, holes and cracks can develop, and dust, dirt and debris can build up, causing an array of problems. However, when you schedule duct cleaning in Decatur with Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., you will not only get the benefits of clean ductwork; you’ll also be made aware of any possible problems that exist with your ductwork.

Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning

  • Reduction of allergens – air duct cleaning can’t remove every allergen particle, but it can remove a lot of allergens, including dust, dirt, pollen and mold and mildew spores.
  • Less stress on your system – when dirt and dust continuously build inside your vents, the air flow can decrease over time. Less air flow means your system has to work harder to achieve the cooling you need. By cleaning and removing this build-up, you help lessen the strain on your system.
  • Better energy efficiency – similar to above, when your system is stressed, it has to use more energy to operate. Cleaning your ductwork properly can help with better efficiency, which you’ll see in your monthly bills.

How Often Should Ductwork Be Cleaned?

The industry average is once every 5 years, but if you have any of the following, you may want to consider doing it every 3-5 years:

  • Pets
  • Smokers
  • Occupants with severe allergies
  • Occupants with chronic respiratory problems such as asthma or COPD
  • After home renovations/remodeling
  • Prior to moving into a new home

How Cleaning Is Performed

Ductwork can be hard to get to, but your technician will have the tools to clean it effectively:

  • High-powered, portable vacuum
  • Access tools
  • Visual inspection devices
  • HEPA vacuums
  • Pneumatic tools to dislodge debris

Is It Time for a Duct Cleaning?

Duct cleaning helps with indoor air quality and efficiency, and can help reduce the stress on your system.

Has it been a while since your ductwork has been professionally cleaned? Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., today and schedule a duct cleaning for your air conditioning system in Decatur.

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How Professional Clean Your Ducts

Monday, March 31st, 2014

You should schedule household duct cleaning from professionals every one or two years, depending on how much dust, dirt, and other contaminants the vents draw inside. While you can do your own spring cleaning throughout your home, the ventilation shafts are one location where you need to call on skilled technicians to do the work. You’ll see why after we explain what goes into a typical professional ductwork cleaning job.

Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. has helped families in the greater Atlanta area with improving their quality of life in their homes since 1995. We have the experience necessary to bring you quality duct cleaning in Atlanta, GA that will make your home cleaner, healthier, and your HVAC system more efficient.

Professional Duct Cleaning

Duct cleaning isn’t as simple as spraying cleaners into a vent or snaking in a vacuum hose. The process requires high power suction and agitation equipment to release the contamination from the walls of the ducts to make it easier to remove.

It starts with the technicians bringing in an immense power vacuum, which does more than use suction. It actually alters the pressure inside your ducts so it becomes “negative” pressure, which dislodges dirt and other pollutants from the walls. The technician shut off the blower motor of the HVAC and then cut a hole into the main duct that comes off the HVAC system. (Don’t worry, they’ll seal up the hole afterwards.) The wide end of the vacuum hose attaches to this hole into the duct, and when the vacuum turns on, it affects the entire ventilation system. Once the ductwork is under negative pressure, the suction comes on and the dirt agitated from the ductwork’s walls gets drawn into the vacuum.

The technicians also use targeted agitation equipment to attack certain dirty areas of the ductwork. The most common tools are rotary brushes mounted on long hoses that can snake inside vents and down the ducts to scrub off ground-in dirt without damaging the duct material. Smaller duct vacuums then remove the dislodged particles.

Depending on the condition of your ducts, the cleaners may also use special sanitizers and deodorizes, which will leave behind no damaging chemical residue afterwards.

When Do You Need Duct Cleaning?

  • If more than two years has passed since your last cleaning
  • If your heating/cooling bills have climbed for no visible reason
  • If you and your family are experiencing increased allergy-like symptoms
  • If you look into a vent and see a tangle of clotted dust

Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. when you know it’s time for duct cleaning in Atlanta, GA. We’ll send out top-quality technicians to give you the service you need.

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Air Quality Guide: Indoor Air Quality Options

Monday, February 4th, 2013

If you live in Atlanta you know how important a high quality, well maintained air conditioner is to your comfort. We may be the local Air Conditioning Experts to call for AC services, but our expertise extends a lot further than home cooling. So too do your home comfort needs. Sure, comfortable air temperatures are a necessary component of keeping your home comfortable, but we believe there is more to it than that.  To experience true comfort in your Atlanta home you need to keep the indoor air quality as high as possible. Pollution is not only a problem outdoors, after all. A number of factors can reduce the quality of the air you breathe indoors, but we have a number of solutions to these problems.

Air Cleaners and Purifiers

One of the first options you should consider, especially if you are concerned about airborne pollutants in your home, is air cleaners and purifiers. There are a number of different options in this category. The most basic are simple mechanical air filters. These filters sit in your ductwork and, as air passes through them, they trap pollutants on a filter material.

Electronic air cleaners are another option. Many, such as electromagnetic precipitators, use electricity to charge pollutants in the air. These charged particles are then trapped on a collector plate. The collector plate can then be removed, cleaned and reused.

Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

If a humidity imbalance is affecting the quality of the air in your home you may want to consider the installation of a whole house humidifier or dehumidifier. Too much humidity in your home can make the air stuffy and uncomfortable, cause wood rot and even promotes the growth of mold. Too little humidity can cause sore, dry throats and sinuses, chipping paint and splitting woodwork. A whole house humidifier or dehumidifier can help restore proper humidity levels throughout your entire home as they work in conjunction with your home heating and cooling system.

Duct Cleaning

If your air ducts are not clean your home is at risk for polluted air. Once dirt and debris get into your ductwork, that ventilation system can disperse those pollutants throughout your entire home. With professional duct cleaning service you can be sure that your air ducts are circulating clean, pure air only. Schedule service today.

To learn more about the indoor air quality options available to you in Atlanta, contact Air Conditioning Experts. We can help you live more comfortably. Let us help you breathe better air today.

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