IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Duct Cleaning’

Ever Had Your Ducts Cleaned? It’s Probably Time

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

technician taking off vent to access ductIn our last blog post, we talked about how important AC cleanliness was to its functionality. In this post, we were talking mainly about the coils of the system and how the air filter is in place to protect these areas from debris. But there’s another component of your air conditioner you might not be considering when it comes to cleanliness, and that’s your ductwork.

We don’t blame you for not thinking your air ducts. After all, they’re typically hidden from sight, traversing through spaces between walls and through your attic. Exposed ducts are not typically something you see in residential buildings, and for good reason—it’s just not aesthetically pleasing, right? But in this post, we want to urge you to think about your ducts, and more importantly, why it may be time for you to invest in professional duct cleaning in Tampa.

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How Does Ductwork Affect Air Conditioner Performance?

Monday, June 18th, 2018

technician cleaning out ductworkThe better question may be, how does it benefit air conditioner performance?

Many homeowners don’t know this, but the excessive buildup of dirt and debris in the average home’s ductwork can interfere with the overall performance of both air conditioning and heating systems. And with your ducts hidden from view, you probably don’t think about them very much, if at all. When you invest in a thorough duct cleaning in Tampa from trained and experienced professionals, you can count on better HVAC performance overall.

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Duct Cleaning FAQ: Everything You Want to Know

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

While many people likely don’t give the cleanliness of their ductwork much thought, it’s actually a pretty important subject. Ductwork that has been affected by mold, dust, and other pollutants can severely impact your indoor air quality and thus, your health.

So while it’s not a process that you need to undergo as often as routine air conditioning maintenance, duct cleaning is an important aspect to caring for your HVAC system. We’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions about duct cleaning below, along with our answers.

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A Quick Duct Cleaning Q & A

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Pretty much all homeowners, we think, understand that they will need routine heating and air conditioning maintenance services in order to get the most from their HVAC systems. They also acknowledge that no such system is perfect, and that occasional repairs are going to be necessary. What many fail to realize, though, is that professional duct cleaning in Tampa, FL may also be necessary in order to guarantee that their systems operate at peak performance levels. Duct cleaning is all about function, remember, not aesthetics. If duct cleaning sounds superfluous to you, we recommend that you give the following Q & A some serious consideration.

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When Is Professional Duct Cleaning Necessary?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Not every homeowner is going to need to schedule professional duct cleaning. However, those who do require duct cleaning must be sure to hire a professional to do the job. There is just no way in which a nonprofessional can hope to clean his or her air ducts in an effective and thorough manner. How, though, does one determine if his or her air ducts are in fact in need of cleaning? Doing so can be tricky, as you cannot simply peer into your ductwork in order to assess the condition within. There are plenty of warning signs which can indicate the need for professional duct cleaning in Tampa, FL, though. Keep an eye out, and contact IERNA’s Heating & Cooling if you suspect the need for duct cleaning in your home.

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3 Ways in Which Clean Ductwork Benefits You

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Homeowners new to whole-house HVAC systems may be surprised at just how much consideration such systems demand. For instance, you may be surprised to learn that dirty ductwork can be a serious issue, with many detrimental symptoms. What should not come as a surprise, though, is that the professional technicians on our staff can help you to avoid such problems. You need only dial our number to schedule exceptional duct cleaning services in Tampa, FL. Of course, not every homeowner will require duct cleaning services, or at least not immediately. That being said, it is a good idea to have a general understanding of the ways in which clean ductwork can benefit you. Here are 3 to consider. Schedule professional duct cleaning with IERNA’s Heating & Cooling to have the job done right.

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Is it Necessary to Have My Ducts Cleaned?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

One question that we get from clients occasionally is whether or not they should bother having their air ducts professionally cleaned. The answer, in truth, varies. The best way in which to determine if you require professional duct cleaning services in your Land O’ Lakes, FL home is to have a trained professional assess their condition in person. Not every HVAC system is going to require duct cleaning, and those that do may not require it on a regular basis. All this being said, those HVAC systems which do need to have their air ducts cleaned can benefit greatly from the process. While you cannot really inspect your air ducts on your own, there are a few different indicators to be aware of which can signal the need for professional duct cleaning in your residence. Contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today if you notice these warning signs in your home.

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How Duct Cleaning Improves AC Efficiency

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Just because you cannot see the ductwork in the walls of your home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about them. The ventilation system of your house is what allows the proper distribution of cooled air from your air conditioner throughout the rooms. When the ducts become dirty (and they will become dirty over time, no matter how clean your home is) they will interfere with your AC’s efficiency, leading to higher bills. Regular cleaning is necessary to make sure that your air conditioning system doesn’t face too much resistance while doing its job.

If you have noticed an increase in your utility bills during times when the AC runs regularly, you may have clogged ducts. Open up one of the vent covers and reach inside with a digital camera and take a snapshot; if the image shows heavy dust, dirt, and lint along the inside of the ducts, you need to schedule professional duct cleaning right away. Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling and speak to our Wesley Chapel, FL duct cleaning specialists to arrange for the work.

Why clean ducts equals a more efficient AC

All air conditioners are forced-air systems that blow out conditioned air into the rooms. Unless you have a ductless mini split air conditioner, your AC must send the air through a network of ducts. As with any kind of airflow, the air from an AC needs to meet as little resistance as possible. Only a small layer of dust will start to add friction against the movement of air, and this means the air conditioner must drain additional electricity to overcome the resistance. If the dust layer continues to develop, the friction will increase. It will also start to clog up the air filter of the AC, which will choke off the airflow into the cabinet and severely affect system efficiency.

There isn’t much you can do to prevent ductwork from becoming dirty. You can slow down the process by changing or cleaning the air filter monthly. However, dust will naturally enter the ductwork through the return air vents and begin to accrue inside the ventilation system. Usually it takes about two years for the buildup to begin to affect an air conditioner’s performance. If more than two years has passed since your last air duct cleaning, consider scheduling the service soon to protect AC efficiency and reliability.

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling provides duct cleaning in Wesley Chapel, FL and the surrounding areas. We use the comprehensive Rotobrush technology to make sure your ductwork receives a thorough cleaning without sustaining any damage.

Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today to schedule your regular duct cleaning so you can enjoy energy-saving performance from your air conditioner.

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Some Health Benefits from Regular Duct Cleaning

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Scheduling regular duct cleaning for your home will keep your home cleaner, stopping dust from recirculating through your indoor air. Duct cleaning will also increase the efficiency of your forced-air heater and air conditioner, lowering resistance against the airflow and posing less risk of damage to the air components from dust, dirt, and debris contamination. But duct cleaning provides another benefit as well: better health through improved indoor air quality.

The U.S. EPA has identified ways that cleaner indoor air can ward off health problems. We’ll look at some of the ways that reducing the air contamination in your home from clogged ductwork can lead to better health for you and your family. But keep in mind that you’ll need professionals to handle your duct cleaning in Lutz, FL. Ierna’s Heating & Cooling can take care of the job so you’ll have the best indoor air quality possible.

Health benefits from improved indoor air quality

  • Reduction in asthma: Triggers for asthma are often found in poor quality air. Pollutants that can develop in your ducts that might lead to asthma attacks include dust mites, dander, pet hair, and mold. Asthma symptoms include coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, and general breathing problems.
  • Reduction in flu- and cold-like symptoms: You don’t have to have asthma to experience similar symptoms from poor quality air, especially if you have biological contaminants in your ducts, such as mold. Common symptoms that cleaner air will reduce include runny nose, congestion, sneezing, irritated eyes, headaches, and nausea.
  • Sleep better: Respiratory trouble often leads to difficulty sleeping. The better the quality of the air, the higher chance you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep.

These problems from poor indoor air quality are even worse for people who suffer from allergies. If you have people in your home with suffer from allergies, you should make duct cleaning a priority, since it will alleviate many of their symptoms.

Have professionals inspect your ductwork

If you suspect you have extensive contaminants inside your ducts, you should first bring in experts to perform duct testing to find out if your ventilation system has breaks and leaks that are making the problem worse. Once you’ve have any necessary repairs done, allow the specialists to handle the duct cleaning that will remove most of the pollutants from your ducts.

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling performs duct testing, sealing, and cleaning, as well as other indoor air quality services. We can help you and your family enjoy a healthier life inside your home. Call us today to schedule duct cleaning in Lutz, FL.

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Tools Professionals Use for Duct Cleaning

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Centralized furnaces and air conditioning systems use a series of ducts to move their air throughout the house. The ducts are hidden in unobtrusive parts of the household, such as the attic and the crawlspace, and release conditioned air through your vents. Over time, dust and debris can build up in your ducts, reducing the flow of air and lowering the indoor air quality in your home. H You may be wondering about the equipment that professionals use for the job. Here’s a brief list of some tools professionals use for duct cleaning in Wesley Chapel.

  • Rotobrush duct cleaners. These devices essentially act as industrial vacuums, combined with a rapidly rotating brush that first loosens the dust and then pulls it out of the ducts with dizzying speed. Devices like these serve as the staple for duct cleaning services, since they’re quite efficient, and their advanced technology means that duct cleaners can clear out more dust and debris with greater efficiency.
  •  Hand brushes. Hand brushes are useful in some situations to clear dust and build-up neared the vent. These are often the most important locations to clean, since they’re the most likely to be blown directly into your house. Hand brushes can also be used to keep the vent covers clean, as well as the surrounding wall.
  • Plastic covers. It doesn’t sound like much, but companies that care about your home and its furnishings will carefully cover every surface with plastic covers and similar protective measures. It keeps the dust where it needs to be and ensures that nothing is damaged or otherwise affected by the process.

For more information on the tools professionals use for duct cleaning in Wesley Chapel, or to talk about the specifics of duct cleaning, contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling for help. We  offer excellent duct cleaning services, and we treat your home like our own throughout every stage of the cleaning process. Call us today and let us show you what we can do for you!

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