Professional Duct Cleaning Staten Island
Best HVAC Services specializes in cleaning air ducts, dryer vents, and kitchen exhaust systems and providing quality indoor air for residential and commercial properties. We share relevant information with our customers as part of our commitment to service excellence. We are most affordable duct cleaning Staten Island services!
Below are a few of the most duct cleaning FAQs, but feel free to call us (917)-909-5579 if you have any other questions or want to request a quote!
Duct Cleaning FAQ
Q: Can duct cleaning cause damage to my ducts?
A: Best HVAC Services uses systems specially designed to handle the flex ducts that we encounter on a regular basis. The air-powered sweeps are lightweight, have safety clutch mechanisms, smooth components, and soft brushes to prevent damage. As long as your ductwork is intact, our system won’t damage it. Rodents, age, and neglect have all resulted in damaged ductwork. Generally, we can see this type of damage in the debris field that is being extracted from the ducts. The clean won’t cause damage, but it may reveal hidden problems. This is extremely rare and usually an extremely old or neglected system.
Q: Will my house be less dusty after having my air ducts cleaned?
A: Depending on where the dust is coming from. Air leaks, windows, and doors can often lead to contaminants entering the house through the HVAC system. Dust streaks across ceilings and buildup on vent covers suggest an extremely neglected system should see immediate improvement.
Q: Does cleaning my air ducts improve my indoor air quality (IAQ)?
A: Most of the time, YES! You should not ignore carpet, upholstery, and drapery fabrics when it comes to indoor odors and air quality. All surfaces in the home should be cleaned to remove trapped contaminants.
Q: I still see dirt on my vent covers. Can they be cleaned?
A: It is often necessary to replace the covers or “registers” after they corrode or become dirty. The registers are cleaned by blowing or brushing. Because metal registers are likely to rust or peel in the future, we do not recommend washing them. At this point, replacing the registers becomes a simple task. Replacements are available for about $10 to $20 at most home improvement stores. All you have to do is match the size. Make sure the louvers face the right direction. Clean air ducts reduce the number of airborne contaminants INSIDE the system.
Q: When I run my system, it smells musty. What could be the reason?
A: It is possible for bacteria on the evaporator coil to cause a condition known as “dirty sock syndrome” to produce foul odors. In order to clean a coil properly, you must drain the Freon from the system, remove the coil, clean it, and reinstall it. It makes more sense to replace the coil rather than repair it when it is in this bad of shape. The drainage system may also be clogged, causing odors. We recommend having your HVAC system inspected by a professional. Give us a call if you don’t have someone you trust!
Q: How often should I have my ducts professionally cleaned?
A: Cleaning was previously recommended by the EPA every two years. Currently, they recommend it on an “as needed” basis. Most homes only need it every three to five years. More frequent cleanings can benefit people who suffer from asthma or allergies, live in dusty environments, have construction in their homes or have poor filter maintenance. Moreover, properties with HVAC units with filters mounted in the return vent rather than the HVAC unit could benefit from cleaning their “RETURN DUCT WORK” approximately once a year, since this duct work processes unfiltered air.
Q: How can I keep my unit clean? What filter should I use?
A: Do not confuse your HVAC system with an air filtration system. Filters maintain clean and efficient operation of your air conditioner, not to clean the air in your home. A separate air filtration system is required for this. Regardless of the filter life rating, we recommend selecting a quality mid-grade filter and changing it regularly. We recommend changing 1-inch filters every month. For larger filters, we recommend changing them every 3 months. As a result, a “high efficiency” filter will not affect the interval between cleanings as much as this practice. A high dollar, low micron filter is often substituted for the proper replacement interval, resulting in a clogged or restricted filter. Heating and cooling your home will take longer if your filter is dirty or restrictive.
If you install a new filter, make a note of the date on the body of the filter so you won’t have to wonder when it was last changed.
Q: Is it okay to turn off my unit while I’m at work and turn it back on when I get home in order to save energy?
A: Condensation and mold can form on the vent covers, which can lead to HIGHER utility bills. If the temperature in your home goes up or down more than eight degrees, your system has a very difficult time restoring the home to the proper temperature. Condensation on metal vent covers is inevitable during hot months when the air conditioner is forced to run for prolonged periods of time in a hot and humid home that’s kept closed all day. During the day, we recommend lowering thermostats by approximately 8 degrees. You can set a programmable thermostat to return to normal temperature an hour before you arrive home so that the unit has time to adjust.
Turning off upstairs units completely is not a good idea. Since first and second floors are rarely separated, your downstairs unit must work harder to maintain the first floor’s temperature. If the thermostat is set several degrees below the main floor, it may be more harmful than helpful to completely turn it off. Additionally, HVAC systems dehumidify the air. Every time a person breathes, they exhaust moisture into their homes.
Most likely, the ductwork in your home hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned in a while. A dedicated team at Best HVAC Services can provide you and your family with safe, efficient, and effective duct cleaning Staten Island services.
Don’t hesitate to call us (917)-909-5579 if you have any other questions or want to request a quote!