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Do You Still Have to Clean Your Air Ducts if You Haven’t Been Using Your Air Conditioner?

Your air ducts bring in air when you use your air conditioning or heating system. If you are not using your air conditioner through the summer, you may think that you are in the clear from having your air ducts cleaned. This could not be further from the truth. Even if they are not in use, your air ducts could be full of bacteria, allergens, and other debris. It is important to periodically get them cleaned out to ensure that you are only breathing the cleanest of air.

The Importance of Duct Cleaning

There are several reasons why you should get your duct cleaned at least once a year.
• Allergens. Getting your ducts cleaned can help to get rid of allergens that can settle in the ductwork and cause respiratory issues.
• Mold. Even if your air conditioner is not in use, the ductwork could still potentially grow mold. Mold can be a serious issue for those that are sensitive to it.
• Renovation. If you have recently completed a renovation on your home, your ductwork could be full of debris. This debris could then blow throughout your home once you do turn on the system.
• Pests. While ductwork is made strongly, there are times when pests can get into the ductwork. This can pose a health risk as well as a risk to your HVAC unit. When you get a duct cleaning, your HVAC specialist will be able to tell if there have been pests in the ductwork and act accordingly.

Using the Right Duct Cleaning Company

There are many companies out there that say that they are experts in duct cleaning, but you will want to make sure that is the truth. It is always a good idea to read reviews on the company that you are hiring, and making sure that they have provided these services before. Your best bet is to go with a heating and cooling company that is well experienced with the HVAC system as well as duct cleaning. This will help to ensure that they clean your ducts well, and if you have any issues with your HVAC, they can help to repair it.

If you want to ensure that you have proper air quality in your home, give us a call today at 408-295-2182. We are ready to come to make your air cleaner and your home healthier.

How Quickly Can Ductwork Fabrication Be Done

When adding a new unit or expanding the additional system, ductwork replacement may be necessary. The process requires careful planning and coordination, so this alone could affect how long a system takes to build. Ductwork fabrication can completed in a matter of days depending on several factors.

Factors affecting the amount of time it takes to complete a system

Design of system-The design of the system is a factor. A more complex design may require more planning and labor. Intricate planning may be required if there are efficiency requirements that must be made. Repairs are almost unavoidable whenever a system is being upgraded. There may be multiple temperature controls that have to be incorporated into the design, which affects complexity of the overall system. If additional supply ductworks are needed than originally required, then the size of the system is affected.

Size of the project-The size of the project may vary. For example, there may be multiple stories to account for in the planning, which could affect the amount of labor that could be required. The square footage of each room affects the length of the project.

Improvement or replacement-If the system upgrade involves simply replacing the existing unit with a similar one, then there will be little changes to the design in most cases. This means that ductwork may need moderate improvements to resolve leaks or vulnerable areas.

Quality of existing ductwork-If the ductwork is aging and failing in multiple areas, then the ductwork has to be replaced. If there are energy efficiency concerns, then the ductwork should be replaced.

Permitting-Agencies may affect the timeline. The permit application may take longer to process if working with a particular agency. The duct installation project timeline could be affected if there are any delays in processing the application.

Accessibility of the ductwork-If the ductwork isn’t accessible, then the project will take longer to complete. The ductwork can be replaced quickly if it is very accessible.

How long does it take to install a ductwork?

The ductwork project takes between 1 to 4 days. The ductwork is mostly impacted by the size of the project. If there are no unexpected challenges, then the system will take only a few days to install. In some cases, the installation can be completed in one day.

New ductwork may be required if a new HVAC system is being installed. Multiple variables affecting the timeline of the project such as the design of the system and the size of the project can also affect the overall cost of the system. Most installation projects can be completed in a matter of days.

Still have questions?  Call O.C. McDonald today (408) 295-2182