Home Maintenance | September 4, 2017
Now that September is here, ensuring a smooth transition from the lazy days of summer to the fast-paced chaos of fall requires a positive attitude and an organized, proactive approach. When putting together that list of things you’d like to do before the leaves change colour, you might want to ask yourself: Do I need to get my air ducts cleaned this year?
Read on for advice on when and how often you should perform a duct and vent cleaning for your home and what to expect at a duct cleaning appointment.
What’s the best time of year to have ducts cleaned?
Autumn is actually a great time to schedule a furnace and duct cleaning for your home. Checking this item off your to-do list long before the mercury drops and you’re relying on your furnace for clean, warm air is a great way to ensure your HVAC system is ready before you need it the most. Having said that, you can schedule a duct cleaning any time of year, so don’t worry if it didn’t make the cut before the snow flies.
How often should duct cleaning be done?
The answer to this depends on a few different factors. In general, First Call recommends duct cleaning once every two years.
Ultimately, the frequency of duct cleanings should take into consideration:
- any recent renovations
- any allergies or respiratory conditions
- whether or not you have furry pets at home
Even if you just had the ducts cleaned last year, but you recently completed a major renovation project, you should consider cleaning them again to remove things like insulation fibres, drywall dust, and debris. Those with allergies or respiratory issues may also find some benefit to more frequent duct cleanings.
What happens during a duct cleaning service?
There’s more to HVAC maintenance than just cleaning the air ducts and registers in your home. At First Call, our duct cleaning service includes a thorough cleaning of your home’s main air supply, vents, and return air ducts with compressed air, as well as a careful cleaning of the furnace fan and plenum. If required, we can also supply and install a new filter at the same time.
We also offer a wide range of add-on services to make the most of your cleaning service appointment. Most importantly, we can coordinate a complete inspection and servicing of your furnace by a trained refrigeration expert to ensure all components of your HVAC system are in optimal working order. Other optional add-ons include:
- dryer vent cleaning
- central vacuum line cleaning
- air conditioning coil cleaning
- bathroom exhaust fan cleaning
- duct sanitization
How much does duct cleaning cost?
When researching furnace and duct cleaning providers, beware of hidden costs and make sure you know exactly what you’re paying for. At First Call, we’re committed to upfront prices. Our basic duct-cleaning service is $39 per furnace and $14 for each vent and cold air return. We also offer duct-cleaning packages where you can bundle services together for significant cost savings and you only pay for the extra add-ons that you want.
In case you needed a little extra incentive to get duct cleaning crossed off your to-do list early this year, First Call has a promotion for 10% off all duct cleaning services and packages for the month of September.
So book your appointment now and breathe a little easier knowing you have one less thing to worry about this fall
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