New Introductory Offer for Air Duct Cleaning: $465.00 per zone*
*a good indicator of how many zones you have is the number of thermostats in your home
Our Air Duct Cleaning Services
We service the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads areas using the best professional line of equipment for air duct cleaning, including heavy duty rotary brushes and high-powered vacuum machines. Whether you need AC duct cleaning or furnace duct cleaning, our certified HVAC technicians are ready to help. We will clean your home heating and cooling ductwork and answer any concerns you may have regarding allergens, contaminants, or our air duct cleaning process.
What Is Air Duct Cleaning and Why Do I Need It?
Over time, your HVAC system’s air ducts, registers, grilles, and diffusers can become clogged with dirt, dust, pollen, and other debris. Combine this on top of moisture present from say, your air conditioner’s condensation, and now you’ve got the perfect breeding ground for mold. When your HVAC system cycles on, this mold, dust, and other debris is released into your home and contaminates your air supply—drastically reducing your indoor air quality.
The goal of air duct cleaning is, therefore, to remove this duct contamination and improve your indoor air quality. Duct cleaning is essentially important if anyone in your household suffers from asthma or allergies.
Our Duct Cleaning Process
If you decide to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, our team of certified HVAC technicians will clean all components of the air duct system to ensure it is thoroughly cleaned. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system.
We will use specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts, and remove contaminants with a high-powered vacuum cleaner. If necessary and applicable, we may use chemical biocides that kill germs and microbiological contaminants. This is usually applied to the inside of the heating and cooling duct work and to other system components.
Other air duct cleaning methods may include applying chemical treatments to cover the inside surfaces of the air ducts and equipment units in order to help control mold growth and prevent the release of dirt particles from ducts. These chemical treatments on heating and cooling ductwork are applied after the air duct system has been properly cleaned of all visible dust or debris. Consult our HVAC specialists with any questions or concerns regarding the use of biocides or chemical treatments in your air ducts.
Signs You Need Air Duct Cleaning
Don’t let your ducts look like this! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends having your duct systems cleaned any time there is an excess of dust, debris, or any other particles that may be released when your system is in use. Duct cleaning is an important service to ensure that you are breathing clean air: free of dust mites, pet dander, dirt, and other contaminants. If these contaminants and allergens are not regularly cleaned, they are re-circulated when your HVAC system is in use.
You should consider having your heating and cooling air duct system cleaned especially in the following instances:
- Ducts are clogged with excessive dust and debris, or dirt particles are released into the home from your air duct system
- Ducts are infested with rodents or insects
- Air ducts or other heating and cooling system components have substantial visible mold growth
It is also important to understand other aspects of mold detection in heating and cooling systems:
- If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not resolved, mold growth will recur.
- Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so be sure to consult an HVAC professional who can check for and show you any mold.
- Although a substance may look like mold, it is best to have an HVAC expert inspect and diagnose the ductwork area of concern for final confirmation. Additional laboratory analysis may be needed.
- If the insulation in your air ducts gets wet or moldy, it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be immediately removed and replaced.
For extreme conditions, it is essential to fix the origin of the problem in order to ensure the same issue does not recur. In such cases, cleaning, retrofitting, or replacing your ducts is a temporary solution. Our heating and cooling experts are qualified to identify and rectify the underlying cause or causes, which will save you time, money, and frustration in the long run.
Preventing Air Duct Contamination
Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, preventing water and dirt from entering your HVAC system is the most effective way to prevent contamination. If you have a fuel burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, we encourage you to have it inspected for proper ductwork and operation, and serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.
If your heating and cooling system’s air ducts have not been inspected or cleaned in the past 12 to 18 months, take advantage of your local HVAC experts at American Mechanical. We are here to answer your questions and provide thorough inspection and professional air duct cleaning services, which can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system and even extend operating life.