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Air Ducts

Millions of Americans have their home HVAC system and ductwork cleaned every two years because accumulation of dirt and dust can block airflow, causing your heating and cooling systems to be less efficient. That accumulation of dirt and dust provides the nutrients for molds, bacteria, mites, and allergens to reproduce and grow. Every time your systems fan is on, it forces these contaminants into the air you breathe.

Regular maintenance is a key factor to extending the life of your heating system, saving on repair bills, as well as keeping you and your family healthy. We proudly service both Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as the entire 7-county Twin Cities Metro area.

To learn more about the residential services we offer, please continue through our site. If you have any questions along the way, please contact us at (651) 451-5800.

Contributing Factors to a Dirty System

  • Recirculation of dirty air from the duct work
  • Cigarette smoke
  • High traffic areas/children
  • Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander
  • Newly constructed or remodeled rooms
  • Water contamination
  • Fire damage

Symptoms of a Dirty System

  • Excessive household dust
  • Distinct odor when the system is turned on
  • Headaches
  • Sinus congestion
  • Allergy and asthma problems

Cleaning Procedures

Homeplace has three professional cleaning procedures:

  • Air Sweep Method
  • Manual Brush Method
  • Rotary Brush Method

Each method uses our personally built truck-mounted vacuums with an 8-inch diameter vacuum hose for proper suction of debris from the home. All methods ensure a clean, efficient service. Our equipment includes two-stage air compressors, poly vinyl brushes, and rotary spinning brushes, to give our customers any level of cleaning desired.

Option 1: Air Sweep Method

Our experienced technicians connect a powerful truck-mounted vacuum (equivalent to 53 shop-vacs) to your air system near the furnace, thus creating a larger vacuum out of your ventilation system.

Highly compressed air (250 pounds) is applied with a specialized air gun through each of the supply and return vents in the home, forcing debris and contaminants to the vacuum. The debris in the trunk lines of the ductwork is typically the heaviest. These trunk lines are air swept via a specialized pneumatic agitator/snake, which loosens the contaminants from the interior surfaces of the ducts and forces it into the vacuum. The vacuum carries the debris to a collection point mounted on the service vehicle. This procedure, known as Source Containment, ensures a clean removal from the home.

The same vacuum and air pressure tools are used to clean the components of your heating and cooling system, increasing its overall efficiency. We clean the burners, heat exchangers, pilot, blower motor, fan blades, and A-Coil (if accessible). We also check the bearings, belts, and carbon monoxide levels.

Option 2: Manual Brush Method

This is a great service for the homeowner experiencing more dust than usual, or a home that has not been serviced for an extended period of time. In addition to the Air Sweep method, this procedure also encompasses the use manual brushing in the main trunk lines. These duct brushes are made of poly vinyl material, which gives the ducting interior a good, stiff brushing, but are pliable enough to thoroughly clean the corners and damper areas. The brush is run back and forth, as if the ducting were a chimney lying on its side, providing superior debris removal.

Option 3: Rotary Brush Method (Meets City of St Paul Inspector Code Requirements)

This method features the best of all three available options: rotary spinning brushes, manual brushing, and forward and reverse air sweeps. This procedure is ideal for homes that have not been serviced for a prolonged period of time, or are experiencing high levels of dust. It is also the best for those who have allergy issues, or simply desire the best cleaning possible.

For this service we remove the registers and run a rotary brush from the register face all the way back to the main trunk line to remove debris—which few of our competitors offer. Our forward Air Sweep pushes that dirt back to the main trunk line to be removed by the vacuum unit. After cleaning from each register, we manually brush the main trunk lines with the Stationary brushes, and follow up with a reverse Air Sweep.

The main trunk lines are typically 2 foot by 2 foot square or rectangular, so a round spinning brush will not clean the top walls, corners or most if the interior. Especially with the 6-inch diameter brushes many of our competitors use, leaving most of the dirt behind.

Homplace will manually brush out the main trunk lines with an oversized 2-foot stiff nylon bristle brush. This brushing is similar to brushing a chimney. This is more labor intensive, but is the proper way to do the service, and does a much better job at cleaning the ductwork.

A word of caution: Many companies offer a Rotary Brush procedure, but rarely are any two the same. Some are quality, and many are low priced ‘bait and switch’ offers. We strive to educate our customers on how to make the choice that is best for them, and do not just try to sell the most expensive service.

Benefits

Elimination of Bacteria, Molds, and Fungi
Deep in the darkness of your ductwork, anyone can grow a fine crop of mold, mildew, and bacteria with only a minimal base of debris buildup. The fact is, every home has some level of bio-matter within the ducts. Allowing the debris and contaminants to accumulate gives the bacteria and molds the perfect environment in which to prosper.

Professional cleaning of the ducts and administering an OSHA/EPA approved germicide will dramatically reduce the occurrence of their presence. All products we use are designed for residential procedures and are completely safe. MSDS sheets are available upon request.

• Cleaner Living Environment and a Reduction in Housework
The longer the ductwork is allowed to go without a professional cleaning, the more debris and dust accumulates internally. All that then recirculates every time the system goes on. As the air is being pushed through the ducts, it spews dust from every vent throughout your home.

Having the ducts cleaned every two years reduces the circulation of all the trapped debris within. The result is less time spent on household chores like dusting!

• Savings on Heating and Cooling Bills
Your heating and air conditioning system should be cleaned, checked, and lubricated every two years. Removal of rust, carbon, and debris from the interior components such as the burners, blowers, heat exchangers, and pilot assembly will increase the efficiency of your system. Absence of the debris allows the air/fuel ratio to be more correct, keeping the operational costs and carbon monoxide levels at a minimum. In short, the longer a furnace is allowed to go without a cleaning, the higher the carbon monoxide levels, and energy consumption.

• Fresher, Healthier Air
Every home in America circulates household dust, dust mites and their feces, molds, bacteria and pollutants from the ductwork. This unhealthy air promotes illness and triggers allergic reactions. Removal of these contaminants on a two-year basis improves the quality of the air in your home or office.

• Increased System Efficiency
Practically all ducting systems have contaminants clinging to the inside walls. Commonly, 1/4″ to 1″ of unwanted buildup can occur in just a matter of a few years inside your ductwork. This process slows down the airflow (drag co-efficiency) through the ducts and pushes the furnace/cooling system to work much harder than it is designed.

• Relief from Allergens
Eighty percent of the debris we call “household dust” is actually shed human skin. We can generate up to five pounds of this each year. The other smaller components include carpet fibers, blown-in soil, pet dander, dust mites (which eat skin flakes) and their feces and miscellaneous pollutants. Scientific research is showing a direct link to allergy problems associated with dust mites. The more skin shed, the more dust mites and more allergies. Clean ductwork significantly minimizes the re-circulation of household dust.

Common Questions

• How often should I have my ducts cleaned?
Both the furnace, as well as the ductwork will operate at maximum capacity when serviced every two years. However, households with pets or allergy and asthma sufferers may need a cleaning more frequently.

• How long will it take to have my ducts cleaned?
Time is dependent upon the size of the home and how difficult it is to remove the debris from the ventilation system. Our powerful equipment and specialized tools allow us to complete the average sized home in approximately 45 to 75 minutes using the air sweep method. Allow between 60 to 90 minutes for the stationary brush method, and from 1 1/2 to 3 hours for the rotary brush method. Expect more time for larger homes, and special situations.

Free estimates are provided upon request.

• What do I need to do to prepare my home?
Our technicians need access to every heat vent and cold air return. If possible, have large pieces of furniture pulled away from the vents. Also, make sure there is ample workspace around the furnace.

• Is the procedure messy?
No. Our high volume vacuum system removes the dust and contaminants from your home safely, and cleanly. You should not have to do any additional housecleaning after we have cleaned.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Our specially designed rotary air sweep, powered by 250 pounds of air pressure, is our primary approach to cleaning dryer vents. The air sweep is run in a reverse fashion from the exterior of the home back to the dryer vent connection several times. Each time the sweep is worked into the vent line, it forces lint and debris off the sidewalls where the technician can then collect it for disposal.

Routine vent cleaning will keep the vent line operating safely and efficiently, and help prevent a costly dryer fire. We feature several different types of sweeps and can be prepared for whatever job we encounter, whether it be a plugged vent, one with birds’ nests, or a long line with several bends and turns.

Our technicians routinely service over 6000 dryer vents each year, both residential and commercial. Many of our clients are property managers of apartments and condominium units requesting group rate pricing, which we are happy to provide.

Don’t just take our word that dirty dryer vents are a fire hazard! For more information on the hazards of dryer vent fires, please view this CBS Report.

Symptoms of a Dirty Vent
• Excessive lint in trap screen
• Longer drying times
• Lint gathering inside of dryer door
• Top of dryer seems hot
• Outside vent opening has lots of lint

Benefits of a Clean Vent
• Less risk of home fire
• Saves in energy consumption
• Extends the life of the dryer
• Reduces household dust

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/little-known-home-danger-dryers/

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