Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Duct Cleaning’

The Big Benefits of Regular Duct Cleaning

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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Like most parts of your home, the ductwork requires regular attention. It doesn’t need annual maintenance the way the heater and air conditioner do, but it’s important to have the ducts cleaned every three to five years. Over time, ducts naturally accrue dust and other particles that move through the ventilation system. It only takes about a year for the first thin layer of dust to form along the interior of the ductwork, and after three to five years the build-up will start to have negative effects—that’s when it’s time to schedule duct cleaning.  

When you have our professionals handle your duct cleaning in Fresno, CA, it can make a major difference in the performance of the HVAC system and the quality of your indoor air. Since homeowners often forget about duct cleaning entirely, we’ve put together a list of the major benefits of making this a regular service:

ONE: It improves the energy efficiency of the HVAC system

Think of the ducts like nasal passages. When someone has a cold, these passages become congested, making it more difficult to breathe. This applies to the ductwork: the dust and debris that build up inside the interior of the ducts causes restrictions against airflow through the ventilation system. The blower fan that pushes air through the ductwork to the rooms must labor harder to do its job, and this causes the HVAC system to lose efficiency. This applies to both the air conditioner and the furnace! You’ll pay more for the standard performance of your heating and cooling until duct cleaning restores the ducts to their original condition.

TWO: It protects the heating and air conditioning system

The strain placed on the HVAC system due to a build-up in the ducts can contribute to parts wearing down rapidly, more repairs, and even an early system replacement. All that dust and debris can also end up infiltrating the HVAC cabinet, which can inflict even worse damage on parts like motors, burners, and refrigerant coils.

THREE: It helps keep your household air clean

On average, a six-room house circulates 40 lbs. of dust through its ventilation system per year. That’s an enormous amount of dust that keeps running through a house without any easy escape. Each time you turn on your HVAC system when it has dirty ductwork, the blower fan will blast out the dust inside it into the living spaces. Not only is this unhealthy to breathe, it contributes to making the house much dustier. (If you’re struggling to keep your house dust-free, it’s often a warning that it’s time for duct cleaning.)

Rely on professionals for duct cleaning

Duct cleaning isn’t a job you can do on your own with a hose vacuum pushed into the vents. You also shouldn’t trust to amateurs who quote suspiciously low prices for it—they also won’t do much more than push a vacuum into the vents! Let our HVAC experts see the job is done thoroughly so you won’t need the service again for several years.

Call Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning for duct cleaning and other HVAC services in the Central Valley. “Quality Is the Cornerstone of Our Success” since 1952.

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Dryer Vent Cleaning Is an Important Job

Friday, December 15th, 2017

purl-s-hvac-service-and-repair-purls-madera-dryer-ventAs one year ends and another begins, you will probably take a look over your house to find various cleaning and improvement projects. One that you may not have thought of, but which is a critical job to have done on a regular basis, is dryer vent cleaning.

What is dryer vent cleaning?

The dryer vent is the hose and outdoor vent that removes heat and moisture from a household clothes dryer. The vent can be located in a variety of locations, such as on the roof (as the one in the picture at the top of this post).

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Ways Your Local HVAC Contractor Can Help You in the Fall

Monday, September 25th, 2017

autumn-backgroundTemperatures are still warm and sometimes hot here in the Central Valley as we enter into the official beginning of fall. You’ll need to keep a close watch on your AC during this time to catch repair issues, but this is also a period to begin preparing for the colder days of later fall—and the winter after it. We’re here to help you with whatever you need for HVAC in Fresno, CA. In fact, we have a couple ideas for how we can be of service to you this season.

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Avoiding Fire Hazards with Dryer Vent Cleaning

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

As you settle into the new year, you are going to start searching for various improvements to make to your home as well as routine services that some of your appliances will need. One of the services that we recommend is to have professionals perform air duct cleaning. It’s a great way to give your entire HVAC system an easier year ahead, which means lower utility bills and fewer repair issues. You’ll even enjoy improved air quality.

But when you’re scheduling air duct cleaning, there’s another service we strongly recommend that you include: dryer vent cleaning.

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Why Regular Duct Cleaning Is Important

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

It is easy to forget about the ductwork attached to your forced-air comfort systems (furnace, heat pump, package unit,  central air conditioner) since most of it remains hidden from sight behind the walls and in the ceilings of your house. However, this ductwork needs to receive routine maintenance service from professionals to keep it clean and free from the dust and debris that will naturally start to accumulate inside it. Duct cleaners will use special equipment and techniques to do a thorough job.

How often you need to have this service done depends on your home. Call Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning and our Fresno, CA duct cleaning experts will help you arrange a schedule to keep your ductwork in excellent shape.

Why you need to have routine duct cleaning

There are a number of important reasons to keep the ductwork in your home as clean as possible. First, ducts that become clogged with excessive amounts of dust, lint, and other debris will create a drop in energy efficiency for the HVAC system. Even a thin layer of dust will place resistance against the airflow through the ducts. As more dust and dirt accumulates, your forced-air systems will need to work harder, creating a rise in your heating and cooling bills. If you have detected an increase in costs to run your HVAC system, it’s often a sign that you are overdue for duct cleaning services.

Second, dirty ductwork can cause damage to your forced-air heater and central air conditioner. If debris enters the cabinet of a furnace, heat pump, or AC, it can cause problems with motors, electrical connections, evaporator coils, and more. This will lead to repairs and possibly a shortened life for the system.

Third, when the ducts have too much contamination in them, it will result in a decline in your indoor air quality. When you consider that the average 6-room family home can circulate 40 lbs. of dust through the HVAC system every year, you’ll understand why cleaning the ducts will do so much for helping reduce indoor air pollution. It’s especially important to keep the ductwork clean if you have people living in your home who suffer from asthma or allergies.

Contact us to schedule duct cleaning

At Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, we offer professional duct cleaning for Fresno, CA and the surrounding areas. Our technicians are NATE-certified and EPA-certified, so you will know that you are receiving the highest quality work. Give us a call today to schedule service.

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Why Duct Sealing Helps Protect Your Heating System

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Your duct system is attached to a centralized HVAC system and acts to move conditioned air throughout your home. Braches can sometimes develop in the ducts along the fitting of different sections, which can prove very costly to your system. Here in Madera, duct cleaning services can seal duct breaches for you, restoring your system to its optimum efficiency. But how beneficial is that?

Here’s why duct sealing helps protect your heating system:

Theoretically, the duct system should be completely self-contained in order to keep the conditioned air at its current temperature. When a breach occurs, one of two things will happen: outside air will get in or inside air will get out. In both cases, it will affect the conditioned air: making it warmer or cooler than you want it to be. That forces the HVAC unit to work harder to make up the difference, creating greater strain on the system and forcing your heater or air conditioner to spend more energy to do the same job.

Furthermore, a breach can also result in dust and debris getting into the system. Because of the nature of ducts, that dust will quickly spread to every corner of your home. That will lower the quality of the air and may exacerbate allergies in sensitive family members. In the worst cases, it might even create blockages in the ducts, reducing the flow of air.

Sealing the ducts can correct those issues. A trained professional will examine the ducts and either reconnect it or use a high-end patch to ensure that the leak is sealed. That maintains the integrity of the conditioned air and ensures that your HVAC unit doesn’t have to work any harder than necessary to get you the comfortable home that you need. It also keeps the quality of your indoor air high, reducing the risk of allergic attack and keeping your household cleaner. For more on why duct sealing helps protect your heating system, or to schedule a duct cleaning in Madera, contact the experts at Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning. We’ll make sure the problem is fixed the first time, every time!

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