Air duct cleaning is a service for forced-air HVAC systems that removes mold, mold spores, particles, dust, and buildup that collects throughout the system. A professional contractor can clean all components of the system: motor and fan housing, supply and return air ducts, diffusers and grills, drain or drip pans, heat exchangers, cooling and heating coils. ATI has over 30 years of experience as a disaster recovery firm and understands that healthy air results in healthy homes and families. As a homeowner, addressing maintenance and what will be needed after typical disasters, such as fire damage and the resulting soot and smoke, needs to stay a priority for a healthy building. ATI’s certified National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) technicians are trained to clean and restore your air ducts and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system appropriately.
During and after a fire, the smoke and hazardous soot produced coats the entire space, including the HVAC system and the air ducts. To protect the health of everyone in your building, ATI has the expertise and the technology to make sure your family has a healthy start when they come home after a fire. Commercial air duct cleaning services for forced-air HVAC systems removes the contaminated buildup that collects in air ducts after a fire.
Soot and smoke residue aren’t always visible; they do build up in the air ducts and travel through the air system after a fire. Our HVAC cleaning services are especially important for family members with immune deficiencies or other health sensitivities. Soot and smoke residue can be hazardous. ATI technicians can also install high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters into your system if appropriate to further improve air filtration.Additionally, cleaning a residential HVAC system improves the energy efficiency, effectiveness, and performance of the system. We use state-of-the-art specialized tools to locate and dislodge debris and buildup, then remove them from the system with high-powered vacuums. These services are especially vital after fire damage, as smoke and soot travel through the air ducts and affect entire buildings.
Poor air quality can be caused by fire damage and the resulting soot and smoke odor residue left behind. More typically, contaminants depend on your region and the type of work conducted in your commercial property. Most often contaminants are caused by dust and dirt, excess moisture, poor ventilation, and unclean air filters.
In addition to contaminating indoor air, dirty air ducts can overwork your HVAC system, drive up utility costs, and act as a pathway of infection in the event of an airborne illness. In some cases, excessive buildup can also become a fire hazard.
Most energy companies recommend scheduling a professional pre-season service and maintenance bi-annually. The best time to slate these is before winter and again before summer, ensuring proper functioning prior to entering the two seasons of greatest HVAC demand. Ductwork cleaning is invasive and time-consuming, though it is necessary every three to five years. The most cost-effective way to keep an HVAC system clean is coil cleaning and cleaning air handling units as recommended by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association and the manufacturer of the unit. Regular maintenance of your HVAC unit ensures maximum efficiency and prevents considerable expense resulting from neglected systems.
Air duct cleaning promotes better indoor air quality, keeps your HVAC system working longer, reduces your energy bill, and prevents the spread of pathogens.
Choosing a company depends on your building’s location and needs, but a single-source solution disaster recovery firm is recommended. Should damage have occurred because of buildup or should the building be exposed to smoke or dangerous pathogens, a disaster recovery firm would be a one-stop-shop.
Your duct should only contain clean air. This means everything else has to go. Foreign particulates is the term for what gets cleaned from ducts, including but not limited to dust, dirt, allergens, contaminants, mold spores, pet dander and other pollutants. In the event of a structural fire, special cleaning is needed to ensure that all hazardous residues from the fire are removed from the air ducts.
Outside of changing your HVAC filters, it is recommended you contact a professional to clean your air ducts. Improper handling can break your HVAC system or compromise its airflow. Professionals also know how to access the ductwork without allowing particles to enter, and ATI technicians clean according to the requirements of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Our highly trained technicians will have the personal protective equipment (PPE), tools, and skills necessary to safely and thoroughly perform air duct cleaning and HVAC restoration.
It is recommended you clean your ducts every 3-5 years. If you live in a location susceptible to dust, have experienced a recent fire, or have many pets that shed, you may want more regular cleanings to ensure the best quality of air and airflow.