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Air Duct Cleaning

Commercial and Residential Air Duct Cleaning Services

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Why do you need air duct cleaning services?

V&L Heating & Cooling Business & Home Air Duct Cleaning Services provides essential HVAC maintenance services in Illinois for residential and commercial buildings. The company’s team of experts understands the importance of thorough and routine air duct cleaning services to maintain and improve indoor air quality. The ductwork in homes and businesses carries millions of contaminants, both seen and unseen, which can harm the health of occupants and reduce HVAC system efficiency.

Health concerns are one of the two main reasons that homeowners and business owners in Illinois schedule duct cleaning services. Dirty ducts can cause unexplained coughing, sneezing, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms of illness, especially for people with asthma, allergies, or pre-existing conditions. Contaminants such as mold, dust, dirt, and pet dander can cause allergies or other health problems. Vermin can also create blockages and spread germs, necessitating immediate air duct cleaning.

The other reason is HVAC unit inefficiency. As dust and debris accumulate in the system, it can block passages and make it difficult for air to travel through. Wasted energy and money can result when the air conditioner and heater have to work harder. Dirt can also cause clogs, wear, and early breakdowns.

HVAC Unit Inefficiency

During a scheduled AC maintenance service, a technician may recommend duct cleaning. That is because dirty ductwork can impact your system’s efficiency as it heats and cools your home.

As dust and debris build in your system, they can block passages and make it difficult for air to travel through. When air filters and ducts are clogged up, your air conditioner and heater need to work twice as hard. That means wasted energy for your home and wasted money for you.

Debris and dirt can also damage your unit. Unwanted particles can travel through the sensitive parts of your machinery, causing clogs, wear, and early breakdowns. Cleaning your ducts can maximize your unit’s longevity.

Many factors contribute to the condition of the interior of your air ducts—from daily wear and tear to improper installation and prolonged exposure to moisture or contaminants. A thorough duct cleaning might be just the thing your home needs.

How Often Should Air Ducts Be Cleaned?

At V&L Heating & Cooling Inc, we use recommendations from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) as a benchmark for our service recommendations. In tandem with NADCA’s suggestion, we recommend home and business owners with average HVAC system use engage a reputable service company for a thorough air duct cleaning and inspection every three to five years.

There are several situations that warrant additional cleanings:

  • You’re moving into a new residence.
  • You’re about to start or finish home renovation.
  • Members of your household are experiencing unexplained allergies, asthma, or illness-like symptoms.
  • You find or hear rodents or insects traveling in or out of your duct system.
  • Your home or business has recently experienced water damage or mold contamination.
  • Your pet sheds significant amounts of hair or dander.
  • You live with individuals who smoke.

Our Air Duct Cleaning Process

V & L’s four-step air duct cleaning process will leave your air ducts performing like new!

Step 1: The Inspection Process

An experienced professional isn’t going to dive into your ductwork blindly. An Aire Serv technician will complete an initial inspection to garner a better understanding of what kind of cleaning will be most beneficial and if there are any toxic or hazardous materials to be handled, such as asbestos or mold. Without performing a proper inspection, a duct cleaning provider would likely cause more harm than good, spreading harmful debris into your air.

Step Two: Addressing All the Components

Throughout the cleaning process, your V&L Heating and Cooling technician will address and service various HVAC system components, including these:

  • Supply and return ducts
  • Heating and cooling coils
  • Diffusers and grilles
  • Drip pans
  • Fan housing and motor
  • Air handling unit housing

Step Three: The Tools and How They Are Used

Common air duct cleaning tools:

  • Brushes
  • Air Whips
  • Skipper Balls
  • HEPA vacuums
  • Vacuums

V&L Heating and Cooling technicians use brushes, whips, and skipper balls to dislodge dirt and debris from the air ducts. It is important that only soft-bristled brushes are used on fiberglass or fiberglass-lined ducts. The debris is then cleared away with a high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) vacuum or a vacuum that expels particles outside of the home or building.

Step Four: Quality Check

Professional service from V&L Heating and Cooling includes a final check to ensure that the air duct system was not damaged and that any access holes used during the cleaning process are resealed. We’ll make sure your system is functioning properly and that no loose debris is spread throughout the home. Using the quality checklist provided below, you can ensure that your cleaning service has been complete and the service provided to you is what you were promised.

What to Expect After a Commercial or Home Air Duct Cleaning

After air duct cleaning, you will likely witness lower energy bills and more efficient temperature control throughout your space. In addition, you may experience health benefits such as easier breathing, better concentration and fewer headaches or dizzy fits. We know that an incomplete job can be more hazardous than no service at all, due to loosened debris and contaminants in your air system. It is essential that your cleaning service is carried out thoroughly and professionally.

Here is a consumer checklist you can use to compare your service to the standard:

  • Did the technician clean the entire duct system, including the coils, fans, drain pans, and humidifiers?
  • Are you able to run the system after your cleaning service?
  • Are the interior ductwork systems free of visible debris?
  • If your system is made of fiberglass, is the material free of tears or damage?
  • Are the access doors attached with rivets, screws, or another reliable mount?
  • Is the amount of air leaking through the access doors slight to none?
  • Are all spaces that supply or return air free of debris?
  • Is the blower compartment free of debris?
  • If you shine a light on the cooling coil, does the light pass through to the other side?
  • Have both sides of the cooling coil been cleaned properly?
  • Do the coil fins look straight and in place, as opposed to bent?
  • Is the coil drain pan draining properly?
  • Is the heat exchanger surface clean?
  • Did the technician walk you through what they did and the final results?

If you answered yes to these questions, you should feel confident that the service provider did a quality, professional-level job.

At V&L Heating and Cooling , our technicians uphold the highest level of workmanship and quality. Each member of our staff is trained on best HVAC service practices and takes pride in delivering the best customer service possible. When you schedule an air duct cleaning service with us, you can breathe easier knowing that we handled it the right way.

Why Keep Your Air Ducts Clean?

It’s simple, really: Clean ducts are more efficient. When your system is properly maintained and cleaned, it will operate at the most efficient standards, providing faster responses, a more comfortable living space, and a reduction in your energy bill.

Regular duct cleaning also prevents unnecessary stress on your system. When your ducts are clogged with debris or dirty, your system must work harder to push the air out into the room. Instead of throwing away money and your machine, schedule duct cleaning for long-term savings and comfort!

Call V&L Heating & Cooling Inc at 815-469-8323.

Breathe Easy with Air Duct Cleaning by V&L Heating and Cooling Inc

Clean air ducts help create a clean environment. If your air is contaminated with bacteria, dead skin, pet dander, and other unwanted contaminants, it’s bound to cause ailments. When you breathe in clean air, you and your family will be healthier. Keep the air you breathe clean and safe with air duct cleaning by Aire Serv.

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