Preserve and protect the duct work in your home and business. You’ll improve air quality, and save energy.
Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. When your HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you want and increases the amount of fresh clean air you breathe.
Duct Cleaning and Maintenance Services
Power Vac has the knowledge, and experience for all types of residential and commercial duct cleaning, no matter the building. Our sophisticated technologies work to ensure that your investment is protected, along with your ductwork. A thorough visual inspection is performed to verify the cleanliness of your heating and cooling system. Trust in the professionals, we are a NADCA certified company.
Powerfully Equipped to Clean Residential Ducts
Now that you understand the benefits of residential duct cleaning, you want to make sure it is done right. Power Vac of Ottawa uses a truck-mounted vacuum unit that delivers 15,000 to 25,000 cubic feet per minute of suction to create negative pressure in your ducts. An eight-inch vacuum hose is used to apply suction to isolated zones. Compressed air in combination with the scorpion whip package or power ball delivers up to 250 pounds per square inch of compressed air to the interior of the duct work. Dust and debris is removed from the duct system, zone by zone, until the entire system is thoroughly cleaned. Our staff make sure every job is done thoroughly and correctly. Duct sealing, balancing, and insulation efforts can also work to protect and preserve your home’s duct work, while saving energy.
Leaks in the duct work for heating and cooling systems can be costly. Duct work often leaks through seams at the joints between the duct work components, or through other connections such as elbows. Sealing the duct work prevents the warm or cool air from leaking, allowing more of the treated air to reach each room. Duct Sealing is a cost effective way to improve a heating and cooling system’s efficiency.
Duct balancing helps ensure proper air flow to each room in the house. Closed, partially opened, and fully opened dampers control the air flow to each vent. Balancing these internal mechanisms will balance the airflow throughout a home for consistent temperature.
Removing attic insulation is the first step in our integrated attic-cleaning solution. If your attic has old or dirty insulation, it may need to be replaced. Old attic insulation is often inefficient and could lead to unnecessarily high energy bills. Dirty attic insulation, on the other hand, could have been the result of pests like rodents and birds that contaminated the insulation, which can lead to an unhealthy home. If either of these situations are the case, it’s time to remove insulation from attic spaces to maximize the safety and energy-efficiency of your house.
How to know if you need your ducts cleaned
Do you own an animal that sheds? Have you just bought a house? Have you had major renovations done recently? Are dust particles appearing on furniture shortly after household cleaning? Has it been more than five years since you last had your ducts cleaned? Chances are your ducts require service. Call Power Vac today for a telephone consultation with one of our highly experienced team members to learn more about how we can improve your in-home air quality.
Ideal for Large Commercial Buildings
At Power Vac of Ottawa, our modern equipment enables us to provide a number of industrial and commercial duct cleaning services to commercial complexes such as office buildings, schools, hospitals, retirement homes, retail space, and government buildings. The first step is the HVAC inspection. Our cameras can scan up to 100 feet from the point of entry during an on-site inspection of the duct system. We can also videotape the interior of the ducts, which allows us to review and analyze the system at any time. After inspection, in combination with our portable HVAC vacuums, we clean the entire HVAC system, efficiently and completely. Operators continually review the video footage to ensure that all contaminants are removed. Using attachments such as the rotary brushes will dislodge any debris and blow it towards the vacuum, where it can be removed through a HEPA filter and deposited in a self-contained dust hopper. Once the HVAC system has been thoroughly cleaned, the access doors and panels are sealed in accordance with tthe NADCA’s guidelines to ensure the system is air-tight.
Small Commercial Buildings
Our team of HVAC professionals is equipped with state-of-the-art tools and is ready to perform a thorough duct cleaning in your commercial building. Our truck-mounted equipment, including a large vacuum hose, is designed to reach all zones, leaving your ductwork like-new. Whether selecting our vacuum treatment, Scorpion Whip Package or Power Ball treatment, we can target your entire duct system with as much as 25,000 cubic feet per minute of suction inside the ducts and up to 250 pounds of compressed air. Say goodbye to the dust and debris in your ducts, and welcome fresh, clean air into your commercial building once again.
High-rises, Condominiums and Apartments
High-rise buildings offer a unique challenge – access. Since heavy duty trucks cannot access the higher levels, we use powerful self-contained, portable vacuums. The two-module systems can easily be taken up or down stairs. They are fully assembled and can be easily detached to be carried by hand. They work to remove all debris from the HVAC system and filter it through a HEPA filter to prevent contaminants from being released into the air. The are equipped with a three stage filtration system, 99.97% HEPA final filter, backward curved AT Gold blowers, and high-efficiency motors.
How often should you have your ducts cleaned?
How often you should have your commercial ducts cleaned depends on the type building. We recommend they be checked at the 5 year point to determine how much debris has built up and to make an informed decision about whether the ducts need to be cleaned.
The answer to this question really depends on several factors that have to do with your home. For example, living with several shedding pets like cats and dogs can increase the rate that your ducts get dirty. More people in your home also contribute to dust and debris, or if you have a family member who has allergies, they are likely sensitive to air quality. Living off a dirt or gravel road can also add to the dust in your ducts. In general, it’s recommended that ducts be cleaned every three to five years.
Although some may question the efficacy of having your ducts cleaned, it is a necessary part of routine maintenance. It ensures your HVAC system is working properly and allows your home to be filled with clean, allergen and dust-free air. If you notice a decrease in the air quality in your home, it may be time to consider a duct cleaning service. Power Vac of Ottawa can provide before and after pictures of the service to visualize the impact of the duct cleaning service.
This depends on the size of the home, the number of vents, and the level of dust. For many homes, it can take somewhere between 2 to 4 hours to fully clean air ducts. Professional cleaning includes the return air vents, the supply air vents, and the return drop. However, jobs are assessed independently, and the actual time might differ.
There are many factors that may affect the cost of a proper duct cleaning. Many companies will offer a base price, which is likely to be much lower than the actual cost but gives homeowners a general idea. The size, the ease with which technicians can access your system, the amount of supply and return vents, and the location of the air handling unit all play a factor. Prices can range from $250 to $1000. If you are interested in a quote, please reach out to our team. We have no hidden charges or additional fees.
Due to the sophisticated and technical condition of the equipment used to clean air ducts, it is not recommended that homeowners attempt to clean them themselves. Our NADCA-trained technicians have the right knowledge and tools to complete the job efficiently and safely, offering the peace of mind of a job done right. However, there are some things you can do in the meantime in order to maintain them, such as checking your air filter monthly and replacing it as necessary.
Having your ducts cleaned allows your HVAC system to perform at its best, reducing the chances for wear and tear and elongating its life. In fact, you will likely see a change in your energy bills since your ducts are working more efficiently. In addition, it reduces dust and allergens in your home, meaning you can breathe easier and pull out the Swiffer a little less often.
A telltale sign your ducts need to be cleaned is a constant layer of dust settling around your home. You can also lift up one or two of your vent covers and see if they are filled with dust or debris, which will give you an idea of how the rest of your ducts look. If you have recently renovated a room in your home, you should consider scheduling a cleaning to remove any particles that may have travelled into your HVAC system.
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HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning; also heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) is the technology of indoor and vehicular environmental comfort. Its goal is to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality. If your ducts are dirty, you’re breathing in dirty air every time you step through the door! If you think you may need our duct cleaning services, please contact us for a free no-obligation phone consultation and get an honest quote.