Duct cleaning has always been a necessary service that people have used since the introduction of modern duct systems. The systems we use commenced as the creation of flues and chimneys used by the Chinese and Greek in the seventh century. They helped to hold a building’s heat with out filling it with smoke, but the first recorded crucial heating came from the Romans. around 300 B.C. The Romans used a chain of vertical tubes under a tiled ground to warm a room.
In the 1970’s there was a bit of an energy crisis and this prompted improvements in building substances and strategies were developed to ensure housing a commercial spaces had more efficient HVAC systems. This gave rise to a need for furnace and duct cleaning and people trying to market towards indoor air quality. In the beginning the market for duct cleaning was more geared towards industrial properties which were the first developments to use a central A/C unit. The next market that opened was cleaning after disasters, such as natural, fire, flood, mold or general neglect.
The early days of duct cleaning was accomplished completely by professional duct cleaners who were sub-contracted by carpet cleaning companies. Some time in the late 1980’s, insurance companies pressured the duct cleaning contractors to open their own company specifically for duct cleaning. This is when the duct cleaning industry was born and blossomed into what it is today. The market has since become saturated with a lot of fly-by-night companies looking to make a quick dollar off a genuinely needed service. Today the duct cleaning industry has evolved into a combination of necessity and health. More and more people are becoming conscious of their health, and many studies have been preformed linking duct cleaning to indoor air quality.
Duct cleaning has come a long way in Ottawa since the inception of the first HVAC systems. When they began, they used a lot of wire brushes and compressed air to clean the ducts. Since then, better higher quality tools have been developed that provide a substantially better result and will not cause damage to the ductwork.