Air Duct Cleaning Specialists – Katy, TX
If no one in your household suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms or illnesses and if, after a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts, you see no indication that your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold (no musty odor or visible mold growth), having your air ducts cleaned is probably unnecessary.
It is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not indicate that your air ducts are contaminated with heavy deposits of dust or debris; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned. Call Alpha 4 Real A/C & Heating today 281-347-7325.
We are your local air duct cleaning specialists in Katy, Houston, Sugar Land, Pearland, Richmond, Rosenberg, Sealy, and other nearby cities.
Proper Air Duct Cleaning
On the other hand, if a service provider fails to follow proper duct cleaning procedures, duct cleaning can cause indoor air problems.
For example, an inadequate vacuum collection system can release more dust, dirt, and other contaminants than if you had left the ducts alone.
A careless or inadequately trained service provider can damage your ducts or heating and cooling system, possibly increasing your heating and air conditioning costs or forcing you to undertake difficult and costly repairs or replacements.
Choosing The Right Air Duct Cleaning Service Provider
Do not assume that all duct cleaning service providers are equally knowledgeable and responsible.
At Alpha 4 Real A/C & Heating, our trained Air Duct Cleaning Technician’s will take the time to inspect your ducts to see how contaminated they are, they will provide you with pictures to prove or justify (contamination) and a written estimates before deciding whether to have your ducts cleaned.
Volatile organic compounds such as gases emitted from products found in home include: air fresheners, cleaning supplies, pesticides, crafty materials, building materials, paint strippers, and emissions from stoves, ovens, fireplace and portable heaters.
Children, elderly people and anyone with allergies will be more healthier and feel much better breathing clean air.
- Does anyone in your family suffer from headaches, nasal congestion, or other sinus problems at night or in the morning?
- Is there a smoker in the home or office?
- Does anyone in your home or office have allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems?
- Do you notice dust on your furniture shortly after cleaning?
- Do you have dogs, cats or other pets in your home or office?
- Do you notice “musty” or “stale” odors when the furnace or air conditioner runs?
- Never Had Duct Cleaning and just Curious?
- Does it seem like there is not enough airflow coming from your vents?
If you answered yes to two or more of the following questions? Call Alpha 4 Real A/C & Heating / Air Duct Cleaning and one of our Technicians will visit your home or office.
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What to Expect From Alpha 4 Real A/C & Heating / Air Duct Cleaning Service.
- Protect carpet and household furnishings during cleaning
- Use well-controlled brushing of duct surfaces in conjunction with contact vacuum cleaning to dislodge dust and other particles
- Open access ports or doors to allow the entire system to be cleaned and inspected
- Take care to protect the duct work, including sealing and re-insulating any access holes, check for air leak and seal for airtight
How to Determine If the Air Duct Cleaning Service Was Done Right:
At Alpha 4 Real A/C & Heating / Air Duct Cleaning, thorough visual inspection is the best way to verify the cleanliness of your heating and cooling system air ducts.
Our service Technicians use remote photography to document conditions inside ducts. All portions of the system will be visibly clean; you should not be able to detect any debris with the naked eye.
After completing the job, our service Technician will show you each component of your system to verify that the job was performed satisfactorily.
If you answer “No” to any of the questions on the checklist below, this may indicate a problem with the job. Ask your service provider to correct any deficiencies until you can answer “yes” to all the questions on the checklist.
Post Air Duct Cleaning Consumer Checklist
1. Did the service provider obtain access to and clean the entire heating and cooling system, including ductwork and all components (drain pans, humidifiers, coils, and fans)? Yes No
2. Has the service provider adequately demonstrated that duct work and plenums are clean? (Plenum is a space in which supply or return air is mixed or moves; can be duct, joist space, attic and crawl spaces, or wall cavity.) Yes No
3. Heating – Is the heat exchanger surface visibly clean? Yes No
4. Cooling – Are both sides of the cooling coil visibly clean? Yes No
1. If you point a flashlight into the cooling coil, does light shine through the other side? It should if the coil is clean. Yes No
2. Are the coil fins straight and evenly spaced (as opposed to being bent over and smashed together)? Yes No
3. Is the coil drain pan completely clean and draining properly? Yes No
1. Are the blower blades clean and free of oil and debris? Yes No
2. Is the blower compartment free of visible dust or debris? Yes No
1. Is the return air plenum free of visible dust or debris? Yes No
2. Do filters fit properly and are they the proper efficiency as recommended by HVAC system manufacturer? Yes No
3. Is the supply air plenum (directly downstream of the air handling unit) free of moisture stains and contaminants? Yes No
Are interior ductwork surfaces free of visible debris? (Select several sites at random in both the return and supply sides of the system.) Yes No
Is all fiber glass material in good condition (i.e., free of tears and abrasions; well adhered to underlying materials)? Yes No
Are newly installed access doors in sheet metal ducts attached with more than just duct tape (e.g., screws, rivets, mastic, etc.)? Yes No
With the system running, is air leakage through access doors or covers very slight or non-existent? Yes No
Have all registers, grilles, and diffusers been firmly reattached to the walls, floors, and/or ceilings? Yes No
Are the registers, grilles, and diffusers visibly clean? Yes No
System Operation – Does the system function properly in both the heating and cooling modes after cleaning? Yes No
How to Prevent Duct Contamination
Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, committing to a good preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination.
To prevent dirt from entering the system:
- Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system
- Change filters regularly
- If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently
- Be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder
- When having your heating and cooling system maintained or checked for other reasons, be sure to ask the service provider to clean cooling coils and drain pans
- During construction or renovation work that produces dust in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust
- Remove dust and vacuum your home regularly. (Use a high efficiency vacuum (HEPA) cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts)
- If your heating system includes in-duct humidification equipment, be sure to operate and maintain the humidifier strictly as recommended by the manufacturer