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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does air duct cleaning take?
On average, air duct cleaning takes 2 to 4 hours. The time it takes to clean your air ducts will be based on the size of your home. Smaller homes will be faster than larger homes. Once we get an idea of the size of your HVAC system, we'll provide you with an accurate estimate.
When does my ductwork need to be replaced?
Ductwork over the age of 10 should be replaced. If your ductwork is older, then you can expect deterioration in the seams, seals, and connections. For those that don't know the age of your ductwork, an inspection is the best method to find out.
Other causes of replacing your ductwork include the following:
- Lack of airflow
- Uneven temperatures in your home
- Damage, dents, or holes in the ductwork
- Mold growth
- Noisy or loud while operating
- Improper installation
If you suspect any of the issues above with your air ducts, give our team a call!
What is creosote?
Oil from burning wood releases and gets carried away into the chimney. As it reaches the top of the chimney, the cooler air condenses the oil, and it sticks to the flue. The longer you go without cleaning your chimney, the greater buildup of creosote you have. This substance is flammable and puts your chimney at risk of a fire. To prevent creosote buildup, hire a professional for cleaning. You can also be mindful of the types of woods you burn in your fireplace. Hard, dry wood is the best type as it produces less creosote as it burns.
What kind of dryer vent tubing or duct should I have?
Your dryer vent tubing or duct attached to your dryer should be metal. Metal tape or fasteners should also connect the tubing correctly. If your tubing is plastic, then have it changed immediately. Plastic dryer vent tubing is considered a fire hazard and should be replaced with a metal version.
The best type of dryer vent connection you should have is a rigid metal duct. This is the most efficient type of dryer duct because it has a smooth interior allowing air to pass through at a higher rate. Rigid tubes and vents act as speedbumps slowing down the air and causing the dryer to work less efficiently. For this reason, we recommend you choose a duct with smooth walls for optimal efficiency.
Can I clean my own dryer vent?
Yes! Many hardware stores sell dryer vent cleaning kits. These are effective in getting rid of lint and debris from your dryer vent. However, many of these kits do not provide a professional level of cleaning. They may not be long enough or as effective as the tools Air Duct Cleaning Experts uses. Contact us for a professional cleaning.
Does my attic need to be insulated?
Yes, your attic requires proper insulation to maintain the temperature of your home. Ineffective insulation will lead to higher utility costs and a home that fails to comfort you at the desired temperature. It also puts more strain on your HVAC system, which could lead to higher costs in the form of repairs.
What does R-value mean?
You've likely seen the R-value on insulation while shopping. The R-value is a numeric value of how well the material is at preventing heat from entering and exiting the home. Depending on where you live, the R-value varies. The map below is what Energy Star recommends based on where you live in the United States.
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