After months of being outside, soaking up the sun and enjoying warm temps, it’s time to head indoors for winter. That also means keeping your doors and windows closed which reduces our fresh air intake. That being said, it’s important to make sure that the indoor air quality in your home or business is free from allergens and pollutants. One of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality is also one of the most overlooked methods: duct cleaning.
Cleaning your air ducts annually not only improves your indoor air quality, it also helps lower your utility bills and improves the effectiveness and efficiency of your HVAC unit, too. The best way to ensure that your duct cleaning is properly performed is to rely on the services of a qualified and trained specialist like the technicians at FloodCo USA.
However, before the technician arrives at your house for your scheduled air duct cleaning, there are a few things you’ll need to do in advance. Below are all of the necessary steps you’ll need to take to prepare for an air duct cleaning service.
Clear the Area
Before the technician arrives at your home or business, make sure the areas around your air ducts, register, furnace and AC unit are clear and easy to access. The technician will not be able to clean the ducts if they are blocked by furniture, boxes, office equipment, toys, etc. Taking the time to clear these areas will not only allow the technician to properly clean the ducts, it will also reduce the amount of time spent cleaning.
Keep Children and Pets Clear of the Workspace
Like all of our services, the certified technicians will be using specialized equipment to thoroughly clean the ducts. This requires them to frequently stand on ladders to access the air ducts. For this reason, we strongly recommend that our clients protect their small children and pets from the work area. Not only will this prevent them from potential exposure to the dirt and debris that may be produced during the cleaning process, it will also help prevent any accidents or injuries.
If possible, keep your children and pets in other areas of the house to avoid the workspace. As the cleaning process ends in one room, you can relocate them to that room during the duration of the service. If you are not able to stay home during the cleaning process, we recommend boarding your pet for the day for its safety and the safety of our technicians.
Give the Technician a Tour
When the technician arrives at your home or business, they’ll need to get used to the property’s layout and floor plan. To help them acclimate to their surroundings, take them on a tour of the house or office. Show them the locations of the ducts, registers, furnace and HVAC unit.
This tour is also a good opportunity for you to confirm with the technician that the HVAC system is functional. If the system is not operating properly, you may have to schedule an appointment with an HVAC repair technician before the duct cleaning can be performed.
Protect Yourself from Dust and Debris
Dirty air ducts are a haven for dirt, dust, debris, pet dander, pollutants and allergens. While the cleaning process removes these contaminants from your ducts, some of those particles may fill the air during the service. To protect yourself (and anyone else in your home or business), we recommend wearing a mask or face covering to limit your exposure to these harmful particles.
Let the Technician Know
Sometimes property owners cannot remain on the premises during the entire cleaning process. Whether you have to work all day or just run a brief errand, be sure to let the technician know how to properly secure your home. If they complete the service while you’re away, they’ll need to know how to properly lock up your home or business. If there are any alarm systems that need to be deactivated while they’re onsite and activated when they leave, be sure to explain the necessary steps needed to perform these actions.
If you have any questions about our air duct cleaning service (or any of our services), the technicians are always happy to help answer them. This is a great way to learn more about the service. Plus, you may learn some helpful tips to help keep your ducts cleaner and improve your indoor air quality.
If you follow these steps above, our technicians will take care of everything else to make sure your air ducts are properly cleaned!