Duct Cleaning

A quality duct cleaning can improve your homes indoor air quality. A thorough duct cleaning will remove dust, debris, paperclips, toys, pet hair, etc. from your system providing cleaner air circulating throughout your home. Sanitizers are also available which kills bacteria, mold and mildew growing in your ductwork. When selecting a contractor to perform your duct cleaning there are many options to take into consideration. Be sure when you are getting prices, you are comparing apples to apples as there are many different ways and degrees to how ducts can be cleaned.

When should I clean my ducts?
After you have completed a remodel you should have your ducts cleaned. Sawdust, drywall dust, and other remodeling material debris will collect in your ducts. Prior to starting up brand new HVAC equipment is a good time to have your ducts cleaned. If you have had moisture in your ducts from a pipe breaking or something along those lines, it is important to have your ducts cleaned and disinfected as the moisture will grow mold and mildew. If you have recently had an infestation of rodents or insects, you should have your ducts cleaned and disinfected to remove what the infestation may have left behind. If you are moving into a new home, you may want to have your ducts cleaned and sanitized prior to your families move in date.

If you are considering having your ducts cleaned, you should also consider cleaning the entire path of the air through your home. If you have cleaned your ducts, you should also at the very minimum, have a technician look at your blower housing, heat exchanger, and indoor coil. If you clean your ducts and you don’t clean these components, you are still circulating these particles throughout your home.

Installation

Westin Air provides a quality installation every time! Whether you are looking for just a furnace, an entire system or a humidifier, you will be impressed with the quality of work and friendly staff assisting you through your entire purchase and beyond! Call us today for a free no pressure estimate!

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Service Calls and Repairs

Whether you have a boiler, geothermal, mini-split or traditional furnace and air conditioner, you will be impressed with the service you receive from Westin Air. We take pride in our work and our team members. Quick response time is something we hold dear to hearts. If you are experiencing any issues or would just like a price check, call Westin Air today!

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Maintenance

You wouldn’t let your car go it’s entire lifespan without an oil change or tune up, so don’t let your heating and cooling system go without. Just like your car, your heating and cooling system requires annual maintenance to continue to operate as designed. We all have busy lives and understand that one of the last things you should be worried about is your heating and cooling system. We have maintenance plans designed with you in mind. Let us worry about the condition of your heating and cooling equipment. Call us today for more information!

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Duct Cleaning

Many companies offer duct cleaning but how good can a carpet cleaning company really clean your HVAC equipment? It is important to educate yourself on the different types of duct cleanings offered and the price differences. Westin Air puts your entire system under negative pressure to ensure the highest quality duct cleaning available. Call us today for any questions you have about duct cleaning.

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These are pictures of a blower motor from a 1999 furnace that has not been cleaned. The open spaces in the side of the motor are responsible for allowing airflow to the motor so that the motor does not over heat. In heating mode, the passing air will absorb the heat from the motor and redirect it into your duct work system and out of your registers.

The above photo is a blower wheel from a 1999 furnace that has not been cleaned. This is responsible for pushing air throughout your home. This is the opposite side of the blower motor.

The below photos are taken from a coil from a 1999 unit with a 1″ filter that was changed regularly. The air flows through the heat exchanger then through the fins of the coil. As you can see, much of the coil is clogged which makes the blower motor less efficient because it has to work harder to push air through the coil.

Below is a picture of a coil from 1999 that had a 4″ media filter. We would not recommend the cleaning of this coil as the filter has done a very nice job.

Based on your situation, we can make recommendations on what should be cleaned with your ducts. When shopping around for duct cleaning prices be sure to ask if they are willing to clean the coil, blower housing, and the exterior of the heat exchangers and the cost of each of these services.

What is the best way to clean ducts?
There are many ways to clean ducts. Some companies use a rotary-brush style but we use HEPA-AIRE Push/Pull Method. The rotary-brush style can be compared to a heavy duty shop vacuum with a rotating brush on the end.

The HEPA-AIRE Push/Pull Method places negative pressure (vacuum) on your entire system. All your vents and return air are sealed to create a strong vacuum. After the vacuum is created, a technician will insert agitation tools which are under pressure from an air compressor. The agitation tools (brush or whip) will dislodge any debris and it will be vacuumed into the HEPA filter unit.

Below is a chart which lists the benefits of the HEPA-AIRE Push/Pull Method in comparison to the Rotary Brush & vacuum Method

FeatureRotary Brush & Vacuum MethodHEPA-AIRE Push/Pull MethodBenefits of HEPA-AIRE Method
FeatureRotary Brush & Vacuum MethodHEPA-AIRE Push/Pull MethodBenefits of HEPA-AIRE Method
A Vacuum powerful enough to place substantial sections of ductwork under negative pressure per national standards & generally accepted industry practices.No. Typicall airflow is 150 to 300 cfm or less.Yes. Vacuum output ranges from about 2,000 cfm to 4,000 cfm (up to 27 times higher)Ability to pull dirt & debris out of the ducts & into the vacuum's filtration system. Meets specifications commonly written for commercial jobs.
Amount of time required to setup & move the equipment within the home.On most jobs, the vacuum & dirty vacuum hose must be moved from room to room to access the various duct branch runs.Two vacuum hookups near the air handler per HVAC system, one for the supply side and one for the return. Very little equipment repositioning requiredFewer setups & less movement of equipment from room to room reduce the chance of damaging the home, household items, or soiling carpets.
The ability to remove larges size debris often found inside ductwork.No. remember the limiting factor is not the size of the hose, it is the size of the small air nozzel openings. Agglomerated dirt particles or dust balls tend to plug up the nozzle openings.Yes. There have been reports of removing dead birds, rodents, squirrels, wood remnants, toys, etc.Allows users to remove a wide range of contaminants, not just the small stuff.
Ability to clean duct systems with air dampersLimited, as brushes & hoses typically cannot get through the dampersVery few, if any problems.Better able to clean entire system.
Ability to access & clean residential HVAC systems with small "boot" areas at the registers or sharp turns near the access register.No. The vacuum hose with metal end fittings & brushes are often unable to pass through small openings or sharp bends at the boot.This is not a problem for the small Aire-Sweep compressed air hose, whether accessing the duct system from the main duct (typically) or from the register.Better access means a more thorough cleaning.
Navigates ductwork with multiple bends.Sometimes not well, as flexable hoses can have a tendency to hang up, or double back towards the operator.Yes. The Aire-Sweep hose is small & flexable enough to even negotiate the turnsBetter access means a more thorough cleaning
Ability to clean panned-in HVAC return ducts.Common obstacles such as cross braces, electrical wires, pipes, etc. can prevent or limit vacuum access.No problem in the vast majority of situations.Limited access affects job quality & thoroughness.
Meets national standards & recommended industry practices for residential & commercial duct cleaning.No.Yes.Negative pressure is the state of the art residential method & often required under commercial job specifications.

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