City Duct Cleaning Blog

These helpful articles and guides from our blog will help you learn more about air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning and more.

Why You Should Hire Air Duct Cleaning Services in Toronto
To understand just how big this problem is, consider that every day, air within the home is recirculated up to seven times.

How Commercial Duct Cleaning Differs from Residential Duct Cleaning in Toronto
Although both commercial and residential duct cleaning in Toronto is based on the same concept, there are differences in how these two services are performed.

Fascinating Facts Behind Duct Cleaning That You Should Know
Here are some of the more interesting facts about duct cleaning in Toronto.

Is Commercial Duct Cleaning in Toronto Worth It?
Regardless of your company’s industry or size, air ducts become dirty. However, for some businesses, this problem is magnified. For example…

Benefits of Hiring a Dryer Vent Cleaning Company in Toronto
While it is common for people to think about having air ducts cleaned, many never even consider the importance of professional dryer vent cleaning in Toronto.

City Duct Cleaning on site in Toronto.

City Duct Cleaning on site. Residential duct cleaning in Toronto

Reduce Hydro Costs With A Cleaner HVAC System
Hydro costs have been increasing steadily for more than two years. Energy bills are becoming more and more unbearable.

The Air Our Children Breathe Is Literally Killing Them
Each year, nearly 600,000 children die from diseases caused by air pollution, and even more children live in areas where the risks of developing such diseases are incredibly high.

Tips for Working with a Professional Duct Cleaning Service in Toronto
You should look for specific things. Obviously, you want to hire a company that offers years of experience in this field and employs…

Duct Cleaning Service in Toronto: Understanding the Fundamentals
There is no physical way for you to go through the ductwork in your home to determine if it needs to be cleaned.

Dryer Lint Traps – Everything You Need to Know
External lint traps are usually installed on clothes dryers that are located on an inside wall, or when the length of the dryer vent exceeds 20-30 feet.

Using Residential Duct Cleaning in Toronto to Eliminate the Effects of Smoking on Your Air Ducts
In addition to being dangerous to your health, secondhand smoke is proven to cause problems for people living in your home.

Pigeon Air Patrol to the Rescue! Birds With Backpacks Track Air Pollution
It could seem like a bird-brained idea: relying on a team of pigeons to carry out scientific studies on air quality and air pollution.

Fire Service Demands Recall of Dangerous Tumble Dryers
The clothes dryer is such an amazing, time-saving device and almost every household has one… but do not take your’s for granted.

How Attic Insulation Is Increasing Your Electricity Bills, and How Attic Insulation Removal in Toronto Will Help
Are you sure your attic insulation is doing its job? You may not be aware that…

How To Build Your Own Air Conditioner Using Just Plastic Bottles
Air conditioning that uses zero electricity? Sounds like it might be an interesting concept, but isn’t there always a catch?

City Duct Cleaning Wins 8th Consumers Choice Award
City Duct Cleaning is a renowned and highly awarded business providing a variety of professional and cost-effective air duct cleaning services for residential properties, including condos, apartments or homes of all sizes…

Why Air Quality Matters
Although concerns over air quality have been debated for years, the topic has heated up and for good reason.

The Difference between Commercial and Residential Air Duct Cleaning
Commercial and residential HVAC systems work in much the same way for heating and cooling. Because differences do exist, it is important to hire the right professional.

Air Duct Cleaning to Reduce Allergies – Real or Scam?
For many years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with other organizations, has claimed that cleaning air ducts is unnecessary in most cases. However, other experts strongly disagree.

Why Dryer Duct Cleaning Is an Immediate and Urgent Need
Although the average drying cycle is relatively short, it does not take much time for a clog to develop. In addition to being an annoyance, a clogged dryer is potentially dangerous.

Very dirty dryer exhaust lint trap.

Very dirty dryer exhaust lint trap.

Valentine’s Day Special – Duct Cleaning Toronto
Valentine’s Day can be a complicated time. There are gifts to buy, dinners to book, and there’s a lot of pressure on you to deliver.

The Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning
There is a lot of talk out there about the benefits of HVAC air duct cleaning. There’s also…

GTA Duct Cleaning
When we first opened our doors, we were one of only less than a dozen companies doing duct cleaning in the Toronto area.

What Is House Dust?
Dust contains pollutants, viruses, and micro organisms that can stimulate allergies. The air ducts in your home…

Air Duct Cleaning Cost
There is a fairly wide range of pricing that you can find while shopping for air duct cleaning in the Toronto area.

Duct Cleaning Brampton
We have cleaned the air duct systems in thousands of brand new homes in the Brampton area…

Cleaning Air Vents
Cleaning the air vents in your home is a small part of the overall job. It is advised that every homeowner…

Good Service Is Good Business
We know that the customer experience begins with their first phone call. We have knowledgeable staff who…

10 Things To Do On A Rainy Day
Why not take this opportunity to work on some of those simple household maintenance items that you rarely seem to have time for?

Ebola Virus and HVAC Systems
With news of a recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa, and fears that it has already spread to some areas of the United States…

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Now Mandatory In Ontario
Unlike smoke, Carbon Monoxide mixes evenly with the air. It is not necessary to have a CO detector installed on every floor of your home…

Proper Duct Cleaning Involves More Than Just Cleaning the Ducts
Make sure that your duct cleaning contractor will be cleaning the fan, the air filters, any and all coils, and all system compartments. Some companies always…

The Kinds of Dust Masks and Why They Are Important
Dust masks are used to protect users from dust and other airborne dangers. Finding the right mask is easy

Pet Dander Allergy – You’re Not Really Allergic to Your Pet’s Fur
Basically, getting a pet with short hair isn’t really going to help you much. Getting a pet that doesn’t shed much hair…

Excellent Home Duct Cleaning Services
Its always nice to hear some praise for the excellent work we do, so here are some recent comments from some of our awesome customers…

Air Pollution Control
In recent years people started to understand that the environment is everybody’s business…

Relief From Allergy Symptoms
Allergy symptoms can vary tremendously from person to person, allergen to allergen and place to place. In one person…

It Has Been Confirmed
It has been confirmed. Breathing clean air makes you live longer! If you want your air to be clean then you have to do two things…

How Clean Is The Air In Your Home?
Today’s tightly-sealed homes trap indoor pollutants and might actually contribute to poor indoor air quality. Here are some of the steps homeowners can take…

Dirty washroom exhaust duct in an apartment in Toronto.

Dirty washroom exhaust duct in an apartment in Toronto.

Duct Cleaning Richmond Hill
We have cleaned the ducts in many new sub-divisions in Richmond Hill…

Duct Cleaning Telemarketers
We do not engage in any form of unsolicited telemarketing practices whatsoever, nor do we employ any outside agents to do so on our behalf.

History of Duct Cleaning in Toronto
The duct cleaning industry has been around in some form or other since the first use of air duct systems, but during the 1980’s there was…

Duct Cleaning Markham
We have cleaned the air duct systems in thousands of brand new homes in the Markham area just prior to the closing dates.

Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning
A clean exhaust system will help your dryer to run for shorter periods of time and will also reduce the possibility of having a dryer duct fire.

Got Rusted Out Vents?
The metal inside is often rotted out because over the years shoes and wet boots have been placed on the grill…

Is Duct Cleaning All You Need?
Many HVAC contractors would say that source removal (the cleaning of your duct system) is all that is needed, while others would say that it is only half the job.

New Home Safety Device
Lint Alert is a new home safety device that basically monitors the air pressure inside your dryer exhaust duct.

Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the condition and content of interior air, especially with regards to how it affects health and safety of humans.

Indoor Air Pollution
There are two main types of air pollution; 1. Particulates (air pollutants that have mass) dust, dander, pollen and cigarette smoke.

The Technical Side To Cleaning A Dryer Vent
The magnehelic gauge can be used to quantify how blocked (or inefficient) a dryer is operating prior to cleaning the dryer vent.

How To Tell When You Need Duct Cleaning
If you see dust on your furniture or experience things like moldy odors, dirty air filters, clogged cooling coils, musty closets…

You May Be In Danger Of A Dryer Duct Fire
The danger of a dryer duct fire is very real. Check out this video which offers some excellent tips on how to prevent a dryer duct fire from occurring in your home.

Air Duct Cleaning Is Energy Efficient
You can improve your energy efficiency as part of the process…

Fire Restoration Duct Cleaning
If you ever have the misfortune to experience a fire or flood damage in your home or place of business, you can request City Duct…

Birds Nesting In Your Exhaust Ducts
Every exhaust vent leading to the outside of your home needs to have some kind of bird screening either over it or inside it to protect…

Is This MY Washroom Exhaust?
If you live in a condo, you may find that your washroom exhaust is actually served by the laundry exhaust fan. If this is the case…

My Animals Urinated in My Duct System Again! What Can I Do?
Pet urine can be removed out of your duct work. To determine where your pet has urinated, provide yourself with a UV black light.

Cleaning of Your Dryer Exhausts
With dryers that have long connections this lint can build up so much over time that it actually clogs the ventilation kit to the outside of your home.

What About the Exterior Condenser?
The smooth and dependable operation of your air conditioning system overall, depends in large part on how clean your outdoor condensing unit is.

Not Enough Cooling?
Dirty air filters is the number one cause for “no heat” and “no cooling” service calls. Before you call for service…

How Can I Perform an Air Quality Test?
It is important to keep in mind that not every air quality investigation will necessarily turn up anything wrong, even after expensive lab testing. The results will…

How to Help Keep Your HVAC System Clean During a Renovation
No matter how careful the construction crew is, construction debris and even garbage of all kinds could end up in your ducts.

What is So GREAT About an Electrostatic Air Filter?
An electro static air cleaner costs about $100 and is a permanent filter. If you ever move you can take it with you.

Why Is It Important That the Air Stream Side of the Furnace is Cleaned
Always clean the air stream side of the furnace with each and every duct cleaning. We will clean out the filters, fan, fan compartments, heat exchangers, the air side of the plenums and the coils. This service is included in our base cost, as…

Dust – How Does It Contaminate Your Home?
Dust is everywhere, and it is unavoidable. We allow dust to freely enter our homes on a day to day basis…

Should We Get Our Ducts Cleaned Before or After We Move Into Our New House?
If your new or used home has a furnace with duct work attached, we recommend that if possible, the duct work be cleaned first before you move in.

Sources of Indoor Air Pollution: Outdoor Air
Indoor air contaminants can come from many sources. Air from the outside becomes indoor air, bringing in dust and exhausts from traffic…

Dirty Dryer Exhaust Ducts
From one single dryer in a customer’s home to dozens of commercial machines in a coin laundry, City Duct Cleaning cleans all dryer exhaust duct work big and small.

Top Three Reasons For IAQ Improvement
Here are the top three reasons why people are generally interested in improving the indoor air quality in their homes

How Often Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?
Once an air system is thoroughly cleaned, it should remain clean for 3 to 4 years if properly maintained and…

City Duct Cleaning name written in the dust inside a large air duct.

Message written in a dirty duct while doing a commercial duct cleaning job in Toronto.

Duct Cleaning Tools – The Predator Whip
Whether we’re cleaning air duct systems in a home or a commercial building, We’ve always got several duct cleaning tools at our disposal. Which ones we do use depends on the specific job.

Duct Cleaning – Find Out Why Only A Professional Should Do It
While many might assume that some type of service to the ducts is better than nothing, this is not always true, as improper treatment can actually cause problems.

Gas Furnace Cleaning and Inspections
Anyone who cleans or inspects a gas furnace in Ontario must to be a licensed gas technician. Most duct cleaners are not licensed gas technicians, nor are most homeowners.If you’ve gotten some half-information about…

What Is Good Indoor Air Quality?
City Duct Cleaning has over two decades of experience in this field including research on house performance, new house construction, renovations and mechanical systems. Members of our staff have also participated in numerous Indoor Air conferences.

Attic Insulation Removal In Progress
There are many reasons why someone would want to have their attic insulation removed. There is alot to know about attic insulation, and its one of the most important energy saving investments that you can make.

Sources of Air Duct Contamination
All inside air was once outside air, so all of the dust, chemicals, pollen, insects and mold spores in the outside air can be pulled into your indoor air system.

How Often Should I Clean My Dryer Ducts?
There are many factors that will determine the frequency of dryer duct cleaning. These things include the length of your dryer exhaust run or piping, and how often the machine is used.

Rooftop HVAC Equipment
What parts of an air system should be cleaned? There are three major parts to every air system…

Air Duct System Repairs
Here are some examples of why it makes good sense to keep your air duct systems in good repair.

Proactive IAQ Management
A large percentage of complaints that are related to indoor air quality can be avoided by routine inspections of a facility’s occupied space and its mechanical systems by someone knowledgeable about and sensitive to IAQ issues.

Disaster Restoration Cleanup From Fire Wind And Water
The tornados that hit Maple, Ontario back in the summer of 2009 was a huge disaster where literally dozens and dozens of homes were so badly damaged that it required many people to have to vacate their homes. Our part in the restoration started with the removal of the attic insulation.

Making Adjustments To Your Air Duct System
For optimum performance from your HVAC system, you will need to adjust your air duct system slightly at the beginning of the heating season, and then again at the start of the cooling season.

Dryer Duct Fires and How to Help Prevent Them
How many people toss a load of wash in the dryer and then go to work or simply go to bed? Watch this story and you probably won’t want to ever do that again.

Is Your Furnace Ready?
When your furnace fan comes on, make sure that you actually feel the air blowing from the vents. Heat will rise and some warmth will come out of them if the furnace is on. Even if the fan is not on. So make sure you have good air blowing out.

Breaking The Sickness Cycle With Cleaner Air
The chances of catching a cold or other sickness from someone else in your home has never been greater. The reason is today’s homes have improved air sealing. While this is good from an energy conservation standpoint…

Will a Dirty Air System Result in Higher Energy Costs?
The answer is most definitely yes! How much higher depends on several factors including the amount of contamination and its location. More specifically, how many of the air handling components are badly effected by the dirt in the system?

Dryer Vent and Air Duct Cleaning Testimonials
Another small sampling of the 100’s of testimonials that City Duct Cleaning has acquired over the years. We literally have stacks of these in our office and while we are thrilled with each and every testimonial, it would be impossible to post them all here.

Duct Cleaning Procedure
The duct cleaning procedure in a Toronto area home starts with a visual inspection of your heating and air duct system. Hoses are then run from the truck and into your home.

What About Video Inspection Cameras?
If any duct cleaning company claims that they will do a superior cleaning due to the fact that they use an inspection camera, I suggest you challenge them to prove that they are getting their inspection camera into all the areas of your duct system…It’s simply impossible!

Duct Cleaning Technicians Versus HVAC Technicians
The cleaning that a duct cleaner can do on your furnace/AC only consists of cleaning the components that the air moves through, However, the law is very clear in this matter and states that Duct Cleaning companies may only clean these conveyance components while they remain in tact and they may never be…

Dryer Duct Cleaning Experts – The Problem Solvers
These are some shots of a recent dryer vent cleaning that we did in downtown Toronto. The homeowner had two different companies in before us, and both of them charged her too much money and didn’t even solve the problem.

Clean Air At Last
If you and your family are suffering from poor indoor air quality like many people are, then you owe it to yourself to call City Duct. Read more to see how we can help.

Candles Are Pretty But Also Deadly
Fires will spread quickly and the heat, smoke, gases, soot and toxic fumes could be deadly.Your home’s furnace ventilation system, when running, acts like a vacuum and can draw in all the smoke from a candle and spread it throughout your home in a matter of minutes creating a sooty mess you can’t imagine.

Can Mold Grow In A Duct System?
Mold spores require a stable temperature, a food source and moisture to live and reproduce. HVAC systems provide all of these things. Any dust or dirt that passes through your air filter provide a good food source.

How to Maintain Your Electronic Air Cleaner
The manufacturer recommends that your electronic air cleaner cells be acid-bathed at least every three years, and it seems like very few people are aware of this fact.

2010 Best Duct Cleaner Award Toronto
Here’s a shot of our most recent duct cleaning award. Thank you Toronto for voting us as the GTA’s best duct cleaner for 2010.

Removing Blown-In Attic Insulation
There are several reasons why someone would want to have the insulation in their attic removed. The most common reasons are due to renovations, the homeowner finding out they are allergic to the existing material, or after rodents (usually squirrels or raccoons) have found a way into the attic space.

Save Our Earth and Improve Air Quality
Here are some easy tips on what you can do and how much carbon dioxide you can actually save.

Keep Your HVAC System Germ-Free Easily
Years ago, the HVAC industry addressed a huge problem concerning mold growth that was due to the very common drum-type humidifiers that most people already had installed on their furnaces. Studies have also shown that air conditioning coils are the primary source of mold growth in HVAC systems.

Why Should Air Ducts Be Cleaned?
Studies have shown that indoor air can be from two to five times more polluted than outside air. Most disposable filters remove about 10 percent of these pollutants, allowing 90 percent to enter the air system…

Is Cleaning Your Own Gas Furnace Worth The Risk?
Is cleaning your own gas furnace worth the risk? Every gas-burning appliance should be cleaned and inspected by a licensed gas technician at least once per year.

A Duct Cleaning Is Well Overdue
Air duct cleaning is a must for any home with a forced air system, whether it is newly built or not. A tremendous amount of dust and debris ends up in the heating vents even in a newly-built home, and these days…

How Much Lint Collects Inside Your Dryer Exhaust Duct?
The amount of lint that collects inside your clothes dryer vent will depend on several factors, which include how often the dryer is used, what type of clothing is being dried, and the overall length of the dryer exhaust vent.

City Duct Cleaning Wins Consumers Choice Award For Sixth Consecutive Year
We are proud to have won this prestigious award once again, and we will continue to provide all our valued customers with honesty and integrity and the best quality services.

What Is An Allergy?
There’s a lot of talk about allergies. But just what is an allergy and what causes them? Why do some people have them while others don’t? And why are people with one allergy more inclined to have many?

Major Health Benefits Gained From Cleaning Your Air Ducts And Garbage Chutes
Even in the most well-kept buildings, your ventilation duct work can become a breeding ground for mold, mildew, fungi and bacteria. Since everyone is normally exposed to some level of indoor pollution from cooking fumes, aerosol sprays, dust, household cleaners and other sources, the effective control of indoor pollution levels relies heavily on the effective maintenance of your property’s ventilation systems and garbage chutes.

How To Install a Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat in your home or office can save you up to 15% of the energy that you are now using for your HVAC system.

Real Duct Cleaning Reviews From Toronto
At City Duct Cleaning we provide our customers with quality workmanship and an honest service. Its no wonder that people are truly satisfied with our work.

Rip-Off Duct Company Gets Shut Down
An interesting story about a company in Boston who advertised air duct cleaning services and then once in the customers’ homes, proceeded to rip them off by using…

Child Poisoned By Air Freshener
A two year old child has been poisoned after swallowing a liquid air freshener that he or she appears to have found inside an air vent.

Telemarketers and Air Duct Cleaning
Telemarketing is something that we DO NOT engage in. Just about everyone already knows about duct cleaning these days, and if you need our services, we are always very easy to find.

Duct Cleaning Editorial Toronto
This is an editorial about City Duct Cleaning Inc. that appeared in the Toronto Sun shortly after we won the Consumers’ Choice Award for Best Duct Cleaner in the Toronto area in 2005.

Getting your home ready for the Spring
With the spring fast approaching, now would be an excellent time to consider having your home’s duct systems professionally cleaned.

Smoke Damage in Air Duct Systems
A forced air ventilation system is quite effective at spreading smoke throughout your house. When a fire occurs and the furnace or cooling system is on…

Invisible Duct Cleaning Equipment vs. Massive Suction
If you were to put your hand up to the end of the hose when the vacuum is running, it would suck your whole arm into the hose.

Great Reviews
At City Duct we’ve had an excellent quality assurance program in effect for many years. Thanks again to all our customers who took the time to add their comments.

Sick Building Syndrome and the Workplace
Sick Building Syndrome has become one of the hottest topics around the workplace, and while exact definitions of the term vary, it generally relates to poor air quality within a working environment.

2010 Winter Olympics
Vancouver is where I first got involved in the duct cleaning industry, something like 30 years ago. .And that always gives me the opportunity to point out how we do things the right way back in Toronto.

Beware of Whole House Specials
Bait and Switch is a common rip-off tactic that has been around for many years and it is also being used by some duct cleaners in the Toronto area as well.

Duct Cleaning Reviews
Most of our customers say they were quite happy with our service, rated it highly, and said they would use us again.

Cleaning Your Dirty Washroom Exhaust Grills
Some homes create alot more dust than others, but on average, you should do this small maintenance item once every six months.

The Strangest Things We’ve Found In Ductwork
A dead fox, a raincoat, a running shoe, a cash box, diamond rings, besides the usual stuff such as hair, cereal, coins, dead mice, pencils and lots of dust. All kinds of old hockey and baseball cards. Pop cans, coffee cups and beer bottles are usual items.

When is the Right Time For a Duct Cleaning?
If you are moving into a newly constructed or newly renovated home, duct cleaning should be on your list. Drywall dust, fibreglass pieces, sawdust and other construction debris can easily restrict air flow.

Why So Cold In Here?
What are some common factors for it being cold in the house? It could be lots of things, such as poor insulation, old windows, bad air flow…

Clothes Dryer Maintenance and Fire Prevention Tips
For more safety and energy-saving tips related to the operation of your clothes dryer, check out this short video. It’s a real eye-opener.

Will Cleaning My Air Ducts Solve My No-Cooling Problem?
It may solve the problem or it may not. Before you decide to have your ducts cleaned for this reason, check your air filter and…

See City Duct Doing a Residential Air Duct Cleaning Job in Toronto
Here’s a quick video of us doing the air duct cleaning in a newer home in the Toronto area.

Dust Closes Operating Rooms
A major General Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, has been forced to shut seven out of their eight operating rooms for one week due to heavy amounts of dust particles.

Thank You Toronto!
Thank you, Toronto for voting us the Best Air Duct Cleaner for 2009. This is our 5th consecutive year winning this pretegious award.

7 Insider Tips For Controlling Dust Mite Allergies
The good news is that you can greatly reduce their population and the aggravating and sometimes debilitating allergy symptoms that result because of them. Here are 7 insider tips on how.

Preventing Potentially Deadly Kitchen Fires
This is a powerful message. Watch the video and don’t forget what you see.

Duct Cleaning Scam on Video
This short video from Channel 2 News talks about a duct cleaning scam where the company advertises a “whole house duct cleaning special” for only $88.00.

Why We’re The Best Duct Cleaning Company!
We’ve won the Consumers’ Choice Award as well as the Top Choice Award for Best Duct Cleaner in Toronto numerous times. We are your best choice hands-down when it comes to cleaning your ducts.

Getting Your Heating System Ready For the Fall
Here’s a quick checklist of things to do. We’ll also go over these items in more detail.

2006 Consumers Choice Award
City Duct Cleaning Inc. won this prestigious award for the category of Best Duct Cleaner in the GTA.

Cleaning the Dryer Exhaust Fan and Ducts in Your Condo
Duct cleaning procedure for a condo explained. This is a typical dryer exhaust fan that you would see in most condos throughout the GTA.

Flow-Through Humidifiers
A central humidifier can save you up to 10% off your heating bill if it is installed and used properly.

Beware of Possible Fire Hazard
Pertaining to removing electronic air cleaner cells and replacing them with a 4″ or 5″ cardboard high-efficiency air filter.

What’s That Smell?
The procedure for dealing with a dead animal in your duct is as follows:
First, locate and remove the cause of the odor (dead animal). Wash the area by hand with a scrub brush or a scrub pad and wipe dry. In many cases, the duct will have to be deodorized.

This is a Dust Mite
Dust mites are not insects but are more closely related to spiders and ticks. They are microscopic and feed mostly on dead skin. They infest beds and carpets by the tens of millions…

Consumers Choice Award
We are grateful for the acknowledgment and will continue to do the best we can to make you realize again that we here at City Duct Cleaning Inc. are the right choice when it comes to air duct cleaning.

Contact Us
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