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Valentine’s Day Special – Duct Cleaning Toronto

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIALS AT CITY DUCT CLEANING

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. Everything’s supposed to be perfect. But the problem is, everyone else is trying to do the same thing.

Remember those chocolates she didn’t like? The restaurant that was too crowded with guys trying way too hard to impress? The romantic weekend you planned where Murphy’s Law got in the way and everything that could possibly go wrong did?

I’m telling you, it doesn’t have to be like this. There are other ways to live your life.

What if, for example, you could give the gift of clean air? That would be something else, wouldn’t it? Imagine giving a gift that keeps on making a difference with every single breath she takes?

I’m sure that probably sounds too good to be true, but trust me, it’s not. You really can give the gift of clean air.

With City Duct Cleaning, right now, you can get $50 off an already low price for a full air duct cleaning in your home. Their complete cleaning process includes all the ducts in your house along with all related HVAC components.

There are tons of benefits to taking advantage of this Valentine’s Day special. Studies show, for example, that up to 40 pounds of dust can be accumulated in an average-sized home every year. Then, it gets recirculated back through your HVAC system, and the problem can just get worse and worse.

A good duct and HVAC system cleaning can also help save you money, because your system’s not going to have to work so hard when it’s running clean. So, you can also think about an air duct cleaning as being about equivalent to giving the gift of cash. And everyone likes a gift of cash, don’t they?

If you’re really feeling ambitious, you can also get the City Duct Cleaning guys to clean your dryer duct while they’re doing everything else. Lint and other contaminants can accumulate in your dryer duct, weakening its performance. And there’s nothing worse than a weak dryer, is there?

So, to summarize, giving the gift of air duct cleaning from City Duct Cleaning actually means you’re giving her the following:

• Clean air
• Peace of mind
• Cash

With all that and more, what are you waiting for?

Well, don’t wait long. This Valentine’s Day special from City Duct Cleaning is available until February 19th. These guys have been around for a while, and they know what they’re doing. They’ll do a great job, they’ll treat your home as if it was their own, and they’re a company you can trust. Their reputation is on the line with every job they do, so they’ll take care to get it done right.

Find out more at http://www.cityductcleaning.com/frequently-asked-questions/, and get in touch with them now to give the Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving!

Should We Get Our Ducts Cleaned Before or After We Move Into Our New House?

Congratulations on your new purchase. Purchasing a new home can be overwhelming at times, but is a major accomplishment in life. If your new or used home has a furnace with ductwork attached, we recommend that the ductwork gets cleaned first before you move in.

To help your family’s health, an air duct cleaning is the most important cleaning for your home. Airborne allergens and pollutants enter into your home, creating dirty air. This dirty air is then cycled through your HVAC system catching other dust and debris and spreading it everywhere. At home you should always have “peace of mind” and this includes the air that you breathe. You clean your counter tops on a regular basis, why shouldn’t you clean your duct system too?

If you have purchased a new home, then having your ducts cleaned should be number 1 on your list. Builders have hired contractors on site to do anything from carpentry to painting. Unfortunately, none of these contractors have a care on what they throw down your duct system. To them it is out of site, out of mind. Then it becomes your problem. In new homes it is common for us to find nails, screws, drywall, urine, pop cans, pizza boxes, cigarette packages and so on. These items will block the flow of air from moving in the most efficient way and it will also make the whole system work harder, thereby costing you more money to pay for the extra energy that is used.

If you have purchased a used home, we also recommend that the ducts be cleaned. You don’t know how the previous owners used to live. Where they clean people? Did they look after there responsibilities? Did they have pets? Did they smoke? Did they clean their ducts in prior years?

We at City Duct Cleaning recommend that every three years you should have your ducts cleaned. Within a 3 year time limit, it is estimated that you will collect around 7-10 pounds of dust and debris in your ducting system.Clean vents are healthy vents.

To get the best air quality in your house, please contact us for a free no – obligation quote on a whole house duct cleaning @ 416-293-1800. Your house is your biggest asset, so it is worth the little money to have your air duct cleaning done right. 😛


Furnace Technician

Gas Furnace Cleaning and Inspections

There are plenty of do it yourself articles available on the internet about how to clean your own gas furnace but I do not believe that any of these articles are really providing anyone with very useful or prudent information. Anyone who cleans or inspects a gas furnace in Ontario has to be a licensed gas technician, and for good reason. Most duct cleaners are not licensed gas technicians, nor are most homeowners.If you’ve gotten some half-information about how to clean your own gas furnace, then how do you know if you didn’t miss something unsafe about your furnace that a licensed technician would have noticed straight away?

Some people could be lulled into a false sense of security thinking that they have cleaned their furnace and now they’re good for another year. But this is really not the case, especially when you don’t really know what you’re looking for.

We’ve posted some information on our site before about keeping your furnace area clear of combustibles and making sure that your furnace is able to get the required amount of air, as well as some other things to watch out for, and that’s about as much information that I think there should be available to the average homeowner anyway.

Those are all easy, common-sense safety items. I would never try to tell someone how to clean their own gas furnace, even if it was going to save them a little bit of money today.

Take this example… If you wanted to save yourself some money, would you search on the internet for some information and then change the brakes on your car? Some people could do it, but it would not be recommended. Some things are best left to a qualified professional.

A gas furnace cleaning and inspection is available with any duct cleaning job that we do at City Duct Cleaning, but we will always send a licensed gas technician to do at least that part of the job.

Air duct system

Is Your Furnace Ready?

The Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end to the summer for many, and since we’ve also been having almost fall-like weather these past few days, I think it might be prudent to run this post once again.

Getting Your Heating System Ready For The Fall offers some helpful advice, and the only other thing I might add now that another year has gone by is when we get to the part where 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. So make sure you have good air blowing out.

If your air flow is not good enough then you might want to consider having your air ducts cleaned. And if you are interested in upgrading your air filter to something better, there are many options available. We can hook you up with just about any type of air filter there is. We supply and install them all. From 1″ exterior furnace filter racks to electronic air cleaners to whole house HEPA systems. We do it all and we can offer some good free advice as well. Just call if you need us.

Dirty Furnace Fan

Will a dirty air system result in higher energy costs?

Good question. 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?

Many times it is all of them. How much money you can save on your energy bills by maintaining a clean HVAC system also depends on several things too, and there is really no cut-and-dry method to figure this out exactly.

Its been said for 30 years or more that even one sixteenth of an inch of soot on the inside or your heat exchanger can increase your energy consumption by up to 10%. That’s because the soot insulates the steel surfaces that are supposed to be transferring the heat produced by the energy to the air that is blowing past it and into your ducts.

The result of this situation is that you need to run your furnace longer to heat your home to its desired temperature.

Most gas furnaces today are high-efficiency models. They have made several amazing changes to HVAC systems over the last 25 years and they are still changing things all the time.

Gas burners are now only about 4″ long and are designed to give you a perfect flame. The perfect flame makes the combustion part of the system run much cleaner. This part of your furnace still does require cleaning and inspection from time-to-time. So instead of the once a year rule that’s been ingrained into many of us, we now recommend to our customers that they have this cleaned once every two years.

Some common sense rules apply to this though… if the furnace is right beside a clothes dryer that doesn’t vent too well, then the furnace will suck in lint. Some basements are just dustier than others. In a case like the one just mentioned, the once per year should still apply. And why would you want your dryer blowing lint into your basement anyway? Dryer duct cleaning should also be a very important part of your home maintenance agenda as well. To learn more about that, check some of our other pages for more information on dryer ducts.

Moving on to the other parts of the HVAC system, the next biggest thief of your heat is your air conditioning coil. If this is dirty then the dust will absorb the heat from the furnace and you will usually smell a slight dust burning smell when your furnace is on.

In severe cases the coil could be so dirty that almost no air is flowing through it. So this absolutely needs to be cleaned whether it looks dirty or not!

Take a closer look at these shots of a dirty air conditioning coil that I pulled out of one family’s furnace. The bottom or underside of this coil is supposed to look like the top. The coil is so plugged that no air was passing through it. The furnace was cycling on limit, meaning that a safety device in the furnace was turning the gas burner off when the temperature inside the furnace kept getting too hot.

Plugged air conditioning coil removed from a residential gas furnace
Photo 1: Plugged air conditioning coil removed from a residential gas furnace
Photo 2: Don’t let dirty coils rob you of your energy dollars!
Photo 3: Absolutely plugged air conditioning coil. No air will flow through this one.

So how does your air conditioning coil get dirty in the first place? All the air that gets blown through the coil comes from the return air part of your duct system. The air must pass through a filter, but how good of a filtration system do you have? And is this filter kept clean all the time?

This is one of the most crucial things that a homeowner can do to maintain their heating or cooling system. Air filters are very, very important to the amount of energy that your system uses, and is also very important to your comfort levels when inside your home.

We didn’t even mention the other components of your HVAC system yet, but it is important to make sure that these are all kept clean too.

These include your air vents and your cold air returns, your tertiary heat exchanger and your furnace fan.

If you are in need of air duct cleaning service then make sure you choose a company who uses compressed air, has knowledgeable technicians, and who will include the cleaning of these crucial HVAC components as part of the job.

Ultra Violet Lighting System for HVAC

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.

With water constantly sitting in the water tray, it provided a very high source of mold growth.The answer brought about the introduction of the flow-through type humidifier, which uses only enough water to humidify your home, and any water not used by the process is drained away.

These types of humidifiers are now very common. The replacement of drum-type humidifiers with a flow-through model is crucial to improving indoor air quality, however, when considering mold in your system, the humidifier is only one part of the problem.

Studies have also shown that air conditioning coils are the primary source of mold growth in HVAC systems.

There is a very effective solution to that problem, and that’s where UVC Lights come into play.

The best way to eliminate mold from your HVAC and air duct system is with the use of Ultraviolet C-band (UVC) lights. These are used in many HVAC systems for IAQ (indoor air quality) and infectious disease control, are are now becoming fairly popular.

Fresh inoculation coming off the coil typically migrates downstream and some of it settles in the ductwork. But when you destroy mold and microbial growth at the coil, you eliminate the food source. By doing so, the contamination that has already built up on the duct surfaces will eventually decay away.

The common solution then, is to install UVC lights at the source (downstream of and facing the coil, or in the return air duct if installing it downstream is too difficult). Coil surfaces are continuously bathed in germicidal light, designed to kill microorganisms that grow and multiply there. Not only on the visible part of the fins, but also on surfaces within the coil, where the greatest amount of mold activity occurs.

When you install UVC to keep coils and ductwork clean, it’s essentially a permanent fix. There’s little to do except change the bulbs about once a year.

The coil is the source of the trouble in most cases. And when you eradicate mold growth at the source, the related odors quickly disappear. Occupants report a fresher smelling environment and the abatement of many allergy and discomfort problems.

For our customers who require the absolute cleanest air possible, we recommend a thorough air duct cleaning, the installation of a quality air filter of course, and the installation of at least one UV Light. These three items combined will greatly improve the indoor air quality in your home.

Burned Gas Furnace

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.

With newer high-efficiency gas furnaces, it seems to have become common practice for many homeowners to stretch their yearly furnace inspection to once every two years now, and that is mostly due to two reasons.

Newer gas furnaces burn much cleaner and efficiently these days, especially as compared to the standard conventional gas furnaces that were common in the 70’s and 80’s. The second-most common reason for putting off regular maintenance is due to economic reasons.

There are still some homeowners who insist on cleaning their own furnaces, and we strongly advise against this practice for obvious reasons. A cleaning and inspection includes the gas technician checking certain safety controls and looking for safety issues.

A good technician can take in so much information about your furnace in just a few quick minutes, and if a homeowner were watching the technician doing this service you wouldn’t even realize that he just checked over a dozen things just by looking at your furnace and its configuration. So the process of cleaning the furnace itself then looks fairly simple.

Here are some pictures of what happened to one homeowner in the Toronto Area recently who decided to clean his own furnace because he wanted to save the cost of hiring an experienced technician to do the job.

 

The furnace was so badly burned that no one was able to determine exactly what he did to cause this fire.

But the mess was very extensive. The plastic insulation on all the wires in the furnace burned, and the smoke was sucked into the fan compartment. The smoke was then promptly distributed throughout the entire house via the air duct system. This highly toxic black smoke caused over $100,000 damage to the home, and when his insurance company found out that the homeowner caused this fire himself, they refused to pay.

The lesson to be learned is that people should not mess with any gas appliance. Always read your furnace manual to understand what the user can and cannot do to maintain the system.

Furnace Maintenance Tips

There are, however, a few very simple things that you can do to help ensure the safe operation of your furnace. First and foremost, is forget about do-it-yourself furnace maintenance unless you are a licensed and highly trained gas technician.

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Real duct cleaning reviews from toronto

Real Duct Cleaning Reviews From Toronto

Here are some more real reviews that came from City Duct customers. Most of these were brought back to us in writing, and appeared on our Quality Questionaire checklists.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.

With the spring now here, I am glad City Duct Cleaning cleaned my air ducts, as I can now concentrate on my gardening.
Anna in East York

Less dusting is all I asked for. Cleaning my air ducts was the smartest thing to do. Thankyou city duct.
Jill from Scarborough

Good duct cleaning John. Thanks for the dryer duct cleaning too.
John from Pickering

Air duct cleaning, dryer ducts, furnace cleaning, deodorizing and sanitizing all for $350.00. Seemed like a lot, but you did an excellent job and after company price shopping, City Duct Cleaning was cheaper by $70.00. Thanks
Scott & Josie T.
Scarborough

Thanks for cleaning the birds nest out. I will call you guys for my ducts in the summer.
Robert
Toronto

Duct cleaning and deodorizing sure made a difference after our renovations. I’ll tell my neighbours and who gets the $50.00 discount for referral?
Dave
Toronto

Excellent job. I was really impressed with the way the two workers covered and cleaned all air registers. Duct cleaning, done right is a good service to have done.
Brenda S.
Toronto

Your compressor and vacuum scared 7 out of my cat’s 9 lives, but my air ducts are cleaner so it was worth it.
Mary and Al
Toronto

My allergies and dusting are both not as bad since City Duct Cleaning cleaned my air duct system. It was a pleasure doing business with you. I would recommend City Duct Cleaning to anyone.
Stacy L.
Mississauga

Reviewing your website and seeing the Consumers choice and top choice award shows honesty on your part. I spoke to other duct cleaners who claimed to be award winners but after researching, I found out that they were lying. Keep up the good work and you will stay at the top of your duct cleaning field. I will tell my co-workers and friends/family about City Duct Cleaning.
Bill in Toronto

We had our ducts cleaned three times now in 5 years and I always thought we had good work done. I really could not believe how much dirt your men just pulled from my ducts today. You just earned a life long customer. Thankyou so much.
K. Perry
Scarborough

Why so cold

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…

As Mrs. Angela Sheridan of Toronto, Ontario writes:

‘My husband and I were having a problem in our daughter’s room with it being very cold at night. We would turn up the furnace to no avail as it was still very cold. On the other hand, the rest of the house was quite comfortable.

We called a local heating/cooling company to come service the furnace and we were told that the furnace was old and we should replace it and that would solve our problem. It sounded quite costly and we were still wondering if that would solve the problem in our little girl’s room. The windows were old but still, they did not seem to be the problem. We called an air duct cleaning company and within hours they were at our house with a large vacuum truck and video equipment.

I was amazed that one of the technicians on the job was John, one of the owners of the duct cleaning company. He turned up the thermostat then went to our daughter’s room and felt little air flow as compared to the rest of the house. He put a video camera into the bedroom duct and showed me the problem. We did not need new windows or a new furnace, we needed a good duct cleaning so he could remove the running shoe that was stuck in the duct pipe in our daughters room!

After a whole house duct cleaning I could not believe my eyes at all of the debris they took out of the ducts, it was truly amazing and the air flow is now great.’

So before you replace a furnace, etc… it does pay to have the air ducts cleaned or video scoped as opposed to spending countless dollars on needless work.

Duct cleaning will not solve every problem, but it is a general maintenance item and is a wise investment in your family’s health.