Now that the construction is almost done, we decided to book Klean King Vac in to come clean the vents and furnace out. The house is still missing cabinetry and baseboards, but the heavy-duty construction and dusty tasks (like drywall sanding) are complete.
To explain why having your furnace and ducts cleaned regularly I went straight to the Klean King Vac website. The FAQ section answered all my questions, so I thought I’d share the information with you.
Are there any health benefits that come from cleaning my furnace and ducts?
Your furnace and air ducts have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health, such as mold, fungi, bacteria, and very small particles of dust and debris. The removal of such contaminants from the heating system and home should be considered as one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality.
Will Furnace and duct cleaning reduce our home energy bills?
Research has demonstrated that furnace and duct cleaning will systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components. Clean, efficient systems are less likely to break down, have a longer life span, and generally operate more effectively that dirty system. It can reduce your energy bill by 10% – 15%.
How often should the furnace and ducts be cleaned?
The frequency of cleaning is recommend every two years but will depend on several factors, not the least of which is the preference of the homeowner. Some factors that affect how often a cleaning is done include:
- Smokers in the household
- Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander
- Residents with allergies or asthma
- Excessive carpeting/ older carpeting
Every house should have a furnace and duct cleaning after construction is complete, including major home renovations. If you’re buying a newly renovated home or a new build, make sure you ask if the ducts were cleaned! It’s surprising how much dust and debris can settle into the ducts, affecting the air quality.
The crew arrived on site and quickly got to work. All the ducts are closed off so that air suction is high when the vacuum is started. Next, a hole is cut into ducts in the furnace room so that the vacuum hose can be fitted in.
The yellow hose feeds out to the truck outside where the extremely powerful vacuum is located.
Once powered on, the vacuum sucks all of the dust, dirt and debris out of your ducts. The hole that was cut in the ducts for the hose is then resealed and easily accessible for future duct cleanings.
Thanks again Klean King Vac for coming out and getting the ducts so clean! For more information about Klean King Vac and to contact them for a quote to clean your own furnace and ducts, be sure to check out their website.