DUCTZ of Tampa Bay offers these residential duct cleaning services:
- Ductwork and HVAC System CleaningDUCTZ cleaning and restoration processes involve more than 127 identifiable and distinct tasks. During the cleaning and restoration process, various assortments of highly specialized and proprietary tools, machinery and supplies are used. In addition, DUCTZ uses patented processes, such as an exclusive metallic barrier in the air plenum of the furnace and in certain ductwork. This barrier eliminates fiberglass shedding and prevents the fiberglass from acting like an absorbent sponge, which collects dirt and moisture, creating a breeding ground for microbial growth, bacteria and fungi.
- Duct SealingIn houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.How do you know that your home has poorly performing ducts?
- You have high summer and winter utility bills
- You have rooms that are difficult to heat and cool
- You have stuffy rooms that never seem to feel comfortable
- Your ducts are located in an attic, crawlspace, or the garage
- You find tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system
Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent. Sealing and insulating ducts increases efficiency, lowers your energy bills, and can often pay for itself in energy savings. Plus, if you’re planning to install new heating and cooling equipment, a well-designed and sealed duct system may allow you to downsize to a smaller, less costly heating and cooling system that will provide better dehumidification.
Protect the Environment
Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming. Simply put, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate. By sealing your ducts and reducing the amount of energy necessary to comfortably heat or cool your home, you can reduce the amount of air pollution generated. Learn more about this at http://www.energystar.gov
- Dust Problems & Filtration The air filter in your furnace or air conditioner has a profound impact on your living environment. Regular filter maintenance is essential to maintaining proper indoor air quality (IAQ). Frequent filter changes can also improve energy efficiency and extend the life of mechanical systems.The Benefits of Filtered Air:
- Removes dust, particulates and other airborne contaminants that adversely affect IAQ
- Reduces maintenance of building interiors such as frequent washings of blinds and fluorescent bulbs
- Protects the contents of occupied spaces including paintings, tapestries and other items of historic or cultural value
- Eliminates fire hazards by removing lint and other materials which might accumulate in ductwork
Air filters capture small particles of dust, pollen and other contaminants that ride on currents in the air stream. A well maintained filter, one that is regularly changed or cleaned, removes debris that might otherwise end up in your lungs. Some filters can clean more than 99 percent of airborne particulates. These high efficiency filters are important for the elderly, people suffering from asthma or allergies and others with a compromised immune system. Failure to properly maintain air filters can have a devastating impact on your home’s furnace or air conditioning mechanical system. Inadequate filtration allows for fine particles to collect on sensitive mechanical components, causing premature wear and breakdown. Regular filter maintenance can extend the life of your home’s heating or air-conditioning system for years.
Upgrading your filtration alone leaves existing contaminants in the duct system that can cause indoor air quality problems. Before upgrading to a better quality air filter, it is essential to ensure that the entire mechanical system is clean. Duct cleaning without properly maintaining filters can accelerate the re-contamination of the HVAC system. Proper filter maintenance may extend the time between cleanings by keeping the system free of debris.
Call or schedule today to talk with a DUCTZ professional about what kind of filtration is best for your home.
- Airflow ProblemsYour heating and air conditioning unit will not warm or cool your home properly without balance in the HVAC air flow. If your home has uneven temperatures from room to room, you need to balance the air flow in your HVAC system. A huge reason for inflated heating and cooling bills can be attributed to airflow problems within the HVAC system. There are many possible causes, and each result is the same: little or no airflow out of your supply air registers. Determining the cause is relatively easy if you know where to look. Consider some pointers on finding the culprit to low air flow.Instructions
- Check the HVAC filter located on the side of the HVAC unit. This is the number one reason for airflow problems. If it is dirty, there will be significantly reduced airflow, and you will need to replace it.
- Check the supply air and return air registers. If these are shut or blocked, air can’t get in or out of the rooms they feed. Move large furniture away if it is placed in front of the registers. Open registers if they are closed.
- Check your blower fan for excessive dirt. Running an HVAC unit without a filter can cause the blower fan to get dirty and reduce airflow. Hire an experienced DUCTZ Professional to clean the blower fan if this is the cause.
- Look at your evaporator coil to see if it is dirty or iced up. You may need to cut an access hole into the supply air plenum to see the coil. You can install a patch afterward. Low refrigerant can cause your coil to ice up when you are running your air conditioner. This will block airflow. A licensed DUCTZ Professional will have to check your refrigerant if this is the cause.
- Examine all your ductwork to see if it is crushed or pulling apart. Flexible ductwork is especially vulnerable to damage. Replace any damaged ductwork.
- Biological GrowthDUCTZ processes control biological organisms, such as microbial growth and bacteria that form on cooling coils and other working parts of HVAC systems by mechanically removing the sources for growth. These organisms can interfere with the heat transfer process, causing reduced HVAC system efficiency. The DUCTZ microbial control cleaning process prevents corrosion often caused by sulfuric acid secreted by common bacteria. This process also prevents rust and corrosion, which can degrade the HVAC system forcing costly repairs and replacements. Our microbial control cleaning process also extends the useful life of HVAC systems while increasing overall energy efficiency by keeping fins, blowers and coils clean and running at peak operational performance.Indoor air quality can be adversely affected by the spread of harmful contaminants through the HVAC system. Contaminants in the HVAC system can cause odors, damage surfaces and secrete toxic byproducts to living and working areas. DUCTZ microbial control cleaning process improves indoor air quality at the source – the HVAC system. DUCTZ professionals take the necessary steps to protect from exposure to contaminants dislodged during the cleaning process by using HEPA filtration on cleaning equipment and adhere to NADCA and other appropriate guidelines and standards.DUCTZ professionals use thoroughly researched processes and procedures, combined with appropriate products for the following applications: flexible ducts fabricated of metal or plastic, unlined sheet metal ducts, air handlers, cooling coils, fan coil units, condensate drain pans, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, registers, grills, diffusers, fans, fan housings, transfer boxes, turning vane, return ducts, plenums and rooftop units.DUCTZ professionals are certified, qualified and trained in microbial control cleaning processes and strive to improve indoor air quality and increase the operating efficiency of HVAC systems.
- Fire & Water Damage HVAC interior surfaces have the potential to collect particulate, smoke, moisture, gaseous emissions and other contaminants as the result of a fire or smoke event. This can occur even while the HVAC system is in a de-energized (non-operational) state. Deposition of these foreign materials may alter the HVAC system’s components, potentially affecting system performance, corrosion resistance, and the general hygiene of the HVAC interior surfaces. A standardized evaluation of the HVAC interior surface conditions is necessary to determine when HVAC interior surfaces have been impacted by a fire-related particulate.When addressing water related issues within mechanical systems DUCTZ strictly adheres to the institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S500 and S520 standards to assess and restore mechanical systems.
- Construction Debris Large amounts of airborne debris can contaminate every space of a building or home under construction. Controlling this debris before it contaminates the mechanical system or building is extremely important. Building containment strategies designed by DUCTZ senior personnel provide assurances against cross-contamination of known contaminants. Many buildings are occupied while cleaning or investigations are conducted. DUCTZ professionals use specialized industrial HEPA vacuum equipment to control any number of construction debris-related issues in the home or office, including wood floor sanding, plaster sanding, general construction and more.DUCTZ professionals are certified, qualified and trained in controlling airborne debris from areas under construction.
Schedule an appointment today to evaluate your residential air duct and HVAC system cleaning needs.