Posts Tagged ‘Heat Duct Cleaning’

What Can Go Wrong if You Don’t Schedule Duct Cleaning in the Heating Season

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 by Lisa Pixley

“Can’t I just clean my ducts on my own?” This is a question we get asked often around the heating season, after we let homeowners know about the importance of cleaning the ducts. Ductwork can contain hidden contaminants which you cannot see with the naked eye, so it may be difficult to eliminate every single type of contaminant with a D-I-Y duct cleaning. Besides, professionals simply have a wider array of tools at their disposal, including high-pressure vacuums, soft brushes, and safe cleaning solutions.

If you don’t schedule regular heat duct cleaning in St. Paul, you risk a few different problems that can continue to occur throughout the heating season. Here’s what can go wrong if you don’t choose professionals for the job this year.

  • Family members with asthma or allergies can suffer. If you have family members that suffer from allergies or asthma, you’re not making the situation any better by delaying duct cleaning. Most ductwork contains some contaminants like dust, pollen, or pet dander, as well as living organisms like bacteria and viruses.
  • Mold growth may develop. Without thorough duct cleaning, you could subject your home to potential mold growth. Air conditioning and heating equipment can develop condensation, which can cause the air in the ducts to be even more humid than the air in your home. This means moisture can build up in the ductwork, allowing mold to develop and spores to spread into the air, leading to potential illness.
  • You may notice limited heating performance. The performance of your forced-air heater is contingent upon having a working set of ducts. Dirty ductwork can create friction which makes it harder for your heating equipment to operate properly.
  • You may spend more on your heating. Because your heater could have limited capabilities, the parts may begin to wear down fairly quickly, causing reduced efficiency/


If you’ve recently made renovations to your home, if family members suffer from allergies, or if you simply haven’t had anyone inspect your ducts in a while, call Alpha Air Corporation.

We’ll get your ducts back into top condition with our quality heat duct cleaning in St. Paul. Contact Us Today! 952.476.4144 or 1-866-PIXLEYS

I Have Flexbile Ducts: Is Duct Cleaning Still An Option?

Friday, August 30th, 2013 by Lisa Pixley

If you own a forced-air distribution system, such as a furnace or heat pump, then you depend heavily on the integrity of your ductwork to remove indoor air from your home and to recirculate conditioned air throughout the various sections of the home. But in order to get the most out of your heater or air conditioner, you need to ensure that your ductwork is kept clean at all times. There is simply no other way to ensure that they will be both effective and efficient. Homeowners with flexible ductwork in their homes may be wondering about whether such material can be cleaned. Is duct cleaning an option for flexible ducts? In short, yes. But it ultimately depends on whether you hire a professional heat duct cleaning professional in Duluth, MN to get the job done right.

Cleaning flexible ducts requires a gentler touch and a different set of tools than with normal, sheet metal ductwork. The latter is sturdy and stable, but flexible duct is relatively thin and comprised of corrugated plastic whose rings can begun to accumulate dust and other debris. It can be difficult to get into such areas effectively and thoroughly, which is why attempting to clean your own ducts is inadvisable. Attempting to vacuum them on your own may risk the integrity of the insulation lining the duct as well as the connections.

In order to have your ducts cleaned professionally, you need to ensure that you hire a qualified contractor who knows how to address the unique needs of flexible ductwork, and who can give you an honest appraisal of whether your ducts needs to be cleaned. Because of the low cost of flexible ductwork, there may be cause to replace the ductwork instead of cleaning should the debris accumulation be particularly severe. Look for an HVAC technician who can help advise you on such matters.

At Alpha Air Corporation, we can ensure that your heat duct cleaning service in Duluth, MN is completed thoroughly and properly so that your heating and cooling are restored.

Call us today to schedule a consultation about your ductwork.