First, the technician will bring you down to the furnace room and explain how your particular system works. He will then do a 20-point mechanical inspection of your heating system and other components, such as the hot water tank, fireplaces, and belts. He then will prepare the system for cleaning. A large 10″ vacuum hose will be brought down to the furnace room, connecting the ductwork to our powerful truck-mounted vacuum. A high-pressure airline (1″ diameter) is then run from the truck into the house for use in the cleaning. At this point the ductwork in the house is sealed off to optimize vacuum pressure and to prevent any back drafting of dust. After the vacuum is turned on, each branch of the ductwork is individually cleaned using highly compressed air through a forward skipper and a wand. We customize each cleaning to meet the needs of your particular duct system and the package you purchased, using several different pieces of air equipment. Downstairs, the main part of the ductwork is cleaned out using a reverse air pressure hose (or skipper) to ensure that even the heaviest debris is removed. This device is similar to a plumbers snake. After the duct cleaning is done, the furnace is cleaned from top to bottom, including the heat exchangers and the blower.
We access your home through a door or window. Our large vacuum hose (10″ in diameter) will need to reach the furnace area from the back of our vacuum truck. A high-pressure airline also needs to extend from our vacuum truck to all areas in the house that have air registers (both hot and cold).
Access is to be determined by the technicians at the time of cleaning.
In cold weather, we do everything possible to ensure the house does not cool down more than a few degrees.
Even on the coldest of days, (we work when the weather is above -25°C?) we find that most of the houses we are cleaning do not drop more than a few degrees overall.
When a home is built, the first thing to be installed after framing and exterior sheathing has been completed is your heating and ventilation system.
All of the sub-contractors such as plumbers, electricians, drywallers, and finishing carpenters start their work after the duct system is in place.
These trades leave behind things like sawdust, wood chips, drywall plaster and dust, and any other items that may have been used in construction.
Unfortunately, homebuilders do not always have the duct systems cleaned out after all construction is completed. On top of this, newer areas have far more dust because of their vicinity to farmland and heavy equipment used in the construction of the community.
For these reasons, it is most important that heating and ventilation systems are cleaned out after a new home is built.
There is no bad time, but better times. Most think of using our services in the fall, as our customers experience the first smell of the “stinking furnace air.” You will experience a longer booking time then. We recommend getting it done right now. Why put off breathing the healthy, clean air that your family and you deserve today!
The air pressure used is 300 p.s.i. (pounds per square inch), which is more than twice that of a regular car wash wand.
Vacuum suction is 13,000-15,000 C.F.M. (Cubic Feet of air Movement per minute). The C.F.M. at the fan base is 40,000, but because we rate vacuum suction at the furnace, or at the end of our hose, it is lower.
The hose diameter is 10”.
We have been members since 1996.
The cleaning itself will not create dust; however because a door or window must be open during the cleaning to allow air back into the house, the dust that is in the outside air may settle in the house once the equipment is turned off. (No more dust will come in from outside than if you left your windows open in the summer.) The only other area dust may settle after the cleaning is in an unfinished basement. The exposed ducts in the basement may have dust on top of them and this dust may shake off during the cleaning because the ducts vibrate. As a precaution you may want to cover any computer equipment you have in an unfinished area due to the fact that a computer attracts dust.
The material and waste handling fee is a flat fee of $19.95. That covers the cost of materials used during the cleaning such as sheet metal plates, screws, plastic plugs, and more, as well as the removal and disposal of waste from your home.
No, not at all, the access hole is cut above the furnace in the plenum to prevent debris from unnecessarily going into the furnace. Once the cleaning is complete the hole is professionally sealed with a 10” x 10” sheet metal plate. This is an airtight seal so there will be no loss of efficiency in your heating system. For future cleanings we will be able to remove the existing plate and reuse the same access hole.
Yes, we do depending on where you live (please contact our office for your rate). If we are able to book more than one cleaning call in your area, then the travel charge would be reduced.
We require a clearing of 2 – 3 feet around the furnace and approximately 1 foot around all vents to ensure an effective use of the technicians’ time and a most efficient clean. This includes and is not limited to heavy pieces of furniture, breakables, valuables and any loose items. Our technicians are not able to move your belongings due to the potential for injury and/or liability to Acclaimed!
Any pets need to be secured in a separate room, kenneled and/or crated during the time of service. You can have your pet outdoors if that is what you would prefer unless there is a dryer vent cleaning in your package as we need access to the vent from the exterior line outside the house.
Driveways need to be cleared of any motor vehicles for our trucks to park as close to the house as possible as our equipment only has 150 feet of hose available to get from the truck to the furnace. If you live in a high rise building then this does not apply to you as we will be using the portable unit which is not restricted to the same limitations.
*NOTE: ANY AND ALL SEASONAL WEATHER HAZARDS (ICE/SNOW/OIL etc.) MUST BE PROPERLY MAINTAINED TO ELIMINATE SAFETY RISKS FOR OUR CREWS AS EQUIPMENT IS BULKY & HEAVY.