Q: When you have multiple pets, how often should you clean your ducts and deep clean carpets?
A: Our standard recommendation is once every two years, however, with multiple pets in your home, we would recommend that you get a good thorough cleaning done and then have it done again in one year's time.The technician can then determine at that time whether or not it should be done less frequently or more frequently and put you on a regular maintenance schedule if you so choose.
- We recommend using disposable pleated filters to assist with catching the pet hair and make sure that you change the filter at minimum every 6-8 weeks.
- We provide you with a free filter at the time of service. When we come to your home, you also have the option of purchasing filters directly from us for $15 each or $12 each if you buy a box of 12. If you have a box of filters already in the home, you are more likely to change it regularly!
Q: How often should I change the filter?
A: The filter should be changed at least every 6-8 weeks.
Q: How often should you have your furnace and ducts cleaned?
A: Unless you experience health issues due to allergies, our recommend is to have it cleaned every two years. Some people prefer to have it done more frequently. We do, however, recommend cleaning after a big remodel job.
Q: What is the process you use to clean ducts?
A: Full Throttle uses a portable system which is set up in the furnace room.
- We isolate return air ducts with bags to eliminate dust being put into the air.
- Then we clean the return air ducts and repeat on supply side while duct system is in a negative pressure
- We then go to each individual run and use compressed air with various scrubbing attachments
- This removes all dust and debris which gets captured into a hepa filter canister which sits in the mechanical room
Q: Is there a price difference for duct cleaning for people with or without central air?
A: There is an additional $69 charge for people with air conditioning. Although it is optional it is highly recommended and here is why.
- Many duct cleaning companies only clean your ductwork. At Full Throttle we actually clean your furnace as well by pulling out the blower and cleaning it. If you have a high efficiency furnace, we also clean the recoup coil as well. The air conditioning coil is located on top of your furnace so we blow it out with compressed air and remove the dust, pet hair, lint, etc. manually off of the coil.
Q: If you were cleaning out the ducts and you found something that isn't normal to find would you show and tell?
A: We like to show the homeowner what was in their ductwork when they request so that they have better understanding of what we do and how well our system works. After all, our customers have just spent their hard earned money on our service, we want them to know that we made a difference. I don't think we could find anything that would surprise us, we have cleaned all sorts of things out of ductwork!
- We can also take pictures and email them to you. We find that a picture before and a picture after is a powerful tool.
- Please be confident that if we find something that, by definition, or in our customers view, isn't normal in the ductwork, privacy is important to us and we would never share this with anyone else other than the homeowner.
Q: Can we have our ducts cleaned if it is cold outside?
A: A common misconception for duct cleaning in Regina is that when the temperature dips to -20 to -25 degrees Celsius (plus our beautiful wind chill!) that it is too cold to get your ducts cleaned! With the method that Full Throttle Furnace & Duct Cleaning Inc. employs that it is not the case! Our portable vacuum system comes right into your home and directly attaches to your duct system. The HEPA filter and canister capture the airborne and heavy particles and debris right in your home. This eliminates the traditional 8"-10" vacuum hoses which typically hold the door open throughout the duct cleaning process which, on some days, drops your temperature 8-12 degrees. Don't let the cold scare you away from improving your indoor air quality and efficiency of your furnace.
Q. Will duct cleaning eliminate all dust from my house?
A. Your furnace does not produce the dust. The dust ends up in the furnace and ductwork from other sources.
With everyday living you are continually producing dust.
What is in household dust? “The specific dust mix in any household differs according to climate, age of the house and the number of people who live in it — not to mention the occupants' cooking, cleaning and smoking habits. But nearly everywhere, dust consists of some combination of shed bits of human skin, animal fur, decomposing insects, food debris, lint and organic fibers from clothes, bedding and other fabrics, tracked-in soil, soot, particulate matter from smoking and cooking, and, disturbingly, lead, arsenic and even DDT.” [Kluger, Jeffrey. “What’s in Household Dust? Don’t Ask.” Time Magazine 23 Feb. 2010]
The air circulates in your house five to seven times a day through the air ducts of your HVAC heating and cooling system, carrying with it the dust and debris of everyday living. Duct cleaning will remove the dust and debris from your air ducts and your HVAC heating and cooling system, therefore, removing the dust that would otherwise be recirculated into the air via the HVAC system.
Removing this dust and debris increases the efficiency of your HVAC system. This alone can be a worthwhile cost saving! Because household dust is produced continually, we recommend having your ductwork cleaned every two years.
Energy Star suggests changing your furnace filter once a month, especially during the winter and summer months when your HVAC system gets used the most. If your filter is dirty after a month, change it. At minimum, change the filter every 6-8weeks. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to you warm or cool thus wasting energy. Full Throttle Furnace & Duct Cleaning provides a free standard size pleated filter with each cleaning service. We also sell additional filters for your convenience.
Q. What type of system do you use? Portable vacuum v. Duct Truck
A. Full Throttle Furnace & Duct Cleaning Inc. has both portable systems and truck mounted systems (duct truck).
For most residential jobs, we use our portable system. The 220 Volt Hybrid vacuum offers suction comparable to what many duct trucks are providing at the furnace while getting all advantages of a portable duct vacuum.
The Hybrid Portable we use is designed by people who actually do duct cleaning. At just 22” in diameter it fits through any door way and it can break apart easily to get into tight spaces.
Large truck mount systems require a large 8 – 10” hose to run through your door or window. This allows the heat to escape in the winter and the cool air to escape in the summer. These large hoses can damage hardwood floors, laminate floors, corners of walls, baseboards, etc.
With our portable system, our technicians can show you the results. Just ask – the dirt and debris is captured in the portable. A truck mount system leaves you to guess.
Our portable systems offer the power of a duct truck in a vacuum the size of your coffee table.
Q. Does duct cleaning save energy?
A. Although there are other benefits to duct cleaning, studies have never been found that say that duct cleaning will save energy. However, cleaning the blower fan and air conditioning coil will save energy - cleaning the ducts alone as an energy measure will not. That is why it is important in selecting your contractor to make sure the technicians clean the blower and air conditioning coil (and in high efficiency furnaces, the recoup coil). It seems most duct cleaning companies do not have qualified technicians that have the knowledge and training to complete these services but the technicians at Full Throttle Furnace & Duct Cleaning Inc. have been fully trained in the process by Clint Orr who has more than 10 years’ experience in the HVAC industry and has a Red-Seal Journeyman Certificate.