Preparing Your Home for Upcoming Air Duct Cleaning
When it comes to maintaining the quality of the air inside your home, few components are more important than your air ducts. Ducts are responsible for moving both hot and cool air around the home and to various locations where it might be needed, and keeping them in good shape is important — with one key element here being regularly cleaning and maintaining the ducts.
At Accurate Air, we’re happy to help with these and any related needs. We offer the best air duct cleaning services you’ll find in Arizona, starting with a basic camera inspection to look inside your ducts and locate any potential issues — and moving on to accessing your ducts using existing registers, allowing us to perform cleaning without any new holes or issues. If you’re obtaining duct cleaning services anytime in the near future, what are some recommendations we make on how to prepare your home ahead of our arrival? Here are a few themes to consider.
Removing Any Duct Obstructions
First and foremost, you should clear away any obstructions in or around your ducts that might make it difficult for us to access them. This includes things like moving furniture away from vents, removing any items stored near the registers themselves, and more. Our team will need to have full and easy access to all areas where cleaning is set to take place.
Generally speaking, there should be at least two feet of clearance around each register, both in terms of width/depth and height. This will ensure that our team can work quickly, efficiently, and without any issues.
Cleaning the Area Around Vents and Registers
While you’re removing any potential obstructions, it’s also a good idea to take a few moments to clean up the area around your vents and registers. This includes things like dusting the registers themselves, vacuuming around the vent covers, and more. A little bit of preparation work on your part will make it easier for our team to get started — and it’ll also help improve air quality in your home right away.
For instance, if there’s a lot of dust around your register, it’s likely that some of that dust is making its way into the ducts themselves — and will be blown right back into your home once cleaning is complete. By taking care of this ahead of time, you can help ensure that your home is as clean as possible.
Turning Off Nearby Electronics
If possible, it’s also a good idea to turn off any electronics that might be in the immediate vicinity of where our team will be working. This includes things like televisions, computers, and other devices that give off heat. While our team takes care every step of the way to avoid damaging any of your belongings, it’s always better to err on the side of caution.
Frankly, it’s unlikely that any of these electronics will actually be affected by the work our team is doing. But if you’d feel better turning them off (or unplugging them, at the very least), we definitely recommend doing so.
To be clear, cutting power in a certain part of the home (or even in the entire home) isn’t always necessary before duct cleaning, and you don’t have to do it unless you’re instructed to by our team. However, there are certain situations where it might be helpful.
For instance, if our team is going to be working around any exposed electrical wiring, it might be a good idea to shut off power to that particular area of the home. This will help avoid any potential accidents or issues.
In these cases, you’ll need to proceed to your home’s breaker box and find the right switch to flip. Once you do that, power will be cut to the specified area — and can easily be turned back on once our team is done working.
Keep Pets and Kids Out of the Way
Like with any other significant project or service you’re having performed in your home, it’s always a good idea to keep pets and kids out of the way while our team is working. Not only will this help ensure that everyone stays safe, but it’ll also help our team work more quickly and efficiently.
Ideally, you should make arrangements for pets and kids to be out of the house entirely while duct cleaning is taking place. However, we understand that that’s not always possible. If you can’t have them leave the home, try to confine them to a specific room or area — and make sure they’re supervised at all times.
Clearing a Path
Our air duct cleaning professionals will need to move around within your home, possibly to multiple locations as they access and clean different parts of your duct system. Because of this, it’s important to clear a path between the entry point and any areas where cleaning will take place.
This means removing things like furniture, rugs, toys, and anything else that might get in the way. Once again, this will help our team work quickly and efficiently — but just as importantly for you as a homeowner, it will remove any possible liability if something were to happen while we’re working.
If you have any questions about preparing your home for air duct cleaning, or if you’d like to schedule a service, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions and help you get started. Thanks for choosing Accurate Air, and we can’t wait to hear from you!