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What's the Difference Between Furnace Cleaning and Duct Cleaning?

What's the Difference Between Furnace Cleaning and Duct Cleaning?

Furnace and Duct cleaning are both important parts of maintaining the heating and ventilation system in all residential and commercial buildings. This system is used to heat, circulate, and replace the air within your space. Dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate in your system impeding its performance and decreasing the quality of the air you breathe. But what is the difference between having your furnace cleaned and having your ducts cleaned?

Breathe Clean Alberta is COR-certified* has the tools and experience to carry out thorough furnace and duct cleanings in Calgary and across Alberta for both commercial and residential clients. 
Call for a free quote delivered by our bonded and insured furnace technicians today.

What Is Furnace Cleaning?

A clean and well-performing furnace is critical to keeping your building warm. A furnace with dirt and debris buildup or one that is not functioning at its optimal level can actually increase your energy consumption, require more frequent repairs, and cause damage to the rest of your heating system. A typical furnace cleaning will include:  

  • A multi-point inspection: inspecting all mechanicals to assess performance and noting any areas of concern
  • Full-system, deep cleaning: using precise, high-powered vacuums and air compression tools, all dirt, debris, and particulates will be removed
  • Comprehensive servicing: wipe-down of unit, replacement of air filters, resealing access panels, and testing performance

What Is Duct Cleaning?

The air ducts and vents in your home or business play a vital role in ensuring that your heating system is functioning well and circulating clean air. A small home or office in Calgary can accumulate up to 40 lbs of particulates in its vents and ducts every year. A typical duct cleaning service will include:

  • All vents and accessible ductwork cleaned and wiped
  • Sanitization of ductwork interiors
  • Bathroom exhaust vents cleaned and sanitized
  • All waste removed and safely disposed of
  • All access holes and panels resealed

A Comprehensive Strategy For Clean Air And Good Performance

A clean and well-maintained heating system includes regular service of both your furnace and your duct system. The benefits of this service include:

  • Increased Efficiency: a buildup of dirt and debris in your furnace and ductwork can force your heating and air flow systems to work overtime and dramatically reduce efficiency.
  • Reduced Energy Consumption: when your system has to work harder, you will notice higher energy bills.
  • Fewer Repairs: many heating system breakdowns are caused by buildups of dirt and debris that can clog important mechanical systems. These breakdowns can be costly and may lead to non-functioning systems for hours or days as you wait for a repair.
  • A Cleaner Living or Working Environment: dirt and dust in your duct system will circulate throughout your spaces settling on surfaces and creating unsanitary conditions.
  • Increased Air Quality: airborne contaminants such as chemical residue, mold, and dust mites can spread through your ducts and circulate throughout your home or office. Clean and sanitized ducts will increase the quality of air in your space.
  • Improved Longevity: properly maintained furnace systems will last longer requiring replacement less frequently.
  • Decreased Fire Risk: when your heating system has restricted airflow from dirt and dust buildup, your space is at an increased risk of carbon monoxide leaks and even fire due to furnace overheating and the flammability of many particulates.

Exceptional Value: Residential And Commercial Furnace And Duct Cleaning In Calgary

Cleaning and servicing your furnace and ductwork should be part of the regular maintenance schedule of your home or office. Professionals recommend at least once yearly but weather and the conditions of your home or office could dictate seasonal inspection to ensure safe air quality levels and optimal performance of your furnace and duct systems. Breathe Clean Alberta offers complimentary commercial and residential quotes so you can be sure your heating  and air exchange systems are functioning efficiently any time of the year.

Breathe Clean Alberta exceeds industry standards and promises exceptional value for your money. Our team is qualified to clean and service all components of your heating system including your furnace and ducts. We provide a completely customized service program based on your needs and your system’s optimal performance requirements. For a free commercial quote call us at 1-403-402-0978. For a free residential quote call us at 1-403-404-6224. You can also connect with our team of expert technicians with our online contact form

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Q: How often should I have my furnace and ducts cleaned?
A: Our Breathe Clean Alberta experts recommend comprehensive cleaning at least once a year to ensure that your furnace and duct system is performing efficiently and that your air quality is maintained. But ideally, given the heavy demands we place on our furnace and heating system over the long winter season in Calgary, a seasonal cleaning in the fall will give you peace of mind that your furnace is in top shape to get you through the winter, and a duct cleaning in the spring will clear out the buildup of dust and debris that has accumulated over the winter.

Q: What qualifications do your furnace and duct cleaners have?
A: Breathe Clean Alberta has received the Certificate of Recognition by the Alberta Construction Safety Association.  In addition to this, all of our professionally trained furnace, duct, and vent cleaners are fully insured and bonded.

Q: Will there be additional costs above my quoted price?
A: Breathe Clean Alberta follows a single mandate: high-quality furnace and duct cleaning in Calgary and across Alberta at the exact quoted price. No need to worry about vague estimates or hidden fees with us; the quote we provide at the end of the initial free consultation is the final price you pay.

Get Your Free Quote

Do your ducts and vents need to be vacuumed, your furnace cleaned, or your entire HVAC system sanitized from top to bottom? Breathe Clean Alberta can do all this while exceeding industry standards and guaranteeing you exceptional value for money.

Call us at 1-403-402-0978 for commercial quotes or 1-403-404-6224 for residential or fill out the online contact form below for a free, guaranteed quote today!

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