Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Duct Cleaning’

How Does Duct Cleaning Save Me Money?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

You should schedule professional duct cleaning for your ventilation system every one or two years, depending on how rapidly your system gathers dust and other pollutants. A team of duct cleaning specialists will come to your home and use power vacuums and special agitation equipment to thoroughly remove the contamination from inside your ducts. You will not only receive better indoor air quality as a result, but you’ll also end up saving money. We’ll look over the ways that professional duct cleaning will lower your bills.

For this job, hire only the most experienced technicians available. At Air Mechanical, Inc., we specialize in many types of air quality services, from duct cleaning to installing air cleaners. We are one of your best choices for expert duct cleaning in Ham Lake, MN.

How you can save money with regular duct cleaning

  • More energy-efficient HVAC system performance: It only takes a thin layer of dust inside your ducts to create friction against the airflow from your air conditioner and heater. With a significant build-up over a year or two, dirty ductwork will have a major impact on how efficiently your HVAC system operates, and this will result in an increase in your electrical bills. Duct cleaning will make your ducts “like new” and allow your forced-air HVAC system to breathe free again.
  • Fewer HVAC repairs: Congestion inside ducts will also lead to damage to an HVAC system. The increase in stress on the components will cause an air conditioner or heater to prematurely age and break down. Debris can also infiltrate the cabinet and damage motors, fans, and burners, leading to repairs as well. Clean ducts will protect your HVAC system from early and unnecessary repair needs.
  • Fewer ductwork repairs: Dirty ducts can eventually lead to damage to the ducts themselves from destructive debris that can form inside and weaken the ductwork material. This will result in leaks and gaps, which will require professional repair work to seal.

Whatever services you need for improving your indoor air quality, you’ll find it at Air Mechanical, Inc. Check out our indoor air quality tips for more information on how to keep the air in your home as clean as possible.

Our extensive services for duct cleaning in Ham Lake, MN will not only improve your air, but save you money as well. Call us today to schedule an appointment for professional duct cleaning.

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Is Duct Cleaning Really Worth the Investment?

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Do you know how well-sealed your home is from the outside air? If you live in a house built within the last three decades, it is likely a closed environment designed to trap heat indoors during the winter and outdoors during the summer. This is helpful in keeping your energy bills in check, but it also leads to another concern: dust and dirt contained inside your home with no easy outlet.

But you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to reduce the dust in your home. One of the best ways to make sure you have clean air and a clean house is to have your air ducts receive regular professional cleaning. You may think this sounds like a minor issue, but having duct cleaning done in Oak Grove, MN brings many benefits. We’ll explain why scheduling cleaning is a good investment.

For high-quality professional duct cleaning service, call Air Mechanical, Inc. today.

Here are some advantages of duct cleaning:

  • Better heating and cooling efficiency: When your ducts are heavily congested with debris, it increases the resistance on the airflow from your HVAC system. Your heater and air conditioning will have to strain to reach their target temperature level, and it will result in an increase in your energy bills. If the ducts become too dirty, the dust and other contaminants can enter the cabinet of your HVAC system and damage it, further cutting into efficiency and leading to the need for repairs.
  • Improved indoor air quality: Poor indoor air quality is one of the major health concerns in the United States today, according to the EPA. Pollutants in your ducts will contribute to lowering the quality of the air in your house, which can lead to dry skin, irritated eyes, breathing difficulties, and an increase in the spread of the flu and common cold. Cleaning your ducts will alleviate all of these problems and give you fresher air.
  • A cleaner home: The dusty air sent out from the vents won’t only get into your lungs; it will also get all over the floors and furnishings. If you have noticed an increase in dirt and dust in your home, and no amount of cleaning seems to get rid of it for long, the source may be dirty ductwork.

Does a cleaner, healthier, and more energy economical home sound like a good investment? We think you’ll answer “yes.” If so, then scheduling duct cleaning for your home is absolutely a worthwhile investment. In Oak Grove, MN, the duct cleaning experts at Air Mechanical, Inc. are ready to help you get better indoor air and better heating and cooling performance. Call us today to get started.

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Duct Cleaning FAQ: Why Do I Need to Have My Ducts Cleaned?

Monday, February 4th, 2013

As a local Blaine duct cleaning service provider Air Mechanical feels it is our responsibility to help our customers understand the ways in which professional duct cleaning service can benefit them. A clean air duct system is a more efficient and effective air duct system. It can even help to reduce negative effects on your health. Still, some homeowners never give their ductwork a second though. Here is some information about duct cleaning that may help you better understand the benefits. Contact Air Mechanical today if you have any further questions.

There are a number of factors that may lead to the accumulation of dirt, dust and biological pollutants in your ductwork system. Because you cannot see your air ducts you may not be aware of these issues’ existence. This does not make them any less pertinent, though.

If your air ducts have any tears, gaps between the seals or other problems then it is possible for dirt and debris to make their way in. Due to the fact that it is the purpose of your air ducts to circulate air throughout your home, this can lead to serious issues. Now they can distribute airborne pollutants throughout your home in addition to conditioned air. This can reduce indoor air quality and can cause serious health concerns for residents with asthma or other respiratory issues.

Most homeowners know that mold likes to grow in damp, dark areas. When moisture finds its way into your ductwork system it is possible for it to thrive within the system. The spores of this mold can then travel throughout your home, leading to further mold issues. Only a professional duct cleaning service provider is capable of providing you with the thorough cleaning your ducts need to eliminate this potential problem.

For more information about the importance of air duct cleaning, call the Blaine duct cleaning professionals at Air Mechanical. We are always happy to help our customers protect their HVAC equipment, their homes and their health. Contact Air Mechanical today to get the high-quality duct cleaning services you need to breathe easy in your home.

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Heating Tips: Small Heating System Upgrades That Add Up!

Monday, October 8th, 2012

The Ham Lake heating technicians at Air Mechanical have a few tips to help you save on heating costs this winter! Here are some small upgrades and changes you can make that really add up in the long run. Call Air Mechanical any time if you have questions or would like more heating tips and ways to save energy throughout the heating season.

Programmable Thermostats

Installing a programmable thermostat is an easy way to save on heating costs, especially if you have an older system. The new high-efficiency heating systems are designed with energy-saving features, such as variable speed fans, that help reduce energy usage and lower heating bills. However, older, two-speed systems run at full speed for longer periods.

By installing a programmable thermostat with an older heating system, you can set the thermostat to automatically turn the system down according to the times you don’t need it. There are many different models to choose from, including models that have weekend and vacation settings.


There are quite a few simple and easy ways to make your home more efficient. Sealing doors and cracks is an easy way to start the weatherization process. You can also seal off attic spaces and garages to help reduce wasted heat. Upgrading doors and windows or adding insulation are other ways to increase overall home efficiency.

Duct Sealing and Cleaning

Duct sealing is another great way to reduce air loss in a central heating system. In addition, duct cleaning can also help ensure proper airflow, which increases the efficiency of a forced air system. If you are upgrading any component of your heating system, it is a good idea to have your ducts inspected and sealed.

Install a Humidifier

The air inside your home can become excessively dry because of the heat output from your heating system. Installing a whole-home humidifier that works with your heating system can help improve indoor air quality. Adding the right amount of moisture to the air can also help protect furnishings, wood furniture, and wood floors.

Call the Ham Lake heating professionals at Air Mechanical any time to learn more about ways you can upgrade your heating system to help save on energy bills.

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Duct Cleaning -$50 Off!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

While it might be the last you think about when you do home maintenance, dirty air ducts can make a big difference in how well your heating and air conditioning system works. Not only do dirty air ducts lead to poor indoor air quality, but they can also make your heating much more inefficient. Dirty air ducts can cause your home to be heated unevenly, costing you money and keeping your home from being comfortable for you and your family. Since we know how important clean ducts are, we are offering a special deal: $50 off duct cleaning!  Especially with your house sealed up tight for the winter, you don’t want to have your indoor air quality suffer. Give us a call today to learn more!

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How Can You Improve Your Home’s Air Quality? A Question From Circle Pines

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

One of the easiest ways to protect the health of your family is by maintaining high air quality in your Circle Pines home. Without good air quality, you run the risk of contracting Sick Building Syndrome or making other problems like allergies or asthma worse. Depending on what type of air quality system you already have in place, there are many things you can do to improve your air quality.

Filter Changes

The easiest way to improve air quality is to maintain the equipment you already have. Specifically, change your filters regularly. Filters each have a specified period of time for which they will last. However, if your home has high levels of larger contaminants like pollen and dander, you may need to change your filter more often.

Beyond filter changes, make sure your filtration device uses high quality HEPA filters, capable of stopping debris as small as 0.3 microns.

Cleaning Your Ducts and Equipment

Another easy way to reduce the load on your air quality system without paying for new filters every two months is to clean the equipment and the ducts in your house. Ductwork quickly gets clogged with dirt, dust, and other debris being blown by your furnace and air conditioner. If you have a boiler and radiant heat system this is less of an issue, but you should still check your air vents and any air conditioner units in your house for excess dirt and debris buildup.

Your air quality equipment should have a specified timeline for regular cleanings – usually every six months to one year depending on the size and quality of the equipment. A lot of this cleaning can be done by you, but for advanced cleaning or parts replacement, you may need a professional.

New Equipment

Finally, you can buy new equipment that does a better job of removing contaminants from your indoor air. If you have only a simple air filter, consider getting a purifier as well to remove other contaminants like smoke and gas. If you have a smaller piece of equipment that works well but longer keeps up with the entire house, there are larger purifiers on the market that can handle a bigger space. Additionally, proper ventilation can help with your indoor air quality if you don’t currently have enough fresh air circulating through your home.

No matter what your problem, there is a solution you can work toward to keep the indoor air quality of your home high.

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Regular Duct Cleaning Will Reduce Allergens: A Tip From Fridley

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

One of the biggest problems many families face with indoor air quality in their Fridley home is the ever persistent presence of allergens. Especially if you have pets or plants, allergens will be in your home from the day you move in. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t many ways to reduce them – especially in the case of duct work.

Allergens in Your Duct Work

How do so many allergens get into your ductwork? It starts with how the ductwork circulates air in your home. Because air only flows one way and because the ducts are not being used continuously, the air circulated by your air conditioner or furnace leaves behind all sorts of unwanted residue.

In both cases, the air drawn into your comfort system is usually the same air from inside your home. That means it is full of things like dust, pollen, dander and more. Even if the air is drawn from outside, often the case with an air conditioner unit, there are plenty of allergens outside.

How do you stop all of these allergens from working their way into your home and then your lungs? It starts with regular cleaning. You can’t ever truly stop allergens from coming inside or circulating in your air ducts, but you can take big steps in removing many of the contaminants that linger in your ducts.

Annual cleaning of the ducts by a professional will remove excess build up in places you cannot normally reach. Between those cleaning visits, you should supplement the cleaning by dusting and vacuuming vents and the areas of your ducts you can reach.

Going Beyond Cleaning

Cleaning your ducts is a great way to reduce allergens in the house. That alone, along with quality ventilation will take care of the most common allergens. However, if people in your home suffer from asthma or more severe seasonal allergies you may want to upgrade your preventative measures with an air filtration and purification system.

An air filter alone, equipped with a HEPA filter, is capable of removing particles and allergens as small as 0.3 microns – far smaller than dander, pollen or dust. For those with more advanced allergies or too many outdoor contaminants, a purifier works wonders by removing excess gas, smoke, or mold from the air with ionization.

Whatever your concerns, it is possible to live comfortably in your home despite allergies.

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Cleaning Air Conditioners

Friday, August 19th, 2011

One of the best things you can do to help maintain high indoor air quality in your White Bear Lake home is to clean your air conditioning system on a regular basis. While these systems make it possible to endured a long, hot summer with minimal discomfort, they can also become a breeding ground for bacteria, mold and other indoor air contaminants that can make you sick or cause other types of problems.

Improving your indoor air quality isn’t the only reason you should worry about keeping your air conditioning system clean. A properly maintained air conditioner will function more efficiently for a longer period of time.

Air Filters

Changing or cleaning out your air filters regularly is one of the easiest and most important parts of air conditioner maintenance. These air filters are your number one line of defense against all manner of indoor air pollutants, but if they become saturated, they can no longer do their job. Fortunately, changing out these filters is a quick and easy job. Just mark the date on your calendar so you don’t forget.


Without the system of air ducts that run through your home, your air conditioner wouldn’t be able to circulate all that cool air. But they’re also a very attractive place for dust, pollen, mold and other indoor air contaminants to collect. Unfortunately, the majority of your ductwork occupies space behind walls, beneath floors and in other equally inaccessible areas of your home.

For that reason, it’s generally necessary to have a professional with specialized equipment come out and clean your ducts once a year. By keeping up with maintenance, you can be sure that your air ducts aren’t harboring dangerous contaminants that your air conditioning system can then spread throughout your home.

Cooling Coils

The cooling coil is another part of your air conditioning system that needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. If your cooling coil is dirty, it won’t actually affect your indoor air quality, but it will impede your air conditioner’s ability to function effectively. The more sediment and debris allowed to build up on your air conditioner’s cooling coil, the less efficiently it will cool the air that passes over it. And if it can’t cool the air properly, your air conditioner will have to work overtime to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home.

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