7 Tips To Prepare Your Home For An Air Duct Cleaning
You did it! You made an appointment to get your air ducts cleaned. We are so excited for you! You just made a valuable investment in the overall health of your indoor environment! Cleaning your air ducts can help improve indoor air quality, save you money on utility bills, and help your HVAC system perform at its best for longer. Knowing how to prepare for a professional air duct cleaning appointment is essential. Whether this is your first time scheduling or you are an air duct cleaning expert, there are a few professional tips and tricks to make your appointment go smoother and get the most out of your cleaning! While the air duct cleaning specialists will care for all the dirty work, you can help get the job done more efficiently!
By taking care of these easy, quick, simple tasks before your air duct cleaning professionals come, you can ensure the pros can clean your ducts thoroughly and quickly. This allows you to return to your daily life with as little hassle, delay, or inconvenience as possible.
Let the experts at McCarthy AC walk you through these 7 simple tips on preparing your home for an air duct cleaning!
How To Prepare Before The Air Duct Cleaning Team Arrives
1. Clean Up Clutter Around Registers and Vents
Your duct cleaning pros will need easy access to your registers and return vents to hook up their cleaning equipment. In addition, they will also clean the return vents and registers, so it is important to clear enough space where they can easily reach them. If you have children’s toys, furniture, or other clutter surrounding the registers and vents, move them out of the way or store them in another area before the air duct service team arrives. You will want to check every room around the house. Also, check that the technicians can access your fans and ceiling vents. If you’ve scheduled a dryer vent cleaning in addition to your air duct cleaning, ensure you aren’t running loads of laundry when they arrive so your dryer is ready to go!
2. Figure Out Your Pet Situation
If you have furry family members like dogs or cats, you must determine where they’ll stay during the air duct cleaning appointment. Technicians usually need to leave doors ajar during the cleaning process, and no one wants to see your four-legged friend go missing!
If you own a fenced-in yard and the weather permits, consider keeping your pets outdoors during the appointment. If you prefer a pet-free zone, see if a friend could pet-sit or consider a daycare appointment for them for the day.
3. Clear Extra Space Around Your Furnace or Air Conditioner
Usually, professional air duct cleaning services recommend cleaning your furnace and/or air conditioning unit at the same time you have your air ducts cleaned. If you opt for this service, please ensure these areas are easily accessible too.
For example, if your unit sits outdoors, check to see if there is any debris around it (a pile of snow, leaves, bushes, or branches in the way. Please take a few minutes to cut back overhanging branches and tidy up leaves or move trash cans, so it is easy for your technician to access the unit.
4. Should You Stay or Should You Go?
Determine beforehand if you will stick around for your air duct cleaning appointment. Technicians are usually happy to have you around and love to educate customers on the process. However, it is a very noisy process. You may want to make other arrangements for the day if you have young children with sensitive ears.
If you and your children plan to stick around for the appointment, please inform your technician of this fact. Most technicians will want to walk you through the necessary tools and job site safety procedures you must follow to keep everyone safe during the cleaning process.
5. Ask Questions
Don’t hesitate to ask clarifying questions, so you feel comfortable and informed about the entire process. You want to ensure your hard-earned money is going towards a worthy investment in the health of your home and family. A truly professional team is happy to patiently explain the process and answer any and all questions and concerns you have about the air duct cleaning process. Here are a few suggestions for questions to ask:
- How will you protect my home or office building from dust and dirt during the process? For example, drop cloths and corner guards.
- How will I let you in if I leave my home, and how will you lock up after you leave?
- What is the process of an air duct cleaning service?
- What do you offer that distinguishes you from other air duct cleaning service companies?
6. Do A Quick Walk-Through With The Air Duct Cleaning Specialists
Before the duct cleaning team starts the cleaning process, take a few minutes to walk the crew around your house and highlight any areas of concern. Every professional team will thoroughly clean the entire system regardless. However, mentioning certain areas of concern and any additional questions you have about your specific HVAC unit always helps. Point out any hard-to-see vents or registers you especially need for them to clean. If your technician is good, they may point out some areas you missed! You want a technician with an eye for detail who takes genuine pride in providing you with top-quality service.
7. Ensure Your Professional Company Is Really Professional
Always research to ensure that the air duct cleaning company you hired is ready to offer professional, knowledgeable, excellent service for you and your home. If you live in Southwest Florida and have questions or concerns about your home’s air conditioning system, call McCarthy AC. Taking great pride in our commitment to doing business with honesty and integrity, we come from a small town in Michigan where your name means everything. Our customers are our family, and we give the same care to your service we would offer our loved ones. We love to educate our customers on the best course of action for the health of their home, family, and HVAC unit.