One of the most common questions asked about ai duct cleaning is “what do I need to do to prepare?”. Do you need to leave the house while the cleaning takes place? Should you open all the vents or turn off your a/c or heating?
It’s not essential to prepare anything before air duct cleaning but it can help to make the job smoother and more beneficial to you.
Let’s take a look at some of the common preparation tips that air duct cleaners recommend:
Clear Space (If needed)
All the registers, fans and HVAC equipment should be freely accessible by the contractor. It’s better to remove things ahead of time to speed up the process and make things easier. It’s a good idea to ask the technician exactly how much space they need so you know what you need to move.
Decide What to do With Your Pet
You may want to take your pet(s) out of the way before cleaning. If they’re going to be at home you should inform the contractors. Once one room is cleaned you may be able to keep your pet there or even out in the yard.
Let the technician know if you’re not going to be at home but your pet is.
Decide if You Want to Stay or go
It can be a good idea to decide what you want to do ahead of time. Duct cleaning can be noisy and go on from several hours to a full day, depending on the size of your home. Young children with sensitive ears may struggle with the noise, so you might want to take them out for the day.
It can be worthwhile sticking around for a few minutes to begin with to run the contractor through a few things and to be absolutely clear on what you expect. SOme people make the mistake of rushing off as soon as they arrive. You might also prefer to stay at home for security reasons, or to observe the process as it is going on, making sure it’s as you would expect. Being at home also gives you the opportunity to ask questions that come up as the day goes on.
When the Contractors Arrive
Before they start cleaning it’s a good idea to show them what you expect to be cleaned. Take them around your house and identify the vents, registers and equipment that should be cleaned. A good HVAC technician may also point out some areas that you didn’t think about cleaning. This is good to make sure everyone is on the same page, and there is no confusion about what you expect.
If you’re going to be out
Be sure to let the contractors know how to keep your home secure.
Prepare and ask Questions (if Desired)
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. They’re the professionals with the right knowledge and you’re paying them good money for a good service. Use the time that they’re in your home, or indeed before, to ask any and all questions that you need to ensure you are happy and confident.
Be clear on exactly what you are getting so you know what to check afterward, and ensure they did a good job. There are typical checklists you can print and show to an air duct cleaning professional so they know what you expect and can point out what it is that you are going to get.
Do you have an upcoming air conditioning service with Hellas Air Temp? Or are you thinking about scheduling one? Call us to ask any questions about how best to get ready. 203-852-0666
A good question to ask is whether they can show you around your home and point out what they have done. Some contractors will do this anyway, but any good company will do this if asked.