How to choose the right duct cleaning company in Ottawa?
Owning a home in Ottawa or Gatineau is a lot of work. Sometimes, it can be quite overwhelming dealing with this list of upkeep and maintenance. Especially if it is your first time owning a home. Where do you even begin..? Who can you ask to help..? One of the more often forgotten things on this list, is finding the best air duct cleaning company. If you are like myself, cleaning your ducts is the last thing on your mind. I mean, who even thinks about those invisible channels running through your walls and floorboards, I know I didn’t. One day I noticed a lot of dust around one of my cold air returns, so I decided to open it up. To my absolute shock the whole inside of the vent was covered in a thick layer of dust and hair.
When I purchased my first home, I had an interesting experience trying to find an air duct cleaning service. The more I researched the topic, the more overwhelming it seemed to be. Every other news station was showing duct cleaning scammers, so you can imagine my concern. I learned that you should never use an air duct cleaning company that gets their customers by using call centers.
The next path my research took me down was the different techniques that air duct cleaning companies use. There are many to choose from, some more effective than others. Doing a bit of research and asking a lot of questions can mean the difference between getting good service and falling victim to a fly-by-night company.
1 ) Research Different Methods
There are a few different methods that duct cleaning companies will use on your HVAC system in Ottawa. On one side of the spectrum you have the more intrusive Rotobrush system, which has been known to damage duct work and can miss a lot of the problem areas because of its cumbersome design. The best known and most used method of cleaning air ducts is by using a very powerful vacuum in combination with air tools powered by compressed air. Agitating the contaminants inside the duct work will cause everything to break loose into the negative pressure from the vacuum. This gets into all the corners and is gentle on your HVAC system.
When looking for the best air duct cleaning company in Ottawa and Gatineau the best thing to remember is that you can never ask enough questions. If the company you are using has a problem with that, than you should not give them your business. As a consumer, you have the right to know what you are purchasing before you commit to purchasing it.
2 ) Photographic Evidence
The last thing I want to touch on is probably one of the most important. Before choosing the company you want to use, make sure they will give you some evidence of the work they have done. A service report of some kind with photographs or video evidence. This can give you peace of mind, knowing you got what you paid for.
3 ) Avoid Call Centers
Duct cleaning companies in Ottawa that use call centers to market their business usually only charge a very small amount for their service. This may seem like a good thing at first, but it is easy to see why they charge so little. With the cost of paying the call center on top of offering their service for so cheap, it is almost impossible for them to do a good job. These call centers will often book 7 – 10 jobs per day for a single company. How can a company do a good job if they are rushing to get the next client’s home. Proper air duct cleaning should take about 3 hours from start to finish.