If you’re among the many residents for whom indoor air quality is very important, you might consider professional services that are specifically meant to maintain and improve this air quality. One of the single most useful services here, and one that you should strongly consider, is air duct cleaning.

At Lee’s Heating and Air, we’re happy to offer a wide range of air quality improvement solutions to clients in Provo and throughout other parts of Utah, including air duct cleaning whenever you might require it. If you’ve decided to move forward with this service, you have one small role to play in the process: Preparing your home for our arrival on the day of your appointment. Here are some simple tips on how to go about this.

Turn Off All Electronic Devices in the Area

Before our team arrives, or as we’re arriving, it’s very important that you turn off all electronic devices in the area where we’ll be working. This includes both small devices like laptops as well as larger electronics like televisions and air conditioners. Once we arrive, we’ll need to disconnect some of these devices in order to properly clean your air ducts, so it’s important that they’re turned off beforehand.

If these items are not turned off, it’s possible that they could be damaged when we disconnect them. It’s also possible they could create risks to our technicians, which no one wants to see.

Cut Off Power

In fact, we often recommend that our clients go a step further when preparing for our arrival and actually cut off power to the area where we’ll be working. This helps ensure that no one accidentally turns on a device while we’re working, which could create a dangerous situation.

It’s easy enough to turn the power back on once we’ve finished our work, so there’s really no downside to taking this extra step.

Clear Out the Area

The next step is to clear out the area where we’ll be working. This means removing any furniture, rugs, or other items from the room so that we have plenty of space to move around and do our job properly. Again, it’s easy enough to put these items back once we’re done, so there’s no need to worry about that.

In some cases, you might not be able to move certain large pieces of furniture on your own. In that case, our team can help you with this when we arrive. We’ll be happy to move them out of the way so that we can get to work.

Vacuuming the Area

As you may have already guessed, the duct cleaning process is one that often involves significant amounts of dust, which is why it’s important to vacuum the area before we arrive. This will help remove any dust that might be on the floor, making it easier for us to keep the area clean while we work.

You don’t need to go overboard with this step, but a quick vacuuming of the area should do the trick. Simply make sure that you don’t move any furniture while you’re doing this, as that could make it harder for us to do our job properly.

Clear Out Pets and Children

While you certainly don’t need to send them away from the home entirely, it’s best to keep pets and children out of the area where we’ll be working. First, this helps ensure that they don’t get in the way and make it harder for us to do our job. Second, it’s possible that they could be exposed to dust and other debris while we’re working, which is something you’ll want to avoid if at all possible.

So, if you have pets or children, we recommend keeping them in another room while we’re working. This will help everyone stay safe and keep the area clean. In most cases, we’ll only be working in select areas of your home during duct cleaning, meaning it will be simple enough to find a convenient location for pets and kids to spend an hour or two.

Jobs You Should Leave to Us

While all of the above are simple areas we typically leave to our clients ahead of our appointments (or will assist them with when we arrive), there are other parts of the duct cleaning process that should never be attempted by those without training. These are the reasons why you call us to begin with, after all! Here are some examples:

  • Detailed duct inspection: Our team will carefully inspect your ductwork in order to identify any areas that need special attention. This is important not only for the quality of our work but also for your safety, as we want to make sure that there are no potential risks involved in the cleaning process.
  • Removal of all debris: Once we’ve inspected your ducts and determined the best way to proceed, we’ll then remove all of the debris that has built up over time. This includes everything from dust and dirt to animal droppings and more. In some cases, this process can be quite messy, which is why it’s important to leave it to the professionals.
  • Cleaning of all surfaces: Once the debris has been removed, we’ll then clean all surfaces of your ductwork. This step is important for both aesthetic and health reasons, as it ensures that your ducts are free of any harmful bacteria or other contaminants.
  • Necessary repairs: In some cases, we may identify areas of your ductwork that need to be repaired in order to ensure proper function and safety. These repairs can range from simple patching to more complex work, but rest assured that our team is up for the task.

As you can see, there’s a lot involved in the duct cleaning process. For more on how to prepare your home for this ahead of time, or to learn about any of our air quality or other HVAC services in Provo and nearby areas, speak to our team at Lee’s Heating and Air today.