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Educational resources in Anchorage

Air Duct Cleaning & Services thanks you for visiting our site today. We understand if some of this information might be confusing or overwhelming. Below are some of our favorite educational resources for consumers, which we believe will be a tremendous help to you in maintaining your indoor air quality, keeping your furnaces, clothes dryers and other appliances running smoothly and saving you money! If you have a question, please don't hesitate to call or visit our office in Anchorage, AK. 

THIS "KNOCK KNOCK" IS NO JOKE

If anybody knocks on your door and offers to clean your air ducts at a "cut rate," tell them to cut and run! These hucksters are only out to make a quick buck. In the business, we refer to them as "blow and go" operators. Air Duct Cleaning & Services would never approach you in that manner. We are a licensed, legitimate company with over 10 years experience serving Anchorage, AK and the surrounding community. We are also accredited members of the Better Business Bureau. To learn why you should only use BBB accredited companies, visit www.BBB.org.
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WHAT IS MERV AND WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT IT?

M.E.R.V. stands for "Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value." In a nutshell, it gives you an idea of the what an air filter or purifier is capable of filtering out of the incoming air. Which M.E.R.V. number would work best for you depends on your situation, such as whether you have allergies, asthma, COPD or other sensitivities to dust or air particles. The higher the M.E.R.V. number, the higher the performance. A basic breakdown:
  • MERV 8 Pleated Filter: Pollen, dust, lint, dust mites, debris, pet dander
  • MERV 11 Pleated Filter: All of the above, plus mold spores, car fumes and smog
  • MERV 13 Pleated Filter: All of the above (MERV 11), plus tobacco and other smoke, bacteria, virus carriers, and microscopic allergens
  • MERV 14-20 are found in hospitals and other sterile environments 
For more information, visit the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) at www.ashrae.org 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE MY DUCTS CLEANED?

Depending on what part of the country you live in, guidelines for cleaning air ducts will vary. For example, if you live in an urban area with a high pollution factor, you will want to clean your ducts less often than someone who lives up in the mountains or out in the country. The National Association of Air Duct Cleaners recommends the following: 
  • Air Ducts: every 3-5 years
  • Dryer Vents: Annually
  • Bath Exhaust Vents: every 1-2 years
  • Change Air Filters: Every 3 months
For more information, visit the National Association of Air Duct Cleaners at www.nadca.com

Our Vacuums 

Our vacuums are 5000 CFM's (cubic feet per minute) each and filter the air to HEPA standards of 99.7% prior to being re-introduced to the home atmosphere. We normally use just one vacuum but at times use two in tandem (10,000 CFM) when the system warrants it. Where we have an advantage to our competition is that we don't suck all of the heat out of the house to an outside vacuum truck during the cleaning process. We keep your expensive heat inside your home during cleaning; hence the HEPA filtration. We use compressed air (150 psi) to push the debris from all heat/return vents to the vacuum utilizing special directional balls that break up the debris. Any heavy objects are then removed manually.  


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