Nestled into the foothills of the Rockies like it is, Arvada can present a challenge when it comes to keeping dirt, dust, and debris out of your house. With Chinook winds off the mountains and dust storms so thick they can shut down highways, its nearly impossible to keep airborne pollution out of Colorado homes and furnaces. That’s why you need to have your furnace properly cleaned regularly by the professionals at Steve’s Air Duct Cleaning.
The value of having the air ducts cleaned is well understood by folks in Colorado. But what’s often overlooked is that the same dirty air that courses through the air ducts eventually finds its way to the furnace. This can create enormous problems that affect performance and energy efficiency and shorten the life of the furnace, potentially by years. And if all that weren’t enough, there’s also the fact that, if you had your ducts cleaned but not the furnace, that dirty furnace just goes back to pushing pollutants through the clean ducts as soon as you turn it back on. If your HVAC system is to be truly clean you need to address both the ducts and the furnace. That’s where we come in.
Having your ducts cleaned is important to maintaining a hygienic atmosphere in your home, preventing allergy symptoms or respiratory problems that seem to emerge from nowhere. However, duct cleaning is only half the battle. The other half is cleaning the furnace.
There are two main areas within the furnace where dust, dirt, allergens, pet hair, and other pollutants tend to gather: the blower and the coil. When you have the pros from Steve’s in to clean your furnace, we make sure we get these important parts of the furnace squeaky clean.
In a few cases, the blower may need little more than a simple cleaning. This is usually the case if the house is new and the owner sets up a furnace cleaning schedule shortly after moving in. The process is fairly straightforward using our specially designed vacuum system that removes even the smallest particles from everywhere inside the blower compartment.
In most cases, however, the furnace has not been cleaned in years and needs some serious attention. In these cases, we will likely need to remove the blower completely from the furnace and subject it to a power wash to ensure that all of the accumulated dirt, dust, and grime have been removed. This will take longer than a simple clean but it’s essential.
Note: If you had your furnace and ducts cleaned recently and then had remodeling or renovations done to your home, you should have the ducts and furnace cleaned again as soon as the renovations are finished.
The coils in your furnace, also known as the ‘evaporator coils’, are the heart and soul of the air conditioning system. Their job is to keep the refrigerant cool so that can absorb heat from the air. If the coils are mucked up with dirt, dust, pollen, and other pollutants they will not do their job as effectively, your HVAC system will need to work harder, and you can expect to pay higher energy bills.
The evaporator coil is one of those things that remains largely out of sight and out of mind but plays a huge role in making a home livable. Because of the nature of the coils - the way they’re designed and the fact that they are often located in very hard-to-reach areas - it is always recommended that you only have them cleaned by a properly trained professional. The warranty on your furnace may be void if you try to clean the coils yourself.
The potential benefits of a clean furnace are many, and start with removing a major health hazard from the home environment: airborne pollutants that are being recycled by the HVAC system. Experts say that most allergies are caused by indoor air pollution, and in many cases, they're worsened by dirty furnaces and ductwork.
Another benefit of keeping a clean furnace is that it will prolong its life. A furnace with a filthy blower and evaporator coils choked with dust and dirt will have to work harder to do its job. This puts enormous stress on every part of the furnace, resulting in it failing before its time. A clean furnace that runs effortlessly also uses less energy and saves you money daily.
The consensus among HVAC experts is that the furnace should be cleaned at least once every couple of years. In a place like Arvada, we believe that should be more like every year to 18 months. Regular furnace cleaning, when paired with regular duct cleaning, will make your home healthier and more energy-efficient.
At Steve's, we have been helping the people of Arvada keep their homes looking great for more than four decades. In that time, we have earned a reputation for quality work at competitive prices. When you hire the Steve’s Air Duct Cleaning team to professionally to clean your furnace, you can be sure that the job will be done right.