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Monday October the 14th, 2019 
Linda E. Sully
Broker, SRES

Johnston & Daniel, A Division of Royal LePage R.E.S. Ltd.

Carson & Dunlop July 2016 Newsletter





Getting Your Ducts In a Row: The Truth Behind Duct Cleaning



We often hear from clients who are unsure of what items in their home need the most attention. One of the things that comes up is duct cleaning. Although, telemarketers may be intent on selling it, do you really have to worry about your air ducts? We reached out to our Homeowners Association partner, AtlasCare, to research the reality of air duct maintenance and how to ensure they receive the care they need.


In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust are created annually. When not properly maintained, the air ducts in your home can harbor all kinds of allergens including cobwebs, dust, mold, fungus, and chemical pollutants.


Air ducts are the lungs of your home. Their purpose is to circulate fresh, clean air for you to breathe. There are all kinds of circumstances and contributors adding to or creating dirty air ducts. These can include:

  • Animals in your home shed hair, fur and dander.
  • Construction in your neighborhood. Dirt and dust travel - if your windows are open you are inviting them inside.
  • Indoor renovations.
  • Excess moisture in the air can lead to mold build up in some duct systems.

Dirty air ducts can also affect your energy bills. They cause your furnace and air conditioner to work overtime. This can result in increased maintenance and reduced performance for both of these systems. The strain dirty ducts put on these systems can also contribute to overly high hydro and gas bills.


We encourage cleaning your air ducts upon moving into a home, or if you have just completed a major renovation or remodelling project. Homes with family members who have allergies or asthma may be particularly sensitive to air quality issues, and duct cleaning on a more regular basis may be appropriate. Homes with smokers or pets that shed hair and dander may need more frequent duct work as well.


This simple maintenance will help to ensure the longevity of these systems and the health and cleanliness of your home. If you are not sure of what to look for in a service provider, consider the following:

  • Is the company able to show proof of NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) membership and certification?
  • Is the contractor willing to conduct a thorough inspection of the heating and cooling system prior to performing any work? 
  • Does the contractor agree to disclose any problems discovered during the inspection - NADCA's Assessment, Cleaning and Restoration Standard requires this.
  • Is the heating or cooling system fully operational before cleaning?
  • Will/did the contractor clean the supply ductwork?
  • Will/did the contractor clean the return air ductwork?


At Carson Dunlop we believe that a great Home Inspection is just the beginning, which is why we created the Carson Dunlop Homeowners Association. This not-for-profit program provides our clients and real estate partners with fast, easy, and cost-effective access to group discounts, benefits, and warranties to help protect their investment. For more information on the program click here


Association partners, like AtlasCare, provide Carson Dunlop clients and real estate agents with exclusive discounts on new installations, heating and cooling services, and duct cleaning. AtlasCare is currently offering Homeowners Association members $80 off precision duct cleaning, with Benefect disinfectant and fungicide at no additional charge (a $49.95 value). To learn more about their services, please click here or call 1-800-268-7070




Homeowners Association Featured Partner: TD Insurance 



Through the Carson Dunlop Homeowners Association, Carson Dunlop clients and real estate partners will receive a preferred rate when using TD Insurance for home or auto insurance. 





The Carson Dunlop Blog

Interested in more home maintenance tips? Look no further than the Carson Dunlop blog. Updated regularly with topical issues that affect homeowners, it features informative articles on items like how to keep your basement dry, home improvement costs, the real estate market, and much more. Click here to check it out & be sure to share articles with friends, family members, and colleagues. 



Carson Dunlop DIY Video Series



Have you checked out our DIY video series yet? We've got several videos designed to help you understand your home better. We've got you covered with advice on:


  • home maintenance issues
  • common household problems
  • components & systems within the home

Click here to check out the videos and make sure to share them with family and friends.








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Linda E. Sully
Broker, SRES

Johnston & Daniel, A Division of Royal LePage R.E.S. Ltd.

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