A Quick History of Duct Cleaning in Ottawa

January 14, 2021
Duct Cleaning

Duct Cleaning in The Capital

A look into the history of Ottawa Duct Cleaning

Ottawa has a long interesting history, especially when it comes to duct cleaning. We will look at the advancements of the equipment and processes people used when they cleaned various different HVAC systems. From commercial duct cleaning to residential, the methods have evolved quite a bit over time. Duct cleaning has always been a necessary service that people have used since the introduction of modern duct systems. The systems we use commenced as the creation of flues and chimneys used by the Chinese and Greek in the seventh century. They helped to hold a building's heat with out filling it with smoke, but the first recorded crucial heating came from the Romans. around 300 B.C. The Romans used a chain of vertical tubes under a tiled ground to warm a room.

In the 1970's there was a bit of an energy crisis and this prompted improvements in building substances and strategies were developed to ensure housing a commercial spaces had more efficient HVAC systems. This gave rise to a need for furnace and duct cleaning and people trying to market towards indoor air quality. In the beginning the market for duct cleaning was more geared towards industrial properties which were the first developments to use a central A/C unit. The next market that opened up was cleaning after some kind of disaster (natural, fire, flood, mold or general neglect).

The duct cleaning industry was born

The early days of duct cleaning was accomplished completely by professional duct cleaners who were sub-contracted by Carpet Cleaning companies. Some time in the late 1980's, insurance companies pressured the Duct Cleaning contractors to open their own company specifically for duct cleaning. This is when the duct cleaning industry was born and blossomed into what it is today. The market has since become saturated with a lot of fly-by-night companies looking to make a quick buck off of a genuinely needed service. Today the duct cleaning industry has evolved into a combination of necessity and health. More and more people are becoming conscious of their health, and many studies have been preformed linking duct cleaning to indoor air quality. They mesh into a service that can offer not only maintenance benefits but also ones concerning health as well.

Duct cleaning has come a long way in Ottawa since the inception of the first HVAC systems. When they began they used a lot of wire brushes and compressed air to clean the ducts they were working on. Since the service is being preformed on homes more often now-a-days more gentle tools have been developed that provide a better result and will not tear the duct work in modern homes to shreds. Over time, like most things, duct work has become less strong and less durable. This means the best process of cleaning them had to adapt with the materials and processes used in new HVAC systems.

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