Clean Air of the Rockies: Eliminating the dust you don’t see |

Clean Air of the Rockies: Eliminating the dust you don’t see

Autumn Phillips
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado
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Run a finger along any shelf in your house and you’ll probably draw a line through a layer of dust. In Grand County, dust collects quickly in the house and it’s easy to see on your furniture.

What’s harder to see is the dust in the air, collecting in the ducts and vents.

Last summer, two Granby residents started Clean Air of the Rockies, a duct cleaning service for Grand County. The brother and sister team, Mitzi Schirado and Dustin Entz, saw a need, bought the equipment and went through the training to fill that need.

Entz already owned Rocky Mountain Heat Connection and regularly received calls asking if he provided duct cleaning services.

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“It’s a catch 22,” Schirado said. “Houses are built better these days, but they don’t allow outdoor air in.

“It actually decreases the air quality in the house. You need that fresh oxygen.”

To keep air ducts clean and exchanging fresh air into the house, Schirado suggests having ducts cleaned every two or three years – more often for people who smoke, have pets or children.

“There’s a lot of dander in the air,” she said. “It’s one of those things you don’t see. Ducts are out of sight, out of mind.”

A complete household or commercial duct cleaning service begins at $450 for a home with 15 openings.

“The cost really depends on how long it has been since it was done and the number of returns and air ducts,” Schirado said.

A duct cleaning usually takes between four to six hours and doesn’t require you to clear the house or make other special arrangements.

To reach Clean Air of the Rockies, call (970) 531-1104 or e-mail

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