Adam Oldfield: A Family Run Business That Started in 1980 With Stephen Oldfield, Now Operated by Adam (Son) And Michelle Oldfield

Vacu-Man cleans furnaces, air duct systems, dryer vents. A family run business that started in 1980 with Stephen Oldfield, now operated by Adam (son) and Michelle Oldfield. We hire licensed gas techs so we can properly clean all aspects of the gas furnace and dryer vent systems.

Tell us about yourself?

Adam Oldfield started working with his father in 1988, learning the ropes and helping his father on the daily cleaning of homes and commercial air duct systems.

Adam moved on to operate several businesses including; Advertising agencies, website hosting, Collection services, bowling installation, AirBnB, radio hosting (current) across Canada on Global Radio network, and took over Vacu-Man Furnace and Duct cleaning in 2019 from his father so he could semi retire.

If you could go back in time a year or two, what piece of advice would you give yourself?

Don’t stress yourself out, as things will always work out no matter how bad you think it will be ok.

What problem does your business solve?

Air quality in homes, offices. Removing dust, debris that causes allergies and other breathing quality problems. In addition, we clean dryer vents that (when blocked) could cause home fires.

What is the inspiration behind your business?

The ability to ensure that a home/office HVAC system is running efficiently. This in turn not only has a cleaner air system but further safes on energy costs. Finally a clean air system improves breathing and further any fire hazards.

What is your magic sauce?

We have licensed registered TSSA (Government approved) gas techs cleaning the air system. Many other companies are “self” taught or are not qualified to go into the gas furnace or dryer vent system.

We clean each system at the HVAC unit. We have large vacuum trucks with 10,000-15000 CFM (volume of air suction) to allow for a proper flow and suction.

What is the plan for the next 5 years? What do you want to achieve?

Expanding with growth through Toronto, Niagara and into the Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo area. This will include franchising our successful 40 year business model.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?

Government regulations with restrictions of Covid and further the staffing safety and making sure that we are following all protocols. This includes more regulations to follow and comply with and the added taxes to a small business that overall increase the operations costs.

How do people get involved/buy into your vision?

We are working with not only cleaning homes of residents, we partner with heating and cooling service techs to ensure after each furnace is cleaned that they are cleaned properly.

We also are looking to connect with new home construction builds, restoration companies and anyone that has had renovations (construction and renovations builds). Visit our website and find out who we are and setup an appointment to talk about how our quality and services speaks for itself.

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