About Cochrane Ventilation

Cochrane Ventilation is a family business that has been serving New England’s healthcare facilities, higher education institutions, and businesses since 1950. Originally providing kitchen exhaust and HVAC cleaning, Cochrane Ventilation has grown to also clean process exhaust systems, dryer exhaust and a host of other ventilation systems and components.

Cochrane’s History

Founded in 1950 Cochrane Ventilation focused on kitchen exhaust cleaning. In 1960 the Company branched out into industrial ventilation cleaning for manufacturing facilities around New England. In 1982, we began cleaning HVAC systems in the Commercial and Healthcare markets.

In 1989 working with manufacturers, Cochrane Ventilation introduced replacement insulation for HVAC units with internal fiberglass lining. This new insulation approach provided a long term replacement solution that was durable, cleanable and less subject to mold growth.

In 1991, Cochrane Ventilation pioneered the use of liquid nitrogen to operate cleaning equipment. Historically, duct cleaning companies have used standard air compressors with limited pressure capacity. Cochrane Ventilation developed the liquid nitrogen system that converts to gas phase with an operating pressure of 300 PSI, providing superior surface agitation and cleaning.

It was in 1995 that Cochrane Ventilation began using robotic systems in ductwork assessments and cleaning. Up until 1995, people often cleaned ductwork without looking at the level and type of contaminant within the system. Using robotics, Cochrane Ventilation developed a hygiene survey procedure, which allowed for the system to be inspected before cleaning, determining the root cause of the problem, and better insuring a solution. 

Cochrane Ventilation Today

Over the years, Cochrane Ventilation continues to innovate, including restoring older HVAC units, resurfacing condensate pans, and applying new duct coatings to extend the life of internal fiberglass insulation.

Cochrane Ventilation provides remote imaging systems, from wire-guided cameras to robotics, to better assess ventilation systems and other remote areas within a building envelope.

Cochrane Ventilation also provides consulting services related to the indoor environment from assisting with building commissioning and retro-commissioning to investigating and mitigating indoor environmental issues.

Our healthcare experience and knowledge saw us move to test fire and smoke dampers, provide environmental containment and control services along with other healthcare related services.

Cochrane Ventilation is active in numerous standard setting organizations such as the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA).

Now in our fourth generation, Cochrane Ventilation continues to grow and provide services throughout New England.