• Air Quality

    Air Quality

    Our homes are our sanctuary so we want to know that we are safe and healthy inside. An important part of that is our indoor air quality, especially since we spend hours at a time relaxing and playing in the home! Thankfully, there are plenty of things that you can do to ensure that you have the highest quality healthy and fresh air inside your home. Here are just a few of them. For more hints and tips for improving your indoor air, speak with a local ventilation specialist.

  • Indoor Air Quality

    Have you had a good duct cleaning lately?

    Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system takes air in and breathes air out.Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.

    duct cleaningHeating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health, such as mold, fungi, bacteria, and very small particles of dust. The removal of such contaminants from the HVAC system and home should be considered as one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality. A duct cleaning will keep your HVAC system safe and contaminant free.

     

  • Air Duct Cleaning

    Duct Cleaning for Energy Savings

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use. When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness. Research by the U.S. EPA has demonstrated that HVAC system cleaning may allow systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components. Clean, efficient systems are less likely to break down, have a longer life span, and generally operate more effectively than dirty systems. A duct cleaning will keep your HVAC system clean and efficient.

    Duct Cleaning to Prevent Contamination

    After you decide to have a duct cleaning in your home cleaned, committing to a good preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination in the future.

    To prevent dirt from entering the system:

    • Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system.
    • Change filters regularly.
    • If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently.
    • Be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.
    • When having your heating and cooling system maintained or checked for other reasons, be sure to ask the service provider to clean cooling coils and drain pans.
    • During construction or renovation work that produces dust in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust.
    • Remove dust and vacuum your home regularly. (Use a high efficiency vacuum (HEPA) cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts).

    If your heating system includes in-duct humidification equipment, be sure to operate and maintain the humidifier strictly as recommended by the manufacturer.

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