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Air Duct Cleaning
Improving Home Air Quality with Air Duct Cleaning
One of the most overlooked issues in our homes is the quality of the air that we breathe and which circulates throughout the home. The Environmental Protection Agency claims that indoor air quality has been found to be more polluted than outdoor air. Considering the amount of time we spend indoors it make sense to clean a main component… our air ducts. You often find poor air quality (pollutants and irritants) not only in your own home, but also in the homes of people we visit, which can lead to allergy-type symptoms depending on the length of exposure.
Is there an Indoor Air Quality Issue in Your Home?
The following questions are designed to determine if you have issues in your home with indoor air pollution:
- Do you have an air circulating system that utilizes a standard fiberglass filter?
- Do you have pets?
- Does anyone in your house suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems?
- Do you regularly clean excessive dust accumulations from your household furniture?
- Do you experience headaches, nausea, burning sensations in the nose, throat, or eyes when inside the home?
- When you last changed your furnace filter, did you see dust and dirt inside the filter housing?
Dirt, dust, mold, pollen, and animal dander are re-circulated through air ducts every time we turn on our furnaces and air conditioners. Combine this with moisture and you have the ideal breeding ground for fungi, germs, and household mold. Studies have confirmed that some diseases, including salmonella, strep, and legionnaires’ disease are spread by contaminated air ducts.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryer Vent Cleaning is an important part of any homeowner's maintenance checklist, but is often overlooked. Though we understand that servicing the dryer vent may not seem like a priority when weighed against other home services, the truth of the matter that this oversight is costly.
Why You Should Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that clothes dryers are associated with approximately 15,600 fires yearly. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers.
According to recent industry studies, an excessively clogged dryer vent may add an additional $18-$24 dollars to your home's energy bill. That translates to almost $300 a year in unnecessary fees. Most dryer vent cleaning bills come well below this $300 mark, so it only makes sense to follow dryer manufacturer recommendations and have the cleaning performed once a year.
Warning signs: Need For Cleaning Indicators
It is very easy to recognize the signs for dryer vent cleaning need. They include:
- Drying times that surpass 35-40 minutes
- Clothes that are abnormally hot to the touch after drying
- Your vent hood flap does not open during a dryer's operation
- It has been a year since your last dryer vent cleaning