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Top 5 Air Duct Problems That Are Commonly Encountered

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Keeping your air ducts clean is an important part of HVAC maintenance, and must be performed regularly. Temperature regulation within the home or office will require air to pass through various air ducts. Unfortunately, many people experience problems with their air ducts, and are not sure how to fix them. Below are the top 5 problems you may encounter, and how to manage them.

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How To Remove Dust Mites From Air Ducts

removing dust mites from air ducts

The cleanliness of the air ducts within your home or office will determine the quality of air you breathe. When air ducts are not cleaned for extensive periods of time, they may collect mold, dust, pollen, spider webs and other debris, all of which are spread throughout the building via the ventilation system. Another organism that may live in the air ducts of your home or office are dust mites.

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How Air Duct Cleaning Can Reduce Or Prevent Allergies

air duct cleaning helps reduce allergies

Many homeowners don’t realize the impact that air vents can have on their health. When air duct cleaning in your home aren’t facilitated for long periods of time, this can result in allergy and asthma. While cleaning your vents isn’t as exciting as going on vacation, it can prevent a number of adverse health conditions. In truth, air vents are easy to ignore, as they are not the most visible part of the house, and it can take months or years for them to accumulate enough dirt to cause problems. However, once the problems start, they can be severe, and cleaning vents which haven’t been touched in years can be tedious.

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How Much Do You Know About Dryer Vent Safety?

well-maintained dryer vent increase safety

In the late 1990s, the U.S. CPSC or Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that nearly 76% of households had at least one clothes dryer which means that more than 74 million households have an electric or gas dryer in the country. The report also included that over 14,500 fires, 300 injuries, 20 deaths and property damages worth over $75 million were caused by dryer fires.

Out of those fires, electric dryers were more than two times likely to be the root of the fire than their gas counterparts. This happens because of their higher heat discharge which can exacerbate the build-up of lint. Dryer fires often originate from two common areas which are the lint trap and dryer vents.

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Find Out How Dryer Vents And Lint Screens Are Cleaned!

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Ever since dryers and washers were invented, they have managed to create a level of convenience that was never before seen in a home. However, one of the biggest safety concerns with these dryers is the build-up of lint in the dryer’s ducting, vents outside the house as well as the dryer itself. Lint that is allowed to accumulate inside the dryer cabinets has caused more than 14,800 fires every year.

Lint can be easily ignited by gas burners, electric heating elements or even sparks from the motors. When either of the mentioned triggers occurs, the flames will travel through the lint-lined exhaust vents. To ensure that this does not happen at all, you should check the exhaust vents and the interior of the cabinet regularly. Additionally, you should also make cleaning the vents and lint screens an annual affair. If you are curious about how professionals clean dryer vents, read on to find out more.

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AIR DUCT

Process in which a skilled, and certified technician, uses “POWER VAC” to remove dust, dirt, and other contaminants from the HVAC system. Air duct cleaning consists of vacuuming, air washing and scrubbing all of the accessible components using a high pressure, pneumatic equipment capable of reaching every nook and cranny. That includes diffusers, branches, plenums, as well as a blower fan and a coil when needed. It is recommended to sanitize the ductwork for its optimum performance. Duration of the cleaning process depends on the complexity of the HVAC system.

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DRYER VENT

Process of removing lint and other contaminants from the air vent. Clogged dryer vents are among most common causes of house fires in the United States. If your dryer has not been cleaned in over a year, it is very important to do so. Duration of the dryer vent cleaning depends on its complexity as well as the length of the air duct.

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WATER DAMAGE

Process of restoration of any flooded area and bringing it back to its original condition. Restoration consists of removing any surfaces that came in contact with water, cleaning out the area, “air scrubbing” and drying infected space, sanitizing as well as mold remediation and restoration when needed. Flooding, faulty appliances, overflowing toilets, storms and hurricanes are among most common water damage scenarios.

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STEAM CLEANING

Steam cleaning consists of deep carpet cleaning, tile cleaning and upholstery cleaning. High temperature steam deeply cleans and sanitizes all the surfaces leaving a pleasant and fresh scent. Powerful steam cleaning machines along with environment friendly detergents can remove any difficult stain.

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