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3 Things You Don’t Know Are in Your Air Ducts That You’ll Want Removed Immediately

September 3rd, 2014 by

Indoor Air Quality Certified Professional

While other parts of your home get cleaned regularly, like countertops, floors, and bathrooms, when was the last time you cleaned your air ducts? It’s easy to forget about them, since they are out of sight, and they don’t need to be cleaned nearly as often as your kitchen counters, but if it’s been a while there could be some scary stuff lurking inside them. Every few years you should have your air ducts professionally cleaned to keep the air inside your home healthier for your family. Studies have shown that air inside your home can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside. Here are three things that could be stuck inside your air ducts that will make you want to schedule an air duct cleaning with Home Comfort Experts today.

 

Dead Insects & Rodents

It may not be pretty to think about, but the truth is that insects and rodents can be found in almost every house in the country, even the world. While they mainly stick to small dark places, your home’s air ducts are the perfect place for them to hide and thrive. With these intruders also comes their waste, like feces and after they die, their remains. You don’t want the air being pumped into your home to be carrying their germs and pollution with it.

Related Read: The Basics of Cleaning the Air Ducts in Your Home

 

Mold Spores & Mildew

Other perpetrators include mold, mildew and bacteria. They feed off of the dust and debris built up over the years, and thrive in dark, cool spaces like air ducts. If you’ve had water damage in the past, it could be an even bigger problem than you’re aware of. If left untreated, mold and bacteria can get into your home’s air and cause a host of health problems for your family.  If this is a concern for your family, you should look into some of our Home Comfort Expert indoor air quality solutions, like Ultraviolet Air Purification or HEPA Air Filtration systems.

 

Pet Hair & Dust Buildup

While it’s easy to get rid of dust on your shelves and lampshades, it’s not so easy to get rid of the dust and debris that piles up inside your air ducts. One person can shed about a pound and a half of skin cells every year. That can really add up if you have a large family. That’s a lot of dust particles being redistributed throughout your home in-between air duct cleanings.

Call Home Comfort Experts to schedule air duct cleaning and air purification services today.

The Basics of Cleaning the Air Ducts in Your Home

August 7th, 2014 by

Duct Cleaning Dust MitesYou’ve probably heard about it, but you’re probably not sure what it means for your home. Getting the air ducts in your home professionally cleaned has several benefits for the cleanliness of your home, the air you breathe and the health of your family. Home Comfort Experts breaks it down for you.

 

Air Duct Cleaning Makes Your Heating & Cooling System More Efficient

Professionally cleaning the air ducts in your home clears your air ducts of debris so that your heating and cooling system can more efficiently heat and cool your home. When too much debris builds up in your air ducts your HVAC system has to work harder to circulate air throughout your home, which means it’s costing more to operate efficiently.

 

Air Duct Cleaning Keeps Your Family Healthier

This debris can range from small dust and skin particles to pet hair and dander, from insects to mold spores. Did you know that according to the Air Duct Cleaners Association the average six-room home collects 40 pounds of dirt, dust and allergens in its air ducts each year? Not only can these things obstruct the airflow in your home, but they can also aggravate allergies and cause illness. Cleaning your air ducts can keep your family breathing in healthier, cleaner air. And even if you’ve recently moved into a brand new home, you might want to hire a professional air duct cleaner to clear out all the drywall and sawdust as well as other materials that may have found its their way into your air filtration system.

 

How Often Should You Schedule a Cleaning?

The amount of time you should go between cleanings depends on a few things. If you haven’t recently done any new construction in your home, three to five years is usually sufficient. Otherwise, it is wise to hire a professional air duct cleaner after you move into a new home or if you recently remodeled part of your home. You might also want to clean your air ducts more often if someone in your home suffers from severe allergies or if you have a pet that sheds a great deal.

Call Home Comfort Experts at one of our many locations to schedule a technician to clean the air ducts in your home.

Work Hard Now, Relax Later: Spring Checklist

March 25th, 2014 by

It’s finally Spring, which means it’s time to get your family and home ready for the warmer months! If you put a little work into your home now, you can relax once it’s time to play this summer. Here’s Home Comfort Experts’ spring checklist to get you started off on the right track.

 

A picture of a furnace air filter being changed

Filthy Furnace Filters Need to Go

Furnace filters are a great line of defense to keep your family breathing clean air. They screen out dust, pollen, and pollutants from the air before they have a chance to get inside your home. It is important to clean them or switch them out every couple of months depending on your specific needs. A clean filter will not only keep your air cleaner, it will also save you money by helping your system run more efficiently. A clogged filter can restrict the airflow, putting added strain on your HVAC system’s fan motor. If you’re having other system problems take our quiz to see if you need a repair or replacement for your air conditioner or furnace. 

 

Check and Change the Batteries

While you’re spring-cleaning, don’t forget to also change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Nearly two thirds of fire related deaths occur because homeowners’ smoke detectors weren’t working due to dead or missing batteries, or they didn’t have any smoke detectors at all, according to the National Fire Protection Association. It is recommended that smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries be changed at least once a year. And no matter what, don’t ever take out the batteries to your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors. That’s what leads to tragedies. Read more about carbon monoxide dangers here: Why Monitoring is the Best Solution for Health & Safety.

 

Tune-up for a More Comfortable Season

This is also a great time to tune-up your air conditioner. Regular maintenance can keep your system working at peak efficiency. A system that has a yearly tune-up experiences considerably fewer breakdowns, saving you more money.

 

Check the Dampers in Your Ductwork

You may not know it, but there are dampers inside your ductwork that can help you control the amount of airflow to specific rooms. If you have rooms that get too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter, you can adjust these dampers to increase or decrease the airflow to those rooms. Now that you will be switching over to your air conditioner, you may need to make some seasonal adjustments. For instance, upstairs rooms may get too hot in the winter since heat rises, but they may need more airflow in the summer to keep them cool enough.

 

If you need any help with any of these spring tasks, just give Home Comfort Experts a call. We’re here if you need us!

Spring Cleaning Should Include Duct Cleaning, If You Answer Yes To Any Of These 5 Questions

May 11th, 2012 by

Your home isn’t really clean unless your air supply is also clean. Good indoor air quality is crucial for your family’s health and quality of life, since indoor air pollution can lead to allergic reactions, asthma flare-ups, headaches, fatigue and even concentration problems.

Today’s well-insulated homes are great on the energy-efficiency front, but they also have the tendency to trap stale, contaminated air inside.

Harmful bacteria and viruses along with lung irritants such as pollen, dust mites and pet dander may also build up on the inner components of your home comfort system. The buildup can cause your system’s performance to suffer and energy bills to increase. Your system’s useful life may even be cut short. How can you tell if your home would benefit from duct cleaning? Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is mold growing in your duct system? According to the EPA, duct cleaning is in order if there is significant visible fungi growth inside ductwork or on other internal parts of your HVAC system. They recommend professional testing to verify that suspected material is mold.
  2. Have your ducts become infested with vermin, mouse droppings or insects?
  3. Is your ductwork lined with debris and releasing it into your home through supply registers?
  4. Is it time to have your air conditioning and heating system cleaned? The EPA recommends that combustion heating systems, stoves or fireplaces be inspected annually to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Preventive maintenance such as cleaning internal parts should be included. Consider having duct cleaning done at the same time for best results.
  5. Does your local HVAC professional recommend it? Your heating and cooling contractor can advise you after an inspection of the system. Be sure to ask questions to be sure your contractor is knowledgeable and experienced. He/she should use the latest HEPA duct cleaning technology with excellent filtration capabilities and have a procedure for safely disposing of buildup after it’s removed from the duct system.

To learn more about advanced HEPA-AIRE duct cleaning, contact the Home Comfort Experts. Visit our website to learn more or just pick up the phone. Serving the Mishawaka and South Bend areas, we’re always happy to help.

HEPA AIRE Duct Cleaning Provides Maximum Return On Your Investment

January 23rd, 2012 by

No one wants to think that their home might be damaging their health, but that’s just what’s happening all over the country. Of all of the environmental risks out there, the Environmental Protection Agency lists poor indoor air quality as one its top five concerns.

 

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Indoor Air Quality Solutions For Northern Indiana And Southwest Michigan Homeowners

November 28th, 2011 by

Now that the cold weather is rolling forward in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan, you’ve probably closed your home to keep the cold drafts out and the heated air inside. While a tight home saves on your heating bills and keeps you more comfortable, it can also build the levels of indoor air pollution in your home.

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It’s Time To Get A Thorough Duct Cleaning When …

October 21st, 2011 by

Duct cleaning has almost become the newest fad in home maintenance. Self-proclaimed “specialists” go door to door proclaiming the benefits in heating and cooling efficiency that can be brought about by having your HVAC system’s ducts cleaned. While some of this is based upon fact, much of it is based upon hearsay and anecdotal data.

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Getting Tired Of The Same Four Walls? Foster Your Indoor Air With Ventilation

September 2nd, 2011 by

Many homes are inadequately ventilated and improper air exchange is a direct cause of low indoor air quality. Air exchange is simply the introduction of fresh air from the outdoors to a home and the expelling of stale indoor air, but opening your windows simply isn’t enough. Homes need specially designed ventilation systems to circulate air properly and ensure that air exchange levels are meeting minimum requirements.

 

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Questions to Ask When Hiring a Duct Cleaning Contractor

February 16th, 2011 by

Duct cleaning is an essential element of maintaining a healthy home and an efficient HVAC system. Neglecting this maintenance can cause the buildup of dust, germs and debris. This strains your system and leads to low efficiency and poor indoor air quality, one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s top five health hazards in the country. Professional duct cleaning can not only increase the performance of your HVAC system and extend its lifespan, but improve your health. (more…)

Duct Sealing: Keep Your Home Energy Efficient And Safe

October 28th, 2010 by

There is nothing more important than the safety of your family.  Unfortunately, in many homes the indoor air is making people sick. There is a reason that so many people today are suffering from allergies or asthma and doctors suspect it could be bad air inside buildings. Environmental Protection Agency studies have shown that indoor air pollution is a bigger problem than outdoor pollution and the American College of Allergy and Asthma says as many as half of all illnesses could be blamed on indoor air. (more…)

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