DUCT CLEANING FACTS

Duct Cleaning Facts

SPRINGTIME DUCT CLEANING

Springtime Duct Cleaning

Get Professional Air Duct Cleaning Started Now that Spring is Here!

Springtime is finally here! The temperature is heating up, and spring is in the air. Everyone loves to get outside after the winter is over.

Even though you won’t be spending as much time indoors, it’s still a good idea to have your air ducts checked. You might not have gotten around to doing it over the winter.

In just a couple of weeks your heating system will be shut off for the season, and you’ll be revving up your air conditioning unit. Spring is certainly the most beautiful time of the year, but a lot of people are negatively affected by seasonal allergies. Pollen, ragweed, and other allergens can wreak havoc on people who are allergy-prone. All of this can be blown right into your air ducts.

So, when you turn on your air conditioning unit, it all comes blowing right into your home. You can stop that from happening by having a professional air duct cleaner come in and clean out your ventilation and duct system. A professional cleaner will make sure everything is in good working order. Then, you won’t have to worry about allergens coming into your home through the air ducts.

Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned and Breathe Easy This Spring

If you live in an area surrounded by a lot of greenery and trees, you really should have someone come in and clean out your air ducts. Getting a winter flu is bad enough, but having a lot of allergens in your home is even worse. Protect yourself and anyone allergy-prone in your family by having your air ducts cleaned and keeping your home free from all those nasty springtime allergens.

 

Call Advanced Air Quality today for all of your Duct Cleaning needs – (613) 831 – 9695

DRYER VENT CLEANING THIS SPRING

Dryer Vent Cleaning This Spring

Cleaning Your Dryer Vents Can Save Money – And Improve Your Living Conditions!

Getting your dryer vents cleaned may not be something you think of very often, but it is something you should do at least once a year. The best time to tackle this job is just before summer. The snow has melted making the vents easy to get to, and you’re removing flammable material before the hottest time of year.

It’s important to note that your dryer has several places where this built up can occur. The first is the lint trap in the dryer itself. You should be emptying this after every load. There’s also the vent hose that connects your dryer to the vent in the wall. Finally, there’s the duct work within the walls that vents outside. This may be the hardest part – and the area you need to hire a professional to help with.

Dirty Dryer Vents Cause Fires!

This happens all the time. A scary amount actually. The lint and other material that ends up in your dryer vent is extremely flammable. If it’s not cleaned out periodically, it can cause real problems.

The reason fires start is that you’re essentially taking a lot of flammable material, stuffing it in a small space that gets extremely hot, especially in the summer. It doesn’t take much to ignite that dryer fluff and cause you some real problems.

 

Your Dryer Becomes Inefficient

Dryers work by cycling warm air through your clothes to get them dry. If your dryer vents are clogged, less air gets out. This means less fresh air gets in. If the air isn’t cycling through the dryer well enough, that means humid air isn’t escaping.

This is when your dryer becomes inefficient. The less humid air that escapes means it takes longer for your clothes to get dry. This can also keep your clothes from smelling fresh.

If you notice that your dryer isn’t performing at peak efficiency or your clothes are a little musty – it’s time to clean the dryer vent!

Call Advanced Air Quality Today for a Free Dryer Vent Cleaning Quote – (613) 831-9695

PROPERLY TRAINED DUCT CLEANING TECHNICIANS

Properly Trained Duct Cleaning Technicians

Properly Trained Duct Cleaning Technicians

Cleaning air ducts seems pretty straight forward. After all, it’s just vacuuming the dust out, right?

Unfortunately, it’s not. As anyone who’s tried to stuff their vacuum into a vent and attempt it knows, it’s actually pretty complicated.

Air duct cleaning requires special equipment and properly trained personal to ensure the job is done right. Don’t be fooled by cheap ads that claim to clean your ducts. You get what you pay for. Most companies will take advantage of the fact that you’ll never check the results.

What’s The Big Deal?

Air ducts are like the veins of airflow through your house. Over time, these veins can get filled with all kinds of unwanted materials. From simple dirt and dust, to animal nests, mold, and dead carcasses in some extreme cases, you’d be surprised what we find sometimes. It’s important to clean your ducts!

Cleaning your ducts will also help those that are sensitive to allergies. The dust particles that get kicked up every time your heating or air conditioning turns on can irritate the eyes and cause a sore throat.

How Does Cleaning Work?

Professionally trained cleaners will use specialized equipment to stir up the dust in a controlled manner and efficiently suck it out.

When trained properly, this will happen without any dust entering your house. They’ll also capture the majority of dust and leave very little, if any, behind. Some vents will be sealed during this process.

Cleaning air ducts isn’t that complicated – when you’re properly trained. Give us a call and we’ll get a professional to clean your ducts the right way.

Call Advanced Air Quality Today for a Free Estimate – (613) 831-9695

AVOIDING FIRES WITH DRYER VENT CLEANING MAINTENANCE

Avoiding Fires with Dryer Vent Cleaning Maintenance

Every year there are an estimated 15,000* residential fires that are caused by clothes dryers in North America. These unfortunate fires lead to over a dozen deaths and over 100 million dollars in property damage every year.

It is preventable with a little bit of maintenance. As a bonus, it also helps your dryer perform better.

Dryer Lint is one of the most flammable materials in your home. What makes it so dangerous is that it is usually extremely dry, with lots of room for oxygen to fuel the fire. It just takes one little spark before things go up in flames.

Most people think that all they need to do is clean out the lint trap on their dryer between loads. This is important, but it’s just the first place that lint gets trapped. Lint still makes it through your venting system. It builds up and blocks airflow. This needs to be cleaned at least once a year. You wouldn’t store gasoline in your house, why leave the flammable lint?

What Causes Fires?

When a fire occurs in your ducts or vent due to lint or dust, they can be extremely difficult to deal with. Almost always the vents and ducts are inside of your walls making them hard to reach leading to all kinds of problems. The best protection is a little prevention.

Cleaning your vents and ducts will also improve airflow. This will keep your dryer at peak efficiency, meaning it takes less energy to get your clothes dry.

Advanced Air Quality will make quick work of cleaning your dryer vents and ducts. We’ll remove any trace of flammable material to help keep your home or business safe. Give us a call for a free quote today – (613) 831-9695

 

*http://www.cbc.ca/news2/background/consumers/dryer-safety.html

AIR DUCT CLEANING FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Air Duct Cleaning Facts You Need to Know

Air ducts are the veins of your house. They deliver vital heating and cooling to every room. It’s great for hot summer days, or cool winter nights, but they’re also big empty cavities in your ceilings and walls that are extremely hard to clean.

Inside Your Ducts

If you could crack open your air ducts, these are just a few of the things you might find inside:

  • Water damage.
  • Mold, mildew, slime, or other microbial growth.
  • Debris build-up, including dust, cobwebs or dead rodents!
  • Insect or animal dens.
  • Odors you’re just not sure you can identify.
  • Pollen and other allergens.

Higher Energy Costs

You’re not often forced to look inside your ducts, so you may not know how dirty they actually are. In some cases, ducts are so dirty that they’re actually restricting up to 40% of airflow! This means the heating and cooling unit has to run longer to achieve the same temperature.

Cleaning is Quick and Easy

Cleaning your ducts is actually not that different from vacuuming your floor. The only difference is that the equipment and techniques used are specially designed to keep the dirt and potentially dangerous pollen, animals, and mildew from spreading around your home.

It’s not exactly a DIY job. Without the right equipment, you’re probably just spreading the mess around without actually removing it. Specially trained technicians will also be able to spot why your ducts are so dirty in the first place and help solve the problem.

How You Can Help

There are a few things you can do to reduce the dirt in your ducts:

  • Change your air filter.
  • Schedule annual maintenance and cleaning.
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices to reduce contaminants.
  • Keep air intakes clear and ensure they’re located in appropriate places.
  • Have your ductwork regularly inspected.

Advanced Air Quality will make quick work of cleaning your dryer vents and ducts. Give us a call for a free quote today – (613) 831 – 9695

BENEFITS OF FALL DUCT CLEANING

Benefits of Fall Duct Cleaning

Fall has arrived. Summer was fantastic for airing out your house and letting that breeze pass through, but as the temperature changes and you close your windows, your air vents can be the perfect highway for some pretty nasty stuff. If you haven’t cleaned your ducts in a while, you could be sealing yourself inside for the winter with more than you bargained for.

Advanced Air Quality recommends a thorough fall cleaning of your ducts to ensure the highest air quality for you and your family during the winter. If you don’t clean your ducts, there are a few things that you could be exposing yourself to.

Mold and Mildew

Having the windows open, summer rainstorms, and continuous humidity can all lead to a buildup of mold and mildew in your ducts. This is due to the moisture mixing with dirt and fluff that has built up. The mold will be spread throughout the house when your forced air system kicks in. This can affect your health.

Allergens

Pollen and ragweed can live in your ducts for years. One great things about the mild weather is being able to enjoy summer breeze. Airing out the house sure makes it smell great, but it also invites allergens into your home. Your duct system is perfect for transporting these invaders around the entire house. If you have allergies, you could be punishing yourself all winter by not cleaning out your ducts.

Rodents and Uninvited Guests

During the warm summer months, and once the weather cools, it’s possible that some uninvited guests have made themselves at home to escape the hot sun or the cold nights. Duct cleaning will evict these guests and anything they’ve left behind.

If you’ve been putting off cleaning your ducts, now’s the time. Advanced Air Quality will make quick work of cleaning your dryer vents and ducts.

Give us a call for a free phone quote today – (613) 831-9695

ALLERGIC REACTIONS FROM MOLD IN AIR DUCTS

Allergic Reactions from Mold in Air Ducts

Allergic reactions from mold are more common than you might think. Most people just write them off as hay fever or seasonal allergies, when the reality is that the source is actually much more controllable.

Mold is fairly common in our everyday environment. Most people come into contact with mold every day, but it’s usually not an issue. This is because mold is very prevalent in the outdoor world. When mold starts to concentrate in one area in your home, that’s when it becomes a concern.

Having some mold in your home is nearly unavoidable. There’s always a little bit of harmless mold. Usually around kitchens or bathrooms. It will often stay where it is and is minimized during routine cleaning.

When the mold starts to concentrate in your ducts and get spread around the house, that’s when it becomes a problem.

How Does Mold Get in The Duct System?

There are a few ways this can happen, but the most common way is either through the air intake, or the air-conditioning unit.

If your air intake is located near standing water, you can bet mold is growing and spores are being sucked into the home.

In the case of air conditioners, they feature cooling coils with condensation, and if not maintained routinely, they will also produce mold. This mold is then distributed throughout the house via the HVAC system.

How Do You Get Rid of the Mold?

Getting a professional in to have a look is the first step. Any mold they find will be removed. After that, a thorough duct cleaning once a year is the best possible prevention for mold build up.

If you haven’t had a duct cleaning in a while, have a professional check it out. You may be surprised what you have growing in there.

If you don’t like surprises, schedule a routine maintenance and cleaning program with a reputable air duct cleaning company like Advanced Air. Our professional teams can make sure your ducts are free of mold, and any other unwanted items!

Call us today for a free phone estimate – (613) 831 9695

DRYER VENT SAFETY

Dryer Vent Safety

When did you last have your dryer vent cleaned out? Debris and lint can build up in the dryer duct, which will cause your dryer to run at less than optimum efficiency. In addition, this buildup can create a potentially dangerous condition such as carbon monoxide intrusion and a fire hazard. If a gas clothes dryer is not vented properly, or if the exhaust duct becomes blocked by debris and lint, carbon monoxide may be forced into your living area.

House fires that are caused by dryers are far more common than one might think. In most cases, the fires are caused by a buildup of debris and lint throughout the dryer duct. The good news is that you can easily prevent these fires.

  • If you notice that your clothes are starting to take longer to dry, check the vent for a buildup of lint.
  • Replace a filter if it has a rip
  • Replace exhaust vents that are cracked
  • Keep the dryer area clean and free of flammable materials
  • Check the back of the dryer for things that may fall behind

The final thing that you need to do is to make sure that you regularly clean your vent. If you take these steps your dryer will last longer and remain safe for many years.

For more information on Dryer vent safety, fire prevention and the benefits of Residential Air Duct Cleaning, contact Advanced Air Quality today at 613.831.9695

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT DUCT CLEANING COMPANY

How to Choose the Right Duct Cleaning Company

Important Steps to Follow When Choosing a Duct Cleaning Company

Cleaning the ducts in your home or office building is extremely important. An annual cleaning will help keep your heating and cooling systems running smoothly throughout the year. In addition, making sure that your ducts are kept clean will ensure that the air quality of your home or office is improved.

There are several quality duct cleaning companies available in the area. Unfortunately, there are some companies that are not honest and will not provide you with the customer service experience that you deserve.

When choosing a duct cleaning company there are several things that you can look for in order to ensure that you are provided with quality services.

The first thing that you should look for when choosing an air duct cleaning company is to make sure that they are registered with a review site or association such as HomeStars.com, Yelp, or the National Air Duct Cleaning Association or another reputable site that holds companies accountable for their work. Make sure to read reviews about the company and take note of any negative feedback from customers.

It is also a good idea to call the company directly and ask about the types of equipment that they use to clean your ducts. If you take the time to do your research you should easily end up with a quality company to clean your air ducts for you.

Advanced Air offers free phone estimates on all of our services – (613) 831-9695