Benifits Of Duct Cleaning
DIRTY AIR DUCTS
" 50% of all illness is either caused or
aggravated by polluted indoor air"
American College of Allergies
AC Coil Freezing
Check your air conditioner’s air filter. This is one of the most common causes for a restricted air flow through your air conditioner. You should be using a high quality air filter and replacing it every 2 to 3 months. If your air conditioning filter gets clogged, then the restricted air flow can cause your system’s temperature to drop below optimal levels, causing your air conditioner to freeze up. For more information on which filters to choose and how often to change them,
A dirty evaporator coil can cause a lack of airflow across it, dropping the temperature and causing your air conditioner to freeze up. It is also a recipe for several other unpleasant problems with your AC, like Dirty Sock Syndrome. I would recommend cleaning your evaporator coil as your next step in troubleshooting an iced up air conditioner
The next thing I would check is a restriction in air flow from your ductwork. Start by opening all air conditioning registers (the vents in your ceiling). Any restriction in air flow can cause your air conditioner to freeze over, so make sure that you also inspect your ductwork for leaks, bends or disconnected portions. To do this, you will likely have to go into your attic. Be careful – if you’ve never walked in your attic before, then ask a friend who knows how to and make sure you only walk on the joists!
Call Air Care Duct Cleaning Services for air duct cleaning to prevent allergy and breathing problems.
Why should I have my air ducts cleaned? There are three main reasons to have your entire HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system cleaned
1. Your HVAC system acts as a filter and collects dust, debris, hair, smoke and thousands of other allergy causing pollutants every day. These contaminants end up in your air duct system and then get recycled in your indoor living environment. When you use your furnace or air conditioner, these pollutants are circulating in your home. Having your entire air duct system cleaned will provide a
healthier indoor environment for you and your family.
2. Cleaner vents will also reduce the amount of dust in your home. You wont have to stop dusting entirely, but you will notice a dramatic difference in the level of dust.
3. Air duct cleaning will increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Studies have shown that a dirty HVAC system reduces the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems by 21%. This means that your heating and cooling systems have to work a lot harder when they are not properly cleaned and maintained, which can lead to higher energy bills as well as systems that have a higher chance of breaking down.
How do I know if I need to have air duct cleaning done in my home? While most homes would benefit from air duct cleaning, here are the consumers who really should make it a priority to have their vents cleaned:
1. People who suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory illnesses According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the indoor air we breathe can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. And for anyone suffering from allergies, asthma, emphysema etc, your indoor living environment can be contributing to shortness of breath, asthma, or allergy attacks etc. Cleaning the vents will greatly improve the indoor air quality of your home, helping you breathe easier.
2. People moving into new homes Newly constructed homes have more debris than you would expect. Sheet rock, nails, insulation, pounds upon pounds of dust and sometimes garbage makes its way into your vents. And even the most cautious contractors and home builders cannot ensure that nothing will fall into the vents, especially since the air duct system is installed long before the walls, insulation and sheet rock go up.
3. Newly-remodeled homes Basement refinishes, updates kitchens and bathrooms, add-ons… anything that involves a saw or a sander will more than likely kick up dust and debris that will end up in your air duct system. Even with the utmost caution, dust and debris find their way into your vents.
How often should I have my air ducts cleaned? It is recommended to have your air ducts cleaned typically every 2-4 years. However, if there are pets, smokers, or people who suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory illnesses, you may consider having them cleaned every 12-18 months.
Is air duct cleaning really worth the money?
Cleaning your air ducts will provide a cleaner indoor living environment for you and your family, cut down on the amount of dust in your home, and help your heating and cooling system run more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills!
Do I need to move anything before you come clean?
Our staff is trained to move only the necessary items to complete the job. We need to access each register opening, a working area around the furnace, and parking as close as possible to the furnace.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryer Vent Cleaning removes dangerous lint build up in your dryer and dryer venting
Excessive lint build up occurs slowly and gradually. You don't realize it is happening. You think that by cleaning out the lint filter after each use you are doing your job and maintaining the dryer. Not quite!
When you are having your ducts cleaned, it is important to also get your furnace cleaned, Your homes air flow originates at the furnace and then blows through the duct work throughout your home. If your furnace blower is covered in dirt and dust, it will still affect the air quality in your home if it is not cleaned, Furthermore, when your furnace blower is covered in dust and dirt, it will cause your system to work inefficiently and may cause your furnace to operate a little louder than it should be.
Why Furnace cleaning is Important
Should I have my ductwork sanitized?
This is an issue of debate. It is not uncommon for mold, fungus or bacteria to be present in ductwork. It is a dark, confined space and moisture can be present, which may create an ideal breeding ground. However, most spores can be removed with a thorough cleaning. It is also important to evaluate why mold or other contamination is present. Is the condensation from the furnace not draining properly? Is a buildup of moisture contributing to the problem? Is the humidifier in need of maintenance? Is insulation in the ductwork degrading or holding moisture? The cause of the problem should be identified, or the mold will likely return.
A full load of wet clothes contains about a half gallon of water. Lint is created from the clothes as water is removed during the drying process. This lint will build up in crevices deep down inside the lint filter trap, and all along the dryer vent hose. At the end of the day, your dryer is the number 1 source of fire in the home.
In 1999 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPC) developed a report called the “Report on Electric and Gas Clothes Dryers.” In that report they determined that of the 15,000 fires studied in one year, electric dryers were over 2.5 times more likely to be the cause of the fire than gas dryers. Fires originated most frequently from two places: dryer venting and the lint trap.
What are the warning signs that dangerous lint build up is occurring in your dryer and venting system? Well, the symptoms may include:
Clothes take longer and longer to dry;
Clothes don't fully dry;
Clothes are hotter than normal at the end of the drying cycle;
The outside of dryer gets very hot
The outside exhaust vent flapper does not open very much indicating low exhaust velocity;
Laundry room becomes more humid than it is usually;
Burnt smell is evident in the laundry room
Fire hazards can be avioded with Dryer vent cleaning.
Benefits of Cleaning A/C Coils
Perks of cleaning your coils to stay green and increase energy efficiency.
One of the easiest, most cost-effective green things you can do for your building’s energy efficiency is to have your HVAC system’s condenser and evaporator coils inspected yearly and cleaned as necessary. Dirty coils force compressors to run longer and work harder than required, increasing energy usage and utility costs while decreasing component life and occupant comfort According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), major utilities, and other experts, dirty condenser and evaporator coils can significantly increase HVAC energy usage and associated utility costs. The U.S. DOE says that “a dirty condenser coil can increase compressor energy consumption by 30 percent.” A dirty evaporator coil decreases airflow, resulting in reduced heat transfer and a degradation of the dehumidification process. These can cause overall air quality to decline and systems to fail, and decrease the life expectancy of motors due to increased heat while running.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) suggests an annual coil cleaning to its commercial customers as part of its ongoing efforts to promote energy-efficient HVAC-system operations. “Once the system has been properly charged with refrigerant and has good airflow across the indoor coil, and assuming there is no damage to the duct system, only basic service, such as changing filters and cleaning the outdoor unit annually, should be needed to maintain the system operation at peak performance levels,” says PG&E
With the HVAC system running in “cool” mode, there are two places where heat exchange occurs: 1) condensing unit coils, and 2) evaporator coils. Foreign materials on these coils act as unintended insulators and inhibit the free flow of air through the coils, decreasing the rate of heat transfer between coil and air that is the basis of most HVAC systems. Further, experience shows that servicing dirty systems can lead to misdiagnosing problems and/or faulty or unnecessary repairs. Typically, this results in overcharging of systems and premature failure. It’s not just old systems that need cleaning. In fact, the newer and more efficient your HVAC system is, the more likely it is to benefit from regular coil inspection and cleaning. These newer systems operate at greatly increased pressures and are less tolerant of increases in static pressure. While clean coils have always been important, today’s higher-efficiency units require more efficient heat transfer across larger coils to function at their highest capacity. New units with high SEER ratings often have variable-speed fan motors that adjust fan speed based on demand; however, these units lose much of their effectiveness when forced to run harder than necessary due to fouled condenser vanes.