Everything You Need To Know About Air Duct + HVAC Cleaning Cleaning
Improve your indoor air quality and catch maintenance issues before they break your HVAC equipment.
More and more people are becoming aware of indoor air pollution. It is definitely an area of growing concern and is something that can easily be prevented with air duct and HVAC cleaning. In fact, you’ve probably seen some companies promote this service which will improve your indoor air quality and the health benefits associated.
How will cleaning the air ducts and HVAC system help to improve indoor air quality? When one of our trained SERVPRO technicians cleans your air ducts and HVAC system, they typically check and clean various cooling and heating system components. These can include grilles and diffusers, supply and return air ducts, cooling coils, heat exchangers, fan motors and housing and condensate drip pans.
When one of these components is not properly maintained, the parts may become contaminated by pollen, other debris, and dust. If there is moisture present, it can increase the chances for mold growth and spores may then be released into the indoor air. These contaminants are then able to cause an allergic reaction or symptom in the people who were exposed to them.
If you decide that you are going to have your air ducts and HVAC system cleaned, be sure that the vendor is going to be cleaning all the components of your system. If one element isn’t cleaned correctly, it can result in a re-contamination of the entire system.
While there are various methods that can be used to clean your air ducts and HVAC system, standards have been established by industry associations. Typically, special tools will be used to remove any dirt and debris, and then a high-powered vacuum will be used to vacuum the dirt and debris out.
Once the air ducts have been thoroughly cleaned, our service technician may want to apply chemical biocides, which will kill any microbiological contaminants. This would be applied inside the ducts and to the other components of the system. And in some instances where there are signs of mold growth, a chemical treatment may also be required to cover the surfaces of the air ducts.
So how do you know if you need your air ducts and HVAC system cleaned? What you can do is to do a visual inspection to see if there are any deposits of mold or dust, if there is a musty odor, or if someone is suffering from allergies more than normal. These are all signs that a professional air duct-cleaning specialist should come out and inspect your heating and cooling systems. Depending on where you live and how often you use your heating or cooling systems will determine how often you should have them cleaned.
The Bottom Line
Air ducts and HVAC systems should be regularly cleaned to help keep dirt, dust, and mold from being spread throughout the building and decrease the indoor air quality. By investing in proper maintenance performed by a qualified air ducts and HVAC cleaning professional, you will ensure that the indoor air quality stays high.
Call SERVPRO of Freeport, Roosevelt today to schedule your free consultation at (516) 774-2200 or e-mail us at office@SERVPROfreeportroosevelt.com
Fall Edition: Home Maintenance Checklist For Your Home
Fall brings in pumpkin spice, fallen leaves, and PLENTY to have done around the house for maintenance. Are you prepared for the colder months?
Hello October! When Autumn rolls around, it becomes the perfect time to tidy up and prepare your home for the chilly months to come. It’s an ideal time to get work done before shorter days and ice prevent you from taking proactive measures. On the list below, we have gathered information on what you can do to make sure your home is in great shape all season round.
Take care of your trees
Make rounds throughout your front and backyard to make sure that your trees and bushes are in good condition and under control. Taking care to prune any precarious branches now will prevent any falling limbs once winter storms come along. Winter storms have been known to take down many tree limbs in the area, so it’s smart to tidy up before it becomes a headache later.
Did you know that SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island can take care of trees or other debris that fall on your property? We’re experienced in removing dead trees, whether they fall on your house or on your yard.
Rake your leaves
This tip seems intuitive, but many people love the look of fallen leaves on their yards. What they don’t realize is that leaves left throughout the season on your lawn, can prevent spring growth. Whether you use a leaf blower or a rake, just be sure to gather all leaves.
Pro-Tip: Be sure to wear gloves to make sure you don’t damage your hands.
Clean out your gutter
During the later part of Fall (like November) be sure to clear out your gutters and downspouts. The reason? Clogged gutters can cause water to pool, which can damage your roof or siding. By cleaning it out, you’re making sure that your outdoor drainage system is in peak condition before winter comes along.
Applied to the frames of any door or window, weatherstripping is an easy way to make sure your home is warm and your heating bills are cut. Also, consider adding a door sweeps to your doors leading to the outside (front, back, garage, etc) to make sure that a draft doesn’t follow you when you enter or exit.
Still feel like your energy bills are high? SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island has expert technicians who are certified to check your Heating units for optimal use.
Take down the window A/C units.
Summer is now behind us, so be sure to box away all of your air conditioning units. Can’t remove them? Then cover the entire exterior with an insulating wrap (Easily found at any hardware store) This will prevent cold air from coming into your home.
Clean Your Dryer Vents
The lint that collects in your dryer is actually dangerous. Besides making your dryer less efficient, it can actually start a fire. With cool, dry weather comes an increase in static electricity. The result? That lint collecting in your dryer can catch on fire. Reduce the risk by hiring a SERVPRO professional to clean out the vents for you.
- Schedule a chimney and heating system check-up
Getting ready to turn up the heat? First, make sure that your chimney, furnace, and boiler are cleaned, maintained, and in working order. It’s a crucial safety measure that should not be taken lightly.
Pro-tip: Invest in a chimney cap: they prevent animals like racoons from entering your home.
Deep clean your kitchen
With Thanksgiving around the bend, it’s a great time to give your kitchen a deep clean. This makes sure that your space is not only efficient, but looking good too! Some areas to look out for:
- Clean the oven
- Vacuum the refrigerator coils
- Clean light fixtures
- Wash out your garbage and recycling bins
- Clean small appliances
- Degrease and wipe down the range hood and filter
Check Your Smoke Detector
The cooler months are when fires are most likely to occur, with heating systems and fireplaces being used. Take special care to test smoke AND carbon monoxide detectors. Also, make sure you have a current fire extinguisher (i.e. not expired!) Use precaution, by checking on these safety devices, you are proactively taking care of your entire home!
If there is ever IS a fire in your home, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island to take care of any damage. As always, we encourage our community to be safe and take all caution.
Prepare for Winter: Get supplies!
The New York area is prone to some harsh winter. Be sure to prepare well in advance to make sure that your home is stocked up for whatever weather comes your way! Here are some important items to make sure you have on deck:
- Snow Shovels, Ice Scrapers
- Ice melt
- Emergency Kits (One for each car, one for your home)
That’s our list! Fall is, arguably, the most beautiful season for us in the Northeast. Leaves falling, crisp air all around. In between pumpkin patches, apple picking, and drinking spiced lattes, make sure that you give your home some TLC.
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