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Reduce Hydro Costs With A Cleaner HVAC System
Hydro costs have been increasing steadily for more than two years. Energy bills are becoming more and more unbearable. The people of Toronto, and Canada in general, have been seeking alternative, inventive solutions to reduce hydro costs. Even though Toronto’s hydro company has repeatedly urged people to reduce energy consumption, this does not seem to help in the long term. That’s because charges and fees are increasing rapidly.
Everyone would like to see smaller energy bills by the end of the month, with lower delivery charges and adjustment fees. Both homeowners and businesses have expressed frustration with the unpredictable increase in hydro costs. Moreover, more and more small businesses and companies are moving away. Hydro bills are just too costly to maintain business in Toronto and even Canada for that matter. And since the local hydro company doesn’t seem to manage to deliver cost-effective energy, people need to find solutions and seek help elsewhere.
One alternative for reducing hydro costs that more and more Torontonians are trying out is to hire air duct cleaning professionals to clear and clean their venting systems. It’s a known fact that a cleaner HVAC system uses less energy. The more contaminated an air system is, the more energy it will use. The more air-handling components are affected, the bigger the electric bill will be. City Duct Cleaning is one of the Toronto-based companies that offer quality and professional duct and dryer vent cleaning services. They have been in the business for over two decades, forming a proficient team of professionals.
Why Cleaner HVAC Systems Helps Reduce Hydro Costs
Why and how would a cleaner HVAC system reduce hydro costs, you might ask? Energy consumption will increase by 10% if only one inch of soot clogs in the ventilation system. The reason for this is that steel surfaces are insulated by soot. Such steel surfaces are what make up a ventilation system’s components that transfer heat produced by the energy to the air that is blowing past it and into your ducts. Also, if your heater is clogged, then energy consumption will increase, too. Since we are living in Canada, a cold country, vent and heating systems must function almost all year long. So it is crucial to constantly have them checked and clean them if problems occur. Whether you like it or not, the hydro company will charge you even more.
Besides dropping hydro costs, cleaning and clearing your home’s ventilation system also comes with some important benefits. For instance, you will breathe cleaner and fresher air. Yes, unclogging the dusty vents will ensure that the air you receive is better. Now, you will pay less when the energy bill arrives and you will also have a healthier life.
Keeping your ventilation system clean and functional will assure you that the energy cost will decrease in no time. For a well-done work, you need to hire the best professionals in town. Here, at City Duct Cleaning, we offer the best services in Toronto when it comes to making your HVAC system cleaner and more functional. Whether you want to save money on hydro costs for your home or for your business, satisfaction is guaranteed with the help of qualified professional. Reduce hydro costs right now by improving your ventilation system.
How Attic Insulation Is Increasing Your Electricity Bills, and How Attic Insulation Removal in Toronto Will Help
While you might know about insulation, you may not be aware that it is increasing the cost of your electricity bill. This is why using professional attic insulation removal in Toronto is so important. Once the old insulation has been removed, new and better insulation is added.
As part of this process, new installation must be added to the attic. Especially in Canada, where winters are cold and harsh, this will prevent warm air from escaping and keep cold air out. The cost to heat and cool your home accounts for up to 70% of your energy bill. Insulation removal in Toronto followed by new insulation installation will save you a significant amount of money.
Living More Comfortably
With professional attic insulation removal in Toronto, you can start setting your thermostat differently without compromising on comfort. Professionals who handle insulation removal and installation in Toronto cover the areas at greatest risk, including the attic, as well as the garage, basement, and other high-risk spaces.
After the attic insulation removal in your Toronto home is complete and the new insulation is added, warm air will stay inside during the cold months. During the hot summer, cold air will stay within the home. Overall, you and your family will enjoy comfort throughout the year without spending more money on electricity.
After the completion of insulation removal and installation, air movement within your Toronto home will be limited. What happens is that calm air becomes trapped within the insulation, thereby preventing heat or cool air from escaping.
It is important that you hire a reputable company for attic insulation removal in Toronto, as well as for installing your new installation. The professionals will use an R-value system based on the level of resistance to heat flow to determine the right installation to install. The way this works is that the higher the R-value of the insulation being used, the more efficient it is in preventing hot air from moving around.
How To Build Your Own Air Conditioner Using Just Plastic Bottles
Air conditioning that uses zero electricity? Sounds like it might be an interesting concept, but isn’t there always a catch? Here’s an innovative idea, especially when you consider that you would never need air duct cleaning, and you’d never need to worry about changing air filters or doing any maintenance either.
But would you really want something like this stuck in your window? It certainly wouldn’t do much for your curb appeal, and security would definitely be another factor that you’d need to consider.
Otherwise, its an amazing concept if it really works, and I’d be quite interested to see if the inventor has come up with anything else related to the HVAC field or anything that can save in energy costs.
Plastic bottles are usually destined for the recycle bin. But there are some very interesting upcycling things you can do with plastic bottles. Such as creating a zero electricity air conditioning unit!
Bangledeshi inventor Ashis Paul came up with the plastic bottle air conditioner, and it is already being used in over 25,000 homes in his country! Ad agency Grey Dhaka and Grameen Intel Social Business have contributed to these incredible efforts.
Really all you need to make your own Eco-Cooler is a board and a few plastic bottles.
First you cut the bottles in half. Then mount them into a grid through holes which are also bottleneck size. Now place the grid right over the window. The narrower top end should be facing inwards to the house.
Wind will blow through the bottles, and the result is cool air being funneled in.
It can reduce temps to up to 41F (or 5C). Not bad at all considering it doesnt cost anything to actually make!
The hope is that this project reaches as many people as possible. Hence the project will be put online for free.
Check out the informative video and the incredible initiative happening with this project:
10 Things To Do On A Rainy Day
Stuck in the house on a rainy day and have nothing to do? Why not take this opportunity to work on some of those simple household maintenance items that you rarely seem to have time for?
We really know how to have fun! These are all energy-saving items and need doing anyway.
- Vacuum out your floor registers. And if you really want to go to town then check the dampers inside and maybe even wash some of those vents too.
- Take your return vents off the wall and vacuum them out too. Wash the vents if they need it.
- Change your furnace filter. And if you really want to go to town again, get the vacuum cleaner and clean the bottom of the furnace fan compartment. Check the side of the furnace fan motor too. It probably has dust on it. Just make sure to turn off the furnace switch before you do this.
- Check your furnace humidifier and change the pad. Turn up the humidistat and make sure it comes on. Make sure water flows through when its supposed to, and make sure it drains out properly.
- Make sure your ceiling fans are turning the right way for the season (in the summer, air should blow down. In the winter, the air should be pulled up). And clean the fan blades too.
- Remove and clean your washroom exhaust grills. Wash them off in the shower then use a spray bottle and wipe dry. If you’re really adventurous then maybe you can remove and clean the exhaust fans too. Use a dry paint brush or compressed air to do this.
- Check the condition of the flex pipe on your dryer. Make sure the flex is not brittle and is free of cracks or holes. Maybe take it off completely and clean it out if needed? While you’re there, why not vacuum behind and under the dryer and also check the condition of the water hoses going to your washing machine? It is good practice to do these items at least once every six months.
- Clean behind your fridge. Pull it out and make sure you clean the coil.
- Check your computers and clean that little fan that every one has. These things can really build up alot of dust over time. And those clogged fans can suck the life out of your computer pretty quick sometimes. If your computer has ever died because of this then you’ll really appreciate this one!
- Clean the grease filter in the kitchen exhaust above your stove.
If you’re looking for a bonus item and still haven’t had enough yet then maybe you could also clean out your central vac!
This is the dirtiest job. Definitely save it for last!
New Home Safety Device
We are pleased to announce that City Duct Cleaning Inc. is a distributer of Lint Alert, which is a new home safety device that basically monitors the air pressure inside your dryer exhaust duct.
Why is this important? The air flow, or pressure inside your dryer vent, is often directly attributed to how dirty your exhaust piping is. A dirty dryer vent will make your clothes dryer consume more energy and is also a potential fire hazard.
The Lint Alert will warn you of any potential problems with your dryer’s venting system so that you can take any corrective action required BEFORE it becomes a problem.
Causes of venting problems could be excessive lint build-up inside the exhaust duct, a plugged dryer exhaust outlet, a crushed flexible dryer vent hose, etc.
Check out this informative video which explains more about Lint Alert.
Lint Alert can no longer be ordered online. It is best to have this device installed immediately after your dryer vent has been cleaned. That way, when it is calibrated during the installation, you will be getting a true reading as to what is good air flow. As the condition inside the pipe decreases, a series of lights will tell you the condition of your exhaust pipe at any given time. The installation procedure is quick and fairly easy, but should be done by a qualified expert.
The Lint Alert has a pass-through 120v plug, and also acts as a night light. It is easily installed in minutes.
You May Be In Danger Of A Dryer Duct Fire
The danger of a dryer duct fire is very real. Check out this video which offers some excellent tips on how to prevent a dryer duct fire from occurring in your home.
Dryer vent cleaning will significantly reduce this fire hazard and will give you peace of mind. It also reduces the amount of time it takes to dry each load, which in turn saves you money on your hydro bill.
If you notice ANY of the following it may be time to schedule a cleaning:
- Damper (flappers) on outside exhaust termination barely opens when dryer is on.
- Clothes are damp or hotter than usual at the end of the cycle.
- Laundry room feels warmer or more humid than normal.
- Clothes take an unusually long time to dry.
- Outside of dryer is unusually hot.
- It has been over a year since you had your dryer vent cleaned.
Cleaning of Your Dryer Exhausts
Did you know that dryer fires are one of the most common fires in Ontario? This is because most homeowners don’t realize the amount of lint that comes off of their clothes with every cycle. When you dry your clothes most of the lint is trapped in your lint trap. The rest of the lint builds up on the inside of your dryer piping. With this lint collection and the gas that your dryer puts out (even if electric), plus the temperature of your dryer, heats this lint up and dries it out. Now this extremely dry lint is in the line of the gas from the exhaust, which in turn can catch it on fire.
Also with dryers that have long connections this lint can build up so much over time that it actually clogs the ventilation kit to the outside of your home.
If this goes undetected, and the clog has time to keep catching more and more lint, the exhaust line will be so plugged that even the moisture from the dryer will also collect in the lines.
When there is water / condensation in a dryer line, this can create unnecessary replacement of the exhaust line itself. Even though dryer vents are routinely blocked with lint, birds and squirrels also like to provide this area for nesting and raising babies, because of the small, dark, dry area which can be a frequent cause of dryer vent blockage and our equipment allows us to remove these blockages as well.
Gas Furnace Cleaning and Inspections
There are plenty of do it yourself articles available on the internet about how to clean your own gas furnace but I do not believe that any of these articles are really providing anyone with very useful or prudent information. Anyone who cleans or inspects a gas furnace in Ontario has to be a licensed gas technician, and for good reason. Most duct cleaners are not licensed gas technicians, nor are most homeowners.If you’ve gotten some half-information about how to clean your own gas furnace, then how do you know if you didn’t miss something unsafe about your furnace that a licensed technician would have noticed straight away?
Some people could be lulled into a false sense of security thinking that they have cleaned their furnace and now they’re good for another year. But this is really not the case, especially when you don’t really know what you’re looking for.
We’ve posted some information on our site before about keeping your furnace area clear of combustibles and making sure that your furnace is able to get the required amount of air, as well as some other things to watch out for, and that’s about as much information that I think there should be available to the average homeowner anyway.
Those are all easy, common-sense safety items. I would never try to tell someone how to clean their own gas furnace, even if it was going to save them a little bit of money today.
Take this example… If you wanted to save yourself some money, would you search on the internet for some information and then change the brakes on your car? Some people could do it, but it would not be recommended. Some things are best left to a qualified professional.
A gas furnace cleaning and inspection is available with any duct cleaning job that we do at City Duct Cleaning, but we will always send a licensed gas technician to do at least that part of the job.
Air Duct System Repairs
Here are some examples of why it makes good sense to keep your air duct systems in good repair. The photos below show some of the recent dryer exhaust ducts that we have cleaned, but the principle applies to any air duct system whether it is for an exhaust system or for heating or cooling in a home or a business.
The first set of photos shows a broken 90 degree elbow that was found by our inspection camera or duct cam. The duct being photographed in this case is in a retirement home. We measured it out and broke a hole in the ceiling, and the dryer lint that fell out of the hole onto the floor was enough to fill five green garbage bags. You wouldn’t believe how much lint there was above that ceiling.
Duct cleaning is obviously our company’s main business, but I’ve been in the HVAC industry for almost 30 years as well, and have installed hundreds of new furnaces, central air conditioners, electronic air cleaners, HEPA systems, humidifiers and even complete duct systems. So doing minor duct repairs such as this one was not difficult for us to manage at all.
I’ve been finding out from my customers over the years that it was quite hard for them to find a heating company who is even interested in doing duct repairs of any kind, and several people have told me that. Most of the companies that they called before they found us said they basically do new installations only.
The same applies to dryer exhaust ducts as well. If you need your’s to be replaced, re-routed or to have a brand new one installed from scatch, or if you need new outside vents with bird screening installed, give us a call. We are here to serve you. Providing excellent service for reasonable costs and winning loyal customers is what we do best.
The second set of photos shows the state of a dryer exhaust duct that we found. The duct system was previously cleaned by another duct cleaning contractor and this is the way they closed the access hole… with duct tape only!
Duct tape is good for many things, but it is definitely not meant to act as a permanent fix in this situation. The hole had very rough edges, so they obviously didn’t even know how to use their sheet metal snips. All that was required to make this one right was to remove all the tape, trim the metal to make it flat, and then to simply screw a metal plate on it. It took me longer to go downstairs to my truck and come back with a metal plate than it did to fix the ductwork.
My best advice when looking for a duct cleaner to do any job, whether it is in your home or in a business or commercial establishment is not to assume that all duct cleaning companies are equally knowledgeable or reputable.
It amazes me sometimes how people can get away with doing such shoddy work. In this case, the duct went for 16 feet, had two turns seperated by 12 feet of duct, and then there was a stack 90 where the duct went into a riser. And from there it went up six floors to a fan on the roof… and there was not a single access hole anywhere else to be found. So how did they clean this duct system? There absolutely has to be access into the duct system at the bottom of the riser. Always. Anyway, we fixed everything up and made this one work like new again.
Getting back to duct repairs, from patching holes to adding a new vent to re-routing or moving duct runs or even your main ducts, at City Duct we do it all, residential or commercial. Call us if you need any of these things done. We’d be glad to help.