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Using Residential Duct Cleaning in Toronto to Eliminate the Effects of Smoking on Your Air Ducts

In addition to being dangerous to your health, secondhand smoke is proven to cause problems for people living in your home. However, as indicated by a top service for residential duct cleaning in Toronto, smoking can also impact your neighbors. If you live in an apartment or duplex with a linked HVAC system, your neighbors are impacted by your smoking.

Although air duct cleaning in Toronto helps eliminate thick and foul-smelling smoke, dust containing cancer-causing compounds collects in the ductwork. As a result, when the heating or air conditioning fan blows, dust is reintroduced into your home as well as your neighbor’s home. This is why residential duct cleaning in Toronto is so critical. Simply put, having your HVAC system cleaned reduces the impact of your smoking for your family and your neighbors.

Dust Containing Carcinogens

If smoke or dust containing carcinogens is being blown through the air vents or utility boxes located on the walls, anyone who does not smoke suffers the same effects as if they did. The good news is that with residential duct cleaning in Toronto, dust and other potentially hazardous materials are eliminated.

The last thing you want to do is put your neighbors at risk. Therefore, determine if your HVAC system is shared. If it is, take the appropriate action by hiring a company to do residential duct cleaning in Toronto. Although this will certainly help, you should also take this time to consider seeking help so that you can quit smoking. That way, your neighbors, your family, and you are no longer affected by the dangers that go hand-in-hand with smoking.

Along with hiring the best service to clean your ductwork, you can purchase air sanitizers, change the filters on the furnace and/or air conditioning system often, dust frequently, and stop smoking inside the home. However, if things have reached a point of affecting you and your neighbors, hiring a service for residential duct cleaning in Toronto is always the best and safest solution.

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Pigeon Air Patrol to the rescue! Birds with backpacks track air pollution

It could seem like a bird-brained idea: relying on a team of pigeons to carry out scientific studies on air quality and air pollution.

But chances are, you’ve never seen a squad of pigeons wear backpacks quite like this.

Meet London’s Pigeon Air Patrol, a flock of “superbirds” measuring nitrogen dioxide in a city with some of the highest levels of air pollution in the world.

Almost 9,500 people in the English capital die prematurely each year due to long-term exposure to polluted air, according to a report last year by King’s College London.

Globally, the number of air pollution-related deaths is closer to 7 million, a 2014 World Health Organization report said.

Most people are not aware of the fact that we’ve been seeing the direct results of air pollution right here in the Toronto area for many years. A large part of the services that City Duct Cleaning offers is cleaning and deodorizing rooftop HVAC units in commercial buildings, apartment buildings and condos throughout the GTA.

We’ve been noticing the increased amount of black soot on air filters, HVAC components, air ducts and all the way through the ducted HVAC systems that we often work on. Cleaning up this mess is a part of the commercial duct cleaning service that we provide.

We’ve been noticing this like crazy over the past 10 or more years. And its been getting worse!

These systems supply the air that we breathe. They often suck air directly from the outside and that air is filtered and partially conditioned before it is blown into a building’s duct system.

The problem with the filtration part of the process is that those air filters are often infrequently changed or are missing completely, and the quality of the air filters are often poor. It costs alot of money to filter the air properly and in most buildings they just don’t have the budget.

Worst-affected areas are along any major road now. We used to see the worst areas only along Yonge Street or very heavily- travelled roads like close to the 401. But the results of air pollution have become more evident all throughout the city. And this is what we have to breathe!

We can count ourselves lucky that there are so many dedicated people who are now studying air pollution and trying to help come up with positive solutions to this massive problem that will otherwise only get worse as time goes on.

Now a team of 10 trained pigeons is taking to the skies strapped with 25-gram sensors to measure the harmful emissions not always visible to the naked eye — and, rather aptly, are tweeting the results.

Londoners can ask their feathered friends to track nitrogen dioxide levels in their area by tweeting @PigeonAir. The clever creatures, with a little help from researchers at Plume Labs, will then tweet back their readings, ranging from “moderate” to “extreme.”

One of the pigeons — which have names such as Norber, Coco and Julius — will also be strapped with a GPS tracking device. A vet will be on hand to monitor the birds’ well-being over three days of flights.

The winged patrol was originally dreamed up by Pierre Duquesnoy and Matt Daniels of marketing agency DigitasLBi as part of Twitter’s #PoweredByTweets competition last year, winning the “Solve a Problem” category.

The patrol aims to boost a much larger campaign by Plume Labs to recruit 100 Londoners to carry out their own pollution monitoring — though this one will be on the ground.

The company has developed a portable sensor that participants will use to track emissions, building a live map of air quality across London.

To get the campaign literally off the ground,Plume Labs still needs to raise 10,000 ($14,000), and has so far raised half its target.

“Millions of people die every year around the world from air pollution — it’s basically a pandemic, but we have a hard time realizing this because it’s largely invisible,” Romain Lacombe, CEO of Plume Labs, told CNN.

“So the Pigeon Patrol has been about making the invisible, visible. And there’s a nice parallel there — we don’t always think about the fact we breathe about 20 (kilograms)of air every day.

“Much in the same way that pigeons themselves are all around us, and we rarely notice them.”

Though with their fancy new backpacks on, these pigeons will be hard to ignore — just keep them off the catwalk.

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What Is House Dust?

What Is House Dust?

Dust contains pollutants, viruses, and micro organisms that can stimulate allergies. The air ducts in your home retains moisture and provides a breeding ground for molds and mites.

Dust particles, hidden in your home’s ductwork, contribute to household odors that even commercial room air fresheners just can’t find.

They can also be the source of hay fever-like symptoms out of season.

The best possible way to rid your home of this indoor pollutant is to have your air duct system professionally cleaned.

The only way to have this done thoroughly is by using a truck-mounted vacuum system and high pressure compressed air. Leaf blowers or such low-quality duct cleaning equipment will not suffice, unless you are looking for a very low-quality job. A low quality duct cleaning is what you can normally expect from someone who offers a “whole house special”.

If you’re looking for a quality duct cleaning job for your home, call City Duct Cleaning Inc. today!

(416) 293-1800

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Air pollution control

Air Pollution Control

Environmental pollution used to be just an issue for policy wonks and politicians to deal with, but in recent years people started to understand that the environment is everybody’s business.

Things like recycling programs, water cleanup and air pollution control are the subject of town meetings all over this country and, to a large degree, all over the world.

As an activist interested in controlling your pollution, I’m encouraged to see more and more people aware of the problems, but I’d like to see even more work done on the issues. Poor air quality is a health risk for millions of people, and sometimes those with most to lose have the least awareness of the problems at hand.

A lot of the advances that are made in air pollution control occur with new technologies. Factory scrubbers and air filters have gotten better and better in recent decades. These pollution control devices can actually filter particles out of the air, catalyze harmful gases into less harmful compounds and monitor themselves to make sure they are properly controlling the air quality. Polluted air contributes to a number of childhood diseases such as allergies and asthma, and puts people at greater risk of numerous later life ailments including emphysema and cancer.

The benefits of air pollution control are proportionate to the harm done by polluted air. Just by removing a moderate portion of the pollutants that a single factory puts into the air, an industrial pollution control device can lower the rates of a number of diseases in the surrounding community. That’s something to get excited about!

Of course, controlling air pollution isn’t just a matter of developing the science to do it. Air pollution control devices cost money, and companies won’t spend the money without public pressure or government laws that require or encourage them to. And it isn’t all about factories either. Many of the major causes of air pollution stems from things we use on a daily basis. The cars we drive, the power plants that produce the electricity to run our computers and the food we eat all have pollution costs associated with them. Being responsible consumers and citizen activists gives us the opportunity to really make a difference with the choices that we make every day.

Ultimately, it is not about our children or other nations, or even our future. Controlling pollution makes a difference for us right now and, as smart citizens, we should do our part to rein it in.

Our environment is an important issue that is worth taking notice of. If you want to make a real and noticeable improvement to the air quality in your home or business, call us for a free estimate on air duct cleaning and consider purchasing a HEPA air cleaner.

Rusted out vent

Got Rusted Out Vents?

Here’s something that we frequently see when cleaning air ducts in older buildings.

This heating vent is located in a store on the Danforth, near the front door. It was totally rusted out to the point where almost no air was coming out of the vent. There was a gaping hole in the pipe underneath that was serving it.

If you have vents like this that are in need of repair, call us at City Duct Cleaning for a free estimate.

Another common thing we see while visiting older homes has to do with the return air vent right near the front door… the metal inside is often rotted out because over the years shoes and wet boots have been placed on the grill, causing the metal to rust out over time.

We can fix this for you, and this will help to make your HVAC system much more energy efficient. Repairing rusted out duct connector pipes and the metal boots will also make your home much more comfortable. And when you happen to look in, the metal will be shiny and new again!

After you have replaced any rusted ductwork in your home, you may want to consider sealing the system as needed. Sealing your home’s ductwork saves money, energy and your health. Find out why and how in this short video.

Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor Air Pollution

There are two main types of air pollution;
1. Particulates (air pollutants that have mass) dust, dander, pollen and cigarette smoke.
2. Volatile Organic Compoundes (VOC’s) which are gases from chemicals that are released into the air by various household materials and liquiteds.

Some sources can be included but not limited too are:
1. Carpets – may emit VOC’s, trap dust, home for microbial organisms
2. Cigarette Smoke – Contains 40 know carcinogens
3. Dry-Cleaned Clothing – may emit chemical used in the dry-cleaning process
4. Furniture – pressed wood may emit formaldehyde
5. Household Dust – most dust is too small to see
6. Mattresses & Pillows – homes for dust mites, trap dust
7. Pets – shed dander, carry bacteria, odors
8. Stuffed Toys – trap dust, may emit VOC’s
9. Air Ducts – can contain molds
10. Wall Paper – mold and mildew can form between paper and walls
11. Air Freshners – may emit VOC’s
12. Household Cleaners – may emit VOC’s
13. Personal Care Products – may emit VOC’s
14. Toilets – source of odors and mold
15. Showers & Tubs – mold and mildew
16. Cabinets – pressed wood may emit formaldehyde
17. Plants – source of pollen and dust, home for microbial organisms
18. Upholstery & Drapes – trap dust and odors
19. Wood Stoves / Fireplaces – product fly ash and smoke
20. Radon Daughters – The radioactive decay products of naturally occuring radon gas that can become attached to airbore dust particles.

Duct cleaning is energy efficient

Air Duct Cleaning Is Energy Efficient

Most people clean their air ducts to improve the quality of air in their home. Not a bad idea at all if you ask me as an air duct cleaning business owner and overall lover of clean air. What many people do not know is that you can improve your energy efficiency as part of the process. All you need to do is choose the right company and they should assist you in this process. Here are a few ways the right duct cleaning company can help.

When your technician is making his way around your home during the duct cleaning process he can spot all sorts of things that will help you and your energy usage. The first is what is called a boot connection seal. This is where your ductwork meets the floor register. Around each of those connections is typically a small gap. Sometimes the gap is as small as an eighth of an inch. Keep in mind that even if it is that small and it is at every register you will eventually end up with something equivalent to a several inch gap in your system. Not only does that reduce the energy efficiency of your system but it also pulls in large amounts of dust outside the living space of your home. The best thing your cleaning company can do is seal these gaps with a caulk or expanding foam product. Duct tape works well, too. You will love the difference.

The other energy savings comes at the spot of your filter. This time we’re not talking about gaps but the quality of your filter. If you have a lesser quality filter that tends to clog sooner rather than later it might be a good idea to make a change. The reason for this is not to have just another thing to sell you but it just makes sense. For starters when your system’s filtration is clogged, your system must work harder and longer to get the air to where it needs to go. This will shorten the life of your furnace as well as increase your energy bill. You can still use the cheap filters if you like but just make sure they are changed on a regular basis. No one likes a clogged filter, especially your furnace.

Your air duct cleaning company should be able to help you with both of these potential energy hogs. If they are not able to help then you probably chose the wrong company. If that is the case you can make these suggestions to your service provider or even handle the work yourself.

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Birds Nesting In Your Exhaust Ducts

Birds nesting in your exhaust ducts are a fairly common occurence in the Toronto area. Every exhaust vent leading to the outside of your home needs to have some kind of bird screening either over it or inside it to protect your systems and your home.

There is a new type of exhaust vent cover on the market that we have had a lot of success with, and this is a really good idea.

It is made of heavy duty plastic so it will not rust, and it can be easily opened by any human who can reach it. This will allow for cleaning of those exhaust systems at any time in the future.

Being able to open it in this way is good because most exterior exhaust grills are caulked in place, or screwed to a brick wall with plugs. That’s ok when they are there, but once you remove it, as we normally have to do to clean out the pipe, it is just that much harder to re-install. But these new screens make it so easy!

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Birds nesting in your exhaust systems can cause huge problems for your home. Sometimes you can hear them chirping while you are inside the home, and you know at that point you will be having some kind of problem. Bird nests really stink, too. They piss and shit inside your pipes and you just do not want to have this in your house.

The nests can also block your venting systems, and this is not a good thing either. Check all the exhaust openings on your home. For your own good and that of your family, you need to make sure these are all protected with some kind of screening.

These cages we’re talking about are easily visible but they look good. Some vents have screening inside them, and the screen cannot easily be seen from the outside. Be careful when installing screening inside your own air vents. Do not use a window screen, especially on a dryer exhaust vent. A window screen is too fine. You should be using 1/4″ chicken wire. This is way less likely to get clogged with lint.

If you have birds in your exhaust vents already, you could try to remove them yourself, but this is not always easy to do without the special equipment that we do it with.

We have been to a customer’s home recently who had a previous duct cleaner in to remove a bird’s nest. He took one out and they thought that was good, but the homeowner later discovered that she still had a problem.

She called us this time, and when we arrived we found two additional nests in that same pipe. We had to remove the custom screen he had sold her. It was a total custom job and he really didn’t do a bad job installing the screen… only he didn’t clean out the pipe properly. And he obviously did not check the air flow through the pipe once he thought he was done cleaning it. That’s what happens when your air duct cleaner shows up in his Honda Civic with only a shop vac. He borrowed a coat hanger from the homeowner and borrowed a ladder from the neighbor.

This happens many, many times. In some cases we are the 3rd or 4th company that some home owners call in to clean their dryer ducts. One lady spent well over $1000 on other duct cleaners before she finally got us there, and of course, we cleaned her dryer duct system perfectly!

It is strange that none of the other guys even brought a ladder even though she did mention on the phone that her exhaust vent is on the 2nd floor. Hmmm… and nobody else used an air snake, either.

We have said it many times, and this still applies… we are the problem solvers when it comes to bird’s nests in vented duct systems. You will not save money by calling the cheapest company you can find.

Our pricing is reasonable but is not guaranteed to be the cheapest out there. We will do the job right or we will come back and do it again for free. If you need this problem solved, call us first!


89mmx exhaust ducts

Is this MY Washroom?

What you can’t see, can definitely hurt you.

This is a typical washroom exhaust duct, which has not been duct cleaned for years.

The air won’t exhaust properly, causing the washroom to smell and the duct motor, duct housing and duct exhaust run will get clogged!!!

If you want to save money and have your exhaust ducts work efficiently, call City Duct Cleaning for a professional cleaning.

If you live in a condo, you may find that your washroom exhaust is actually served by the laundry exhaust fan. If this is the case, then the entire system will be cleaned all at once. But if your system is not configured that way, it is still cost-effective to also have us clean out your dryer vent system at the same time while our equipment is there.

It is not relevant what floor you live on. To clean these systems we use a portable electric vacuum system and also use compressed air. We run an air hose from our truck up to whatever floor you live on, that way we will be cleaning your system with high pressure air from the truck… way better than you could get from any portable system.

Watch this video to learn more about bathroom cleaning and maintenance problems you could encounter if your ventilation fan gets a little dusty. Sometimes all you need is a good cleaning to improve the longevity of your bathroom appliances and if that’s the case, then what you waiting for?

Cleaning your washroom exhaust fan regularly would definitely help with the overall indoor air quality of your home. But it might be a good idea to remove the cover and vacuum the fan and the housing before trying to blow the thing.

Also, if you can remove the fan, usually this is fairly simple and requires taking one or two screws, then you can clean off the blades of the fan and stick your blower inside the now exposed exhaust duct. That pipe leads directly outside.

Once you get everything cleaned out and put back together, run the fan and check its operation and check for new noises.

The final step would be to leave the fan on, then go outside and make sure that the flappers on the exterior vent are open. If they are, then you’re good to go.

Cleaning of your washroom exhaust fans normally takes only about 10 minutes and should be done about every 3-4 months. And whenever the bathroom grill looks dirty, take it down and wash it!

The same procedure basically applies whether you are in a house or a condo.

If you are not able to do this yourself or just don’t feel like it, you can ask for this service to be added for a minimal cost the next time you get your air ducts cleaned.