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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.
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.
Fire Service Demands Recall of Dangerous Tumble Dryers
This news item comes to us courtesy of the UK, but what a scary thought! The clothes dryer is such an amazing, time-saving device and almost every household has one… but do not take your’s for granted.
Manufacturers of dangerous tumble dryers should recall them immediately, fire services have said.
The Local Government Authority warned that people are “playing Russian roulette” by using appliances prone to exploding into flames.
It said firefighters were attending three blazes a day caused by dryers.
Whirlpool, which owns the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda brands, said: “The safety of our customers is our number one priority.”
The company has said that more than five million tumble dryers need to be modified to prevent fluff building up near the heating element and bursting into flame.
“People using faulty tumble dryers are unwittingly playing Russian roulette and leading manufacturers need to recall affected models as soon as possible to protect their customers,” said Jeremy Hilton, chairman of the LGA’s fire services management committee.
“These defective products are endangering lives, causing thousands of pounds of damage to homes and making people homeless.”
Whirlpool said it had to date resolved half a million cases and was looking into alternative options to speed up the programme.
To help it has increased its team of engineers by more than 45% to about 1,500 since the start of the modification programme.
Government statistics show there were 2,190 tumble dryer fires between 2012 and 2014 – equating to three a day.
Homes have been ruined and in one severe case, an inquest has opened into the deaths of two men who died after a tumble dryer caught fire.
The LGA – which represents 48 fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales – wants manufacturers to recall affected tumble dryers.
It has also called for all white goods to have fire-proof markings on them, including the manufacturer, model and serial number, so they can be identified more easily if they are damaged after causing a fire.
“It’s been months since some manufacturers issued safety warnings over their tumble dryers but they need to be recalled as these appliances are still causing fires – until they do so, consumers continue to risk falling victim to a devastating and tragic house fire,” said Mr Hilton.
Some 5.3 million faulty appliances were manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015 and sold in the UK.
Whirlpool said that more than a million were estimated to have been replaced or are no longer used by owners. The remainder require a modification that will see an engineer replace the back panel and rear drum seal.
Affected brands are Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline.
Owners can check if their appliance is affected by visiting the Hotpoint model checker or the Indesit model checker and entering the model number, usually found on the back of the dryer door.
Owners of 17,000 Swan appliances manufactured and sold through Shop Direct have been contacted directly.
Some 41,000 Proline tumble dryers were manufactured and sold by the KESA Group between 2004 and 2005. It is estimated that about 14,500 are potentially still in use and efforts are being made to contact the owners of them and to install modifications.
Owners can still use their dryers, but they should clean the lint filter after every use, and never run the dryers while they are out of the house or asleep.
“People must take simple precautions using tumble dryers,” said Mr Hilton of the LGA. “The compartment where fibres from fabric build up should be cleaned out after every load of clothes is dried, to reduce the risk of it igniting, and the vent or any other opening should not be covered.
Have professional dryer duct cleaning done on a regular basis. Most homes require this service once every two years, while some homes require this on a much more frequent basis. The frequency of cleaning depends on a number of factors such as how long your dryer duct is, and how often the dryer is used. If you use your clothes dryer just about every day, then you should probably be having your dryer vent pipes cleaned at least once per year.
“People should never leave tumble dryers on overnight or when they go out,” he added.
Anyone with concerns about the safety of electrical appliances can report them to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36562398
City Duct Cleaning Wins 8th Consumers Choice Award
Toronto Condo & Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Specialists Win Consumers Choice Award.
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City Duct Cleaning is a renowned and highly awarded business providing a variety of professional and cost-effective air duct cleaning services for residential properties, including condos, apartments or homes of all sizes, and commercial facilities such as hospitals, schools or factories of all types, and more, in the Toronto area, since 1987.
The industry leading air duct cleaning company won its 8th Consumers Choice Award, recognizing the business excellence in small and medium sized businesses through statistically accurate independent market research surveys to determine brand reputation, customer satisfaction and business excellence.The company’s range of residential and commercial air duct cleaning, insulation removal, dryer duct cleaning and attic insulation removal services are delivered by a qualified team of professionals equipped with a premier truck-mounted vacuum system using high pressure air, including various air snakes and air whips, to guarantee the best possible indoor air quality, cleanest living or work environment and significant energy usage/cost savings.
Free estimates on the popular City Duct Cleaning services can be requested at 416 293-1800 or online through the website, also featuring information on the range of prestigious awards won by the company for industry-leading air duct cleaning and premier customer care along details on its full service area and multiple customer reviews.
City Duct Cleaning Toronto explains that “it is truly an honor to be recognized in our field by the communities in which we serve. Especially since we are so gifted in what we do. There are several duct cleaning companies in the Toronto area who claim to be the best but we actually have the awards to prove it!”
The business adds that “since our inception, the commitment has been to provide the highest quality, dependable and cost-effective services available while placing customer satisfaction at the forefront of our priorities. A large part of our growth can be attributed to referrals and repeat business from customers with whom long-term relationships have been formed. When we surveyed our past customers, we received an approval rating of over 98%. We at City Duct Cleaning Inc. are your comfort professionals”.
Valentine’s Day Special – Duct Cleaning Toronto
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIALS AT CITY DUCT CLEANING
Valentine’s Day can be a complicated time. There are gifts to buy, dinners to book, and there’s a lot of pressure on you to deliver. Everything’s supposed to be perfect. But the problem is, everyone else is trying to do the same thing.
Remember those chocolates she didn’t like? The restaurant that was too crowded with guys trying way too hard to impress? The romantic weekend you planned where Murphy’s Law got in the way and everything that could possibly go wrong did?
I’m telling you, it doesn’t have to be like this. There are other ways to live your life.
What if, for example, you could give the gift of clean air? That would be something else, wouldn’t it? Imagine giving a gift that keeps on making a difference with every single breath she takes?
I’m sure that probably sounds too good to be true, but trust me, it’s not. You really can give the gift of clean air.
With City Duct Cleaning, right now, you can get $50 off an already low price for a full air duct cleaning in your home. Their complete cleaning process includes all the ducts in your house along with all related HVAC components.
There are tons of benefits to taking advantage of this Valentine’s Day special. Studies show, for example, that up to 40 pounds of dust can be accumulated in an average-sized home every year. Then, it gets recirculated back through your HVAC system, and the problem can just get worse and worse.
A good duct and HVAC system cleaning can also help save you money, because your system’s not going to have to work so hard when it’s running clean. So, you can also think about an air duct cleaning as being about equivalent to giving the gift of cash. And everyone likes a gift of cash, don’t they?
If you’re really feeling ambitious, you can also get the City Duct Cleaning guys to clean your dryer duct while they’re doing everything else. Lint and other contaminants can accumulate in your dryer duct, weakening its performance. And there’s nothing worse than a weak dryer, is there?
So, to summarize, giving the gift of air duct cleaning from City Duct Cleaning actually means you’re giving her the following:
• Clean air
• Peace of mind
With all that and more, what are you waiting for?
Well, don’t wait long. This Valentine’s Day special from City Duct Cleaning is available until February 19th. These guys have been around for a while, and they know what they’re doing. They’ll do a great job, they’ll treat your home as if it was their own, and they’re a company you can trust. Their reputation is on the line with every job they do, so they’ll take care to get it done right.
Find out more at http://www.cityductcleaning.com/frequently-asked-questions/, and get in touch with them now to give the Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving!
Making Adjustments To Your Air Duct System
For optimum performance from your HVAC system, you will need to adjust your air duct system slightly at the beginning of the heating season, and then again at the start of the cooling season.
The reason for this is because warm air naturally rises, which makes it harder for your system to cool your second floor in the summer.
In the summer you should have all of the air vents on the 2nd floor wide open. This also includes any dampers in the pipes that are serving those vents.
On the main floor, the air vents should be about half-way closed, which in turn would force more air to go to the remaining vents which serve the upstairs.
Basement vents including the return air vent(s) should be temporarily closed or sealed. During the cooling season, your basement will be noticeably cooler anyway, so we want to push as much of your cooled air upstairs as possible.
And as always, be sure that there are no obstructions around air vents and especially any cold air return vents or grills.
Also be sure to close the damper in the bypass tube of any duct-mounted humidifier.
For the heating season, it is then necessary to go through the home and make some quick adjustments to the system at the start of this season.
Open the basement vents and be sure that any dampers are open as well. The vents on the main floor should be fully opened, and the vents serving the upstairs should be about half-way closed, with the exception of any specific rooms that seem to be hard to heat.
The reason you would want the basement vents to be open now is because since heat rises, the heat in the basement will warm the floor above it. And the same applies to the air coming out of the main floor vents.
You can fine-tune this procedure even further to help solve problems with cold rooms in the home. If you partially close any one damper in the system, that will cause more air to blow out somewhere else.
If you find that certain rooms are difficult to heat or cool, then those rooms are more than likely on your second floor, or possibly above a garage or some other unheated area. Keeping the door open to that room will help the airflow, especially if there is no return air directly in that room. Sometimes it is not so convenient to always keep the door to a specific room open, but this alone can sometimes solve the problem of reduced airflow.
Keeping your air filter clean is crucial for the operation of your furnace, to help maximize energy savings and for your own personal comfort. A dirty air filter will not allow the proper amount of air to flow through your HVAC system and especially through your ducts.
Making these simple adjustments twice per year takes about five minutes to do each time. Adjusting your air volume dampers and air vents is something that we can easily do for free while we are in your home cleaning your air duct system.
Dryer Duct Fires and How to Help Prevent Them
There are hundreds of clothes dryer fires every year which causes death, injuries and millions of dollars in destruction.
How many people toss a load of wash in the dryer and then go to work or simply go to bed? Watch this story and you probably won’t want to ever do that again.
What causes dryer fires? Experts say its a combination of heat and lint. Not just the lint you can see on your lint trap but the lint you can’t see in the dryer’s exhaust.
It’s a combination of heat and blockage of proper venting. If there’s a buildup of lint in areas that you may not be aware of, such as inside your dryer exhaust venting or piping, you may have a combustible that’s needed to start that fire.
What can you do to protect yourself from dryer fires?
First, look for the warning signs. Does it take higher temperatures to dry your clothes or multiple drying cycles? Both indicate lint blockage. Clean the lint screen before and after every load of clothes, and clean the dryer exhaust duct and vent periodically.
We recommend that a professional cleaning be done at least every two years, but we do have many customers who have us clean their’s annually. The frequency of cleaning needed would be determined by your particular dryer installation and the amount of use that your clothes dryer normally gets. Everyone who has ever had a dryer duct fire in their home has this service done at least once per year.
More tips to reduce the risk of a dryer duct fire include replacing your plastic flexible dryer venting with rigid or metal material. Also periodically clean behind the dryer where lint can build up.
If you are in the Toronto area and require a dryer duct cleaning or wish to have your dryer exhaust duct replaced or just inspected, then give us a call. This service is noticeably more cheaper or cost-effective when it is combined with our complete home air duct cleaning service.
Breaking The Sickness Cycle With Cleaner Air
The chances of catching a cold or other sickness from someone else in your home has never been greater. The reason is today’s homes have improved air sealing. While this is good from an energy conservation standpoint, the decrease in natural ventilation means contagions stay in the air longer, allowing them to spread.
A thorough air duct cleaning that includes the cleaning of your furnace fan and coil, combined with the installation of a high efficiency whole house air cleaning system (HEPA Air Cleaner) can greatly reduce the chances of getting sick by removing airborne contagions like bacteria and viruses.
What is HEPA?
The HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) or “absolute” filter is the most highly regarded mechanical filter. The HEPA filter is composed of a mixture of various sized borosilicate fibers, which are pressed together into sheets.
Who developed HEPA?
HEPA was developed during World War II and was initially used by the Atomic Energy Commission for filtering out radioactive dust and other airborne radioactive contaminants. HEPA filters are used today in a large number of medical, electronic and industrial applications where clean air is essential to the task or to the health of the patients or workers.
How efficient is HEPA?
HEPA filter media is proven to be 99.97% efficient @ 0.3 microns (about 1/25,000th of an inch). At larger sizes efficiency is even higher. Particles in this size range include pollen, household dust, smoke, bacteria, attached viruses, animal dander, mold spores and more.
Ultimate clean air
Combining our many years of duct cleaning expertise along with the installation of a quality whole house HEPA air system will greatly increase the indoor air quality in your home and the results will be noticeable almost immediately.
Call us today for further information or to schedule an appointment.
Dryer Vent and Air Duct Cleaning Testimonials
Here is another small sampling of the 100’s of testimonials that City Duct Cleaning has acquired over the years. We literally have stacks of these in our office and while we are thrilled with each and every testimonial, it would be impossible to post them all here. Our sincere thanks go out to all of you that have taken the time to call or write to let us know how we are doing.
Some of these people have called in their testimonials, while others have written and then mailed in an air duct cleaning testimonial or even a dryer vent cleaning testimonial. We have also gathered several comments and short reviews from our Quality Control Questionaires that we ask our customers to fill out while we are on site.
“Job was very well done. Neat, courteous and cleaned up work very well. Very good all around.”
“We were very pleased with the work performed. Your crew was on time, professional, and worked very efficiently.”
“Allan did a great job. He worked very hard and explained everything. He took his shoes off every time he entered the house. Thanks, Allan.”
“Thanks for the great job. The sales girl on the phone and your technicians were all great and friendly.”
“Thank you for working us into your busy schedule. Because of your prompt service we were able to move back into our home a few days earlier.”
“I want to express my appreciation for the expert duct cleaning work at my house. I am very pleased at the way your employees handled themselves.”