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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.
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.
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!
The Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning
There is a lot of talk out there about the benefits of HVAC air duct cleaning. There’s also a fair amount of misinformation and confusion, but the fact is, cleaning your air ducts is an important part of maintaining a clean, effective HVAC system. That said, you should definitely make sure you know the facts about why air duct cleaning is so important, and then choose a reputable company – such as City Duct Cleaning – for your duct cleaning needs.
IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY
The biggest reason that you’re going to want to get your air ducts cleaned is for the overall indoor air quality of your home. Think of your heating and cooling system as the lungs of your house. Your HVAC system will bring air in, and then expel it back warmed up or cooled down, depending on the time of year. In an average home, over 40 pounds of dust can be accumulated. Combine that along with dander and household chemicals recirculating through your home’s lungs, and you’re going to want to get your home’s breathing system cleaned out from time to time.
Even if your home’s ducts have been cleaned recently, you might want to consider having them cleaned again, particularly if you or someone you live with has allergies, asthma or some other type of respiratory problem. Contaminants being recirculated through a home’s HVAC system can be more harmful in these cases.
There are several specific cases where you’re going to want to ensure you’re keeping your home’s air ducts clean. If your home is newly constructed, for example, or has just undergone renovations, there’s going to be a lot of dirt, dust, and debris from the construction work in the ducts that you’re going to want to get taken care of, no matter how much care the contractors took to keep the jobsite clean.
If you’ve had a flood or a plumbing leak, cleaning your ducts is going to be extra important to ensure that mould doesn’t start to form. If it’s already started, you’ll know… it will smell awful and it will be terrible for you to breathe in. Mould is one of the worst things that you can have in your duct system.
SAVE ENERGY AND MONEY
It’s been estimated that between 25 and 40 percent of the energy used to heat or cool a home is wasted during the process. When there are contaminants in your air ducts, or anywhere in your HVAC system, the system will be bogged down and it will have to work harder, costing you even more energy and more money. If your ducts are clean, it can help your system operate more efficiently.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A CLEANING COMPANY
Like in any other industry, there can be some scam artists out there when it comes to duct cleaning – and sometimes they attract attention for the worst reason. They’ll promise great prices, fast service, and try to scare you with all the dangers of avoiding duct cleaning, but a lot of times they won’t even have the right tools for the job, and they certainly won’t get it done right.
What you want is a company that you can trust. References are everything. A company like City Duct Cleaning, for example, has won the Consumer Choice award eight times for Toronto and the GTA.
The experts at City Duct Cleaning have years of experience and expertise. They’ve got the best equipment in the industry, and they charge fair prices for excellent service. City Duct Cleaning prides themselves on integrity, trust, and earning repeat business, and are the farthest things from scam artists that you’ll find in this industry.
Contact City Duct today and make an appointment – your home’s lungs will thank you.
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!
Air Duct Cleaning Cost
Air Duct Cleaning Cost In Toronto
There is a fairly wide range of pricing that you can find while shopping for air duct cleaning in the Toronto area.
For an average, 1500 square foot home, our prices would be somewhere in the middle of the range in pricing. We charge a fair price for our quality workmanship and our pricing is very reasonable.
We charge a base price of $259.00 which includes the first ten air vents, whether they are supply or return air vents, and then each additional air vent after that is $8.00 each.
The price includes as many “hookups” as is required to do the job, and also includes the cleaning of all the air handling parts of your furnace. Those include the furnace fan, the air conditioning coil, all the compartments and the air filter. This provides a complete job, and there are no extra or hidden fees.
So for that average, 1,500 square foot home our price would be about $289.00 based on 15 air vents. Be sure to check our duct cleaning coupon or watch for other duct cleaning specials.
Pricing in Toronto ranges from a $89.00 “whole house special”, which may cause more harm to your home than it will good. We’ve seen pricing for residential duct cleaning at $69.00 per hookup plus $6.00 per vent (which can end up costing you alot) to well over $500 for that same job.
The whole house special “deals” rarely if ever include quality workmanship or even the use of proper duct cleaning equipment, and will ALWAYS have additional charges. If you add up all the extra charges then you’re already well above our honest price.
The ones with the $69.00 or less per “hookup fee” is also a scam because that hookup fee applies as many times as they can make it. Every time they cut a hole into your duct system to attach the vacuum hose is one more time they charge you a hookup fee. Every home has as least one main supply and one main cold air duct, so there’s two hookup fees already. Some homes require five or six hookups just because of the configuration of their duct system, so if you do the math, those cheap hookup fees add up pretty quick!
But it all sounds cheaper on the phone, and since most people shop by price only without asking for enough of the details, most of our competition prey on people’s ignorance about the industry. Their pricing methods are often deceptive on purpose.
At City Duct Cleaning we have been serving the Toronto area since 1985 (we incorporated in 1987) and we are a very reputable, award-winning company in our industry. We treat all our customers with honesty and respect and we always tell it like it is. There should be more companies out there who share our old-fashioned values in today’s world, but unfortunately there is not. That’s part of the reason why we have such a high rate of repeat customers.
Did You Know?
61% of our residential duct cleaning customers also have us clean their dryer ducts?
There is a new home safety device called Lint Alert. It will monitor the condition of the dryer vent system in your home and will warn you of any possible problems. Watch the video or enquire over the phone.
Ebola Virus and HVAC Systems
With news of a recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa, and fears that it has already spread to some areas of the United States, it would be prudent to warn anyone who may be concerned about their indoor air quality that there is currently no product that the HVAC industry offers that will reduce the spread of Ebola.
There are many excellent air filtration systems available, such as HEPA filtration units and Ultra Violet (UV) systems that kill mold, bacteria and odors, but they just have not yet made such a system that could kill off any disease that is transmitted by bodily fluids or by human contact.
A veteran’s administration hospital in Puerto Rico is ordering the emergency installation of multi hepa filters in the ward’s return air HVAC ducting to create an emergency Ebola quarantine ward.
This situation is considered an emergency and prompt attention is required. Delaying repair will create a situation where an outbreak of Ebola may happen to patient, guest or employees.
What they’re concerned about, is that there is going to be airborne Ebola in the ward, and the air ducts are going to suck it into the HVAC system and its going to spread it around to the rest of the hospital.
There are other experts who claim that HEPA filters are only good down to .3 micron sized particulates but the ebola virus is as small as .02 microns in size so it won’t really work.
So if you can’t be sure that you can entirely eliminate the virus from an HVAC system, what is the average person to do? At a minimum, avoid direct contact with infected people and incorporate regular hand washing using soap and water.
Additional information from the FDA… Unfortunately, during outbreak situations, fraudulent products claiming to prevent, treat or cure a disease almost always appear. The FDA monitors for fraudulent products and false product claims related to the Ebola virus and takes appropriate action to protect consumers.
•There are no approved treatments for Ebola available for purchase on the Internet.
•Experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments are in the early stages of product development, have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness, and the supply is very limited. A claim that a product prevents, treats, or cures a disease requires prior approval by FDA.
•Consumers are warned to beware unapproved products sold online and in retail stores claiming to prevent or treat the Ebola virus and other conditions, such as cancer, autism, Parkinson’s and heart disease. Consumers who have seen these fraudulent products or false claims are encouraged to report them to the FDA.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors Now Mandatory In Ontario
Carbon Monoxide detectors are now mandatory in all homes in Ontario.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas that is odorless, tasteless and invisible.
CO is produced when fossil fuels burn incompletely due to insufficient oxygen. Fuels that can cause CO include natural gas, propane, kerosene, gasoline, coal, wood and charcoal.
Unlike smoke, Carbon Monoxide mixes evenly with the air. It is not necessary to have a CO detector installed on every floor of your home, but should be located where it would be most likely to wake you up if a dangerous situation were to suddenly occur. A typical home may have one installed upstairs in the hallway outside the bedrooms, and if there is a bedroom or sleeping area in the basement, then you should have one there too.
CO detectors come in battery-operated portable models, or can simply be plugged into any 120 volt electrical outlet. They may also be hard-wired into your home, and in this case they would normally be installed on the ceiling. Since CO does mix evenly with the air in your home, it is not crucial that your CO detector be installed on the ceiling.
Portable CO detectors need to be re-calibrated at least once every 5 years. If your’s is older than that it would be prudent to replace it.
There have been news articles in our area in recent history about people dying in their homes due to carbon monoxide poisoning, and I’m sure you have heard about this happening. We have a customer who’s carbon monoxide detector woke up their family at four o’clock in the morning. They called the Fire Department and they told him it was because of his furnace.
His gas furnace was only 12 years old but had developed a crack in the heat exchanger. He called us early in the morning and we are able to install a new furnace for him that day. He took the opportunity to upgrade to a high-efficiency model. Lucky for him and his family that they did have that carbon monoxide detector. There’s proof right there that they do save lives.
Proper Duct Cleaning Involves More Than Just Cleaning the Ducts
Proper Duct Cleaning Involves More Than Just Cleaning The Ducts
We hear many questions about furnace duct cleaning. Our children have allergies and get colds. How can we determine if the ducts need to be cleaned? How can I compare the various duct cleaning companies?
Some families can benefit alot by having the furnace ducts cleaned and other families will notice no significant difference.
Only your physician can tell you what is causing your children’s problems. If poor indoor air quality, molds, etc. are suspected, then duct cleaning may help.
Duct cleaning can also improve the efficiency of your furnace and air conditioner. Proper duct cleaning is more than just cleaning the ducts. It also involves cleaning the furnace blower, heat exchangers, cooling coils and condensate pan. With these elements clean, air flows more efficiently throughout the entire system.
All ducts are going to accumulate some dust over time. This generally is not a problem that always requires cleaning unless your family experiences health problems. A duct cleaning company can inspect the furnace ducts to show you how dirty they are. This is often done with a video camera in the ducts, or by visually checking the air vents and any related heating components directly.
If mold is present anywhere in the entire duct system, then you should absolutely have them cleaned. It is sometimes difficult to determine if ducts contain dust or mold because they look very similar. To be certain, a lab can check it for you. This usually involves touching a piece of tape on an inside duct surface or taking a swab and sending it to the lab to be analyzed. The testing often costs about $100.
There are several methods to clean ductwork. The best method is using an extremely powerful vacuum outdoors in a truck. A long hose is run to the furnace area and attached to the ducts. From the air vents, mechanical brushes, air jet brushes or air snakes knock the dust loose inside the ducts while the entire system is under suction.
Another excellent method uses a smaller vacuum unit located inside your house near the furnace. It should have a HEPA exhaust filter so the dust from the ducts does not get into the room air. A third method uses a rotating brush attached to a vacuum nozzle. The brush and nozzle are run through the ducts. The result of this type of cleaning is questionable at best. If someone showed up at my house to clean the ducts and all they had was a regular vacuum cleaner and a spinning brush, I’d send them packing. Use a truck-mount system for best results, or, if your HVAC system is not accessible by truck, your second-best option is a portable vacuum system. But you should always choose a company that uses high-pressure compressed air either way.
It is very important that you don’t just shop for price for your duct cleaning. There are actual huge differences in the quality of the work performed. A poor duct cleaning job can actually be worse than none at all because it stirs up the dust in the ducts. Look for companies who use truck-mounted equipment and compressed air. The assortment of air tools they have at their disposal are what we now call “industry standard”.
Also make sure that your duct cleaning contractor will be cleaning the fan, the air filters, any and all coils, and all system compartments. Some companies always include this in their work while others may have an additional charge. If any duct cleaning company tells you that you don’t really need these items cleaned then do yourself a favor and call someone else. If one component is left uncleaned, it may recontaminate the entire system.
If you’re looking for a quality duct cleaning job for your home, call City Duct Cleaning Inc. today!