Ever wonder about the quality of the air that you and your family are breathing?
Today’s tightly-sealed homes trap indoor pollutants and might actually contribute to poor indoor air quality. Here are some of the steps homeownwers can take to improve the quality of the air they breathe:
Have a high-efficiency ventilation system installed to ensure good indoor air quality;
Have carpets cleaned once or twice a year to remove pollutants, dust and dirt;
Have your duct system cleaned every three or four years at a minimum;
Use low-emission paints to reduce vapours;
Whenever possible, use green household cleaners that eliminate toxic fumes;
Ensure kitchen and bathroom exhausts are vented to the outside of your home;
Change the filters on your furnace monthly;
Change the pad in your duct-mounted humidifier annually;
Install a high-quality electronic air cleaner; and
Open windows on nice days for an hour or so to recirculate and freshen the air in your home.
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.
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 be ordered online and is easily installed in minutes.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the condition and content of interior air, especially with regards to how it affects health and safety of humans. The chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of the atmosphere inside of homes and in commercial and institutional buildings can be influenced in many ways.
Sometimes the effects on indoor air quality can be sufficient to cause people to experience significant discomfort, and in extreme cases to become physically ill.
Recent studies have proven that indoor air quality is generally worse than outside air quality.
If you would like to improve your indoor air quality, there are many options available. Professional duct cleaning and upgrading your air filtration systems are usually the first steps to be taken in the process. If these items are done properly, some people could notice amazing results.
Please call us at (416) 293-1800 to schedule an appointment or to discuss your indoor air quality needs.
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.
A magnehelic pressure gauge is a device, similar to a manometer, that is used to measure positive, negative, and differential pressures.
Just as a magnehelic gauge can give your HVAC technician a wealth of information about the operation of your furnace and duct system, it can also provide your duct cleaning technician with valuable information about your dryer exhaust vent too.
The magnehelic gauge can be used to quantify how blocked (or inefficient) a dryer is operating prior to cleaning the dryer vent. After cleaning, the gauge will tell you exactly how much more efficiently the dryer is venting. Technically speaking, dryer manufacturers say to have the dryer vent cleaned if the back pressure readings are greater than 0.6 – 0.75 inches of water column (wci), as indicated on the gauge itself.
The magnehelic gauge measures duct static pressure, which is the pressure the blower produces in the exhaust conduit. In this industry, back pressure is a result of one or more of these conditions: long duct runs, excessive elbows, squished transition hoses, lint buildup, bird nests, rodent nests, and termination hoods that are blocked or feature an inefficient design.
As you can see, cleaning a dryer exhaust duct can be narrowed down to a pretty exact science. Contact City Duct Cleaning today to schedule your dryer exhaust vent cleaning/inspection.
If you see dust on your furniture or experience things like moldy odors, dirty air filters, clogged cooling coils, musty closets, smoky rooms and dirty vents, these are all signs that your ducts need cleaning.
It is also recommended that you improve your air filtration system, and the best time to take care of that is just after your air ducts have been properly cleaned.
Anyone moving into a newly constructed home, who owns a home more than five years old and/or owns a home with children or pets should have their ducts cleaned.
People with allergies should also have their ducts cleaned on a regular basis.
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.
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.