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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.
Fire Restoration Duct Cleaning
Since our inception, City Duct Cleaning has been very much involved in the restoration of fire and flood damage in homes and businesses in the Greater Toronto Area.
The air vents and diffusers in the photos below look like regular dirty vents that you’d see almost everywhere. But these particular ones came from a duct system that was serving an office area that had a recent bad fire.
These vents smelled very bad because of the smoke, and in fact, they were so sooty that we choose to gather them up and bring them back to our office to clean them, rather than doing it on site.
The back of the diffusers were completely smoke damaged, and so were the grills. But we cleaned, disinfected them and shined them up so perfectly that the customer thought we were brining back new ones instead of the ones he originally had.
Judging from the amount of soot that we found on these air vents, you can imagine the state of the air duct systems and the HVAC units, which were thoroughly sooted out. We cleaned that all up like new too, but that’s our specialty. We love doing this kind of cleaning.
If you ever have the misfortune to experience a fire or flood damage in your home or place of business, you can request City Duct Cleaning Inc. to take care of your air handling systems if you are in the Greater Toronto Area. The entire cost of our service is something that your insurance company will usually pay for completely, as air duct cleaning is a normal procedure in the remedial of fire and flood damage claims.
How Can I perform an Air Quality Test?
There are many things that may cause you to become concerned about your indoor air quality (IAQ). Most people take IAQ for granted most of the time, until something noticeable happens.
Common problems of poor IAQ can include:
- Too much dust in the air
- Too much moisture
- Not enough fresh air
- Sewer gases
- CO, CO2
- Chemical off gassing (VOC)
These problems may cause symptoms such as:
- Repeated headaches
- Breathing difficulties, asthma, or respiratory infections
- Excessive coughing or the feeling of not getting enough air
- Repeated congestion or sinus infections
- Dizziness or confusion
- Strange odours
- Skin irritations or rash
- Eear and eye infections
If you notice a potential IAQ problem inside your home or workplace, it would be prudent to do a bit of investigating yourself before you consider doing any air quality testing.
Air Quality testing used to involve hiring a professional IAQ specialist or environmental company to come in and conduct several tests, and this would generally cost in the range of $2,500 to $3,000. They would take samples from key locations inside your home and then have these analyzed by a laboratory.
There are, however, several less costly do it yourself test kits that are now available and they have been shown to be 80-90% as accurate as having a professional doing the work for you.
The test kits range in price from $80 to $200 depending on what it is you want to specifically test for. There are different test kits available for each of the following items: formaldehyde, VOCs (gases), mold, allergens, etc. Figuring out which one(s) you really need may not be all that easy, and for the average homeowner this may be hit or miss.
So what you would do once you have your kit is follow the simple instructions, take some samples with the sticky tape provided, and then mail those all back to a laboratory. The cost of the lab testing is normally included in the price of the kit.
It is also important to keep in mind that not every air quality investigation will necessarily turn up anything wrong, even after expensive lab testing. The results will also not tell you where the cause of the problem is, or what to do about it.
This is why we would suggest doing that investigative work yourself before looking at the air sampling. Is the problem something new? Has it been going on for a long period of time? What has changed in your home or office lately that may be causing you to have symptoms?
This summer we had a customer who told us that whenever she walks through her front door she smells a musty odour. It was not something that she would smell always, but just when she came into the house.
That one didn’t take long… did you just start using your central air conditioner? Yes, she had. I told her we’d come over and wash her air conditioning coil for her. We did that and also cleaned her ducts. That problem was easily solved.
It won’t always be just so easy to figure out. It depends on what the problem is.
Consider these items as well…
1. Do you or a family member have allergies, asthma, or any respiratory ailment?
2. Is your home new, energy efficient, or recently weatherized (new windows, insulation, caulk)?
3. Does anyone in the house have hobbies that involve chemicals, glues, paints or fragrances?
4. Is there a smoker in the house or do you burn candles?
5. Do you have concerns about airborne dust, pet dander, pollen, bacteria, viruses, etc.?
6. Do respiratory illnesses cost you and your family time and money?
7. Does your home ever smell stale or musty?
8. Do you have pets in the home?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, talk to your City Duct Cleaning trusted advisor for a customized indoor air quality (IAQ) solution.
Note that we do not do indoor air quality testing ourselves. We generally refer this to an outside company as the need arises. We do, however, provide many of the solutions to the problems that are being caused and in many cases we can help you narrow down what is causing the problem in the first place and then figure out a plan to deal with it.
The video below explains that the EPA breaks down potential indoor air quality issues into 5 danger levels, and what those are. It can help you to learn more about what is in the air and what could possibly cause an indoor air quality problem in your home.
What is so GREAT about an electrostatic air filter?
- Permanent – This filter is designed to last a lifetime. You should never have to replace it.
- High Efficiency – Designed to “eat” 95% of the dust and debris in your system.
- Washable – Easy to maintain. Wash or vacuum. Feel free to put this filter in your dishwasher to clean it. It can be cleaned 100’s of times without damaging any of the media inside.
- Resistance – Your HVAC system is able to draw air through this filter much easier than a disposable filter.
- Cost –This filter will easily pay for itself over and over. It will save you time and money. Never buy another filter.
- Sizes – They come in all standard sizes and can be custom made as well.
There are all types of air filters, and they have a huge range in both price and efficiency.
If you want the absolute best air filtration system you can have, then that would be an electronic air cleaner combined with a whole house HEPA system. And if you also add in an Ultra Violet light to the system too, then that’s killing it! There’s the best combination you can get right there!
I personally have that system minus the UV light but the wife is quite happy with that, and that’s all that matters, I guess. I’m not allergic or sensitive to dust anyway… I am an air duct cleaner so I am immune.
The best air filtration systems still need to be kept clean in order to do their jobs at peak efficiency.
The HEPA filter runs all the time, and that thing really pulls out alot of invisible dust from the air. You can see it on the prefilter when you open the case of the air cleaner.
The electronic air cleaner does a really nice job of keeping the furnace, the furnace blower and the air conditioning coil clean. But it also needs to be cleaned every once in a while too. The HEPA has obviously been helping to keep the prefilters of the electronic air cleaner clean, so that means I have to actually clean my cells less often. This is a good thing. I certainly don’t mind taking care of this for other people but it sure seems like such a chore when I have to do it at my own house.
This is why many people abandon their electronic air cleaner. I go into so many houses and see the electronic air cleaner cells sitting beside the furnace. What they’ve done is replaced the cells with either a 4″ disposable filter or with an electrostatic air cleaner. It is way easier and faster to clean one of those than it is to take care of the bulky cells.
An electro static air cleaner costs about $100 and is a permanent filter. It fits into a standard 1″ filter rack and comes in all standard sizes. It can also be sized to your furnace. If you ever move you can take it with you, if you remember.
Some Electrostatic air cleaners claim to remove up to 95% of the dust in the air but with my experience in the field I would say that is not true. 35% – 40% would be a much more accurate number. There are ways to manipulate the numbers, and here’s an example… let’s say an air filter is so full of dirt that almost no air can pass through it any more. All of a sudden, that means the filter is way more efficient at cleaning the air. You would definitely not put it back in your furnace in this condition but that just goes to show one way to play with the numbers.
The electro static filter is still much more efficient than a regular disposable one. To clean it you can either vacuum it or take it outside and hose it off using your garden hose and a strong spray. Just watch the air flow arrow on it though… if the air is meant to flow one way, start spraying it from the other side. That way you will not be pushing the dirt deeper into the filter.
If you would like to try out an electro static air filter, call our office for more details. We also have a service plan available where we will come to your home or office once every three months and replace your filter with a new one. This also gives us the opportunity to do a quick check on your furnace and advise you of any potential problems. Our customers who use this service find it quite valuable.
Duct Cleaning Safety At Work: Part 1
Just for fun, let’s take a look at these photos about Safety At Work…
This series of photos have absolutely nothing to do with us or the way we do our work. In fact, we have an excellent work safety record which is due to several factors such as staff training and a company Health and Safety Policy. Safety to everyone concerned always comes first.
Its still fun to laugh about how some other trades people do their work. You may notice that there is no “duct cleaning technician” photo in here.
air conditioner installer
city maintenance crew
construction site worker
expert in biological weapons
Dirty Dryer Exhaust Ducts
From one single dryer in a customer’s home to dozens of commercial machines in a coin laundry, City Duct Cleaning cleans all dryer exhaust ductwork big and small.
And whether the dryers are gas-fired or electric, that doesn’t matter either. They all produce the same amount of lint, and you’d be very surprised to see how quickly the lint builds up in your ductwork.
City Duct Cleaning does dryer duct cleaning in homes, condominiums and in places of business such as laundromats, hotels, retirement homes and more!
For more info on dryer duct cleaning, check out these additional posts… http://www.cityductcleaning.com/category/dryer-ducts/