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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.
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.
Good Service Is Good Business
Here’s an interesting and very true quote that we’d like to share. “Good Service Is Good Business” – Siebel Ad.
This one hits close to home for us because its something that we’ve always been aware of. We have not only been aware of this fact but we’ve lived it and have practiced it always since we first opened the doors at City Duct Cleaning back in 1987.
Providing excellent service is something that we strive to do for all our customers. We know that the customer experience begins with their first phone call. We have knowledgeable office staff who are available to answer almost all of your questions related to our services. Our office staff are very polite and are extremely helpful but they are not duct cleaning technicians.
So if you ask some very technical question on the phone that they do not know, they’ll tell you straight up that they do not know, and will then most definitely find out for you and call you back promptly with the answer.
We are very upfront about our pricing, our methods and our services. All you have to do is ask. And if there was something that you forgot to ask, we’d probably tell you anyway if it is relevant to your request.
That’s where our good service begins but it definitely does not end there. Once an appointment has been made, we will keep in touch with you and once we are on site, that’s when the customer gets to see what we can really do.
We provide a number of additional services besides air duct cleaning. We also do related things such as dryer duct cleaning, air balancing, duct repair and furnace and duct installations and we are quite excellent at solving calls such as no heating in certain rooms or areas of your home. We’ve saved several people even the cost of a service call by solving such problems over the phone free of charge.
The owners of City Duct were in the heating industry before starting this company. They alone have about 75 years of combined experience, so there is very, very rarely any heating or duct-related issue that they can not solve. And if something were to come up? We personally know dozens of the best heating contractors in the city, and they are always available to us for consultation by phone or in person if we request it. So getting answers is not that hard.
We are always keeping an eye on our customer experience and will sometimes provide a quality questionaire that we might ask you to fill out. The feedback that we have received from this simple form during the last 25 years has helped us fine tune our procedures very nicely. We are always listening to our customers and this has helped us grow tremendously over the years.
If you need air duct cleaning services in your home or place of work, give us a call. You’ll like the way we do business.
Dryer Duct Cleaning Special
We’ve got a special ending this month for Dryer Exhaust duct cleaning where you can save 10% for a limited time.
Dryer duct cleaning will improve the safety of your dryer venting system and will help save you money on your energy bills.
If you’ve noticed that your clothes dryer is taking longer than usual to do its job, or if it requires two or more cycles to dry one load then you definitely need this.
Please call our office for a free estimate or to arrange a convenient appointment.
Visit our dryer duct cleaning page for more information.
Update on November 3, 2014…
We will honor this special once again until the end of the month.
Dryer duct cleaning is an excellent investment and will save you money and keep your home safer.
Take a look at these typical dryer venting systems that we have previously cleaned…
Dryer lint is highly flammable. Every one we know who has ever had a dryer duct fire before, now has this service done religiously. And for plenty good reason! Cleaning this out is money well spent!