Getting ready to do some spring cleaning? Fewer things can
make you feel revitalized after a long, cold winter like clearing out your
garage or sprucing up your siding.
And as you clean your home this spring, make sure your
ductwork is on your to-do list. It’s a sure way to improve the air quality and
make things safer for family members who suffer from allergies.
Your ducts are “the lungs of the home,” as Mark Zarzeczny of
the National Air Duct Cleaners Association put it in a WebMD article last year.
And when your ducts can “breathe” properly, so can you.
will you know it’s time to clean your ducts? In some cases, there will be
obvious visual clues, such as dust or mold built up around your air vents.
If you can’t spot any immediate signs, look for these indicators:
Your allergy symptoms – or those of a loved one – seem to flare up whenever your HVAC system turns on
You clean your house on a regular basis, but things still seem dusty
You’ve taken asthma medication, but your asthma isn’t under control
You’ve lived in your home for more than 10 years but haven’t cleaned your ducts
What are the benefits of cleaning your ducts?
Cleaning your air ducts brings some immediate benefits:
You’ll improve the quality of your home’s air by ridding the ducts of
You’ll remove unpleasant odors from your home by clearing away things
like mold, mildew and mice or rat droppings.
You’ll clear away dust from the air and from the surfaces around your
You’ll have a more efficient heating and cooling system in the end.
Dust and other materials can clog your ducts and restrict air flow, which
causes your HVAC
system to work harder than it needs to. This increases your energy costs and
reduces the life of your system.
inside your ductwork?
Left uncleaned, your ductwork can become a breeding ground for allergens and pollutants. These materials can include:
Pollen – Pollen gets into our homes through doors and windows, or on our clothes and shoes, then spreads through the house via the heating and cooling system.
Pet dander – Another common allergen – affecting about 30 percent of us – pet dander can travel through your home using your ductwork.
Mold and mildew – These common allergy triggers can form when you have too much moisture inside your heating and cooling system.
Dust mites – Dust is a major issue when you suffer from allergies, and dust particles are easily spread throughout the home by dirty air ducts.
Smog – Smog isn’t just an outdoor pollutant. It can easily creep into your home.
VOCs – This abbreviation stands for “volatile organic compounds,” which are gases given off by common household items such as cleaning supplies.
Do you want
to make sure your HVAC
is performing at its best this spring? All Seasons Comfort Control can help.
Our experts can examine your heating and cooling system and make sure it’s ready to keep your family cool this summer (or warm this spring, in case we end up with a chilly April and May).
Is there a room in your house that never feels comfortable?
Are you summer and winter energy bills unusually high?
Does it feel like there isn’t enough air coming out of your vents?
These are all signs that your home has leaky ductwork. And this isn’t something to take lightly. Your air ducts are a crucial part of your home, and if they’re badly sealed, you’re probably losing money and receiving insufficient heating and cooling.
It’s a snowy day, and it feels like your heating system just isn’t doing its job. (Maybe it’s time to rethink your choice in home heating contractors.)
So you head to the garage to break out the space heater. Your warm, dependable, potentially dangerous space heater.
It’s true. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, space heaters cause roughly 25,000 house fires each year, typically because someone keeps their heater too close to bedding, curtains or furniture with upholstery.
Meet Jerry. He’s the type of guy who lives by the credo “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Everything in his home is well-ordered and spotless, not a dirty dish in the sink or a smudge on the windows.
You might know a Jerry. Maybe you are a Jerry. And there’s something to be said for living in a clean, orderly environment.
However, there’s only so much we can do when it comes to cleaning the air in our home. It’s one thing to dust and polish our counters, but how do we clean what we can’t see?
Even if we have a mild winter ahead of us, you’ll still need your furnace to get through the next few months. And the last thing you’ll want to do is wake up one day to a furnace that’s blowing cold air, or just not blowing at all.
Here are five of the most common HVAC repair issues your furnace might face this winter, and how to deal with them.
It’s a bitter cold night in January, and you’re in the middle of a vicious winter storm. It’s the type of blizzard your kids will tell their kids about someday.
“It was the worst storm anyone could remember. There was so much snow, schools were shut down for two weeks. The state closed off all the highways, no one could get to work. Then, in the middle of it all, our gas furnace stopped working.”
If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to schedule furnace service right away and soon enjoy the comforts of a properly heated home.
But if you find yourself having to wait for someone to fix your heating system, here are some things you can do to stay warm in the meantime.