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3 Signs Your Home Can Benefit From Duct Cleaning

The following are three signs that you should have your ducts professionally cleaned. ©iStockphoto.com/Central IT Alliance
The following are three signs that you should have your ducts professionally cleaned. ©iStockphoto.com/Central IT Alliance

Getting a professional duct cleaning is something that every homeowner should strongly consider doing. If you don’t clean your ducts on a regular basis, you’re taking a risk in that your home’s air quality might begin declining due to the amount of dust, debris and more that can build up in your ducts. Poor air quality will not only affect the quality of life and comfort of your home, but can also have negative effects on those people living in your home that suffer from respiratory illnesses, asthma or allergies. So how exactly do you know if you need a professional duct cleaning? The following are three signs to look out for:

  1. There are vermin in your ducts – If you see rodents or insects in or around your duct area, you’ll definitely want them cleaned out. Vermin are incredibly unsanitary and you don’t want them living anywhere in your home.  They could leave behind dust and debris in your ducts that you definitely want to get cleaned out.
  2. There’s excessive dust or debris – If you can see dust and debris being released into the air from your registers, then your ducts are probably full of dust and debris that needs to be cleaned out.
  3. Your family is experiencing unexplained allergies- Whether old pollen or dust is the cause, you might have allergens in your ducts that are getting released into the air.  Cleaning them out can help reduce the allergens in your home.

These are three signs that you need to have your ducts cleaned by a professional.  Contact us at Daffy Ducts to get your Atlanta ducts cleaned out in time for the cold weather this fall.  You don’t want to be stuck indoors all winter with dusty ducts!

Follow These Ways to Reduce Household Dust Around Your Home

The following are a few ways that you can reduce household dust. ©iStockphoto.com/KatarzynaBialasiewicz
The following are a few ways that you can reduce household dust. ©iStockphoto.com/KatarzynaBialasiewicz

Dust collects in every home no matter what. This is because over 90 percent of the dust that collects in our homes comes from people and fabric. A dusty house not only feels dirty and uncomfortable, it can also cause issues for anyone that suffers from allergies, asthma or respiratory illnesses, which means that you’ll want to reduce household dust as much as possible. The following are a few ways that you can reduce household dust:

  • Organize your closet – Because of all the tiny fibers on your clothes, closets tend to be a huge source of dust. Consider keeping some of your things stored in boxes or bags. We recommend the use of clear plastic bins so that you can see what each bin contains. These bins will keep fibers locked in, thereby keeping dust from gathering inside your closet.
  • Change your bedding weekly – Your bedding is a big dust distributor because it not only sheds its own fibers, it also collects skin flakes. By washing all of your sheets and pillowcases once a week, you’ll reduce the amount of dust that they produce.
  • Use the proper cleaning supplies – A common mistake that people make is to use dry rags or feather dusters in an attempt to dust their home. All this accomplishes is to spread dust around. You should use damp rags or cloths that have an electrostatic charge to capture dust.
  • Beat your rugs – Your rugs absorb dust like a sponge, which means that whenever you take a step, dust is sent into the air. Take your rugs outside and hang them on a fence or clothesline, then beat them using a tennis racket or a broom to help remove the dust outside. You can do the same thing with your cushions.
  • Upgrade your furnace filter – Filters help to trap the dust that’s circulating in your air and to prevent it from spreading throughout your house. Consider having an electrostatic filter professionally installed. An electrostatic filter is different than standard filters in that it attracts dust like a magnet.

Use these methods in order to reduce household dust, and contact us at Daffy Ducts for help with cleaning out the dust from your ducts.

What to Expect During Duct and Dryer Vent Cleaning

Hiring a professional duct cleaning service is something that you should do on a regular basis. ©iStockphoto.com/kadmy
Hiring a professional duct cleaning service is something that you should do on a regular basis. ©iStockphoto.com/kadmy

Hiring a professional duct cleaning service is something that you should do on a regular basis. Your ducts can get very dusty and dirty over time, which can result in the air quality of your home diminishing. When a build up of dust and dirt gets into your air, it can also result in issues for anyone that suffers from asthma, respiratory illness or even simple allergies. The following are some of the tasks that a professional duct cleaning service will perform:

  • They will open all of your access ports or doors in order to inspect and clean your entire duct system.
  • Before they begin cleaning your duct system, they will do a thorough inspection to make sure that there are no materials that contain asbestos present, such as register boots or insulation. If they find any materials that contain asbestos, a specially trained and equipped contractor will need to be hired in order to remove them.
  • Once the inspection is completed, they will use vacuum equipment in order to exhaust dust and debris particles out of the home. If the vacuum exhausts are within the house, then they will use HEPA (high efficiency particle air) vacuuming equipment.
  • They will make sure that your carpeting and furnishings are protected as they clean.
  • They will dislodge dust and other particles by performing well-controlled brushing and contact vacuum cleaning on the duct surfaces.
  • Any fiberglass duct boards and sheet metal ducts that are lined with fiberglass will be cleaned using soft-bristled brushes. They will most likely replace accessible flex ducts since this is more economical than cleaning them – although they can be cleaned with the use of soft-bristled brushes.
  • They will seal and re-insulate any holes that may have been made – on purpose or on accident – during the cleaning process in order to protect the duct work and make sure that it is airtight.
  • They will follow the NADCA’s standards for air duct cleaning as well as the NAIMA’s suggested practice for cleaning ducts with fiber glass lining.

Contact us at Daffy Ducts for a thorough duct cleaning in your Atlanta home.

Get Your Ducts Cleaned If You See Signs of Moisture

One sign that you need to get your air ducts cleaned immediately is if you spot signs of moisture. ©iStockphoto.com/dinadesign
One sign that you need to get your air ducts cleaned immediately is if you spot signs of moisture. ©iStockphoto.com/dinadesign

Although you should get an air duct cleaning performed every once in a while in order to ensure the quality of your indoor air, you should also be on the lookout for certain signs that your ducts need to be cleaned right away. One sign that you need to get your air ducts cleaned immediately is if you spot signs of moisture.

All air contains moisture. During the winter, when you are heating your home, moisture is held within the air as vapor, which causes the air to become humid. When the temperature is cooled down, such as during the summers, that air will condense and cause condensation. As you can imagine, this can pose an issue in your duct system. It’s one of the reasons why many homeowners choose to insulate their ducts. The insulation can help keep the temperature in the ducts high enough to prevent condensation from forming when the ducts are not in use. However, the temperature will eventually drop if the ducts are not used, which will eventually lead to condensation.

So why is moisture in your ducts such a bad thing? If there is any dust or dirt in your ducts, which there often is if you don’t get your ducts cleaned on a regular basis, then conditions are ripe for mildew.  Some homeowners will try to prevent mildew and its musty smell by running their fans, thinking that the moving air will help dry up any moisture. However, all they are doing is sending more air filled with moisture into the area, which is only adding to the problem.

If you see signs of moisture in your duct system or around your HVAC system, you may want to have your ducts cleaned before mold begins growing. If you think you have too much moisture in your ducts, contact Daffy Ducts for information about our air duct cleaning services. We use a sanitizing fog that will help kill bacteria and mildew.

If You’re Remodeling, Do What You Can to Keep Dust Out of Your Home’s Air

When remodeling, take measure, like plastic sheets, to keep dust out of your air. ©iStockphoto.com/Alain de Maximy
When remodeling, take measures, like plastic sheets, to keep dust out of your air. ©iStockphoto.com/Alain de Maximy

Remodeling your home can be incredibly beneficial – it can add function, form and value to your home, not to mention increase your quality of life. However, larger remodeling projects tend to create a lot of dust. Dust can cause serious problems for anyone living in your home that has asthma, suffers from respiratory illnesses or has severe allergies. In addition to making sure you have a professional come perform an air duct cleaning not soon after your renovations are finished (to help clear any dust that has gotten into your air ducts and has built up within them), you should also take preventative measures to keep as little dust from getting into the air during the remodel as possible. The following are a few ways to minimize dust during renovations:

  • Put up dust barriers – At the very minimum, you should have plastic sheets applied to the different entry points leading to the room that is under construction. These plastic sheets are known as zipwalls. Zipwalls will help keep dust and debris inside the room that is being worked on, preventing it from spreading throughout your entire house.
  • Use sticky mats – Sticky mats should be placed right outside the area of construction. This way, workers won’t track dust and debris throughout your home when they enter and exit the construction space. If the room being worked on is in the middle of the house, line the path to the exit with floor paper.
  • Use dust extractors – Power tools tend to cause quite a mess when used in a renovation. This is because they create a lot of sawdust and other debris when they are being used. A number of power tool companies have begun adding dust extractors to their power tools that suck up the dust as soon as the power tool creates it. This means that a power saw with a dust extractor will collect sawdust while it’s cutting, thereby helping prevent much of it from getting into your air.

Use these tips to help minimize dust during a remodel and don’t forget to get a professional air duct cleaning.

Little Things That Can Affect Dryer Safety

Most people tend to take their dryer for granted. They don’t realize that their dryer can pose a risk if they don’t use it properly. It’s why we emphasize the use of dryer safety tips when using your dryer at all times. The following are a few of the smaller things that you may have considered to be harmless that could actually affect dryer safety:

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  • Using too many dryer sheets – Dryer sheets are meant to reduce the static-cling in the dryer. For the most part, they are safe to use – as long as you use the recommended number of dryer sheets. The problem is that some people will forget how many they’ve added or add too many out of pure negligence. The chemicals that dryer sheets contain are designed to soften fabric. Too many dryer sheets will result in too many of these chemicals leaving residue within the dryer, which can lead to a clog. Make sure you find the dryer sheets you’ve used after doing a load and throwing them away afterwards.
  • Not providing enough space – Don’t try to squeeze your dryer into a small space where it has no room. Dryers need space around it so that the air around it can circulate properly. Without the necessary space, your dryer could overheat and cause a fire.
  • Don’t use vinyl tubing – You should use vent duct tubing instead. Vinyl tubing does not meet current fire codes.
  • Drying the wrong things – Dryers are designed to dry fabric and nothing else. This means throwing wet toys, wigs or purses into your dryer is not a good idea; you could potentially damage it.

Be sure to keep these dryer safety tips in mind on your next laundry day, and don’t forget to call us at Daffy Ducts to keep your dryer vents safe and clear of lint!

Life Hacks to Get Your Clothes Dried Quickly

Use these tips to help your clothes dry faster, saving energy and money. ©iStockphoto.com/monkeybusinessimages
Use these tips to help your clothes dry faster, saving energy and money. ©iStockphoto.com/monkeybusinessimages

Making sure your clothes dry as quickly as possible isn’t just important for convenience – it’s important if you’re looking to save energy, thereby reducing your environmental footprint as well as your energy bills. The following are a few tips to help you use your dryer efficiently in order to dry your clothes faster:

  • If you have a small load of wet clothes that need to be dried, add a large item that’s already dry, like a towel, in with the load. Basically, the dry towel will help to take away some of the moisture from your wet clothes, thereby helping to reduce the moisture level inside the dryer and allowing your wet clothes to dry much quicker.
  • Sort your recently washed laundry as soon as it comes out of the washer. Take out the clothes that need to be dried immediately and throw those in the dryer on the auto high heat setting for about 15 minutes. Hang dry the clothing that doesn’t need to be dried right away.
  • Before moving the clothes from the washer to the dryer, check to see how wet your clothes are. If they are soaking wet, then they will take way longer to dry in the dryer. Put them back in the washer and run a spin and drain cycle to remove the extra water. This should only take ten minutes to do, and by doing this you’ll be saving a lot of drying time.
  • Make sure that your lint filter is clean before you run a load in the dryer. If there is lint in the filter, then the airflow of your dryer will be restricted. Remove the lint in order to ensure that your dryer is working as efficiently as possible to dry your clothes.
  • Clean out any lint that has gathered in the air vent hose between your dryer and the wall. This will help to open up the airflow even more.

For help with dryer vent cleaning to keep your dryer operating at maximum efficiency, contact us at Daffy Ducts.

Don’t Ignore Your Dryer Lint: It Could Cost You!

Cleaning out your dryer's lint trap is a small task that can save you money. ©iStockphoto.com/Roel Smart
Cleaning out your dryer’s lint trap is a small task that can save you money. ©iStockphoto.com/Roel Smart

The dryer is often an appliance that most homeowners take for granted. They put a load of laundry in it, dry it and move on with their day. However, if you’re looking to save a little bit of money on your energy bills, then it’s time to begin paying a little more attention to your dryer. First of all, you should regularly hire a professional that provides dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta to come thoroughly clean your dryer’s vents. Secondly, you need to make sure that you remove the lint from the lint filter every time you dry your laundry.

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The lint filter is located in different areas depending on the model of dryer you have, but it should be in a spot that is easily accessible. As your clothes dry, the lint filter will collect lint. If you don’t remove the lint after you’re done drying your clothes, your dryer is going to work very inefficiently the next time you try to dry your laundry. This is because the lint that collects will restrict the airflow from your heated dryer. Because of this, the dryer will have to work harder in order to dry your clothes. This results in more energy being used – not to mention that your clothes may not dry as quickly, which means you have to dry them for a longer period of time – also a big waste of energy.

There’s also the question of safety. Lint is very flammable and if it collects too much, the heat that the dryer produces could end up igniting it. This is also why you should hire a professional that provides dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta to come clean the lint and debris from the dryer’s vents as well. Cleaning the lint out of the filter is relatively easy. Just wipe your fingers over one end of the lint filter to the other and the lint should just peel right off. Moistening your fingers can help make the lint stick to your fingers.

Be sure to clean your lint trap in order to save money on your energy bills, and contact us at Daffy Ducts for more information on dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta.

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Strategic Timing Can Save You Money on Drying Your Clothes

You might be surprised by how much savings you can find in your laundry room. ©iStockphoto.com/irina88w
You might be surprised by how much savings you can find in your laundry room. ©iStockphoto.com/irina88w

Did you know that there are a number of ways that you can save money when it comes to your dryer? For one, hiring a professional service that does dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta to come clean out the lint from your dryer vents will keep your dryer running as efficiently as possible. This, in turn, helps prevent unnecessary wear and tear from occurring, reducing the amount of repairs it may need. Not to mention that dirty vents can result in it taking longer for your clothes to dry, which means you are wasting more energy than you need to be every time you use the dryer. However, this isn’t the only way to save some money on your dryer. You can also save money by running your dryer at certain times.

One thing that many homeowners don’t realize is that utility companies charge higher rates during peak usage hours. What does this mean? It means that energy costs more to use during the day, when everybody is using it. So instead of drying your clothes during the day, do so at night, when the rates won’t be as high. By running your dryer at night instead of during the day, you’ll help lower your utility bills.

Of course, running the washer while you are asleep doesn’t make much sense since your laundry will just sit there all wet until you wake up. However, you can time it so that you do wash your laundry before bedtime, then transfer the clothes to your dryer right before you go to sleep. If you prefer to have your laundry completely done so that you don’t have to worry about it in the morning, then just time it a little different so that you have your clothes completely dried by the time you are about to go to bed.

In addition to hiring professional dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta in order to save money, consider timing when you do your laundry so that you take advantage of your utility’s lower rates in the evenings and at night.

Let Vent Cleaning be a Part of Thorough Spring Cleaning

This year make cleaning out your dryer vent and HVAC ducts part of your spring cleaning routine. ©iStockphoto.com/pastorscott
This year make cleaning out your dryer vent and HVAC ducts part of your spring cleaning routine. ©iStockphoto.com/pastorscott

Spring is here, so hopefully you are planning on setting a day aside to clean your entire home. If you are planning such a spring cleaning day, then don’t forget about having your dryer vents cleaned as well. Cleaning your dryer vents will help keep your dryer working as efficiently as possible and will also keep it working safely. For the best possible job, you should pay for professional dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta instead of attempting to do it on your own. Here at Daffy Ducts, we not only provide expert dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta, we also provide HVAC duct cleaning.

When it comes to dryer duct cleaning, we will clean the connection between the dryer and the wall as well as clean the duct from the wall to outside. Dryer ducts can get clogged up with lint, especially if you rarely have your dryer ducts cleaned. This will end up restricting airflow, causing the dryer to have to work harder to dry your clothes. What inevitably happens is that it takes longer to dry your clothes and your dryer experiences more wear and tear than necessary. The lint that builds up is also a fire hazard and can be quite dangerous if it builds up too much since it can ignite when exposed to too much heat.

We also provide HVAC duct cleaning. This process involves cleaning your registers, cleaning all your register and supply ducts, cleaning the furnace air handler and plenum and using a sanitizing fog that kills fungus, mildew and bacteria. Cleaning your air ducts will help ensure that air flows throughout your home without obstruction, thereby keeping your HVAC system working efficiently. When your HVAC system is able to work as efficiently as possible, it means that it will have an easier time keeping your home at the temperature you desire, thereby increasing your comfort. A clean duct system also means that there will be less dust and bacteria going through your air, thereby improving your air quality.

For more information about our services, contact us at Daffy Ducts today.


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Air Duct Cleaning

Air Duct Cleaning when you live in Atlanta is an important step to improving your home's indoor air quality. Daffy Ducts of Atlanta focuses on quality first with each and every job that we do. Our goal is to make sure all those who live in Atlanta and need Air Duct Cleaning know that Daffy Ducts of Atlanta is the first company they should call. We are truly a name you can trust in the air duct cleaning industry. Daffy Ducts wants to let you know that cleaning your air ducts provides benefits such as increased efficiency for your HVAC system. Air Duct Cleaning will of course improve the quality of the air inside your home as well. Excess amounts of dust can be reduced greatly by hiring a top rated Air Duct Cleaning company like Daffy Ducts. If you want it done correctly the first time, call Daffy Ducts for all of your Air Duct Cleaning.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer Vent Cleaning is also a very important service for those in Atlanta and surrounding areas. Daffy Ducts provides top rated Dryer Vent Cleaning Service in Atlanta. Dryer Vent Cleaning service reduces the risk of fire caused by excessive lint build up in the dryer vent. Dryer Vent Cleaning also increases the efficiency of your dryer and improves the performance of your clothes dryer in turn saving you money. When you get your Dryer Vent Cleaning done annually in Atlanta it will also increase the life of your appliance. We have had our service recommended by dryer repairmen who visited homes thinking there was a problem with the dryer, only to find out the dryer wasn't working properly due to a clogged dryer vent. Call Daffy Ducts in Atlanta today to begin making your home safer.

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Daffy Ducts services all of Atlanta and large number of surrounding cities in the greater Atlanta area. Here are some of the cities that we offer our Air Duct Cleaning and dryer vent cleaning services: Roswell, Gwinnett, Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb, Snellville, Alpharetta, Lawrenceville, Stone Mountain, Lilburn, Loganville, Conyers, Doraville, Norcross, Duluth, Buckhead, Midtown, Marietta, Dunwoody, Buford, Sugar Hill, Chamblee, Tucker and the rest of the Atlanta Metro.