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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!

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.

Watch Out for Low Air Quality When Running Your A/C This Summer

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It’s important to keep your HVAC ducts clean to ensure high indoor air quality in your home. ©iStockphoto.com/tab1962

With the weather growing warmer as summer grows closer, there’s a pretty good chance that you – like most people – will begin relying on your air conditioning more in order to keep your home comfortable. However, because you will be using your air conditioning system more, it’s important that you are keeping your home’s HVAC in good condition. If you aren’t keeping your home’s HVAC in good condition, it could affect your home’s indoor air quality.

How can your air conditioning affect your home’s air quality?

Most air conditioning systems recirculate cool air throughout the building in order to save energy. Because the same air is circulating through your home over and over, it can cause your indoor air to become stale, not to mention that it can result in debris and bacteria being spread throughout the home. Your air filters are supposed to help prevent debris and bacteria from circulating throughout your air. However, if you don’t change your air filters on a regular basis, they will become clogged, which will result in the airflow becoming restricted. When this happens, not only will it be more difficult to cool your home, but it will be easier for allergens to build up in your air since nothing is trapping them.

How can you prevent your air quality from diminishing?

First of all, check your manufacturer’s instructions regarding the replacement or cleaning of your air filters. Make sure that you open the windows once in a while so that fresh air can circulate into your home and stale air can circulate out. Have a professional technician come inspect your HVAC system at least once a year in order to ensure that it is working properly and efficiently. If your air conditioning system is over a decade old, then you should replace it. If you have a window AC unit, then make sure it’s properly sealed so that outside air doesn’t leak in and your cool air doesn’t escape.

Make sure that your air quality doesn’t decline as you use your air conditioning and don’t forget to keep your HVAC system in good shape.  Feel free to contact us at Daffy Ducts if you need to get your ducts clean this summer.

This Earth Day, Make Sure Your Ducts Are Properly Sealed

Having your ducts properly sealed is essential to conserving energy and saving money. ©iStockphoto.com/alecsoms
Having your ducts properly sealed is essential to conserving energy and saving money. 

Earth Day is right around the corner, which means you should take stock of your home and see if there are any changes or improvements that you can make in order to make your home more environmentally friendly. For example, you should consider adding duct system insulation as well as make sure that your ducts are properly sealed.

Making sure that your air ducts are sealed properly is very important to the comfort and efficiency of your home. Your duct system is the lifeline of your home’s cooling and heating system. The ducts help to move cool and warm air throughout the home. When they aren’t sealed properly, air will leak out of the ducts. This results in a number of problems.

First of all, when warm air or cool air escapes from leaks in your duct system, your home won’t be warmed or cooled as well or as quickly, leading to a less comfortable home environment. Secondly, your heating system or air conditioning system will continue to pump out warm or cool air in order to make up for the air that was lost in an attempt to get your home at your desired temperature. This means that more energy is being used than necessary. The more energy you are using, the less environmentally friendly your home is. Not to mention that by using more energy, you’ll be paying higher heating and cooling bills. The issues don’t stop there – because your heating and cooling systems are working more than they should, they’ll experience more wear and tear, which could result in the need for more repairs than normal – or even worse, a shorter life span.

Although a professional service is recommended in order to ensure a high quality sealing job, you can do it on your own with the use of a mastic sealant or a metal tape. You should also consider having duct system insulation added to help keep warm and cool air from escaping your ducts as well. Doing so can have a big impact on saving energy and keeping your home as comfortable as possible.

Keeping your ducts clean is another great way to keep them efficient for Earth Day.  Contact us at Daffy Ducts for more information.

Fill Your Home With Delightful Fresh Scents

Keeping your home’s HVAC in good condition is an important part of home maintenance. An HVAC system that isn’t working properly or efficiently will affect the quality of your air – and poor air quality is going to lead to an uncomfortable home environment, not to mention potential health issues, especially for those with respiratory issues or asthma. In addition to keeping your home’s HVAC in good condition, we can also spruce up your air quality by filling up your home with fresh scents using a whole house air freshener.

Fill Your Home With Delightful Fresh Scents
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It’s important to know that before using a whole house air freshener, you have to increase the air quality of your home. You’re not going to be able to just mask poor quality indoor with a fresh scent. This means that you’re going to want to have your HVAC system inspected to ensure that it’s working properly, first and foremost. Then you’ll want to have your duct system cleaned out. A few things you can do on your own to increase your home’s air quality include opening the windows once in a while to let fresh air cycle in as well as to replace your air filters when they get too dirty to prevent dust and other debris from cycling through your home.

So how exactly do we freshen up your home’s air quality? We can provide a whole house air freshener. There are two ways to do this. We can install an adjustable air-freshening system that will eliminate odors throughout your home that are caused by trash cans, smokers, pets and more, or we can simply attach air fresheners to your air filters in order to provide a number of different scents.

One of the great things about an air-freshening system, as opposed to just attaching air fresheners to your air filters, is that they come with a computer that allows you to increase or decrease the scent intensity.

Keep your home’s air smelling fresh by installing a whole house air freshener. For information about keeping your home’s HVAC system in good condition, contact us at Daffy Ducts today.

Keep Vent Hoses Short by Positioning Vents Near a Wall

Making sure that you maintain your dryer is important not only to ensure that it operates efficiently, but that it also operates safely. One of the most important maintenance tasks is to find a professional that provides dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta. It’s a good idea to have a professional that offers dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta to come and inspect as well as clean out the vents and vent hoses. This is because a build up of lint lessens the efficiency of the dryer and is also a fire hazard. Another thing that you should consider doing is keeping your hoses short by positioning your vents near a wall.

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One way that you can accomplish this is by shortening your dryer vent hose. A dryer vent hose is often longer than it needs to be. If this is the case, an excess hose can end up curling up behind the dryer, thereby preventing you from pushing the machine closer to the wall. This is also quite dangerous, since the coiled ridges in a hose will trap dryer lint, which is more prone to heating up and catching fire. Measure the space between the wall and the dryer and cut the hose a few inches longer than you actually need in order to allow you to move the dryer out while installing the hose. The shorter the hose is, the more efficiently your dryer will run.

In most typical dryers, the exhaust opening is located on the back. Many homes will also have dryer vent exhaust openings cut into the wall behind their dryer; however, this can prevent a close fit since the dryer vent hose requires some space. Some dryers allow you to move the dryer exhaust to the side of the housing – have an electrician come see if this is possible. Another option is to use a periscope vent pipe, which won’t trap as much lint due to its lack of ridges and which takes up less space behind the dryer.

These are some ways that will allow you to move your dryer closer to the wall.


Benefits of Working With a Family-Owned Business for Your Duct Cleaning

Homeowners often don’t realize that they need to have regular air duct cleaning performed in their home. Without regular air duct cleaning, your home’s air quality can begin to suffer, not to mention your HVAC system can begin working less efficiently, which could result in high repair bills, high energy bills, a less comfortable home and more. When looking for an air duct cleaning service to hire, we recommend hiring a family-owned air duct cleaning business instead of a large corporation. The following are just a few of the benefits of deciding to work with a family-owned business:

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    The person or persons that run a family-owned business make their decisions based on how they will benefit the customer. How is this different than any other company? The leadership of larger companies will often make decisions that benefit the shareholders instead. In fact, many of the decisions are made by shareholders and not by the leadership. A family-owned business has more control over what they do and aren’t limited by shareholders.

  • Family-owned businesses tend to value loyalty and collaboration and will prioritize the success of each individual member that works for them instead of the whole. This means that they are not nearly as affected by financial incentives and bureaucracy as larger companies are.
  • Family-owned businesses do not make decisions based on achieving short-term success. They are relying on their business to last, which means that they think and act for the long-term good of the company. This means that they are more likely to foster and maintain strong relationships with their customers. In fact, this is usually their main priority, since without their regular customers, their business is more likely to fail.
  • Family-owned businesses are more connected to their community. They build relationships with other family-owned businesses that are mutually beneficial. This differs from corporations, which are often more focused on themselves.

These are just a few of the reasons why you should hire a family-owned company – so the next time you need to hire an air duct cleaning service, be sure to look for a family-run business.

If You’ve Just Remodeled, It’s a Good Idea to Have Your Ducts Cleaned

Remodeling projects can really help improve your home. However, they often leave quite a mess afterwards, especially if extensive construction was done within your home. Even if you put up plastic sheets to help contain construction dust and debris and to keep them from spreading throughout your home, they can still get into your ducts. This means that after you clean up the space that was under construction, you’ll want to have a professional air duct cleaning service come to clean out your air ducts as well.

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Large construction projects will produce a lot of dust and debris. Once this gets into the air, it will cycle throughout your home. This reduces your air quality, and can really affect someone suffering from asthma or a respiratory illness. Even if your remodeling project was smaller in scale, such as a painting project, you should strongly consider having your air ducts cleaned. The higher quality your air is, the more comfortable you are going to be within your home.

A professional air duct cleaning service will remove the dust, debris, chemicals and other contaminants that were produced by your remodeling project from your HVAC system. In addition to improving your air quality, it could also help to reduce your energy bills. This is because dust and debris can block your air ducts, making your HVAC system work less efficiently. This results in your HVAC system working harder in order to pump cool or warm air throughout your home. The harder it works, the more energy it uses and the higher your energy bills will be. Not to mention that the harder your HVAC system works, the more wear and tear it experiences, potentially shortening its lifespan or requiring more repair work than is necessary over the course of its life.

A remodeling project will produce a ton of dust and debris. It’s a good idea to hire a professional air duct cleaning service to clean your air ducts as part of the clean up process to improve your air quality and reduce your energy bills.

How to Recycle Dryer Lint Into Useful Home Hacks

Odds are you’re aware that you need to clean the lint out of the lint trap every time you use your dryer. In fact, you should really hire a dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta done on a semi-regular basis. Trapped lint can be a fire hazard, after all. However, what do you do with all that lint? Most people simply toss it away. Why not recycle it instead by finding a use for it? The following are a few examples of how you can reuse your lint:

  • Recycle Dryer Lint
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    Use as a fire starter – You remove lint from your dryer and you invest in dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta in order to avoid fires from starting. However, you can use your lint to help start a campfire or as an alternative to lighter fluid for your outdoor barbecue grill. You can even use it to help light a fire in your fireplace. The tighter your roll up your lint, the longer it will burn.

  • Use as padding – If you need to send something through the mail, such as a cd, then lint can be used to help pad the item so that it won’t crack or break. This way, you don’t have to purchase specially padded envelopes.
  • Use as compost – As long as the lint is from natural fabrics, such as wool or cotton, you can add it to your compost pile. Don’t add the lint if it’s from synthetics as this type of lint won’t compost.
  • Use as clay – Believe it or not, you can turn your dryer lint into clay! You’ll want to collect three cups of lint. Soak it in a saucepan filled with two cups of water, then add one cup of flour and stir it until it is smooth. Cook the mixture on low heat, making sure to stir constantly. Once it forms peaks and holds together, pour the mixture onto several layers of newspaper and let it cool. You can then use it like a clay to model it or press it into a mold.

Use these tips to reuse your lint, and contact us at Daffy Ducts for more information on duct cleaning.


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