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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.

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.

Keep Pollen Under Control in Your Home

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 Include your air ducts in your spring cleaning routine to help combat pollen. ©iStockphoto.com/Alkimson

Spring is finally here, and although we can all look forward to the weather getting warmer, the season is also known for bringing an army of pollen with it. Pollen is something that can bother a lot of people, especially those that have asthma or suffer from allergies. Many of these people will try to remain indoors in an attempt to avoid the pollen that has filled the air outside. However, this doesn’t mean they won’t be exposed to it – pollen can get inside, whether it’s because someone left a window open or because it was tracked in by someone outside. Regular air duct cleaning will help to ensure that pollen doesn’t collect in your air ducts and spread throughout your home. There are a few other things you can do to keep pollen under control in addition to air duct cleaning.

  • Vacuum  – You should vacuum your home at least once or twice a week. Pollen can get tracked into the house by both people and animals, which means that it can become trapped in your carpeting. Make sure you use a vacuum cleaner of high quality – a poor quality vacuum cleaner will spit out dust everywhere.
  • Dust your house – Pollen reacts in a similar way as dust, which means it can settle on shelves, table surfaces, window blinds and more. Dust your home on a regular basis using a damp cloth. If you suffer from allergies or asthma yourself, make sure that you wear a mask.
  • Keep windows and doors closed – Pollen can easily collect inside your home if you leave any windows or doors open to the outdoors.
  • Wash your pets  – If you have a dog or cat, make sure you bathe them a little more than usual. You have to let them outside once in a while, which means they are prone to bringing pollen back in with them. Keep the doors to your bedrooms shut so they can’t come in during pollen season.

Use these tips to keep pollen from getting into your home and don’t forget to get regular air duct cleaning.

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.

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.

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.

keep vent hoses short
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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.


Why Your Lint Screen Warning Signal Goes On When the Screen is Clean

The dryer is an appliance that needs to be maintained, just like any other appliance. Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that all they have to do is remove the lint from the lint trap every time they do a load and that’s it. However, the dryer needs more maintenance than that. According to the US Fire Administration, over 15,000 structure fires are caused by dryers every year in the U.S. alone. This means that you should hire a professional service that provides dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta to ensure your dryer is working safely.

Lint Trap
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In addition to hiring a service that provides dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta, you should also pay attention to the warning signal that many front loader dryers display when the lint screen needs to be changed. The first thing you need to do is find the lint screen. It’s usually inside the dryer door, right at the base of the opening. Lift the filter straight up by pulling on the screen’s tab. Remove the lint from the filter and throw it away. If the screen filter is sticky or waxy, then use warm, soapy water in order to clean it. Make sure it’s completely dry before putting it back in.

If the warning light is on but the lint screen is clean, then you may need to clean the dryer ducts. Look for the exterior exhaust hood. It’s usually on the exterior wall on the other side of the dryer. Unscrew the hood and scoop out any lint that you find. Then unplug the dryer from its power source and pull it away from the wall. Unscrew the clamp holding the dryer vent hose in place. Pull the hose out of the duct. You’ll then want to take out the lint screen filter. Use a dryer vent brush to push the lint inside the hose through the other end. Do the same in the vent pipe in the wall.

Be sure to use these tips to clean the lint out of your dryer if you see that the warning light has come on.


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