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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.

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.

Common Allergens Found During the Summer

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Be on the lookout for these common allergies this summer. ©iStockphoto.com/luna4

As much as we all love summer, it does have its drawbacks – just like every other season. With summer it’s the amount of allergens in the air due to all of the fully bloomed trees, flowers, and grass. Because of this, of the things you’ll want to concentrate on this summer reducing allergens in your home. Reducing allergens in your home will help keep your home clean and healthy. So now you might be wondering what kind of allergens to watch out for, so we’re going to share some of the most common allergens found during the summer season:

  • Pollen – Pollen is found throughout spring and summer. Grass pollen is most common during the end of spring, while weed pollen is the most common form of summer pollen. Pollen is the one allergen that affects the most amount of people. Pollen count tends to be high on dry, warm and windy days, which means you may want to stay indoors when exercising during these periods. Make sure you wash your hair at night and change your clothes before going to bed to avoid tracking pollen into your sheets.
  • Poison ivy – Poison ivy is the most common outdoor allergen. Most people have a sensitivity to poison ivy. Avoiding it isn’t too difficult – just stay in open areas and keep away from bushes and other plants. If you do come in contact with poison ivy, there are plenty of creams available that can help you treat it.
  • Seasonal fruits – If you are really allergic to certain types of pollen, then you could suffer from a cross-reaction when you eat certain types of fruits, such as apples, melons and celery. This is known as oral allergy syndrome and can result in itching, swelling or tingling of the mouth. Fortunately, this allergy is not a life threatening one.
  • Stings – Insect stings are a common summer allergy trigger and can lead to a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. Bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps are most active at the end of summer, so avoid them when possible.

While we can’t help you with all of the common summer allergens, we can clean your ducts and help keep the indoor allergens under control.  Contact us at Daffy Ducts if you want yours cleaned this summer!

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

©iStockphoto.com/Alkimson
 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.

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.

Not Cleaning Vents Can Hurt Your Home!

The vents in your home are a vital component to your home’s circulatory system. They are necessary to the flow of air throughout your home. However, because air constantly flows through your vents they are bound to get dirty.

Cleaning Vents
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Think about all of the dust, dirt, dandruff, debris, bacteria and more that gets released into the air. These things will attach themselves to your vents and build up over time, making it more difficult for air to efficiently cycle throughout your home and lowering your air quality at the same time. This is why everything from HVAC vent cleaning to dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Furnace filters

Furnace filters help to keep dust and other airborne particles from circulating throughout your home. However, if you don’t replace or clean your furnace filters regularly, those particles will continue to build up. This will lead to a restriction of airflow that can cause your burners to overheat and shut down. It can lead to house fires as well; in fact, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, 50,100 residential heating fires can be linked to furnace fires between 2008 and 2010. You should have your furnace filters replaced at least once every month or two.

Dryer ducts

According to data collected by the U.S. Fire Administration, there were around 2,900 clothes dryer fires between 2008 and 2010. Of those fires, 34 percent were caused by ignored ducts. A dryer duct can be clogged by excessive lint collecting within, which is why it’s so important that it’s inspected and cleaned. A clogged dryer duct can result in the dryer not only working inefficiently, but could also result in gas leaks. If you use your dryer twice a week, then you should clean your duct once a year. If you use it more, you should clean the duct more. To ensure that your dryer ducts are cleaned properly, hire a professional service that does dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta.

Keeping your ducts clean is important in keeping your air quality clean as well as keeping your home safe.

Breathing Healthy Air Inside Your Home Needs to be a Priority

When it comes to a healthy home, the air quality in your home is very important. Not only does good air quality help improve the quality of life, it also reduces some of the issues that individuals with asthma or respiratory issues might have. This is why reducing allergens in your home is of utmost importance.

reathing Healthy Air Inside Your Home
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Air pollution is something that most of us are aware of, but it affects the world in a worse way than you might realize. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), air pollution was linked to the deaths of 7 million people in 2012 alone. This means that one out of 8 deaths that year were linked to air pollution. Even more shocking, of these 7 million deaths, 4.3 million can be linked to indoor air pollutants!

While most of the world’s air pollution is out of our hands on a personal level, there are still plenty of things that you can do to help improve the air quality. For example, many household products are full of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are carbon-based chemicals. Household products that have VOCs include laundry detergents, air fresheners, cleaners, paint, disinfectants and more. These VOCs often include acetone, formaldehyde, benzene, methylene chloride and much more, all of which can cause both short-term and long-term health problems, from eye and nose irritation and headaches to liver, kidney and central nervous system damage.

The following are a few ways that you can begin improving your indoor air quality by reducing allergens in your home:

  • Look for products that advertise low VOCs to help ensure healthier air quality in your home.
  • Open your windows for 5 to 10 minutes a day to allow stagnant air out and fresh air in. This will also allow VOCs to evaporate more easily.
  • Take your shoes off before entering the house to reduce the risk of tracking in germs and pesticides.
  • Maintain a comfortable room temperature to ensure a steady flow of air.
  • Use indoor plants to help clean up your air.

Focus on reducing allergens to help improve your home’s air quality, and don’t forget to have your ducts cleaned out!


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