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Make Sure Your Air Ducts Are Clean

During the summer months, we generally spend the hottest parts of the day indoors. The cool air blasting through our central air and heat duct system is great! Despite the fact that this air is “conditioned” it can carry harmful particles to your family. This can result in illnesses that you won’t even realize are related to your air conditioning. Common contaminants that are found in air ducts include: dust, dirt, debris, and pathogens. The US Environmental Protection Agency says you should consider having your air ducts professional cleaned if you can visibly detect mold, rodent infestation, or a dirt or debris buildup in your duct system.

The Problem with Dirty Air Ducts

When an air duct isn’t cleaned regularly, it can become filled with dirt, dust, and debris that isn’t caught by the filter. Generally, the filter is placed at the intake vent where air is pulled into the system. Many outlets are found on the floor. This means dirt, toys, and other debris can fall into the vents. Unfortunately, this isn’t filtered out since it’s the vent that pushes conditioned or heated air into the home. Do you have roaches, ants, or rodents in your home? If so, you can assume they travel through air vents as much as they do interior walls and floors. Mice leave droppings and urine in air ducts that will be constantly re-circulated!

Moisture in Your Air Duct

A water leak in the hidden portions of your home can result in water in your air duct. Rodent urine can also result in moisture in your air duct. Despite the cause of moisture in the air duct, it is the first component needed for bacteria to thrive. Water in your air duct, combined with the heat and dark of a central air and heat system can result in a thriving population of mold spores. This mold is then circulated constantly throughout your home. Consequently resulting in respiratory illnesses, chronic cough, cold symptoms, sinuses, allergies, and more. You may go months without realizing the occurrence is due to a dirty air duct system!

Professional Cleaning and Maintenance

Like every system in the home, the safety, efficiency, and life of the air duct system depends largely on routine and professional maintenance. The average homeowner doesn’t know how to clean an air duct, detect damage or dirtiness, or maintain it properly. Do you suspect a problem with your air duct system? Then you should contact a professional to asses it. If you haven’t had it assessed or cleaned, or if it wasn’t installed by an HVAC professional, you should call one to assess it. If you just bought or are looking to sell your property, you should have it professionally assessed.

At Magic-Sweep our air duct cleaning services include a power vacuum system. This system removes pollutants and contaminants such as animal dander, dead skin cells of humans, mold spores, dust, pollen, and more. These things that you may inhale and breathe regularly, can be gone in a matter of hours.

Don’t worry about the air you’re breathing while you’re stuck inside on those hot days. Enjoy your air conditioning system with clean air circulating throughout your home. Call Magic-Sweep today at 757-523-2400!

Improving Air Quality at Home

It is important to know how things in your home work, so that you are able to tell if they are in need of attention.  Some things will need to be serviced on a schedule, but air ducts can be tricky.  Because excessive amounts of dust can cause health problems, you should hire a professional to do annual maintenance.  For an appointment call the people of Magic Sweep Corporation today!

How do I know my air ducts need cleaning?

Have you heard? Ignoring your air ducts can result in respiratory difficulties. Call Magic Sweep today.

Have you heard? Ignoring your air ducts can result in respiratory difficulties. Call Magic Sweep today.

One of the main warning signs your air ducts need cleaning is when you see mold growing on the duct itself or any other part of your heating or cooling system.  Also, different types of rodents can house in the ducts, so you want to get them out.  Lastly, if your system has enough dust and debris collected where it is being released into the home, you will need to have that fixed.

What is air duct cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is a process that needs to be very thorough, so when you hire someone to do the job make sure they are qualified and will do the whole heating/cooling unit.  There are some chemical components under research, so make sure you talk this over with your technician before they use them.  During the initial inspection, they may determine that your air ducts are not in need of cleaning, however you should always have them checked.

How do you choose someone to clean your air ducts?

There are many ways to find someone, as with any other service.  You can look online, in the yellow pages, or ask family and friends.  Also, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) will have pointers for you.  A professional will do many of the following steps:

  • Open access doors to allow the whole system to be cleaned.
  • Inspect the entire system before working on it.
  • Use the proper combination of vacuums and brushes to clean.
  • Check for holes and make sure that if any are found they are properly insulated and sealed.
  • Follow industry standards for proper cleaning.

How do you protect your air ducts in the future?

  • Use high-efficiency air filters and change them regularly.
  • Seal off the supply and return registers during construction and do not run the heating/cooling unit until all dust is cleaned up.
  • Vacuum and dust your home often.
  • Know about your system.  For more information, click here.

Opt for an Energy-Efficient Fireplace

Save Time and Money by Increasing Energy Efficiency

Here are some tips to follow if you want to maximize the heating potential of your fireplace and save big on your energy bill.

Here are some tips to follow if you want to maximize the heating potential of your fireplace and save big on your energy bill.

A fireplace gives you the warmth and comfort that you need. They come in all shapes and sizes, but if designed poorly, you spend more for less—too much money spent on trying to keep it functional and efficient, while getting less heat out of it. Any sensible homeowner wants to avoid this type of situation. So, Magic Sweep will give you some tips to follow so that you can save money and time, and have the satisfaction from your fireplace that you most certainly deserve. An energy-efficient fireplace is waiting for you!

#1 Install a Fireplace Insert

Installing a fireplace insert can bring you one step closer to solving this problem. A fireplace insert is a metal box that can fit perfectly into the fireplace, thus improving draft and heating capacity. Plus, it doesn’t have to be an eyesore; some models have glass doors and other intricate designs that will also add to the ambience. In choosing the perfect insert for your home, you have to make sure that it is duly approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Models approved by this agency are sure to be energy-efficient and will definitely reduce air pollution. When you decide to have one installed in your home, have one of our CSIA-certified professionals do it for you.

#2 Close the Damper

The damper is a metal plate right above the chimney’s opening that can be opened or closed to regulate the flow of air and smoke. When a fire is burning in the fireplace, this is opened to increase draft efficiency. When the fire is out, make sure to close the damper so that no warm air from inside gets out of the house by way of the chimney. This is why every chimney needs a damper. If you don’t have one yet, make an appointment with us so we can install your chimney damper.

#3 Use Dry Seasoned Hardwood

Wood that is dried to perfection can burn ten times hotter than wet wood. It creates less smoke than wood that is green and has a lot of moisture. Preferably, the time needed is around six months to one year to season wood.

Also, there are two kinds of wood: hardwood and softwood. The wood that you need to burn is hardwood because it can burn longer and it can give off more heat compared to the latter. One very popular example is pine wood.

These tips will help you get the best out of your fireplace. Less hassle, more relaxation from your cozy energy-efficient fireplace. Give us a call now and we’ll give you more tips and a variety of inserts you can choose from!