Keeping Your Home’s Air Clean

Keeping the air in your home clean may seem like an easy task. Dust regularly, mop the floors, and open the windows to let in some fresh air. While all of these are great ways to keep dander and debris at bay, it’s actually not the right way to keep the air your family is breathing in safe.

For the health of your family, paying attention to the quality of air in your home is important. Research has shown that the air in your home can potentially be worse than breathing in outdoor pollutants if you’re not keeping up with proper cleanings.

Dust mites, pet hair and mold are just some of the dangers left to drift through your home that will cause issues. They are known to be the culprit behind a sore throat, watery eyes and even cause asthma attacks.

Overcoming Poor Air Quality

The latest American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report has found that poor air quality was the blame for an estimated 6.1 million deaths across the globe in 2016.

To overcome poor air quality in your home, it’s important to ventilate properly. Be sure to clean dryer vents, ductwork and even fix plumbing leaks to stop mold and prevent air quality issues.

Another great tip for keeping the air in your home clean is to turn up the AC to keep moisture out of the air and requesting that all smokers stay away from the home when smoking. Second hand smoke can cause serious health risks in kids and adults.

You should also be mindful of the kinds of cleaning products you’re using. Just because you like a squeaky clean bathroom or pine fresh kitchen floors, doesn’t mean it’s safe and actually clean. Some of these products include dangerous toxins that go into the air as gases and can cause serious harm.

How HVAC Services Help

Schedule regular HVAC maintenance appointments and be sure to keep those important appointment as the cleanings performed are critical to health and safety. Yearly cleanings ensure the system is running optimally and can even prevent premature breakdown or other costly issues from happening.

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Yearly Air Duct Cleanings Bring Fresh Air & Save Energy

Cleaning our home’s is part of a regular routine to keep our space healthy and livable. Everything from dusting to mopping floors and keeping the bathroom clean and sanitized are important weekly routines. Other cleaning tasks might happen less frequently. Such as pulling out appliances and deep cleaning behind their insides, but the task is still a necessary one.

Another cleaning that has to happen at least one time per year if you want to stay healthy and lower your energy bills is an air duct cleaning.

Your home’s air ducts, while out of visual sight, plays an important role in carrying cold and hot air through the home to keep you comfortable throughout Monterey’s various seasons. Like the other areas of your home, these ducts accumulate dust and debris.

Clean Air

Just think about all the times you pull out the stove or refrigerator to clean behind it and are amazed by the dust that’s managed to accumulate. Now think about this same dust and debris being forced into the air in your home as the ducts deliver heat or AC to the rooms? Not only is that poor for health reasons, but combustible dusts are also a real problem.

Energy Efficiency

A dirty air duct isn’t just pushing pet dander, dust and other contaminants into the air, but the whole system is working harder than it has to and can potentially need premature, costly repairs. Having a professional technician preform regular cleanings will lead to less stress on the system and less energy usage.

Seasonal maintenance and duct cleaning services are the best way to inspect your HAVC system and diagnose problems early. Everything from leaky ducts to coils covered in dust and debris, can lead to performance issues that are costing you money and putting your family at risk.

Schedule a Duct Cleaning

Preferred Hood & Duct provides air duct cleaning services that help improve air quality in buildings and homes across Monterey.  Get a free consultation and quote by getting in touch with our easy online form, or call (860) 613-1130.

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Air Quality Zapping Productivity in Your Office?

office spaceThe desire for maximum productivity is something all businesses strive to achieve. Employees who work smarter and faster get more done and bring the most benefit to a company. But a workplace that isn’t operating optimally may have other factors at play. An unhappy workforce, lack of training and skills or even the layout of the office could all be culprits behind decreased motivation and lower productivity.

For this post, we’ll look deeper at another important topic many don’t factor in as the reason your office seems to be moving in slow motion: Air quality.

Sick Building Syndrome

A poor work environment isn’t a totally new concept, in fact there is a term “sick building syndrome” that’s used to describe a workplace where occupants have issues such as cough; chest tightness; fever, chills; and muscle aches that cannot be explained and where relief occurs only after leaving the building. Pollutants present in these spaces can be the cause. The best way to improve these issues is to locate the source and offer the cleanest air possible for workers to breathe.

Office Air Quality Problems

Still, office air quality issues continue to plague many. Absenteeism, increased sick time and illness are only a small part of the problem. The larger impacts of breathing poor quality air can be life threatening. Airborne particulate pollution, formaldehyde, active mold growth, and so many other air quality issues can be present. Poor ventilation and a limited amount of fresh outdoor air circulating through a building is also a large concern.

How to Fix Air Quality at the Office

If you want to maximize the health and productivity of your employees, take care of the indoor air quality by scheduling regular cleanings of your office’s air duct system. In fact, the EPA says that unclean HVAC coils can result in a 21 percent decrease in system efficiency.

At Preferred HD, our commercial air duct cleaning services include detailed assessments of your systems’ condition, post-job quality assurance checks, and restoration of the fiberglass insulation that commonly wears out in commercial HVAC duct systems.

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Clean Your Ducts for Fresher Indoor Air

Interior air quality is an important factor for homes and buildings because it can affect the health and quality of life of occupants. Things like mold, bacteria and chemicals can all pollute the air and should be handled with care. Opening the windows and using fans will help to reduce the effects on the space but in situations when you cannot open the windows, more will need to be done.

Having an HVAC professional come out for regular cleanings of your home or businesses air ducts and heating and cooling systems is the best way to ensure the air in your space is safe.

The professionals will look for the presence of mold in your system which can lessen air quality and then treat and prevent it. They’ll also clean the system and seal up any leaks.

Here are some additional things you can do to freshen up the air in your home.

Bring in Plants

Adding plants to our daily indoor spaces can help to improve air quality by adding necessary oxygen to the space. As plants grow they give off oxygen needed in the air and also pull in dangerous containments like carbon dioxide. Popular plants for improving air quality include mums, spider and dracaena plants. Be sure to check labels and research which plants are used to remove pollutants as well as the conditions they require to thrive and whether or not the plant is toxic to pets before you purchase.

Add an Air Purifier

There are many devices on the market today that you can purchase and setup in your home to help with purifying the air. These work by removing toxins we cannot see in the air from smoke, pet dander and pollen and filter it through a HEPA filter so it is better to breathe in. It is best to speak with an expert about your particular needs and which option would best prior to making an investment in one of these devices.

Never Skip HVAC Maintenance

HVAC maintenance appointments are critical to the health and safety of your homes heating and cooling system. Yearly cleanings and checkups will ensure the system is running optimally and can even prevent premature breakdown or other costly issues from happening. You should never skip these appointments if you’d like to keep your home or building operating efficiently.

Preferred Hood & Duct provides commercial and residential services including cleaning, sanitizing, inspection and service for ducts, HVAC systems, AC condenser coils, dryer vents, and more.

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Fireplaces & Indoor Air Quality: What You Should Know

fireplace shoesThis winter’s been an exceptionally cold one in the northeast with no shortage of snow storms. As we get ready for another snowy week, you may be thinking about lighting your fireplace to keep warm. But before you do, you should know that having your fireplace lit is also affecting indoor air quality which is essential for your family’s health.

Here are some questions to ask before you start that fire.

Does Your Fireplace Actually Heat Your Home?

According to the Indoor Air Quality Association, “most fireplaces draw heated air into the fire.” So as you sit by the fire that’s radiating with heat, you’re also letting cold air from outside back in and reducing the warm air your home’s heating system is struggling to already provide. If this is the type of fireplace you have, it may not make sense to light a fire in hopes of making it warmer in your home.

What about Wood Burning Alternatives?

You may be considering an unvented fireplace that uses natural gas to create the fire and warmth in your home as a good alternative to the traditional open, wood burning fireplace – but not so fast. If you also want to keep your indoor air quality safe, this option isn’t as beneficial as it sounds. All of the combustion gases are now released into the room. And that means carbon monoxide and other dangers become a concern.

For the best indoor air quality while adding a heating element to your home, the Indoor Air Quality Association recommends opting for a direct vent sealed combustion fireplace. These deliver heat efficiently into the home without bringing in dangerous combustible gases.

At Preferred Hood & Duct we take indoor air quality seriously and provide air duct cleaning services for residential and commercial locations throughout Monterey. Improve air quality and keep people safe.

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Caring for Your HVAC System When Pet Hair Overruns Your Home

Caring for a pet is something most people take seriously. Today our furry friends have become another member of the family – sharing the couch, meal-time and even vacations. Our love for them often surpasses accidents they may have in the home or the aggravations we may feel when trying to keep up with all the hair and dander some breeds leave behind.

While you may have grown accustomed to the tumble weeds floating around and have learned to overlook it until you have the time to clean it (again) you may want to consider getting that task done sooner than later as pet hair can cause your HVAC system to loose efficiency.

dog on carpetHere are some tips to help you keep energy costs in control when you have pet hair invading your home.

Schedule Regular Baths

Keeping your dog free of loose hairs is no easy task. High shedding dogs can be brushed for long period of times with additional hair falling regardless of attempts to brush it all away. But scheduling regular bathing and brushing can help you to reduce the amount of hair you’ll find all over your furniture and throughout your home. Besides being unpleasant to look at, these clumps of hair can find their way into your HVAC system and cause problems and even breakdowns if a clog occurs.

Change Filters Frequently

Keeping your home’s air filters clean is important for safety and health. But if your pet is shedding excessively you should make it a habit of changing them more frequently than is recommended to keep problems at bay. A professional duct cleaning can also help to remove dust and debris in you home’s air system and keep the air you and your family breathe fresh.

Never Skip Routine Maintenance

You may be tempted to skip a yearly cleaning of your HVAC system if things have been running smoothly but that’s never a wise decision. Regular cleanings help prevent breakdowns, identify issues and keep your system running optimally. If you have a pet in your home, it’s especially important to have these cleanings done since fur and dander you can’t even see could be getting into your system and causing problems.

Preferred Hood & Duct provides Monterey businesses and residents with HVAC services that improve air quality and keep your home warm and safe.

Get a free consultation and quote by using our easy online form, or call (860) 613-1130.

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Can Air Duct Cleaning Cause Damage to Your Home?

Keeping the homes we live in clean and free of toxins is pretty high up on the to-do list for most homeowners. Concern for the air we are breathing and keeping our loved ones safe is an ongoing struggle. Even if you don’t smoke and are pretty safe about using products with toxic fumes, there are other ways that pollutants can enter your home.

If you love to cook, and even clean, you could add to the probability that your home’s air ducts are dirty. Dragging outside dirt and debris and stirring up dust while cleaning, can all reduce indoor air quality.

For most people, the solution is to call someone to have the air ducts in their home cleaned. But is that the safest route? Or can cleaning those ducts cause damage to your home? Continue reading “Can Air Duct Cleaning Cause Damage to Your Home?”

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Top 3 Reasons to Get an Air Duct Cleaning in Your Home

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Keeping up with home maintenance tasks is one of the not-so-fun aspects of being a homeowner. Things like painting, clearing leaves and mowing the lawn will always make their way to the to-do list. But there are some other maintenance items you should think about having a professional come handle to improve how your home is heated and cooled and the air you and your family are breathing in daily.

Here are the top 3 reasons to get your air ducts cleaned: Continue reading “Top 3 Reasons to Get an Air Duct Cleaning in Your Home”

Do You Need Special Equipment for Air Duct Cleaning?

Many kinds of contaminants can accumulate in your Monterey home’s HVAC system. Air ducts can become filled with dirt, dust, bacteria, mold, and other allergens that can create a fire hazard and can negatively affect your family’s health. This is why it is important to have your air ducts cleaned.

Cleaning air ducts is not a simple job that the average do-it-yourselfer can undertake. It requires specialized equipment that you don’t have in your garage or basement. The cost of buying all of the equipment needed to do the job right is more than you want to pay. This is why you should hire a company like Preferred Hood & Duct to clean your home’s air ducts.

Equipment Needed to Clean Air Ducts

In order to clean the air ducts in a house, a powerful vacuum is needed. The job cannot be done with the hose on a regular household vacuum. Air ducts are long and windy, and the suction needs to reach far enough and be strong enough to remove all of the contaminants that are trapped in them. A vacuum used to clean air ducts needs to create negative pressure in order to effectively clean the ducts.

An air compressor is also needed to clean duct work. A portable or truck-mounted air compressor can be used. These tools can be electric or gas-powered and have heavy-duty pumps.

Compressed air cleaning tools are used to clean air ducts. They allow the technician doing the cleaning to use a variety of other tools to effectively remove contaminants from the duct work.

Brushes and brush systems are also needed to clean residential duct work. Manual, air-driven, or rotary brushes can be used.

Chemicals and coatings can be used to clean areas covered with mold and bacteria. This is a common situation that is found in air ducts. The mold and bacteria need to be killed and the area needs to be disinfected to prevent health problems in the residents of the home. Chemicals and coatings are applied with sprayers and foggers.

Contact Preferred Hood & Duct to Schedule an Appointment for Air Duct Cleaning

Cleaning the air ducts in your home is a necessary job that can make the air cleaner and healthier for your family. It can also remove fire hazards that could put your family in danger. The job requires specialized equipment and training and should be left to a professional. If your Monterey home’s air ducts are due for a cleaning, contact Preferred Hood & Duct to schedule an appointment.

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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality & Reduce Air Pollution in Summer

improve indoor air qualityThe air inside buildings is often more polluted than the air outside. Contaminants from the outdoors can make their way into homes and businesses, and cleaners and other chemicals can linger in the air. These contaminants can affect the quality of the indoor air and can be detrimental to people’s health.

Indoor air pollution is even more of a concern in the summer. Ozone, moisture, and mold are greater problems in the summer because on hot days they are not cleared from the air outside. If there is a high concentration of ozone outdoors, it can have an impact on indoor air quality. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to improve the quality of the air inside your home or business in the summer.

Control Moisture

One of the most important things you should do is to control the amount of moisture in the building. Moisture tends to accumulate the most in bathrooms, attics, basements, and crawlspaces. Controlling moisture with ventilation and fans can significantly improve your indoor air quality. Humidity and summer storms can increase the amount of moisture in the air indoors, which can encourage dust and the growth of mold and mildew and can also trigger asthma attacks. Keep your windows and doors closed on humid or stormy days.

Increase Ventilation

Another way to improve indoor air quality is to increase ventilation. Make sure your vents are not blocked with dirt, dust, or other types of debris that could restrict air flow. You can keep windows and doors open on mild days to improve air circulation and reduce the amount of contaminants in the air.

Have Your AC Ducts Inspected and Cleaned

Make sure your HVAC ducts are sealed around the joints and seams. If they are not, air can leak out of the ducts before it enters your home or business. This will reduce the amount of ventilation and air circulation indoors.

HVAC ducts that are dirty and clogged will not do a good job of allowing cool air to circulate in your home or business. They can also blow dust, bacteria, mold, and fungi into the building whenever the air conditioner turns on, which can pollute the air and affect people’s health. If you have not had your HVAC ducts cleaned in a while, schedule an inspection to find out if they need to be cleaned.

Make an Appointment for a Duct Inspection or Cleaning in Monterey

Preferred Hood & Duct provides HVAC duct cleaning services for homeowners and businesses across Monterey. We can inspect your AC ducts to make sure they are sealed and can clean them if necessary to remove dust and other contaminants that are negatively affecting your indoor air quality. Taking these steps now can help you have cleaner air indoors to keep everyone healthy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a duct inspection or cleaning.

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