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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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.

Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Battling the Deep Freeze: This Year’s Hottest Tips for Home Heating

house in snowSnowy, cold weather seems to be the norm for this winter season in New England. And while we may have learned the best ways to shovel and salt our driveways, there’s always something to learn when it comes to heating our homes more efficiently. Especially this winter as a “deep freeze” has so many scrambling to find ways to keep their homes warm without breaking the bank.

Dangerously low temperatures continue to occur and home heating tanks are emptying quickly. Once this happens, homeowners aren’t just dealing with cold temps but there are risks like frozen pipes and other issues that could crop up.

Here are some of this year’s hottest home heating tips.

Look for Gaps

Beyond just keeping doors closed and windows shut, you should be doing a check around the house to seal any gaps that could be letting cold air in. Use seals in thresholds, re-caulk windows and consider having an energy audit done to find more ways to maximize efficiency in your home.

Watch Your Thermometer

If you’re lucky enough to have a smart thermometer this step is a bit easier as you’ll be able to control temperatures from a distance and ensure your home is always set to efficient temperatures. But even if you’re not using a connected thermostat, you can monitor the degrees set and change them throughout the times of the day. For example, you can lower the temps a bit while you leave the house or even at night when you’ll be tucked under your blankets to keep warm. Just be cautious to not lower the temps too much or you’ll risk frozen or burst pipes if the temps get low enough.

Never Skip Inspection

While it’s unfortunately too late in the season for some to do this step, let this be a lesson. In the future, it’s better to have your yearly routine HVAC cleanings and tune-ups done before winter weather rolls around and larger issues can surface. Not only cleaning the system but also performing checks and preventative measures in advance will keep issues at bay by catching them early on.

Preferred HD provides HVAC system inspections and cleaning as well as insulation restoration services and more.

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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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The Problem with Dirty Air Filters in Your Home’s HVAC System

A man repairing an air conditioner.Keeping your home cooled and heated are probably two of the most important things that make it a comfortable place to stay throughout the seasons. Once one of these capabilities is gone, dealing with uncomfortable temperatures can be frustrating. One tell-tale sign that you have an issue or will soon, is a dirty air filter. Here’s a closer look at the problems a dirty air filter in your home’s HVAC system can bring.

Less Efficiency & Money Wasted

Replacing air filters in your home should be something you do regularly. The cost of the filters themselves are low and it’s a task you can do yourself. But forgetting or letting the replaceable filter sit for too long will comprise the efficiency of your system. All of the dust, pet hair and other dirt clogging the system takes extra work to get your home heated or cooled. As it works harder, it’s also increasing your utility bills.

Allergens & Other Air Quality Issues

HVAC systems do more than just keep your home warmed or cooled. They also circulate the air you’re breathing. When allergens and dust particles are clogging the system, they’ll make their way into the air you’re breathing too. This can lead to respiratory issues and a host of other problems for you and your family.

Equipment Breakdown

In addition to higher bills and poor air quality, HVAC systems layered in dust and air filters that haven’t been replaced will eventually also lead to premature equipment breakdown and costly repairs. In fact, fans, motors and other internal components covered with layers of dust will work harder and are even a fire hazard you should avoid.

Contact Preferred Hood & Duct for inspection, cleaning, sanitizing, and service of residential and commercial air ducts, HVAC systems, dryer vents, kitchen exhaust systems, A/C condenser coils, air vents, and more. Improve the indoor air quality of your home, business, school, hospital, and other facilities. Get a quote

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Why You Should Never Skip a Furnace Inspection

For those of us living in New England, the AC units have long been turned off and the heat has likely already been turned on. With cold temps expected to really hit the area in the coming weeks, you should be sure all your home’s heating equipment is running efficiently before you crank it up to stay warm. There are dangers involved with foregoing scheduled maintenance that you should be aware of.

Here are some of the reasons you shouldn’t skip your furnace inspection.

Premature Breakdown

There are many things you can do to keep your furnace in good working order. That includes checking and changing air filters regularly and keeping the area around the furnace swept and clean. Breakdown of the system can also occur when dust and dirt are kicked up and make their way into the motor or other internal elements of the system.

Carbon Monoxide Leaks

One of the most dangerous things an inspection can catch are CO2 leaks. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer that claims the lives of so many each year. While most homes today are equipped with CO2 detectors, there are many that still are not. During your furnace inspection and cleaning you may be able to catch a leak in advance before it has a chance to wreak havoc.

Fire Hazard

A good rule of thumb is to check filters, schedule furnace and chimney cleanings and change all smoke alarm batteries at the same time as the clocks are turned back for the season. Early warning of an issue goes a long way in ensuring you and your family can get out safely. Never clutter the area around your furnace and schedule routine cleanings and maintenance to avoid house fires.

Before the really cold temperatures make their way to the state, give Preferred Hood & Duct a call. Specializing in the inspection, cleaning, sanitizing, and service of residential and commercial air ducts, HVAC systems, air vents, and more, you’ll get quality service from qualified professionals.

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Little Known Ways to Save Money on Your Heating Bill

Winter in New England is usually predictable: At some point there will be snow (some years more than others) and there is always a decent period of time when temperatures are frigid. While the last few years have been a bit scattered with winter weather, it looks like we’ll be bracing for some brutally cold temps this year. According to AccuWeather we’re looking at a colder season than last year with an above normal snow fall.

With those kind of temperatures coming, your home heating system and your wallet will be challenged. Here are some little known ways you can save some money on your heating bill.

Eliminate Drafts

Keeping the doors closed might be one thing you already know helps to keep cold air out and warm air in, but there are other ways to eliminate drafts around your home that you may not have considered. Did you know cold air could be coming in via an electrical box? If insulation isn’t done properly around the boxes they can easily let air escape. There are foam gaskets available for purchase that actually seal around the inside of an outlet. Be sure to also look around all of your doors. Check that weather stripping around the frame is still intact. These tend to get dried out or crack and that could cause an energy loss issue. Also, be sure that the bottom threshold on the doorway doesn’t have a gap for air to pass through.

Winterize Your Windows

Of course we all close our windows for the season, but going around and ensuring they are also all locked is a great way to keep drafts at bay since many windows will seal tighter once the lock is turned. You can purchase thermal window treatments too and keep them over the window at night (let the sun in for added warmth during the day). Additionally, you can further improve efficiency by wintering the windows and applying things like weather strips or other clear plastic films made specifically for sealing your windows and keeping the cold air out.

Don’t Neglect Maintenance & Repairs

You home’s HVAC system is taxed in the winter months as it works hard to heat water and keep the home’s temperature at a comfortable setting. Consider layering up with extra socks and warm clothing while home and keeping your thermostat a bit lower to give the system a break. You could also invest in more advanced, programmable or connected thermostats on the market today that are smart enough to keep the house warm only while you’re there – reducing your home heating costs. Regardless of how your home heat is being delivered, you need to keep that system running efficiently. That means doing all scheduled maintenance work and having repairs done in advance to avoid being left in the cold.

At Preferred Hood & Duct, we offer competitive rates on all residential services throughout Monterey. Contact us to schedule an appointment before the cold weather hits.

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3 HVAC Tips to Cozy Up Your Home for Fall

Each season presents different reasons to admire that particular the time of the year. Whether it’s the long days and beach you favor, the holidays and romantic snowfall, or if it’s the colorful foliage in fall that calls out to you, there is something for everyone to appreciate.

Fall is best known as the season to get comfortable. We start dressing in layers, pulling out the coats and blankets and turning on the heating system in our homes.

With proper care and planning, starting up your furnace in fall requires only the push of a button. But getting there involves some maintenance steps you shouldn’t forego.

Here are some HVAC tips to cozy up your home come fall.

Open Vents

Depending on the type of system in your home, you should open the vents on the floor and the ceiling in your home if they aren’t already. This will ensure every room is getting a fair amount of heat circulated through it. While you’re opening them, you should also use a vacuum to suck up any dust or debris in the vents to further improve air flow.

System Cleaning

The fall season is the perfect time to test out your furnace and have it cleaned. Since its not frigid cold yet, you have some time to have necessary repairs done if needed without having to sit in a cold home waiting for it to work again. In addition to cleaning any dust or debris that’s collected in the system before you turn it on for the season, a professional maintenance job will also ensure all moving parts in the system are in working order.

Check Insulation

One of the best ways to ensure your home stays warm while its cold outside is to have the proper insulation in place. Your furnace can only work so hard to combat the cold temperatures. Taking the strain off of the system will also alleviate premature breaking or other costly replacements. It is recommended that at least 12 inches of insulation be used in the attic and you might even consider insulating the basement walls to keep your home warm and cozy and lower your energy bills.

If you’re in Monterey and ready for fall, contact Preferred Hood & Duct for combustible dust control and HVAC inspections and cleanings now.

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3 Signs It Might Be Time for a New Furnace

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, also commonly known as “HVAC,” are the lifeblood of a home. This technology keeps the home at a comfortable temperature despite the weather outdoors and keeps air in the home fresh and safe for breathing. But these systems don’t last forever. Outside of mechanical breakdowns or other unexpected issues, normal wear and tear will eventually put your homes HVAC system out of commission.

Scheduling routine maintenance on your system is a great way to keep it performing at optimal levels and to lengthen how long it lasts. Still, your system could unexpectedly give out on you – even on the hottest or coldest day of the year.

Here are 3 signs that it might be time for a new furnace.

1. Age

Most furnaces are made to last about twenty years if they are given proper attention and care. If you do the math, you may realize your system has been doing its thing for that amount of time, or longer. If you’re moving past quite a few years later, it might be time to think about a discussion with your HVAC service company about the condition of your current system. Even if there aren’t any problems arising yet, it’s a great time to start saving money for when that due date finally comes.

2. Noise

A telltale sign that your furnace might be on its last leg are the sounds exuding from it. If you’ve all of a sudden started to become very aware of when your furnace is kicking on or off because of the loud sound it’s making, this could be a warning sign that it’s starting to go. Always report new or unusual noises to your HVAC tech so they can perform any extra checks or recommend a next course of action.

3. Increased Utility Bill

While colder winters might mean your furnace is working extra hard to keep the house warm, this should be one of the only reasons that you have a large spike in your utility bill. If you notice your monthly bill is increasing even without this factor, then you may be running into a malfunction problem, or worse, a system that’s about to go.

HVAC tech working in ceilingWorking with professionals skilled in installation and HVAC cleaning is the only way to be sure that your system is performing properly.

Preferred Hood & Duct offers inspection, cleaning, sanitizing, and service of residential and commercial air ducts, HVAC systems, dryer vents, kitchen exhaust systems, A/C condenser coils, air vents, and more.

Schedule a free, no obligation quote today!

Cleaning Your HVAC Ducts Can Make Employees Healthier and Reduce Sick Days

Employers want their workers to be at their jobs every day and able to focus and be productive. When employees call in sick often, it hurts productivity and can lead to lost wages and revenue for the company.

Employees can become ill for many reasons. Some, such as colds and the flu, are viruses they may catch outside of work. In other cases, the cause of the illness may be found in the building where employees work. Modern buildings are more energy-efficient than ever. This reduces heating and cooling bills, but it can also contribute to poor air quality because less outside air enters the building.

What Is Sick Office Syndrome?

Sick Office Syndrome is a situation in which people feel sick when they are inside a building at work and then feel better as soon as they leave. This is due to poor indoor air quality in the office building.

Sick Office Syndrome can be caused by dirt, dust, mold, bacteria, and viruses in the environment that are spread through the HVAC system. Employees cannot escape all of these irritants and allergens when they are working and may experience respiratory problems, headaches, and fatigue. Symptoms can be even worse for workers who have asthma or allergies.

Owners and managers can also get sick, which can affect their ability to lead the company. Lost work days caused by poor indoor air quality cost businesses billions of dollars every year.

Have Your HVAC Ducts Cleaned to Create a Healthier Work Environment

If your employees are calling in sick a lot, it could be because poor indoor air quality is making them ill. In addition to creating an unpleasant working environment, poor air quality can lead to lost money for your company. If you think the indoor air quality may be making your employees sick, you should have the HVAC ducts at your business cleaned to remove mold, dust, dirt, and other irritants.

Preferred Hood & Duct serves businesses all over Monterey. We can clean your HVAC ducts to remove allergens and irritants and improve your indoor air quality. This can result in a healthier environment, fewer sick days, and improved productivity. Contact Preferred Hood & Duct today to schedule an appointment for duct cleaning.

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