A Reminder to Keep Indoor Air Clean

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To celebrate Healthy Lung Month and National Respiratory Care Week (October 21-27), the Environmental Protection Agency is reminding homeowners of the importance of clean indoor air. Regular exposure to pollutants can aggravate existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma, and may even cause serious lung problems in previously healthy individuals.

Control Moisture in Your Home

One of the most common causes of poor indoor air quality is moisture. Leaks from the roof and windows can allow moisture to enter a house and accumulate, which can lead to mold and mildew. This can cause respiratory problems or worsen the symptoms of conditions such as asthma. Have your home thoroughly inspected annually to find any sources of leaks and have them repaired to prevent mold.

Another way to prevent mold and respiratory issues is to control the level of humidity in your home from daily activities. The kitchen and bathrooms are the rooms most likely to become humid from the use of the stove and shower. Use an exhaust fan in the kitchen to vent moisture to the outside of the house. Turn on a fan in the bathroom or open a window to prevent steam from the shower from causing mold. You can also use a dehumidifier to control the humidity level throughout the house.

Check for Dangerous Gases

Your family may be exposed to gases at home that you cannot see or smell, but that could put your lives at risk. Carbon monoxide and radon can cause serious illness and even death. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home and have the house tested for radon.

Avoid Other Contaminants

Don’t allow anyone to smoke inside your house. Secondhand smoke can sicken or even kill others, especially children and elderly people. The smell can also linger and can be hard to remove from furniture and carpet.

You may love your furry friends, but pets may be causing your home’s indoor air quality to suffer. Pets can shed fur and leave dander all over furniture and carpet. If you or someone in your family has an animal allergy, keep your pets as clean as possible, cover or clean your furniture on a regular basis, and vacuum frequently to minimize exposure to allergens.

Many common household chemicals can also have a negative impact on indoor air quality. Cleaning supplies, pesticides, and chemicals used for arts and crafts can affect the lungs. Avoid using chemicals inside your house as much as possible. If it is absolutely necessary, open windows and use fans to ventilate the room.

Have Your HVAC System Cleaned

The vents and ducts that make up your home’s heating and air conditioning system can accumulate a variety of contaminants. This is why it is important to have the HVAC system cleaned and filters replaced on a regular basis. Doing so can help you maintain healthy air quality in your home. Preferred HD can clean your vents and ducts to remove contaminants and protect your family’s health.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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It’s Already Time to Start Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

The leaves have started to fall, beach days and parades have come and gone, and festival season is upon us. Go to any store and browse the aisles, you’ll likely see Halloween and Christmas decor already filling the shelves. Winter is upon us.

The change of seasons doesn’t just mean pumpkin spice coffee and plaid. It also means you’ll have to get your home ready for the impending cold season.

Here are some things you’ll want to do to get your home ready for winter. Continue reading “It’s Already Time to Start Getting Your Home Ready for Winter”

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Essential Home Maintenance Work You May Have Overlooked

Owning a home is a great feeling. You have something to call your own. An investment and an asset you can be proud of. But what most people don’t realize are all the hidden costs and maintenance required to keep this dwelling in good shape.

Sure you can cut the lawn and have your furnace serviced each year as part of regular maintenance, but there are lots of other things you might not think about checking and by the time you do, it’s too late.

Suddenly you learn you’ll need to replace an entire septic tank or that your AC unit is now out of commission. And these fixes are not quick or cheap. Don’t fall into this trap. Here are some essential home maintenance tasks you may have overlooked. Continue reading “Essential Home Maintenance Work You May Have Overlooked”

Do Your Research When Shopping for Duct Cleaning Services

Air vent and duct cleaning is an essential part of home maintenance that every homeowner needs to take seriously. A closeup portrait of a woman using a mobile phone.Unfortunately, many homeowners overlook HVAC cleaning for a number of reasons, and those who don’t often fail to do their homework before shelling out for the service. This can lead not only to shoddy service, but also to outright scams.

Let’s take a look at a couple of recent examples to drive home the importance of research and shopping around when getting air ducts or vents cleaned.

A Coupon Leads to a Huge Estimate

Last month ABC 7 in Washington, D.C. reported on a local man named Victor McCoy who was the target of a duct cleaning scam involving a direct mail coupon. When McCoy received a $59 coupon from US Air Duct and A.C. Company, he figured it was the perfect time to get his air ducts cleaned.

But when the technician came out to take a look at his HVAC system, he claimed there was mold in the ducts and tried to sell him a $700 UV light to kill bacteria and mold spores. Soon a $59 offer was a quote for $2,375.

The next night, McCoy called another company to deal with a furnace malfunction. While their technician was there, he asked for an estimate on the same work that US Air Duct and A.C. Company quoted for home. Their response was a mere $460. Luckily McCoy called another company before paying US Air Duct and A.C. Company’s exorbitant prices (their Yelp page is full of similar stories).

State Attorney General Goes After Air Duct Service Scheme

Meanwhile in Florida, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office shut down an air conditioning service scheme involving almost a dozen companies, hundreds of consumers, and millions of dollars. Air Care Solutions and ten other companies were targeted by the A.G. for using “false claims, intimidation and scare tactics to coerce” their customers into purchasing expensive parts and services. Many victims were seniors.

As with the previous story in Washington, the defendants would use lowball offers advertised in weekly mailers and coupons to get into their victims’ homes, then upsell them on mold removal and other expensive services.

Reliable Air Duct Cleaning Services in CT

Preferred Hood and Duct in Middletown, Connecticut is dedicated to helping residential and commercial customers avoid air duct cleaning scams by providing reliable air duct cleaning, AC coil cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, and more with honesty and integrity. While we still encourage you to shop around and do your homework, we’re confident that you won’t find a better air duct cleaning company in the state than Preferred HD.

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Burglar Gets Stuck in Pizza Exhaust Duct for 11 Hours

A simple illustration of a burglar with striped shirt and mask.If you ever needed any more convincing that crawling around in air ducts in something best left to the professionals, this story from the lighter side of the news might be just what you’ve been looking for.

A 32-year-old man in Brandon Township, Michigan northwest of Detroit got himself into a tight spot when he tried to break into a local pizzeria through the pizza oven’s rooftop exhaust vent.

Police say the man, who hasn’t been named by authorities, was discovered when employees at the Cracker Barrel Pizza Store called the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office about a person screaming for help. He was ultimately removed from the duct – halfway between the roof and the floor – by firefighters. Authorities say the man was there for about 11 hours before being rescued. He was sent to the hospital with minor injuries and dehydration.

According to police, the man was on parole at the time of the incident, with prior convictions for drug charges and breaking and entering.

The moral of the story? We can think of two: crime doesn’t pay, and don’t go crawling through ducts unless you know what you’re doing.

While breaking into a pizza restaurant in the middle of the night is likely close the bottom of any list of reasons to spend time in a vent there are at least a few good ones, the most important of which being routine cleaning and maintenance by a professional duct cleaning service like Preferred HD.

Without routine cleaning your home or business’s air ducts can accumulate dust, mold, and other contaminants which are not only harmful to your HVAC system, but the building’s air quality as wall. For restaurants, there’s also the issue matter oven hood vent cleaning to remove highly flammable grease before some more unfortunate than a bungling burglar happens.

If you’re in Connecticut, contact Preferred HD today to learn more.