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Commercial Kitchen? Here’s What You Should Know about NFPA 96

commercial kitchenIf your facility has a commercial kitchen, you likely already know there are many standards and compliance requirements necessary to safely run the kitchen at your facility. When it comes specifically to fire prevention and ventilation, NFPA 96 is an important standard to become familiar with.

Here’s why.

Getting to Know the Codes & Standards

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a non-profit trade association in the U.S. that works to create and adopt standards and codes for use by local governments. When it comes to protecting commercial buildings from fire and other risks caused by the cooking of food in a kitchen, NFPA 96 includes standards for fire marshals to follow when ensuring a facility is up to code. This includes safety related to design, installation, operation, inspection, and maintenance for both public and private cooking operations and more specifically the cleanliness of commercial kitchens for fire prevention.

Why Precautions are Necessary

Responsibility to ensuring you’re up to code typically falls on the property or business owner. You should ensure you have proper rooftop terminations, grease traps, drains and fans and exhausts as well as checking that all electric wiring is functioning. Another important element in a commercial kitchen is the exhaust system and ducts. Keeping these accessible, clean and well maintained will help prevent fires, release dangerous gases and keep air in the facility clean.

Preferred HD has a team of trained technicians with all the proper tools, training and expertise needed to maintain your commercial kitchen’s hood and exhaust system.  If you’re a restaurant or business owner in Monterey, we’re fully licensed and certified by the ASCS and have some of the most trusted, reputable kitchen hood and exhaust system cleaners in the state.

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Staying Current with Clean Air and Compliance Standards at Your Facility

Meeting compliance requirements is a must for any business. Not only to avoid hefty fines but to keep their employees safe and productive. When it comes to clean air, there is more than having ventilation in place that’s needed to keep workers safe. Most industries have unique dangers, especially those in industrial processing facilities. Combustible dust created from chemicals, wood, metal and even in food processing facilities must be taken seriously.

men at workTo remain compliant, there are strict rules to adhere to when it comes to cleaning and maintaining equipment and more.

Here are some tips for staying current with all the latest clean air and compliance standards required for your facility.

Understanding Clean Air Requirements

To remain compliant, it’s important to first understand what clean air requirements are necessary for your operations and why. The Clean Air Act is a federal law put in place to govern air pollution and regulates air emissions coming from both stationary and mobile sources. With the law in place, there have been dramatic reductions in air pollution and health effects each year.

The Environmental Protection Agency is tasked with solving air pollution problems via the latest science and technology information. Regular inspections and investigations into compliance mean staying abreast of all the latest rules is necessary.

Maintaining Compliance

Facilities are monitored for compliance by the EPA to include checking for asbestos, stationary and mobile sources, hazardous air toxins, ozone-depleting substances and more.

Facilities must have a risk assessment completed every five years as well to remain compliant. There is also a need to maintain operating emission permits, keep records and reporting and manage any construction or modifications made to the facility, along with a host of other responsibilities to maintain healthy air quality.

Depending on several factors including the type of facility, where it’s located and more, this may change what standards must be met to remain compliant. The EPA’s website contains information on those rules and how to stay compliant as new updates are made.

Having your facilities air ducts cleaned is a great way to improve indoor air quality. With a significant factor of lost time and wages due to illness caused by unclean HVAC coils, it only makes sense to start here.

Preferred HD offers commercial air duct cleaning services along with a detailed assessment of your system’s condition.

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Tips for Protecting Your Buildings Indoor Air Quality

One of the most important requirements as an employer is that your workforce always remains safe and have a healthy and efficient work environment. This means having training, team building, and maintaining a workplace culture. It also means ensuring the building you operate in gets all the required maintenance.

OFFICE AIRAir quality is an issue that affects more than just the outdoors. In fact, indoor air can be just as polluted and even lead to increased time out from workers being sick which ultimately can hurt the bottom line.

According to the American Lung Association, low-quality indoor air leads to significant lost time and wages due to illness.

In order to remain in compliance with all building and worker health codes, there are things you can do to keep the indoor air cleaner.

Perform all Regular HVAC Work

The first thing you should do to protect the quality of air in your building is to maintain regular HVAC cleanings and repairs. According to the Environmental Protection agency, unclean HVAC coils can result in a 21 percent decrease in system efficiency. During these maintenance visits, expert technicians will clean and inspect air vents and heating systems and can spot dangerous as well as prevent premature breakage or downtime.

Have Vents Cleaned

Performing regular cleanings of your commercial facility’s air duct systems will also save you and your employees time and money. During an air duct cleaning service, we’ll assess the condition of your overall system as well as assurance checks after we’ve completed to job to ensure quality and restore fiberglass installation in the duct system.

Handle Upgrades and Construction Accordingly

It’s important to keep indoor air quality top of mind anytime you’ll be performing upgrades or construction to the building. Dangerous pollutants like radon, mold, particles and other chemicals can create an unhealthy breathing environment. Check that ventilation and moisture are in control and make sure all work is done by professionals who understand the risks of building materials like asbestos especially in older buildings.

Preferred Hood & Duct serves commercial and residential customers across CT. Our qualified professionals have up-to-date training and relevant certifications. When you use Preferred Hood & Duct, you can be sure you’re getting quality service from.

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A/C in Heatwave Overdrive? Have Your Coils Cleaned

As most of the nation endures a heatwave, the hum of A/C units is crowding the air. While home HVAC systems fit to keep them indoors at comfortable temps, the extra work your A/C is putting in is also putting adding strain on the equipment. If you’re having A/C issues or you feel as if your home isn’t cooling as much as it used to, there are a number of possible issues that could be occurring.

One of the main reasons your A/C might not be cooling properly can be due to blocked airways. In addition to routine maintenance, you should always check to be sure filters are clean and airways are not blocked. Other culprit’s such as refrigerant leaks may also be at play so it’s important to have a professional come out to service your system.

Another important step in the routine maintenance of you’re A/C system is a soil cleaning. A/C coil cleaning services are important because they are the main operation allowing for hot air to be removed and cool air to be let into your home. Since it’s outdoors, the unit is also getting exposure to dust and other debris so it’s very easy for the soils to become dirty and not function properly.

With the threat of electricity loss and blackouts greater during a heatwave, it’s important that your system work efficiently. Dirty A/C coils force the system to work harder and waste even more electricity, increasing your utility bill and putting additional strain on resources.

Stay cool and comfortable throughout the hot summer months in Monterey. Contact Preferred Hood & Duct today to schedule an AC coil cleaning.

We also offer no obligation quotes for services including the inspection, cleaning, sanitizing and service of air ducts, dryer vents, HVAC systems, exhaust systems and more.

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Healthy Homes Month: How to Keep Indoor Air Clean

clean air homeFor most of us, the place we call home is our sanctuary. Where we go to relax, spend time with our loved ones and somewhere safe. However even with the best security in your home, there are other issues that could be causing harm. Airborne contaminants.

In honor of “National Healthy Homes” month this June, we’re offering tips on keeping your home’s indoor air clean.

Have HVAC System Serviced

The HVAC system in your home is at the heart of how you’re able to keep the temperatures indoors comfortable throughout the seasons. As it works hard to pump our heat and circulate cold air, it’s also picking up debris. For this reason it is recommended that HVAC systems be serviced and cleaned at least once a year. Not only will this help spot potential issues with the system prior to breaking, but it can also lower your utility bills since the system won’t have to work so hard to heat or cool the home.

Clean Air Ducts

Cleaning your air ducts is one of the best ways to improve indoor air quality in your home.  Over the years, the duct ways you don’t see traveling throughout the walls in your home will accumulate with dust, pet dander and other debris and contaminants. Without having it removed, it will only continue to be pushed through the system and out into the air you and your family is breathing in the home. This can also improve allergies as well as reduce system breakage.

Beware of the Products You Use

Even if you keep up with yearly maintenance and cleaning of your air ducts and HVAC system you can be releasing more harmful chemicals into the air through the products you are using. Paints, harsh household cleaners and other pollutants can easily make their way into the air if you’re not careful. Be sure to research the types of products to avoid and proper ventilation when they are in use.

Preferred Hood & Duct offers air duct cleaning services that help to improve air quality in buildings  and homes.

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Spring is Optimal Season for Air Duct Cleanings

The spring season has arrived here in New England and has been an interesting one to say the least. From longer cold days than usual, to random extremely hot days in between – knowing whether you’d be opening the windows, turning up the A/C or even kicking on the heat for the day has been a coin toss.

It looks like we’re finally settling into a more steady temperature this season and as we adjust our HVAC system to bring comfort to our home, we cannot forgot about maintenance necessary for it to continue providing us with that comfort.

Professional cleanings and check-ups ensure your home’s air is clean and safe and prevents premature breakdown by checking for issues before they become larger problems.

If you’ve been thinking about getting your home’s air ducts cleaned, this is the perfect season to schedule the service. Here’s why.

1.      Open windows and fresh air circulating throughout the home optimizes clean air.

With mild weather conditions, Spring is the time of year that we open windows, turn off the heat and don’t need to use A/C. Since fresh air is coming into the home and the cold, stuffy air of winter is getting let out, it’s a great time to clean your air ducts while this air circulation is happening.

2.      You can reduce seasonal allergies by having your vents cleaned.

If you or a member of your household suffers from seasonal allergies they may have found this season to be an especially tough one. High pollen counts, constant rain and debris being stirred up from the ground at this time of year mean sneezing, teary eyes and other symptoms are common. You can reduce some of these pesky symptoms if you rid the air ducts in your home of the offensive dander and debris.

3.      Don’t forget the Dryer Vents!

While you’re having your air ducts cleared of build-up, don’t forget that cleaning your dryer vent is equally as important. Overtime dust builds up inside the vent that not only reduces the performance of your appliance but also puts you at greater risk for a fire.

Preferred HD provides inspection, cleaning and sanitizing services for homes, schools, hospitals and other facilities around Monterey.  We service residential and commercial air ducts, HVAC systems, dryer vents, kitchen exhaust systems, A/C condenser coils, air vents and have the most qualified employees, with up-to-date training and relevant certifications.

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Maintaining Top Notch Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air pollution is a serious threat in your home if you’re not persistent and thorough with cleaning and having proper ventilation in place. Contaminants in the air won’t just damage your belongings, but can also cause serious harm to your family members and their health.

Here are some tips on maintaining quality air in your home.

Kick Smokers Out

Advise smokers to light up a far distance from your property. The threats of second hand smoke are well-known. But even smokers who use an open window, patio or garage area can be harming the air in your home. Remnants circulating through the HVAC system and carried around in the form of dust or attached to your pet’s coat can be put into the air and cause what’s known as third hand smoke and it is hazardous.

Remove Harmful Chemicals

If you think you’re doing a good job of keeping your house clean and well maintained by using harsh chemicals, degreasers and updating the paint on your walls frequently, think again. These products are emitting gases called “volatile organic compounds” (VOCs) and causing your home’s indoor air quality to diminish. Sings of over exposure even if just in small amounts over a long period of time can be dangerous. Headaches, nausea and dizziness can occur as well as kidney damage and cancer.

Schedule an HVAC and Air Duct Cleaning

In addition to removing harmful products from your home, you should open the windows frequently if you live in an area not threatened by outdoor air pollution to let in fresh air as well as schedule a regular HVAC and air duct cleaning.

Contact Preferred HD for cleaning services that help create a clean heating and cooling system in your home so you can breathe comfortably knowing your family isn’t taking in dust and allergen buildup from your ducts.

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This is a Reminder to Check Your Dryer Vent!

Being a responsible homeowner comes with a laundry list of to-do items – each one important in its own way. Thankfully, yearly maintenance services and online reminders like this one are around to help keep you on your toes.

House fires caused by clothes dryers happen at an alarming rate. According to the National Fire Prevention Association they were responsible for annual averages of, “13 civilian deaths, 444 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage.”

Of these fires, the reason behind their happenings were traced back to dust, fiber and lint as well as wire and cable insulation from the appliance itself.

This serves as an important reminder to check your dryer vent regularly. Not just emptying the screen trap for lint after every load but also emptying the vent that leads outdoors and looking behind the dryer and inside of the dryer to ensure there is no clog or other blockage present.

clothes dryer fullSome of the common signs that your dryer vent might be clogged include: clothes not drying properly or the appliance is hot to the touch when in operation.

Whether it’s been a while since you completed the chore, or if you can’t remember ever cleaning your dryer vent, the time is now. Depending on your DIY abilities and the location of your dryer and venting, you may be able to go behind the appliance yourself and free the debris from the tubing leading outside.

Or, you can leave this important task up to the professionals. The energy efficiency savings and fire hazard elimination make it an important task on your list, so bump it up to the top and get it handled sooner rather than later.

Preferred HD is your best source for dryer vent cleanings in CT.  Based out of historic Monterey, Monterey, our qualified employees have up-to-date training and relevant certifications and are ready to serve the local community. Rest assured you’re getting quality service from qualified professionals.

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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.