It’s Fall, Time to Schedule Your Air Duct Cleaning

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While it has been an unseasonably warm fall, there is no doubt about it….winter is coming. The dirt, mold, and dust that have accumulated within vents and air ducts all spring and summer are just waiting to go into the air. Poor indoor air quality can lead to illness, missed days of work, and a decreased quality of life.

Don’t wait until you turn your heat on to find out what the status of your air ducts is. The fall is a great time to check your air ducts for mold, dust, dirt, and other particles.

Air ducts only need to be inspected periodically, according to the FDA. However, when mold and other materials accumulate in your air ducts it can become dangerous to anyone living in the home. If someone in your home has allergies, eczema, or asthma, you may need more frequent air duct cleaning.

If in the past year you’ve had

  • Any work done in the house
  • Any pest infestation
  • Pets that shed in the home
  • Moisture problems or any other risk factors for mold

It might be a good idea to schedule an air duct cleaning for your home before you turn on the heat to prevent any of these particles from getting into the air, potentially making you sick.

If you do turn on your heat and notice more sniffles, breathing problems, itchy eyes, skin, and noses, it could mean your indoor air quality is not good. Schedule an air duct cleaning with Moldbusters and our experts can get you breathing easy again.

Air Duct Cleaning After A Renovation

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Renovation; are a great way to update and add value to your house; but they are also costly, take time, and cause stress. When a renovation is finished there is a wave of relief and excitement to start living in your new updated home; however, once the contractor leaves you still are not done with the renovation!

Renovations increase dust whether they include drywall sanding, demolition, or any other interior home project. Dust and debris from renovations often travel beyond the work area, and into the ductwork of a home. Keep in mind dust goes everywhere air flows! So scheduling an Air Duct Cleaning post-renovation and cleanup is the most beneficial.

Duct Cleaning improves indoor air quality through removal of dust and debris, creating a healthy living environment for you and your family. Some construction materials can be toxic if breathed in. Most of the time workers will be using masks while working in your home, but once they leave that same potentially toxic dust is being pushed through your HVAC system and into your family’s lungs. Clogged or unclean vents can also make your HVAC system to run less efficiently and cause an increase in air conditioning and heating costs.

Air duct cleaning should be part of your planning and factored in to the cost of a renovation; but if you or your family are experiencing increased allergies, breathing problems, headaches or other signs or symptoms that can occur when indoor air quality is poor, you may need to call in a professional.

Moldbusters are experts in indoor air quality and will be able to tell you if you could benefit from an air duct cleaning.

Are dirty vents costing you money?

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Even though the weather is just starting to get warm, it’s never too early to make sure your central air conditioning is running at peak efficiency. The middle of a heat wave is not the time for discovering a problem with your vents.

One of the most common problems found in HVAC systems is obstructions in the ductwork. If a duct is blocked, some rooms won’t heat or cool the way they’re supposed to. Because the rooms can’t reach the temperature you’ve set on your thermostat, your HVAC system will be working constantly to keep up.  This can cause temperature fluctuations between rooms, poor air quality and an increase in your energy bill.

Here are some of the usual causes of an obstructed HVAC system:

Blocked Vents

Dust and dirt can clog vents blocking the flow of air into the room. Make sure your vents are clean both inside and out. Clear out any debris regularly. If dust is constantly accumulating from the inside it might be time for an air duct cleaning.

 

Dirty Air Filters

Air filters should be changed regularly in order to maintain energy efficiency and good indoor air quality. If your air filters are dirty and clogged, they can impede airflow and reduce the air quality in your home. If you find yourself sneezing a lot inside, check your air filter.

 

Closed Zone Dampers

HVAC systems utilize dampers in the ductwork to control the way air flows in your home. Make sure all of the dampers in your home are completely open. Sometimes dampers can get stuck closed or can become loose and close on their own. This will completely obstruct the air in that particular duct and could affect the airflow in your entire house. If all of them are open and you’re still not feeling any air coming through, you may have another obstruction farther in the duct.

 

Physical Obstructions in the Ducts

Another common source of ductwork obstructions are physical objects inside your ducts. Dust, dirt, pieces of old air filters, and ductwork insulation that has come off are especially common culprits. You may also find debris from construction or remodeling projects, such as wood chips or insulation. Vermin or insects may find their way into your ducts and leave behind debris. You should get an air duct cleaning any time you need to hire an exterminator to clean up what was left behind.

 

Keeping your air ducts clean will improve your health and save you money. If you need to schedule an air duct cleaning, call Moldbusters.

 

Air Duct Cleaning After a Roach Infestation

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You got rid of the cockroaches, do you need an air duct cleaning to get rid of what they left behind?

If you recently had a cockroach infestation, you might have gotten rid of all of the bugs, but what they left behind can be dangerous to your health.

Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests across the United States. They are the ultimate survivors, able to squeeze into impossibly small cracks and reproduce at a rapid pace. While cockroaches are generally considered gross, cockroaches can actually pose a significant health risk to your family as well. Cockroaches are associated with a wide variety of different allergens that can cause reactions from skin irritation to asthma and allergy flare-ups—these insects are even associated with a higher risk of the asthma development in children.

 

About Cockroach Allergens

Cockroach allergens pose such a severe threat because they can affect indoor air quality without your knowledge—airborne cockroach allergens often come from insect droppings or dead insects trapped in the vents of your home, impacting your family’s health even if you have never seen a live insect in your living spaces. There are several sources of cockroach allergens  including the insects’ exoskeletons, saliva and droppings. Depending on the type and severity of the allergy, those suffering from cockroach allergies may present symptoms that include skin rashes, mouth, nose and eye irritation, congestion, difficulty breathing, and even the onset of an asthma attack. Furthermore, numerous studies have linked consistent exposure to airborne cockroach allergens with a higher risk for the development of childhood asthma.

If you discover a cockroach infestation in your home, first call an exterminator, then call a qualified and certified air duct cleaning specialist like Moldbusters to get rid of the contaminants those nasty pests left behind.

Improving Indoor Air Quality at Work

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​ Did you know air quality of the indoor environment can profoundly affect the health, comfort, and productivity of building occupants?

Indoor air quality is essential to a happy and healthy workplace so what should you know about indoor air quality? This blog should help answer your questions.

Like with most things, when everything is running smoothly, nobody really notices. The same goes for indoor air quality, when the air quality is good it isn’t something people take notice of, but it’s easy to detect when there is a problem. When the air contains dust and objectionable odors, chemical contaminants, dampness or mold that is when you have problems with air quality. When there is poor ventilation, temperature and humidity control, you have a problem with air quality. If you have issues with chemicals, fumes or ordors, you have a problem with air quality

The Importance of Ventilation

Poor air quality may develop when not enough fresh air is introduced to reduce contaminant concentrations. An HVAC system must not only control contaminants, it must also provide a comfortable environment. The perception of still or stale air, odors, draftiness or errant temperature and humidity levels are common complaints.

Proper ventilation health studies have shown that communicable diseases like the common cold, influenza and tuberculosis spread more efficiently in poorly ventilated buildings. Proper air filtration is also important.

Issues Associated with Poor Indoor Air Quality

Problems with air quality can cause health symptoms. Some health-related complaints may be due to allergic reactions. Some health-related complaints associated with poor air quality mimic those of the flu or a cold: headaches, sinus problems, congestion, dizziness, nausea, fatigue and irritation of the eyes, nose or throat.

What Can Be Done About Poor Air Quality?

The first step into figuring out how to deal with your air quality problem is to find out if you actually have an issue. Air quality testing by a licensed, trained company can help determine what your building’s issues are and how best to take care of it.

Air quality testing will also help determine if you need air duct cleaning, mold removal or other services to help fix indoor air quality problems.

Indoor air quality concerns are a fact of life for building owners, business owners, managers, and occupants. When a building is managed with an eye for preventing air quality problems this greatly reduces the likelihood of chronic discomfort and will likely increase building occupants’ productivity.

5 Signs that your Air Ducts Need to be Cleaned

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It’s spring cleaning season. While you scour every inch of your house don’t forget to clean your vents. The EPA suggests that you clean your vents on an as needed basis, but what does that mean? Here are five signs that you need an air duct cleaning. Make certain that you hire a professional with the experience and the training for this type of service. If a service technician fails to follow proper cleaning protocol, it can cause indoor air problems and possibly damage your ductwork.

 

Visible Mold Growth

Mold free air is vital for your family’s health and the comfort of your home. If there is visible mold growth in any part of your home, your vents may also be affected. Mold in your ducts can lead to serious breathing and other health related problems. If you notice mold in your ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system, you probably need your ducts cleaned by a professional.

 

Signs of Rodent or Insect Infestation

Do you see any signs of shells or husks from insects, small scratches or droppings along the side of your ducts? If you do, then chances are you have an insect or rodent infestation. Insect and pest leavings can cause serious adverse health effects in those with weakened immune systems. Once the exterminator is gone get those ducts cleaned as soon as possible to remove harmful pest leavings.

 

Excessive Dirt and Debris

Overtime, ducts become clogged with dirt and debris. Clogged ducts can affect the overall efficiency of airflow and release these pollutants into the air of your home through your supply registers.  If you are suffering from allergies or just want to lower your heating and cooling bills, a vent cleaning can help you out.

 

Carbon Monoxide

If you use a fuel burning stove, furnace or fireplace, you’re more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning. To help combat this hazard, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends homeowners to have their ducts inspected, cleaned and/or repaired prior to each heating season.

 

Air Duct Inspection Reveals Need for Duct Cleaning

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Preventative maintenance can save you a lot of money in the long run. It is logical to expect your ducts to get dirty over a certain period of time. Get them cleaned when needed as preventative maintenance to ensure the efficiency of your HVAC system.

 

Duct cleaning is a process that involves cleaning the various components of your heating and cooling system including your registers, grilles, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, ducts and drip pans.

Are Long Island Homes in Need of Air Duct Cleaning?

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Feeling stuffy? Can’t seem to get rid of that cold or tired, run down feeling? Did you ever think it could be the air you’re breathing? There is nothing like good, clean fresh air, but even if you live in a place with great air quality outside, the air quality inside your home can be putting your health and your family’s health at risk.

Most heating and central air conditioning systems on Long Island use vents to move the hot an cold air around your home, and because they are hidden in floors, ceilings and behind walls most people don’t give a second thought about air duct cleaning.

According to the national Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the average six-room house collects 40 pounds of dirt, dust and allergens in its air ducts each year. That’s a big problem, considering that 40,000 dust mites can thrive in only one ounce of dust that may contain a host of unhealthy bacteria, fungi and mold. The EPA estimates indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Even worse, the contaminated air circulates throughout your house every time the heating or cooling system kicks on.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

You should contact a licensed and insured air duct cleaning company for the job to make sure that the job is done properly.

Is your building a “sick building”?

Through neglect, or sometimes normal use over long periods of time, air handling ducts in offices accumulate dirt and molds and bacteria begin to grow.  When this occurs the air quality in the office drops and individuals, especially ones with immune and health issues may become ill. This is what is known as Sick Building

The area can be described as “sick,” mainly because people develop symptoms of illness such as headaches, watery eyes, nausea, skin disorders and fatigue when they must spend considerable time where there is a build-up of air pollutants from household products, building materials, formaldehyde and/or respirable particles.

When your employees or tenants are constantly ill, productivity goes down. Maintaining healthy, quality air is the responsibility of all building owners.

These are many of the benefits of Air Duct Cleaning.

  • Improve Indoor Air Quality
  • Lower Utility Costs by Improving Air Flow
  • Extend the Life and Improve Efficiency of Your HVAC Systems
  • Improve Health and Well Being with Professional Mechanical Hygiene
  • Eliminate Potential Mold and Mildew growth in HVAC Systems
  • Eliminate any smells and odors

 

While plenty of air duct cleaning services have popped up over the last few years, there is little regulation and one must be careful when choosing an air duct cleaning company.   Choosing the wrong company can make air quality issues worse!

You want to find a  reputable air duct cleaning company that  provides clients with a thorough inspection and a detailed strategy for cleaning the ductwork of ANY debris.

If you think your office could benefit from commercial air duct cleaning, give Moldbusters a call. Moldbusters has been improving air quality for their clients since 1989 and has performed more than 4000 projects and investigations related to Indoor Air Quality concerns and issues.

Duct Cleaning Services

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How clean is the air inside your home? Even in the cleanest of homes, if heating/air conditioning vents are not clean you could be putting your family at risk.

 

Should I Have My Ducts Cleaned?

Here are some reasons for why you should have your air ducts cleaned.

Renovation: If your home has been remodeled – especially if there was asbestos abatement, lead paint removal, or significant dust – your ductwork may need to be cleaned. Ducts should be sealed off during home renovations; but if they weren’t, dangerous dust and debris may become lodged inside the ductwork.

Contaminants: If noticeable debris, pet hair, odors, or other contaminants are being released into the room through the ducts after the registers have been cleaned and vacuumed; then the ducts may need to be cleaned.

Insect/Animal Infestation:  If there’s evidence of animal infestation or nesting in your ducts or HVAC system, have the animals removed then clean the ductwork and HVAC unit.

Mold: If there is visible mold growth inside the ductwork, the ducts and HVAC system should be cleaned.

Illness: If someone in your family is suffering from an unexplained allergy-related illness, and you’ve taken every other possible step to decontaminate your home, you may want to consider having your ducts cleaned to see if the HVAC system was the culprit.

Air Quality Testing

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You take care to make sure the food you eat is free from chemicals and contaminants, why are we more blasé about the air we breathe?  There are a number of contaminants that can potentially make you or your family ill or worse.  Even if you keep a spotless house, airborn toxins can still be present in your home.

 

  1. Combustion/CO

CO is colorless and odorless, so the best way to detect it is by installing CO alarms near bedrooms and fuel-burning appliances. Those appliances should also be inspected at least once a year by a qualified technician, as should chimneys, flues and air-handling systems.

CO causes a number of symptoms from headaches and nausea to confusion and unconsciousness — and kills about 500 people in the U.S. per year. Airborne particulates can lodge in the lungs, potentially damaging tissue and even working their way into the bloodstream.

Always make sure the areas around stoves and heaters are well ventilated and always keep your CO monitors in working order.

 

  1. Asbestos

Most modern homes and offices now use alternative materials, but older buildings may still contain asbestos. Even then, the fibers only become airborne when they’re disturbed, so the most practical solution is often to simply leave asbestos alone. That’s not always an option, though — an aging home may need repairs in its asbestos-lined attic, for example, or squirrels may have kicked up the fibers while looking for a place to spend the winter.

Given the risks involved, DIY asbestos remediation is rarely a good idea. Even taking your own samples for testing isn’t recommended. If you suspect a material contains asbestos, look for signs of damage without touching it, then contact a professional inspector to learn more.  NY State law requires a licensed Asbestos Remediation contractor to perform asbestos removal.

 

  1. Mold and Mildew

The best way to fight mold is to fight moisture. Keep the relative humidity indoors below 60 percent, and use a dehumidifier or fan to dry out the air if needed.  Mold and mildew grow in dark damp places, and more often than not by the time you see mold on a wall, there is so much more behind it. Health effects vary by mold type and personal sensitivity; symptoms may include nasal stuffiness, wheezing and skin irritation. Studies have also linked indoor mold exposure to asthma development in children.

If you suspect there may be mold in your home,  contact a licensed professional to test your home for mold.

 

  1. Dust, Dander and Droppings

Many buildings are plagued by rodents, dust mites and cockroaches, two very different arthropods that both leave a trail of allergenic feces and body parts. Fumes from rodent urine and droppings can also cause breathing problems, as can pet dander and airborne proteins from cat saliva.

These contaminants often trigger allergic reactions and asthma, and symptoms can grow worse with chronic exposure. Children, elderly people and people with other breathing issues are especially at risk from biological agents in confined areas, the EPA warns.

Regular sightings of roaches, rats or their droppings point to an infestation, in which case pest control is likely the best way to clear the air. Dust mites aren’t visible to the naked eye, but we can see piles of their namesake food — and cleaning up dust may also alleviate allergies from pet dander. Beyond good housekeeping, ventilation can help keep unavoidable allergens from reaching high concentrations.

After you get rid of pests, you should do a thorough air duct cleaning to make sure the remnants of those critters are not lingering in the air long after they are gone.