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Consumer Tips

Don’t Delay Dealing with Dirty Ducts!

How do you know it’s time to get your furnace and air ducts cleaned? Generally speaking, you should have the service done every 3 to 5 years, depending on the quality of the air filters you’re using. Dirt gets through some low efficiency filters and into the ducts easier than others. another way to tell is by checking the fan compartment with a flashlight. Also look for dirt around the heat registers. A thorough cleaning, which includes brushing and vacuuming the ducts and cleaning the furnace, can improve your furnace’s efficiency by 15%-50%. Dirty systems block airflow and overheat your furnace. This can lead to an early failure.

Expert Advice About Mold

Many people think that any kind of
mold you find in your home is a health hazard. That’s not necessarily true. Shower mold is no big deal and can easily be removed by applying a bleach and water solution for 15 minutes. Damp crawl spaces do not necessarily breed mold with proper ventilation. The mold to worry about may come from plumbing, roof and window leaks. It grows behind walls, and while only a small patch may be visible, the problem could be much bigger than what you can see. If you attempt to remove mold yourself, seal off the area to keep airborne spores from landing in other rooms and on furniture. A professional may be needed, not just to remove the mold, but to fix the water problem that caused the mold in the first place. Find out how we deal with mold.