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Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning in Beverly Beach

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

A Dirty A/C Register Indicates It's Time to Clean the Ductwork

SERVPRO Says A Beverly Beach Air Duct Cleaning Service Can Enhance Your Health

Beverly Beach duct work cleaning is a service that offers several benefits. An important part of your HVAC system, the ducts act as the conduit for circulating the air throughout your home. This air movement keeps you cool and comfortable in the summer since ocean breezes along are not up to the task and also filters the ambient air of unwanted dust particles and pollutants. For your HVAC system to work efficiently and to keep the air in your home clean, comfortable and healthy, it is important to make sure your duct system is clean.
How do ducts get dirty?
There are two primary reasons why ducts get dirty:
 1. Leaky ducts – Leaky ducts allow for pollutants and dirt particles to get sucked into them from other areas, such as dirty, dusty attics and crawl spaces along with other contaminated hollow spaces in your home. This is also a good time to have your carpets cleaned.
 2. Inefficient sealing – The pollutants that exist in the living space of your home are pulled into your duct system because of inefficient filtration. With correct filtration, most particles will be trapped and not recirculated through the environment.
The benefits of duct cleaning?
How much of a difference can duct cleaning make in your home?  As far as improving the function and efficiency of your HVAC system, duct cleaning has a definite, positive impact. Overall healthy internal air may not contaminate the conduits. SERVPRO can inspect and recommend the best method, if any, to maintain good indoor air quality. Here are factors that play a role in air quality:
• Type of duct system – Metal tubes are easier to clean as opposed to duct board systems. Duct board is lined with porous fiberglass which entraps dust, pollen, mold spores, and dirt particles.
•Indoor pollutant source – What types of chemicals are used inside the home to clean, etc., affect the indoor air quality. The aftermath of a house fire can leave behind residual smoke particles, soot, and odors.
• Outdoor air quality – Where is the home setting? Houses and condos by the beach are susceptible to sand and salt contaminants.
• Occupant Lifestyle – How you live will affect what is introduced into the air. Cooking, pets, hobbies, and even furniture are factors.
SERVPRO's IICRC trained technicians, depending on conditions, can recommend spraying a cleaning chemical, a sealant or disinfectant into the duct system for extended protection. Maintaining a clean HVAC environment offers health and safety to you and your family in Beverly Beach. We can maximize the efficiency of your unit, eliminate offensive odors, and diminish the likelihood of a mold infestation.

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

SERVPRO of Flagler County Professionals routinely inspect the HVAC of homes and condos in Beverly Beach, Palm Coast, and Hammock. For clean air call us at (386) 447-2202

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8/12/2015 (Permalink)

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Flagler Duct Cleaning - How Does Commercial and Residential Air Duct Cleaning Differ?

12/16/2014 (Permalink)

Air Duct cleaning

Commercial rooftop air handling unit

While some smaller commercial buildings utilize similar or even identical equipment found in residential construction, larger commercial properties will be serviced by more complex machinery. Keeping a multi-story commercial building heated in the winter and cooled in the summer requires very large air handling equipment that moves tremendous volumes of air. This machinery, combined with complicated duct systems, requires highly trained and experienced professionals to ensure not only the cleanliness of the system, but also the integrity of the system itself.

Additionally, many large commercial buildings utilize systems that may include turning vanes, fresh air intake, mixing boxes, filter boxes, and very large heating/cooling coils. All of these components must be treated with care and precision as damage to any of these may result in a deficiency of the system that will appear after the cleaning.

Residential HVAC system

Residential systems typically have a single air handler that houses the fan, filter, cooling coils, and heating element with a supply side and return side. These systems are usually small in size and in larger homes, serviced by multiple systems instead of larger systems. Many air duct cleaning companies can service these types of systems without damaging internal components. In larger commercial buildings where multiple floors are serviced by either one or two air handlers, different areas are zoned utilizing a combination of dampers (automatic or static) and/or VAV boxes (variable air volume.) If proper cleaning techniques are not utilized when cleaning these types of systems, damage of the system will result.

It is very apparent that choosing a qualified company to clean the air ducts of complex HVAC systems could save thousands of dollars in future repair costs, not to mention down time and the very hassle of repairs. Always be sure to check, first, that the company is NADCA approved and maintains a certified representative on staff at all times. Also, ensure that the company is properly insured to remove liability of damages or injury. It is also wise to check for references that the company has experience cleaning on the type of equipment to be serviced.

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Carpet Cleaning Flagler - You'll be surprised to learn how much dirt vacuums miss -- and how simple the best cleaning methods really are.

12/16/2014 (Permalink)

A guide to vacuuming techniques to keep your carpets clean.

The pitch was simple. In the 1950s, a vacuum salesman would come to the door, spill dirt on the carpet, and ask the lady of the house to clean it with her machine. Then he would load a fresh bag into his model, run it over the "clean" carpet, and open the bag to reveal what it had picked up. Frequently that was all he needed to close the deal. Had the salesman reversed the order, however, using his machine first, the results might have been the same. Often the problem wasn't the old vacuum. It was the fact that once dirt goes into carpet, it doesn't easily come out.

Out of the Carpet and Into the Air

The dust that collects in carpets may contribute to health problems -- particularly asthma, the most common chronic disease among children. Many vacuums worsen the problem by sending that dust shooting into the air, but a relatively new breed uses HEPA (high efficiency particle arresting) filters to trap essentially all of it in the machine.

When the Carpet and Rug Institute, a trade group, tested vacuums' effect on air quality, it found that just having a HEPA filter doesn't necessarily mean the machine is a clean one. The beater brush may still stir up dirt that becomes airborne. To be awarded the group's "green label" a vacuum cannot cause dust in the air to exceed 100 micrograms per cubic meter -- less than the amount of dust a person generates by scratching his head a few times.

How to Clean Your Carpets

Carpet Type: Synthetic

Routine Care: Vacuuming -- Remove grit with multiple passes in varying directions. Use the beater brush, set to the pile height. Change bag when one-half full because efficiency decreases after that. Liquid Spills -- Clean promptly, using the blot technique described below. If the area discolors, there's probably a sticky spill residue that has trapped soil. Clean by misting with warm water and blotting.

Deep Cleaning on Your Own: Professional steam cleaning works best on wall-to-wall carpeting and may be required by the warranty. If you want to do it yourself, vacuum thoroughly, then use an extraction machine from a rental company (supermarket models are less powerful). Test cleaning solution by pouring a few drops into a saucer and allowing to evaporate (a hair drier speeds the process). If the dried residue in the saucer remains sticky, switch cleaners. Use fans or air-conditioning to dry carpet. Area rugs can be cleaned using the same methods.

Carpet Type: Wool

Routine Cleaning: Vacuuming -- Follow the instructions above, but avoid using a rotary brush on loop-pile (Berber) carpets; the yarn may fuzz. Instead, use a floor tool. Liquid Spills -- Clean by misting with water and blotting, as for synthetic carpets. Never use ammonia or any other highly alkaline cleaner, which can damage wool.

Deep-Cleaning On Your Own: For both area rugs and wall-to-wall carpets, home cleaning is not recommended because wool fibers absorb more water than synthetic fibers do. This makes them hard to dry, and area carpets become very heavy and difficult to maneuver. Plus, a lot of the available cleaners are too alkaline. Many of today's carpets, however -- even Oriental-style ones -- are actually made from synthetic fibers. To test for wool, snip a strand, and hold a lit match to it; burning wool smells like burned hair.

Carpet Type: Plant

Routine Cleaning: Vacuuming -- Use the same technique as for synthetic carpets. A beater brush is the best way to remove grit, which causes excessive wear on these carpets. Liquid Spills -- Plant fibers are less stain-resistant than synthetics or wool, even if they have been treated with a water repellent, so blot spills promptly, following instructions below. Make sure damp areas dry quickly by using a fan or a hair drier (set on low heat).

Deep Cleaning On Your Own -- Manufacturers recommend the use of dry methods only. Leave that to a professional. You’ll be surprised to learn how much dirt vacuums miss -- and how simple the best cleaning methods really are.

Keeping Clean

Limit how much dirt gets into carpets in the first place. Declare a shoes-off rule, or place sturdy doormats at all entries.

Frequent vacuuming is the only way to keep grit from becoming embedded. Having a vacuum that's easy to use is crucial. Spend the bulk of cleaning time where dirt collects: a dozen passes of the vacuum within 4 feet of outside doors, eight passes in high-traffic areas, and four passes elsewhere. Where carpets have not been regularly and thoroughly cleaned, double the passes for three months.

The safest, easiest, and most effective deep-cleaning solution for area rugs is to have them rolled up and taken away for cleaning. With wall-to-wall carpeting, truck-mounted, hot-water extraction -- or steam cleaning -- works best. Cleaning rugs or carpets yourself with a rented extraction machine is fine as long as you don't leave the carpet too wet and don't use too much cleaner. You’ll be surprised to learn how much dirt vacuums miss -- and how simple the best cleaning methods really are.

SERVPRO of Flagler County serves the Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach and the surrounding North East Florida communities.

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