The duct sytem is the collection of tubes that distributes the heated or cooled air to the various rooms of your house or business. At Air 4 Seasons we do recommend the cleaning of your duct systems because of many reasons including: low flow of air, smokers in the house, pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander, water contamination or damage to the home or to the air condition and heating system, residents with allergies and asthma who might benefit from a reduction in the amount of indoor air pollutant, after home renovations or remodeling and prior to occupancy of a new home. Also, if you don’t remember ever having your duct system cleaned or if you haven’t within the past 2 years, it’s probably time.
Do you know that according to the U.S. Enviromental Agency (EPA), the air inside the average home is as much as 100 times more polluted than the air outside? Up to 90% of our time is spent indoors and much of that time is spent at home. Some homes may have as much as 5 to 15 lbs of dirt and debris circulating in their air ducts! Polluted air in your house can affect your and your family’s health. Do you have kids with asthma? nose bleeding? allergies? Cleaning your ducts will help them feel so much better.
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- Have your heating and cooling systems tuned up in the fall and spring, respectively. Duct sealing can also improve the energy efficiency and overall performance of your system (warm-air furnace and central air conditioners). Need a coupon? go to www.air4seasons.com
- Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer.
- Clean or replace filters on furnaces every three months or as needed.
- Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
- Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.
- Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing; when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.
- During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- During the cooling season, keep the window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain.
- Upgrade leaky windows. It may be time to replace them with energy-efficient models or to boost their efficiency with weatherstripping and storm windows.