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“Is your furnace ready for winter?”

Is the question the North Western Energy Company has published in its September insert. It advises users to make sure that their furnaces are operating efficiently and for that it needs to be properly maintained. The result will be money savings in this season. Resource: North Western Energy

Part of the maintenance has to do with the cleaning of it, you can see some of the pictures we have taken of some furnaces that we found as examples of how they can get very forgotten here .

Dutworx can provide with a very thorough service of furnace and duct cleaning.

 

 

Dust… Why do you need to remove it from your ducts.

More interesting information you need to know…

“Dust consists of particles in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil, dust lifted by weather (an aeolian process), volcanic eruptions, and pollution. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.[1]

Domestic dust and humans

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Dirty air vent 

House dust mites are present indoors wherever humans live. Positive tests for dust mite allergies are extremely common among people with asthma. Dust mites are microscopic arachnids whose primary food is dead human skin cells, but they do not live on living people. They and their feces and other allergens they produce are major constituents of house dust, but because they are so heavy they are not suspended for long in the air. They are generally found on the floor and other surfaces until disturbed (by walking, for example). It could take somewhere between twenty minutes and two hours for dust mites to settle back down out of the air.

Dust mites are a nesting species that prefers a dark, warm, and humid climate. They flourish in mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, and carpets. Their feces include enzymes that are released upon contact with a moist surface, which can happen when a person inhales, and these enzymes can kill cells within the human body.[2] House dust mites did not become a problem until humans began to use textiles, such as western style blankets and clothing.[3]

To read more on dust see our resource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust

“How to Prevent Duct Contamination”

You can not imagine what we find in air ducts doing our services, you will see further examples later in our gallery, for now, here is just one f the site we have cleaned.. and this is pretty good…

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Contaminated Duct – Fig 1

Therefore, here we are sharing more information from EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) about how to prevent duct contamination so that your ducts keep healthier:

“How to Prevent Duct Contamination

Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, committing to a good preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination.

To prevent dirt from entering the system:

checkmarkUse the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system.
checkmarkChange filters regularly.
checkmarkIf your filters become clogged, change them more frequently.
checkmarkBe sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.
checkmarkWhen having your heating and cooling system maintained or checked for other reasons, be sure to ask the service provider to clean cooling coils and drain pans.
checkmarkDuring construction or renovation work that produces dust in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust.
checkmarkRemove dust and vacuum your home regularly. (Use a high efficiency vacuum (HEPA) cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts).
checkmarkIf your heating system includes in-duct humidification equipment, be sure to operate and maintain the humidifier strictly as recommended by the manufacturer.”
New Construction duct

“What is Duct Cleaning?”

We like to provide our services based on knowledge and to keep our customers well informed. Even the new construction ducts are dirty!

We found this article very interesting in the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) Web page. We like to share some of the info related to Duct cleaning.

What is Duct Cleaning?

“Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing (See diagram).

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If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them. If you decide to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, it is important to make sure the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits. Methods of duct cleaning vary, although standards have been established by industry associations concerned with air duct cleaning. Typically, a service provider will use specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts, then vacuum them out with a high-powered vacuum cleaner.

In addition, the service provider may propose applying chemical biocides, designed to kill microbiological contaminants, to the inside of the duct work and to other system components. Some service providers may also suggest applying chemical treatments (sealants or other encapsulants) to encapsulate or cover the inside surfaces of the air ducts and equipment housings because they believe it will control mold growth or prevent the release of dirt particles or fibers from ducts. These practices have yet to be fully researched and you should be fully informed before deciding to permit the use of biocides or chemical treatments in your air ducts. They should only be applied, if at all, after the system has been properly cleaned of all visible dust or debris.”

Source: EPA