When Is the Best Time to Schedule Duct Cleaning?

December 10th, 2014

When it’s time for an intense home cleaning session in your house, you can reach most of the hidden nooks and crannies with a step ladder, an extendible dusting wand, and a little bit of patience. And while you may believe you can take care of the most problematic areas of your house for dust and debris buildup, cleaning the ductwork is a bit more difficult than, say, dusting a ceiling fan or wiping off the top of a bookshelf.

Duct cleaning is a service that should be left to professionals, for several reasons. First, it’s vital to have clean ductwork since you breathe in the air that circulates through these ducts every day. And with professional duct cleaning, allergy and asthma symptoms may be reduced and you could immediately notice the difference in your air quality. But, an amateur job can leave much to be desired, as you can miss some key portions of ducts. Plus, most homeowners don’t have access to materials that will completely and safely target all types of pollutants. Besides having non-toxic materials at their disposal, experts also know how to clean in such a way that even the most delicate flexible ducts won’t suffer damage.

Professional duct cleaning is important not only for the quality of your air, but also for the longevity of your heating and air conditioning system. A layer of dust in the ducts means your AC or heater has to work a bit harder, resulting in higher energy bills. Although professional duct cleaning has so many important roles, it’s clearly not a job to be done every week. So how do you know it’s time to schedule duct cleaning in West Palm Beach?

It’s hard to tell when your ducts are in need of a thorough cleaning. But most experts recommend that your ducts get cleaned once or twice a year—especially if you run your home HVAC system frequently. Professional duct cleaning involves the use of professional-grade vacuums and cleaning agents to ensure the job is done properly and that any type of contaminant cannot survive in the ducts.

Contact Envirotech Air Quality Services to make sure your duct cleaning in West Palm Beach is completed properly and safely. Give us a call now!

Are There Ways I Can Take Care of Duct Cleaning on My Own?

December 3rd, 2014

If you’re worried about the air quality in your home, one of the best things you can do to improve conditions indoors is to clean out the ducts. There may be contaminants hiding in the lining of the ductwork used to condition the air in your home that are making you ill. With professional duct cleaning, dust, pollen, dander, bacteria, and even mold gets cleared from the ducts so that you won’t have to breathe in these harmful contaminants every day. And while it may seem as though you can do some duct cleaning on your own, this isn’t always safe for the ducts, and you may simply be unable to eliminate most of the pollutants you’d like to.

One of the key reasons to choose professionals for the job is that they have the right tools for the job. The items professionals use for duct cleaning include soft brushes and vacuums that are safe even for delicate flexible ductwork. The powerful vacuums create negative pressure in the ducts so that debris loosens from the duct lining. Another reason to choose professionals for duct cleaning is that many of the contaminants you want out of your home aren’t visible to the naked eye. Though you may try to access the ducts and scrub debris free, you may miss portions of bacteria or spores that are particularly harmful to the lungs. And technicians never use cleaning chemicals that are unsafe to breathe in.

Besides, with professional duct cleaning, your technician can even let you know if there are any leaks or cracks in the ducts that require immediate repair. When there are leaks in the ducts, your air conditioner or heater simply cannot run as efficiently as it is meant to. Instead, you continue to spend money on energy costs to cool or heat an unoccupied area of the house, such as an attic or crawlspace. This causes your unit to become overworked and could lead to repairs or premature failure. If technicians find a leak during inspection, they can let you know so that you can schedule the proper services as soon as possible.

Envirotech Air Quality Services offers duct cleaning in West Palm Beach with professional tools and expertise to make sure the job is done right. Give our office a call today!

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at Envirotech Air Quality Services, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

How Mold Can Start to Develop in Your Homes

November 19th, 2014

Mold is not a word any homeowner wants to hear in connection with their living space. It’s gross, it’s tenacious, and in some cases it’s a threat to your health. The best way to combat mold is to understand how it thrives in a home environment. With that in mind, here are things you should know about domestic mold growth.

Moisture

There are two things that mold needs to grow more than anything else: moisture and darkness. Moisture is by far the more important of the two, which means that you should immediately deal with any leaks or other water problems you have around the house. Some strains of mold can grow incredibly fast, within a day or two of moisture being present. If you see any sort of water leak, call a professional to fix it as soon as possible.

Darkness

As mentioned above, darkness is also a large factor in getting mold to really thrive. Without moisture, mold can’t really spread in darkness alone. Darkness tends to serve as an accelerating factor, however, especially since some mold strains are sterilized or killed by prolonged exposure to UV light. What does this mean for you? Check dark places in your home for mold on a regular basis, especially in places close to water (such as under the sink.) Homeowners tend to avoid the perpetually dark areas of their home, which gives mold the perfect opportunity to spread unnoticed.

Lack of Air Flow

Mold spores are microscopic airborne contaminants, and are pretty much impossible to completely eradicate from your indoor air supply. Though these spores are circulated through your house by air flow, such as from your heating or air conditioning unit, they cannot take root unless they are a little more sheltered. For this reason, areas like bathrooms can be host to particularly tenacious mold colonies. If you are having a mold problem in a particular area, and it keeps coming back, try increasing the air flow by turning on a fan or opening a window.

If you’re having a mold problem, call Envirotech Air Quality Services to schedule an appointment today. We provide professional mold removal services in the Lake Worth area.

How Professionals Perform Duct Cleaning

November 12th, 2014

Duct cleaning is a necessary part of maintaining an efficient HVAC system in your home, as well as keeping your home clean and protecting its indoor air quality. The ductwork inside your home’s walls and floors will gradually collect dust and dirt that enters through the return ducts. It only takes a year for a significant amount of dust to accumulate along the walls of the ventilation system and start to interfere with airflow. This will cut into the efficiency of your central heating and air. If the accumulation continues without receiving cleaning, it will begin to blow pollutants into the air of your living space, potentially affecting the health of the people inside.

The solution to this problem is regular duct cleaning from professionals. It’s important that you not attempt the cleaning yourself: it requires training and special equipment, and you may end up damaging your ducts if you try cleaning them on your own. For quality duct cleaning in Wellington, FL and the surrounding areas, call the experienced team at Envirotech Air Quality Services and schedule service.

The Methods of Professional Duct Cleaning

The main step in professional duct cleaning is for the technicians to use a power vacuum to alter the pressure inside the ventilation system first to agitate dust and other contaminants from the walls of the interior of the ducts, and then to suction them up. The duct cleaning team will seal off all the vent registers in your home to close up the ventilation system; then they will cut a hole into the main duct the leads from your central heating and air conditioning cabinet into the rest of the ductwork and seal the mouth of the power vacuum over the hole. This vacuum is able to alter the pressure of the ventilation system and then remove most of the contaminants. The professionals will also use powered rotary brushes on long lines to reach inside individual vents and provide spot cleaning for areas with heavier congestion.

For most homes, the process takes approximately an hour to complete. Once it is done, you will have ducts in the cleanest condition possible. If the technicians locate unusual contaminants or breaks and holes in the ductwork, they will inform you of the situation and offer suggestions for what you can do to fix the problem.

At Envirotech Air Quality Services, we offer duct cleaning in Wellington, FL as well as other ductwork services, including duct sealing and duct repair. To help you with indoor air quality, we also supply mold remediation services and installation of air cleaners, filters, and purifiers. Contact us today for whatever work you need done for your ventilation system.

Ways to Tell You May Need Mold Remediation

November 5th, 2014

In West Palm Beach, FL, we have to deal with humid conditions quite frequently, which can be a nuisance outdoors and inside of the home. Humidity makes people feel warm, even when the temperature outside is ideal, because the moisture in the air keeps their bodies from properly evaporating sweat. But another, more dangerous result of high humidity in a home is the growth of mold.

Mold can grow in the corners of your home, in carpets, on the walls and ceiling, or in the ductwork. It’s certainly not a pleasant thought, but mold is an issue you need to take seriously in your in order to keep your family members from developing illnesses or aggravating allergies and respiratory problems. You should call a professional to assess the state of your home and discuss which steps to take for mold remediation for any of the following reasons.

  • Visible Mold Growth: It may seem pretty obvious that you should call a professional when you notice mold growth in the home, but some homeowners put it out of their minds or believe that they can wait to schedule service. However, mold spreads very quickly and needs to be taken seriously.
  • After a Flood or Plumbing Leak in Your Home: If there is any flooding in your home, mold growth becomes a grim possibility. A flood increases the humidity levels in your home even more, which means mold may not only grow in the areas that the flooding occurred, but also on surfaces hidden from view. You should always call an expert for mold assessment after a major flood.
  • Health Troubles: When members of your family suffer from poor health, it’s easy to believe it’s due to a temporary cold or flu. Persistent coughing or sneezing can be a result of allergies or a respiratory illness irritated by mold spores in the air.
  • Odors: Finally, if the conditions in your home seem stuffy or if you notice a musty odor, it often reveals a mold problem. Professionals can determine the exact location of mold and recommend the proper services.

Call the experts at Envirotech Air Quality Services as soon as you notice any of the telltale signs that you need mold remediation in West Palm Beach, FL.

How Often Should I Schedule Duct Cleaning?

October 29th, 2014

The ductwork in your HVAC system plays a very important role in your comfort. Maintaining your ductwork with scheduled cleaning is as important as maintaining the other parts of your HVAC system. Plus, there are several important benefits to scheduling duct cleaning in Lake Worth. Hiring professionals is always best when it comes to any kind of maintenance or repair of your HVAC system, so call the people you can trust: Envirotech Air Quality Services.

What Happens During a Professional Duct Cleaning Appointment?

Here is a general overview of what happens during a routine duct cleaning appointment:

  • Thorough inspection of your system
  • Ductwork is opened at various access points
  • The first major vacuum is performed
  • Second inspection of system
  • Smaller, harder-to-reach areas are vacuumed and cleaned
  • Any sticking debris will be removed with brushes and pneumatic tools
  • Final inspection is performed to ensure all the ductwork has been thoroughly cleaned
  • Access ports are closed
  • All vacuumed contaminants will be removed from home

When Should Ducts Be Cleaned?

The recommended frequency for cleaning your ductwork is every 3-5 years, unless you have pets and/or smokers in your home. In those cases, it’s recommended that you schedule professional duct cleaning every 2-3 years.

What Are the Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning?

Duct cleaning can benefit you, your home and your system in the following ways:

  • Better energy efficiency – significant buildup in your ductwork can restrict air flow. Restricted air flow forces your system to work harder, and any time your system has to work harder, it uses more energy. By removing the dirt and dust buildup with a professional cleaning, you can help increase your system’s efficiency.
  • Improved indoor air quality – dirt and dust in your ductwork can enter directly into your living space, which can be problematic, especially for any allergy sufferers in your home. Removing dirt and dust with a professional cleaning can help to significantly improve your indoor air quality.
  • Less strain on your system – an HVAC system that has to fight the effects of dirt and dust in the ductwork over a period of years operates with a significant level of stress, which can cause wear and tear, malfunction and breakdown. You can help reduce this wear and tear with professional duct cleaning.

When was the last time you had a professional duct cleaning in Lake Worth? If it’s been more than 5 years, call Envirotech Air Quality Services today.

What the ENERGY STAR Label Means on an Air Conditioning System

October 22nd, 2014

When you choose a new air conditioning system, one of the most important things is saving money. For some homeowners, this means saving at the time of purchase by choosing a relatively inexpensive model. However, your new air conditioner will only cost you more every month if you don’t choose a system with a high efficiency rating.

The U.S. government requires manufacturers to post information about the efficiency of air conditioners via the EnergyGuide label. This label lets you know the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of the unit, as well as whether or not it has received the coveted ENERGY STAR label. Here’s what all of this means for your air conditioning system.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

The SEER indicates how much energy an air conditioner uses to cool a space during a typical cooling season. This is displayed as a number over 13, as this is the current minimum for all air conditioners sold in the U.S. In Florida, this minimum will raise to a SEER of 14 in 2015. A higher SEER indicates a more efficient system.

ENERGY STAR

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has its own set of standards for what qualifies as a truly efficient system. If a system contains the ENERGY STAR label, this means it has met E.P.A. guidelines for both efficiency and performance. While ENERGY STAR air conditioners all have high SEERs, they must also emit few pollutants into the environment and still give customers the high performance they would expect from any air conditioning system.

Other Factors to Consider

The ENERGY STAR label is one of the best ways to ensure your new system saves you some money over the years. In fact, the savings over time will likely offset the price tag of a more efficient system. However, there are a few more steps you must take to keep your system as efficient as possible. Only allow a trained professional to install your system. Change the air filters every month. And schedule maintenance twice a year to restore efficiency and extend the lifespan of your unit.

Call the professionals at Envirotech Air Quality Services for quality air conditioning services in Wellington.

Should I Replace an Old AC with a Heat Pump?

October 15th, 2014

Replacing an aging air conditioner can be a great opportunity. Why? Not only will you benefit from greater energy efficiency and better reliability, you can also install a new kind of system that may benefit your home more than your current setup. One option for your new air conditioning installation in West Palm Beach is a heat pump. The name “heat pump” may be confusing, but be assured that a heat pump can offer your home great cooling in addition to great heating. While the operation of a heat pump is quite simple, the device itself is complex, and calls for professional installation. Envirotech Air Quality Services has been helping with air conditioning installation, repair and maintenance since 1987, so if you are in need of a new AC system, call us today.

Benefits of a Heat Pump

One of the best ways to assess whether or not you should replace your aging air conditioner with a heat pump is to review the benefits a heat pump can offer you:

  • Both heats and cools – thanks to a component called a reversing valve, a heat pump can provide your home with both warm and cool air. This means if you have been using separate systems, you can pare down your whole-home systems to one manageable device.
  • Better energy efficiency – a heat pump does not use any fossil fuels and only needs a small amount of electricity to operate – about 25% of that of an air conditioning unit. This can save you money on energy costs, particularly if you have a combustion heating system.
  • Better humidity control – because heat pumps operate on a low, continuous cycle instead of blowing forced air, the moisture control can be up to 30% better than with a traditional air conditioning system.

If you are looking for your air conditioning installation in West Palm Beach to provide great year-round comfort and better energy efficiency, a heat pump may be just what you need. Call Envirotech Air Quality Services today and schedule an appointment with one of our trained installation experts.

Is a Heat Pump Worth It Just for Air Conditioning?

October 8th, 2014

To understand how a heat pump works means understanding how an air conditioner works: essentially, the two are identical, except that the heat pump has extra components and the construction to allow it to reverse the direction that it operates, so instead of removing heat from indoors and depositing it outdoors (standard air conditioning) it can also remove heat from outdoors and release it indoors, working as a forced-air heater.

If you are planning to replace the air conditioning system in your home, a heat pump is a good option to investigate. However, are you planning to replace both the air conditioner and the heater? If you only need to have the AC replaced, you may wish to reconsider installing a heat pump. Or you might be best served by deciding to have the heater replaced as well as the air conditioner, and use a heat pump in place of both.

Whatever your best choice for air conditioning in Lake Worth, FL, you will find the experts to help you make the best decision at Envirotech Air Quality Services. We offer a wide variety of systems, and you can trust in our experience to find the finest installation for your home comfort.

The Best Use for a Heat Pump

There is no question that a heat pump can provide the level of cooling power to match the best air conditioners of comparable size. If you are worried that the split function of a heat pump means it will suffer reduced cooling power, put your mind at ease: heat pumps have enormous cooling capacity and will work as well as any air conditioner of around the same size.

However, you don’t want a heat pump to handle only the cooling side. Doing this squanders a terrific opportunity to save money. Heat pumps are generally more expensive than standard air conditioners, so if you install one just to take care of air conditioning, you are probably better served with a cooling-only system. This isn’t just a question of price, but also of potential. Heat pumps are extremely effective heating systems for warmer climates such as those in Florida. A heat pump consumes much less energy than a gas-powered heater or an electric resistance heater while it runs, and this can save you a few hundred dollars each year off of your heating bill. It’s wasteful to let this great opportunity go past because you only plan to use the heat pump for cooling.

Find Out If a Heat Pump is Right for You

So you’ve decided that if you install a heat pump, you’ll install it as a replacement for both the heating and air conditioning systems in your home. Now what? Well, you will have to call professional HVAC technicians to handle figuring out if a heat pump is the best choice for your heating and air conditioning in Lake Worth, FL. Once they’ve determined this, they will install the system so that it gives you many years of great performance.

Envirotech Air Quality Services provides heating and air conditioning that keeps our customers satisfied. Call us today for any heating or AC installation you need.