Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog : Archive for October, 2013

3 Benefits of Duct Repair

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The ducts inside your home do their job mostly removed from sight: they pass through ceilings, walls, floors, and attic space to bring you heated or cooled air to keep you comfortable any time of the year. But because those ducts remain hidden, you may not notice anything is wrong at first when they start to suffer breaks and kinks. And even if you do discover that your ducts are damaged, it’s easy to believe that it won’t make much difference if they go without repairs.

But duct repair is important, and you should never delay getting it done. For Wellington, FL duct repair that will give you all the following benefits, contact our duct experts at Envirotech Air Quality Services. We handle both duct repair and cleaning, and are ready with 24-hour emergency service.

  1. Better air quality: When ductwork develops gaps, holes, or breaks, your HVAC system will start to draw air from other parts of the house. Remember that your ducts are installed in closed-off areas that you rarely see—and these spots often contain dust and dirt. When these contaminants enter your ducts, they will also enter the air you breathe. Another major concern is an increase in humidity from this outside air, which can lead to mold growth. Sealing up the gaps will help keep your ducts—and your air—cleaner.
  2. More energy efficient heating and cooling: The air from those parts of your home that contain dust also contain air that is either warmer or cooler than whatever temperature your HVAC system is trying to provide you. As this air infiltrates the ducts, your HVAC system will have to work harder to get to its target temperature. You’ll see higher heating bills.
  3. Increased air flow: Ducts are supposed to be sealed along their length, from your heater/air conditioner all the way to the vents. This prevents loss of air pressure. Any gaps along the route will cause a drop in pressure and a decrease in the airflow coming from your vents. Aside from the problems of dust and energy drain listed above, damaged ducts will mean a loss in your heating and cooling power and uneven temperatures throughout your home.

Envirotech Air Quality Services has experience handling all kinds of issues with ductwork, from breaks to mold contamination. We can repair your ducts so you can enjoy the full benefits of your home’s HVAC system. We can also take care of duct cleaning and mold remediation. Contact us today when you need duct repair in Wellington, FL.

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West Palm Beach Mold Removal: Water Damage and Mold

Monday, October 21st, 2013

It’s hard to think of many disadvantages of the climate in a place like West Palm Beach, FL. We live in a vacation paradise. But one disadvantage that would leap to anyone’s mind is the humidity. Because of our humid climate, we have to be cautious about the growth of mold and other contaminants in our homes and businesses.

Humidity is a common cause of mold outbreaks. But an even greater cause is water damage. With Florida already a fertile ground for mold, even the smallest amount of water damage left unattended can lead to a mold infestation in the floors, carpets, walls, and air ducts of your property. There are ways to take care of mold, however. For West Palm Beach, FL, mold removal, look to Envirotech Air Quality Services and our mold remediation specialists to solve your troubles.

Even the smallest leak in a pipe can allow mold to get a hold in your home or business. A tiny break in the roof that lets in a dribble of rain or outside moisture is enough to start the problem. Large storms can send water into your property in numerous places you might not even realize.

Where mold grows, it not only poses a threat to the quality of the air you breathe, but it also eats away at building material. Mold destroys drywall rapidly and warps wood. If mold continues to spread, your home or office may suffer severe structural damage.

If you’ve recently purchased a house or a new commercial property, you need to keep a close watch for places where water damage has occurred during the previous period of vacancy. You want to detect mold growth as soon as possible to make it easier to get rid of it.

Keep in mind that you often won’t see the mold growing on your property, since it gets inside walls and under floors. If you see signs of water damage in one place, there may be other spots you can’t see where contaminants are beginning to take hold. Get professional mold remediators to search out the possibilities for hidden mold growth and eliminate all the trouble at once.

Envirotech Air Quality Services handles mold removal in West Palm Beach, FL for both residential and commercial customers. Don’t let mold from water damage get even the smallest grip on your home or business: call our experts as soon as you can to stop the problem.

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Why Hire a Professional for Lake Worth, FL Mold Remediation?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

The idea of mold forming in the corners of your home, or in the hidden damp spots of your air ducts, is unpleasant and probably something you’d rather not think about. However, mold growth is a potentially serious health hazard if it gets into your air through your HVAC system or into the floorboards or carpets in your living spaces. In the humid climate of Florida, mold can become a serious problem because the wet environment provides a fertile ground for the growth of spores.

But, in some ways, you shouldn’t have to think about mold growth—at least, not if you call in professionals to take care of your mold remediation. If you suspect mold growth inside your home because of recent water damage or a rise in allergy symptoms, you need to call in the Lake Worth, FL mold remediation experts, like those at Envirotech Air Quality Services, to take over your worries and solve them.

Here are the reasons to go to the professionals when you’ve got a mold contamination in your home:

  • Expert assessment: Locating all the spots where mold has taken hold and is growing isn’t easy. For every place you can visually spot mold contamination, there may be three others hidden from you. A professional will perform a full evaluation to uncover all the spots in your house requiring attention. Along with this assessment, the expert will find out the root cause for the infestation.
  • Special technology: Getting rid of mold requires more than household cleaners and rags. Mold remediation technicians use a variety of advanced tools that will not only eliminate the mold, but also discourage it from growing back by using combinations of dehumidifiers and air blowers. Infrared diagnostic imaging will help locate hidden mold and uncover the reasons for its growth.
  • Safety: You don’t want more exposure to the possibly toxic mold spores than you already have if they are in your home. For your own health, leave the mold remediation to the experts with the training to handle the problem safely.

You need to spend just enough time thinking about the mold in your home to know that it’s time to call in the experts to take care of the issue. If you need mold remediation in Lake Worth, FL, schedule an appointment with Envirotech Air Quality Services: we are state licensed mold assessors and remediators.

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How to Maintain Efficient Air Conditioning in Wellington, FL

Monday, October 7th, 2013

When it comes to air conditioning, Wellington FL residents are experts. We need cool air to keep our homes comfortable when the temperatures rise and the humidity approaches sauna levels. A good air conditioning system can be worth its weight in gold during the hot months in Florida, though that doesn’t mean you should pay more than you need to for it. The more efficiently your air conditioner can perform, the more you’ll save in monthly energy bills (without skimping on a cool, pleasant home in the process). Here’s how to maintain efficient air conditioning in Wellington, FL.

To begin with, you should schedule regular maintenance visits from a trained professional. He can clean the dirt off the condenser coils, recharge refrigerant, tighten any loose bolts or fittings, and note any specific areas in need of repair. All of these things can reduce your air conditioner’s efficiency, raising your monthly bills in the process. You can help by changing your air filter regularly, and by making sure you keep to a maintenance schedule (preferably at either the beginning or the end of the air conditioning season).

You might also want to consider a few upgrades to your system to help it perform more efficiently. For instance, if you have an older thermostat, consider having it replaced with a digital programmable thermostat. It will let you automatically set the air for different periods in the day, turning it off when you go to work and turning it on again right before you get home. Or you could add zone controls, allowing you to cool one portion of the house while leaving the rest untouched, allowing you to fine tune the air conditioning to match the needs of different people in different parts of the house. Such options provide greater flexibility in how you use your air conditioner, as well as further cutting down on your monthly bills.

If you want to learn more about how to maintain efficient air conditioning in Wellington, FL, call on the experts at Envirotech Air Quality Services to help. We can inspect your system and recommend any changes, as well as setting up a maintenance schedule to match your needs. Contact us today to make an appointment.

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