Is it Time to Clean your Chimney!
October is here, which means it’s time to clean your chimneys. Chimney cleaning is imperative to a home’s overall comfort and air quality. The temperatures are beginning to mellow, leaves are falling and soon enough, our pipes will be freezing and winter will be upon us. Chimney’s need cleaning at least once a year- more often if you are using your chimney more than the average household. October is a perfect time to start a fire and begin your cozy winter months.
Knowing when your chimney needs cleaning is easy to spot. Scrape some soot off of the chimney wall- if the soot looks to be more than 1/8 of an inch thick, it’s time to start cleaning! If you are a new homeowner or have recently moved and this is your first time cleaning your chimney, be sure to check for other red flags such as critters or damage to the chimney itself- such as lack of flashing or improper tuck pointing. Using a chimney brush, goggles, broom, and dustman, you can begin the cleaning process. Be sure to clean from the top-down, unless you have another helper, in which case you may begin from the bottom-up. Once you are finished cleaning, be sure to pick up or vacuum any leftover debris. Finally, your chimney is ready for those cozy winter nights!
SERVPRO of VND is certified By the National Air Duct Cleaning Association
National HVAC Cleaning Association
You may not know that SERVPRO cleans HVAC systems. As part of being a full service restoration firm, Air Duct cleaning is a key skill to restore fire, mold and water damaged homes to a pre-loss condition. We have Air Systems Cleaning Specialists on staff to manage both commercial and residential needs. According to NADCA, Air duct cleaning is needed when the following conditons are present:
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system taken air in and breathes air out.
Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.
While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.
When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.
Please call us at 859-887-1123 for a free air duct cleaning estimate