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09 Jun 2019

What do air ducts have to do with your health?

Do you have dirty ducts? When did you last look? And while regular cleaning of your ducts may be important for your homeowners insurance policy, what might your ducts have to do with your health?

Highly respected authorities on household air quality have studied the relationship between cleaning air ducts and your health. Years ago, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) investigated whether cleaning air ducts leads to healthier air quality in homes, and they concluded it didn’t.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducted tests that showed, whether air ducts are clean or dirty, virtually the same concentration of dust can be found in the air. This is because dust and dirt tend to stick to the vents and filters, not blow through the air.

However, there are some situations that may give cause for concern. You might think that only old, unkempt farmhouses in rural areas make inviting homes for nasty rodents like rats. But we have seen exponential growth of rat populations in big cities. Homeowners need to make sure there are no compromised vents into the house. Rats, or even smaller pests like cockroaches, when living in your air ducts, can lead to pest-related contaminants that aggravate allergies, asthma, and sinus problems.

Fans that force air through your home can cause condensation inside the duct. Mold can multiply in these places, and then be distributed through the ducts to other rooms. Mold is a culprit in respiratory illness.

If you live in a house that is 50 years old or older, there’s a chance your ducts might be insulated with products containing asbestos. This is a serious problem, and you should call in the professionals and be prepared for a major disruption. Asbestos is associated with lung cancer.

Consider the case of a 33-year-old banker whose chest X-ray showed ominous nodules suggesting he was suffering from lung cancer. The patient refused further treatment on the premise that he was young, didn’t smoke, and his symptom was getting better, not worse.

The banker remained well for a year. But then he began to experience the same symptoms, complaining of fever, coughing, body aches and shortness of breath. An X-ray showed a recurrence of the conditions suggesting cancer. But after several weeks, his symptoms mysteriously vanished again.

This prompted his doctor to send the patient to Dr. Robert Rubin, an infectious disease expert at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Rubin noted that X-rays showed the lesions in the lungs were always in different locations, hardly what one would expect with a malignancy.

Dr. Rubin’s diagnosis was “Hypersensitivity Pneumonia.” But what was causing his symptoms and the disappearing lesions in the lung?

Hypersensitivity pneumonia occurs when the lungs become inflamed from dust laden with mold, fungi and spores. The most common culprit, thermophilic actinomycetes, which decomposes leaves, bark and plant materials. This is why farmers suffer from “farmer’s lung.” There’s also “wine grower’s lung” due to mouldy grapes, “crack lung” from heavy use of crack smoking, and “bird farmer’s lung” from feathers and bird droppings.

But bankers don’t harvest sugar cane, cure tobacco, work with wood dust, soybean feed, barley or mushrooms.

Dr. Rubin then became as much a detective as a doctor. He questioned the patient about humidifiers, his hobbies, and home heating system. Finally, he got a clue. The banker’s symptoms began when his bank moved into new office space. Rubin discovered the building’s ducts had been blown clean twice. It was on each of these occasions that the patient had developed symptoms and cancer-like lesions of his lungs.

But Rubin, still in detective mode, took swabs from the ducts, particularly from wet areas. The analysis showed the culture was loaded with actinomycetes.

But why didn’t other workers develop hypersensitivity pneumonia? Rubin believes it depends on the severity of exposure and a person’s genetic predisposition. Following cleaning of the ducts, the banker worked in the building for another four years without any more attacks.

Today I wonder how many doctors would put on work clothes and examine ducts? More likely, you will need to do your own detective work. Know when it’s worth disturbing your ducts, and when to just leave them be.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The column does not constitute medical advice and is not meant to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease. Please contact your doctor. The information provided is for informational purposes only and are the views solely of the author.

Source: https://torontosun.com/health/diet-fitness/0629-giffordjones

05 May 2019

Dozens of snakes found in resident’s air ducts

RICHLAND, Wash. — Dozens of snakes were found in a residential home in Richland after a routine HVAC maintenance procedure.

BF Power VAC recommends thorough duct cleaning within your home or business every three years.

They say although snakes are not common it is common to find rodents and debris that can cause recurring illnesses such as a cold.

To better prepare for summer, Owner Shawn Mattoon said a routine checkup can make the difference.

“Though most people see them as an unneeded expense it can save them in the long run”.

He said, “The cleaning that we do helps improve the efficiency and longevity of the equipment in their home and in their businesses.”

Experts say by routinely cleaning your HVAC system it can help shorten the life span of most viruses and bacteria that is recirculating around your residence.

30 Apr 2019

Fire severely damages duct cleaning truck in Windsor neighbourhood

Windsor police and fire officials are trying to determine exactly what caused a work truck to catch fire in Walkerville.

The incident happened shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday on Tuscarora Street between Parent Avenue and Langlois Avenue. Windsor Fire and Rescue said a duct-cleaning truck parked in the alley somehow caught fire. The rear of the vehicle was completely involved, though the truck’s cab sustained little or no damage.

The driver was working in the basement of the adjacent home when the fire broke out. He told BlackburnNewsWindsor.com he initially had no idea what was going on.

“I had no idea. I was working in the basement when someone knocked on the door,” he said. “I’ve worked here for three years and have never had this happen.”

Witnesses on scene said the driver jumped in the burning vehicle to move it away from the home, which suffered heat damage to the siding.

The fire was declared out within a half hour and there were no injuries reported.

Investigators were still on scene to speak with witnesses and determine exactly how the fire started. More information on this story will be passed along as it becomes available.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Windsor police at (519) 255-6700 or Crime Stoppers at (519) 258-TIPS (8477)

Source : here 

31 Mar 2019

NADCA Congratulates New Certification Holders, February 2019

As a leader in the air duct cleaning industry, NADCA offers two certifications; the Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) certification and the Certified Ventilation Inspector (CVI) certification, credentials that are internationally recognized and known for showcasing an individual’s enhanced knowledge and skills related to HVAC system hygiene.

Congratulations to the following individuals who earned their Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) certification during the month of February:

Amelia Antes
Stanley Steemer Great Lakes Inc.

Byron Center, MI USA

Branden Antes
Stanley Steemer Great Lakes Inc.

Byron Center, MI USA

Gregory Barnes
Steamatic of Connecticut

North Haven, CT USA

Steve Barrett
Salem Village Corp. dba AdvantaClean of the North Shore

Peabody, MA USA

Alessandro Batistini
Sell Condotte Srl
Collegno (TO), ITA

Chris Carroll
Stanley Steemer of Delmarva

Delmar, DE USA

Ussief Casey
Casey Mechanical Services

Orange, NJ USA

Diego Castillo-Juarez
Steamatic of Connecticut

North Haven, CT USA

Ricardo Castillo-Juarez
Steamatic of Connecticut

North Haven, CT USA

Rafael Castro
Stanley Steemer – Toms River, NJ

Toms River, NJ USA

Diego Chiarello
Euroservice S.r.l.
Palermo, PA ITA

Florin Ciobanu
Sell Condotte Srl

Collegno (TO), ITA

Luciano Defilippi
Sell Condotte Srl

Collegno (TO), ITA

Giovanni Delle Foglie
Pi-GROUP SRL

Corato (BA), ITA

Ethan Elliot
Stanley Steemer – Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC USA

Lauren Farrell
Stanley Steemer of Delmarva

Delmar, DE USA

Jonathan Ferguson
Stanley Steemer

Charlotte, NC USA

Alessandro Ferrari
AIRONE Società Cooperativa

Firenze, ITA

Valerio Fiocco
Firotek S.R.L.

Rome, ITA

Joe Franklin
Stanley Steemer of NW Michigan, Inc.

Traverse City, MI USA

Michael Furer
The Butlers & Air Quality Control Systems

Yorktown Heights, NY USA

Ruben Garcia
Chester Plumbing and Heating

Elko, NV USA

Chris Gearheart
Stanley Steemer of Charleston

Dunbar, WV USA

David Harley
AdvantaClean of Badgerland

Mequon, WI USA

James Koontz
Proac Corporation

Mount Aetna, PA USA

Jeremy Lewis
Stanley Steemer International, Inc.

Dublin, OH USA

Emanuel Christian Luongo
Sanarapida SRL

Roma, ITA

Daniele Maggi
Co.In.Tec. SRL

Ronco Briantino, MB ITA

Dan Mertins
Bauer Restoration, Inc.

Faribault, MN USA

Filippo Mesiano
Indoor Ambiente SRL

Roma, ITA

Corrado Milani
Ciana Srl

Roma, ITA

Tim O’Brien
Duct & Vent Cleaning of America, Inc.

Springfield, MA USA

Marco Pellegata
Cipiemme Srl

Bovisio Masciago (MB), ITA

Jasman Pinto
Crystal Line Cleaning and Environmental Services

Abu Dhabi, ARE

Nicolae Purcel
Compagnoni Impianti Srl

Fiumicino (RM), ITA

Kenneth Rodgers
Stanley Steemer International, Inc.

Dublin, OH USA

Nicusor Rogozan
Indoor Ambiente SRL

Roma,  ITA

Timothy Sanders
Harris Clean Carpet Care LLC

Fredericksburg, VA USA

Shahid Mohammad Sarfaraz
Al-Rezaiza General Contracting

Al-Khobar, SAB

Massimiliano Scaccia
MITSA SRL

Aprilia, Latina ITA

Samantha Sheppard
Stanley Steemer International, Inc.

Dublin, OH USA

Stefano Simonetti
So. Gest Impianti S.R.L.

Roma, ITA

Jeremy Smiton
Proac Corp.

Bethel, PA USA

Claudio Teti
Control Security Sistemi di Sicurezza Srl

Roma, ITA

Domenico Varricchio
DO.GI. HIGH TECH SRL

Napoli, ITA

Justin Welle
Kohmar Air Duct Cleaning LLC

Richmond, VA USA

Congratulations to the following individuals who earned their Certified Ventilation Inspector (CVI) certification during the month of February:

Amelia Antes
Stanley Steemer Great Lakes Inc.

Byron Center, MI USA

Branden Antes
Stanley Steemer Great Lakes Inc.

Byron Center, MI USA

Alex Bierch
KMS Air Duct Cleaning
Minneapolis, MN USA

Eric Bryant
Stanley Steemer Indianapolis

Carmel, IN USA

Jeff Bryant
Stanley Steemer – Lexington

Lexington, KY USA

Jesse Dunn
Stanley Steemer International, Inc.

Dublin, OH USA

Stuart Farrell
Stanley Steemer of Delmarva

Delmar, DE USA

Bradley Hite
Stanley Steemer of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN USA

Samuel Isenbarger
Stanley Steemer International, Inc.

Dublin, OH USA

Ronald Martin
KMS Air Duct Cleaning

Minneapolis, MN USA

Matthew McGraw
Stanley Steemer of Charlottesville

Ruckersville, VA USA

John McGraw Jr.
Stanley Steemer of Charlottesville

Ruckersville, VA USA

David Mohler
Stanley Steemer of Roanoke

Salem, VA USA

Randy Retort
Stanley Steemer of Charleston

Dunbar, WV USA

Pedro Rosario
Stanley Steemer

Hartford, CT USA

Marek Staron
Stanley Steemer – Chicago, IL

Palatine, IL USA

Earl Thompson
C.C. & S.S. Inc. – Stanley Steemer

Tallahassee, FL USA

Derwin Turner
KMS Air Duct Cleaning

Minneapolis, MN USA

20 Feb 2019

Maryland man wary after job advertised at $99 costs him thousands

 – A Maryland man says a fast-talking trio who specialize in swindling senior citizens came to his home – all thanks to a newspaper ad for air-duct cleaning.

The air-duct cleaners came to the man’s Fort Washington neighborhood for what was supposed to be a $99 job – instead is cost thousands.

While the ad in the Washington Post indicated that the crew would clean your vents – but Bill Butler says the men who showed up in a Sears truck did anything but that.

The man came up with a litany of new things he said Butler would need – including two lights for $600 apiece.

Butler says the men used intimidation tactics – telling the 74-year-old and his wife that they were in danger of becoming infected from mold and mildew.

The tech also made Butler pay before getting to work.

“We have Sears cards but the Sears cards were old, we’ve been with Sears for 50 years and he said, ‘Well these cards aren’t working, can I have your Social Security number.’ I said, ‘No you can’t have my Social Security card.’ He says ‘Do you have another card you can use,’ I said ‘Yes, I have a Visa,’ he got approval and at that point shut everything down,” Butler said.

Butler says nearly $6,000 was charged to his card.

“It is crazy, especially because my daughter talked to someone out in Kansas and they have the same type of the business and the most they charge for anything is $500,” Brenda Butler said.

For Butler, the experience was eye-opening

“It was a sham.  I fell for, I feel bad for myself but you know what when I stop and think about it, that this company is doing now,” he said.

Consumer Advocacy group Checkbook.org says air duct cleaning is unnecessary.  The Butler family is considering retaining an attorney.

Sears has responded to FOX 5, confirming that the crew is associated with their company. They say Butler has been offered a full refund while they investigate the matter.

Sears offered the following statement:

“At Sears, the satisfaction of our members is our top priority. Our member solutions team has looked into Mr. Butler’s issue and is working to resolve the issue by providing him with a refund. We hope he remains a loyal Sears customer.”

Source: http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/maryland-man-wary-after-job-advertised-at-99-costs-him-thousands

17 Feb 2019

Duct Cleaner possibly causes $40,000 in damage in Warren

A basement fire in a home on Willard Avenue Northeast caused about $40,000 in damage Tuesday morning, but the couple living there got out unharmed.

A ductwork-cleaning company was working in the basement near the furnace at the time the fire started. That is the area where the fire started, but Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle said the cause is still under investigation.

One of two duct-cleaning workers alerted the couple to evacuate, Nussle said.

Personnel with the Warren Fire Department and Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating.

Firefighters from all three stations were in training at the Masonic Temple at East Market and Pine streets Northeast downtown when the 9 a.m. fire was reported. They scrambled to their trucks, which were parked nearby, and responded.

Thick smoke could be seen coming from the home, causing smoke damage to all three floors, but the fire damage was contained to the basement, which contained furniture, Nussle said.

Nussle said there was “significant smoke damage.”

Fearing that the fire had started to travel up a wall, firefighters removed part of a first-floor exterior wall in an attempt to find it, but none was found, Nussle said.

The couple told Nussle they had lived there 40 years.

Source: https://www.vindy.com/news/2019/feb/13/warren-basement-fire-causes-k-in-damage/

14 Feb 2019

More homeowners say air-duct-cleaning crew scammed them following FOX 5 report

RINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (FOX 5 DC) – Prince George’s County police are asking residents to call them if they feel they’ve been scammed by a Sears air-duct cleaning crew’s tactics.

Several residents say they saw an air-duct-cleaning ad promising that the job would be done for $99 – but ultimately they paid thousands.

After FOX 5 talked to one man whose bill ballooned from $99 to nearly $6,000, several residents contacted the station saying the same three men had done the same thing to them.

Ironically, while FOX 5 was interviewing Bill Butler in Fort Washington, the air-duct cleaning crew was busy at work on their next victim.

Cheryl Clark lives about seven minutes away from Bill Butler and his family – they’re strangers but they share a similar experience.

“I should have realized at the time what was going on but I just didn’t,” Clark said.

Like Butler, Clark says he saw the $99 Sears air-duct cleaning ad in the paper and made an appointment on Wednesday morning.

The same three men who showed up at the Butlers’ home also knocked on Clark’s door.

“They didn’t even look at the vents, they just went directly to the furnace and pulled the furnace thing down. There was a little rust in there on the coils and there was a little soot which everybody has I’m sure but he told me it was mold,” Clark said.

She says that less than an hour later, she was billed more than $5,000.

“They gave me two UV lights, they said I had to have that to keep the mold out of the furnace system. That was $600 apiece. Installation of the lights was $200 and that consisted of a little tiny hole, drilled into the furnace duct and plugged into something and that was it,” Clark said. “They said the sanitizer was $400. I found out that came from a spray can, a $12 spray can. The fogger system to treat the bacteria was this little machine — that was $2,000.”

Checkbook.org Executive Director Kevin Brasler says the crew is defrauding these people.

“You have companies out there that are engaging in this bait and switch tactic where they say it’s $99 and then they always find something and it cost thousands of dollars to initiate the repair,” he said.

“That’s fraud, that’s actually a crime to do that.”

But he added there’s a larger issue at play.

“The fact is the vast majority of homeowners never need to have their ducts cleaned. It intuitively makes sense, but the fact is that the testing that’s been done in this industry is that cleaning the dust out of your ducts doesn’t have any benefit to you,” Brasler said.

After learning about FOX 5’s story, Sears offered Butler a full refund.

Clark is hoping for the same resolution.

Sears says they are re-evaluating their operating procedures.

The company also offered FOX 5 the following statement:

“The satisfaction of our customers is our top priority. While we have standard procedures in place for the diagnosis of each customer’s situation to ensure they understand the product and services and the associated costs, we are listening to our customers in the D.C. area and are taking immediate action to address their concerns.

Going forward, any work that costs more than $499 will require a coordinator from our office to speak directly with the customer to further explain the benefits of the service and ensure they understand and authorize the service and payment. In addition, tomorrow we are also beginning ongoing training with our 35 D.C.-area Carpet Cleaning and Air Duct Cleaning franchise associates to ensure that our high standards of customer service are being met now and in the future.

Anyone who has a concern about Sears Carpet Cleaning and Air Duct Cleaning can call 800-586-1603 to speak with a national customer care representative.”

Source : http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/more-homeowners-say-air-duct-cleaning-crew-scammed-them-following-fox-5-report

30 Jan 2019

NADCA Congratulates New Certification Holders, January 2019

As a leader in the air duct cleaning industry, NADCA offers two certifications; the Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) certification and the Certified Ventilation Inspector (CVI) certification, credentials that are internationally recognized and known for showcasing an individual’s enhanced knowledge and skills related to HVAC system hygiene.

Congratulations to the following individuals who earned their Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) certification during the month of January:

Erin Allen
Allen & Company Environmental Services

Fort Worth, TX USA

Amelia Antes
Stanley Steemer Great Lakes Inc.

Byron Center, MI USA

Branden Antes
Stanley Steemer Great Lakes Inc.

Byron Center, MI USA

Brandon Arvin
AdvantaClean of Southwest 
ChicagoLand
Chicago, IL USA

Gregory Barnes
Steamatic of Connecticut

North Haven, CT USA

Gerard Begin
First Atlantic Restoration

Virginia Beach, VA USA

Ricardo Castillo-Juarez
Steamatic of Connecticut

North Haven, CT USA

Chris Downie
Bravo Electrical and HVAC

Botany, NSW AUS

Ben Graham
Angel Clean

Neosho, MO USA

Rachael Leviner
DSK PRO INC dba Servpro of North Knoxville

Heiskell, TN USA

Illya Unhuryan
Remediation Specialists

Hamilton, NJ USA

Congratulations to the following individuals who earned their Certified Ventilation Inspector (CVI) certification during the month of January:

Rocco Belmonte
Sterimed SRL

Milano, ITA

Simone Bisoni
ALISEA S.R.L.
Mezzanino, (PV) ITA

Carmelo Coppola
Gravili SRL

Galatone, Lecce ITA

Giampaolo Ferrari
PIE Global Service S.r.l.

Calendasco, (PC) ITA

Andrea Manzi
Sell Condotte Srl

COLLEGNO, (TO) ITA

Roberto Molinari
Techno One S.r.l.

Paderno Dugnano, (MI) ITA

Federica Montanari
Techno One S.r.l.

Paderno Dugnano, (MI) ITA

Matteo Pirola
Air Klima SRL

Cene, Bergamo ITA

Giacomo Saliniti
Puliservice S.R.L.

Enna, (EN) ITA

Ivan Schincariol
Air Klima SRL

Cene, Bergamo ITA

Davide Sironi
Davide Sironi

Cerro Maggiore, (MI) ITA

Min Mihai Steorobelea
ALISEA S.R.L.

Mezzanino, (PV) ITA

Christopher Thome
Tampa Air Systems, Inc.

Tampa, FL USA

Massimo Vecchi
ALISEA S.R.L.

Mezzanino, (PV) ITA

01 Jan 2019

9 Furnace Maintenance Moves We All Forget That Raise Our Heating Bill

With winter roaring in at full speed, it’s time to brush up on your furnace maintenance skills. After all, you wouldn’t expect your car to run at top efficiency if you never change the oil, right?

Yet all too often, furnace maintenance gets shoved to the side as we crank the heat higher and higher, forcing this hard-working appliance to work harder than it has to. And that spells higher energy bills all around—and it’s bound to break sooner, too.

If the thought of a house with a broken furnace sends chills down your spine, follow these nine furnace maintenance tips so you can enjoy a lower gas bill this winter without walking around your house in a parka.

1. Change your filter

We’d be remiss to not state the obvious here, which is that your furnace filter needs regular attention.

“Make sure your filter is clean! This is a very simple and inexpensive way to help your HVAC system run more efficiently,” says Jeff Trucksa of K & J Heating and Cooling.

Your furnace filter should be changed at least once each season, but if you have pets, a lot of dust, or allergies, consider changing it every 30 to 60 days.

The first step in changing your filter is finding it, which can be more difficult than you might expect. It could be inside the cabinet of the furnace, between the furnace and the ductwork, or inside the ductwork itself. Turn off the furnace before you go hunting, and call your local HVAC company for help if you can’t find it.

Once you’ve located the filter, it’s as easy as sliding the old filter out and sliding the new filter in, using the markings on the filter to make sure it’s facing the right direction.

2. Keep return vents clear

There are actually two kinds of vents connected to your furnace: supply vents and return vents. Return vents pull air from inside your home and deliver it to the furnace, and supply vents blow that now-warm air back into your home.

“Do not block returns,” warns Trucksa. “Many people focus on not blocking vents, but if you block the returns you will starve the furnace for air and potentially overheat the furnace as well as not having even airflow throughout the house.”

There are a few ways to identify the return air vents if you’re not sure which ones they are. Return vents are usually larger than supply vents, they don’t have louvers to close them, and when your furnace is running, you won’t feel warm air from return vents.

Duct Cleaning
Duct Cleaning

3. Clean the ducts

It’s easy to overlook your home’s duct system—it is hidden, after all—but Nate Burlando, owner of Distinct Heating and Cooling, says it shouldn’t be ignored.

“Duct cleaning can improve your HVAC’s performance,” he explains. “Excess dust, mold, and pet dander can build up in your vents, preventing proper airflow.”

Having your ducts cleaned may be costly, but it might be worth it if you think you’re not getting enough from your furnace. While duct cleaning is not part of an annual furnace service, the HVAC specialist who does that check can let you know if yours needs to be cleaned.

4. Get a checkup

No matter how great you are at changing a filter, you should still have your furnace serviced by a professional at least once a year. According to Bell Bros. HVAC, up to 75% of no-heat calls made to heating and cooling companies are the direct result of ignoring regular maintenance. An expert can find issues that lessen efficiency, like faulty pilot lights. The pro will also keep an eye out for dangerous problems like a cracked heat exchanger, which can result in carbon monoxide leaking into your home.

Ceiling Fan
Ceiling Fan

5. Run your ceiling fans

Furnace maintenance is about how all your heating and cooling elements work together.

For instance, while you may think ceiling fans are only for the summer months, that’s not true. John Burkhardt of Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration says you should run them in the winter, too.

“Since hot air rises, running your ceiling fans in the reverse direction will push hot air from the ceiling down into the occupied space in your home,” he says.

Newer fans usually have a button on the motor housing that reverses the motor, while older models may require you to pull the cord until the direction switches. In the winter, your ceiling fan should be turning in a clockwise direction, so keep making adjustments until you see your blades moving in that direction.

6. Shut off those exhaust fans

While ceiling fans may be a good idea during the winter months, exhaust fans aren’t.

“If you have large attic fans or very strong exhaust fans like those typically in a bathroom or above a stove, they will remove heat from your house,” explains Larry Oglesby, HVAC expert at Remington College. “Don’t run them in the winter time.”

7. Seal up your attic

Since heat rises, a lot of the heat your furnace is putting out ends up in the attic—and eventually finds its way out through your roof. So sealing your attic and adding insulation to keep the heat out will make a big difference.

“The attic is where a lot of heat and energy gets lost,” explains Burlando. “Insulation can add a buffer, which will allow your internal temperature to regulate and maintain a comfortable level more easily.”

According to Energy Star, sealing your attic is not an easy task, and adding insulation can be tricky as well. If you’re a confident home-DIYer, you can attempt it, but it may be better (and more efficient) to call in the professionals for this job.

Humidifier
Humidifier

8. Run a humidifier

Running the furnace all winter can dry out your skin, but that’s not actually the reason we’re recommending you run a humidifier during the colder months.

According to Bolden Brothers Plumbing, Heating, and Air, dry air actually feels cooler than more humid air. That means you’re working your furnace harder by cranking it up, when a little humidity would have done the trick.

Your skin and your gas bill will thank you.

9. Invest in a smart thermostat

These things are more than just trendy gadgets.

“A smart thermostat will learn your schedule and adjust the temperature levels of your home to provide optimal comfort, while also saving on utility bills,” says Burlando. “No more extra energy spent heating an empty house or coming home to a freezing home.”

31 Dec 2018

NADCA Congratulates New Certification Holders, December 2018

NADCA Congratulates New Certification Holders, December 2018
As a leader in the air duct cleaning industry, NADCA offers two certifications; the Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) certification and the Certified Ventilation Inspector (CVI) certification, credentials that are internationally recognized and known for showcasing an individual’s enhanced knowledge and skills related to HVAC system hygiene.

Congratulations to the following individuals who earned their Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) certification during the month of December:

Christopher Burns
Pure Air Control Services DBA Building Remediation Sciences
Clearwater, FL USA

Pamela Gonzalez
Duct & Vent Cleaning of America, Inc.
Springfield, MA USA

Yossef Harari
Fair Duct Cleaning, LLC
Pikesville, MD USA

Luc Lessard
Le Pro du Conduit ll, Inc.
Sorel-Tracy, QC CAN

Drew Lipold
AdvantaClean of the West Side
North Olmsted, OH USA

Lucas Mangotich
Modern Purair – Victoria
Victoria, BC CAN

Michael Murphy
2119630 Alberta Ltd.
St. Albert, AB CAN

Steve Pezold
Clean Air Columbia
Centralia, MO USA

William Scarborough
Disaster Services, LLC
Pine Mountain, GA USA

Tejas Vispute
A & S Outsourcing Solutions
Mumbai – Maharashtra, IND

Justin Woodward
Ventcare Inc.
Markham, ON CAN

Devin Zvolanek
Mold Terminator Inc.
Eads, TN USA