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Can Professional Air Duct Cleaning Services Help Limit Asthma and Allergy Symptoms? Find out Here!
"Stay inside," they said. "You will have fewer allergy symptoms," they promised. But we are now finding out that the opposite is often the case! Especially with sensitive individuals, such as young children and the elderly.
What is causing the shift? Toxic indoor air.
The average person spends less than five minutes a day outdoors. And the pandemic has caused us to stay home even more than usual. If you and your family are breathing the same indoor air day in and day out, you really need to know that your home air is safe to breathe.
Read on to find out what to do to help your kids - and you - breathe easier and feel better. We’ll discuss how to test air quality in-home, mold removal, and the benefits of both a whole-house humidifier installation and air duct cleaning services.
Is Your Home's Indoor Air Harming Your Kids?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average person's indoor air is up to five times more toxic than the air outside. Modern, airtight and insulated homes have made this problem much worse by literally trapping the airborne toxins indoors!
3 Places You Can Find Airborne Toxins In Your Home:
- Off-gassing from mattresses and furnishings
- Toxins found in home cleaning and personal care products
- Fumes from craft glues and so-called air fresheners
Chances are, your home's indoor air is a recipe for respiratory distress!
Right now, stop reading and just take a quick look around your space. What do you see? What do you smell? Can you pronounce the ingredients on that bottle of counter cleaning spray? What about the scented candle in your bathroom - what is it made of?
The truth is, we are all tempted to blame the great outdoors for our respiratory symptoms. But all too often, the real culprits are the ones we bring home with us.
When Should You Book Your Air Duct Cleaning Services?
According to the EPA, there are four key signs to watch for that will tell you when it is time to consider professional air duct cleaning services.
1. When you see mold on, around or inside your air registers, exhaust vents, duct surfaces and heating and cooling components.
2. When you have or are now dealing with an insect, vermin or rodent infestation.
3. When you can see visible signs of dust and debris exiting your air registers or HVAC components.
4. When your air ducts have accumulated built-up dust and debris that has gotten trapped inside.
Now, reading through this list, you can see it may be tricky to determine whether some of these criteria apply to you. This is especially true if you have no idea whether the previous homeowner did any maintenance on the ductwork at all.
So how can you know if your home is overdue for indoor air duct cleaning services?
How to Tell If Your Air Ducts Need to be Professionally Cleaned
Here at Shipton's CleanAir Solutions, we are not a fan of doing an indoor air duct cleaning sight unseen.
This is why we always start every air duct cleaning evaluation by taking a look inside your air ducts and inviting you to look along with us!
How do we do this?
Our professional Rotovision video inspection system allows us to insert a tiny camera up into your air ducts. This tiny camera is linked to a larger external video monitor so we can see exactly what is lurking inside your air ducts.
(Want to see this in action for yourself? We invite you to watch this short video of a client's RotoVision ductwork inspection.)
Is your primary problem dust? Mildew? Insect debris? Rodent waste? Mold? All of the above? We won't have to guess. Rather, we will look together and decide what the best approach should be.
This systematic approach also ensures that if any advance prep work needs to be done, like mold removal, we can take care of that first to safeguard you and your family.
There have also been cases where we insert the tiny camera up into a customer's ductwork and discover the air ducts really don't need to be cleaned. In this case, we will defer the treatment and offer you other recommendations for any indoor air quality concerns you may have.
If you’re not sure how to test air quality in-home, we can help! Contact our team today to learn more about home indoor air quality testing!
What to Expect During Your Superior Air Duct Cleaning Appointment From Shipton’s CleanAir Solutions
So, how does duct cleaning work, really? And what actually happens during an air duct cleaning service call?
After we verify that your ducts do need cleaning, our crew gets to work. The Rotobrush unit is low-profile and portable to allow minimal disruption to your living space.
Our technicians will remove your air registers to clean and sanitize them for you. While we do this, the Rotobrush air duct cleaning system snakes through your entire air duct system, securely suctioning out all debris into a commercial-grade vacuum container.
Our home air duct cleaning services take between three and five hours. This means that in less than half a day we can drastically improve your home’s indoor air quality!
Your air duct cleaning result is air so clean that our customers often say they can literally smell the difference!
How Much is Duct Cleaning? Bundle and Save on Our Air Duct Cleaning Services Today!
Worried about your air duct cleaning cost? Right now, you can save $100 when you bundle together our professional air duct cleaning services with your choice of either a whole home ultraviolet air purifier or a whole-house humidifier.
Choose from any one of our three popular indoor air duct cleaning services to claim your special $100 savings.
Shipton's CleanAir Solutions Is Your Trusted Ontario Duct Cleaning Expert
If someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, give them the gift of better health with a superior air duct cleaning for your home. We offer duct cleaning in Brantford, Burlington, Hamilton and surrounding areas!
Not all air duct cleaning companies are the same. We don't just tell you how air duct cleaning can improve your respiratory health - we show you!
Learn more about our cutting-edge Rotobrush system to clean, sanitize and disinfect your ducts using the same EPA-certified products used in many hospitals and nursing homes.
Give your family the gift of better health, better sleep and better quality of life with air duct cleaning services. Ready to get started? Call your friendly Shipton's CleanAir Solutions service technician at 1-905-549-2470 or schedule a no-obligation quote here!
What Is the Right Winter Setting for Your Whole House Humidifier?
Up. Down. Wet. Dry. Windy. This is Ontario Canada's unpredictable winter season at a glance. Just when we think we know what is to come, it changes again.
This can make winter the most difficult season for staying healthy. Your sinuses - the gateway to accessing the interior of your body - can't keep up with the increase in threats plus the chronically changing environmental conditions.
Too much damp encourages mould and mildew. Too much dry hangs out the welcome sign for cold, flu and COVID-19 droplets to come in and make themselves at home.
Adding a whole-house humidifier can keep you healthier all year long. But in order to stay protected, your central humidifier setting must be right for the season. Learn what to set your humidifier at in winter.
Pre-COVID Winter Temperature Indoor Humidity Guidelines
In past years, general guidance has suggested aiming for indoor air relative humidity at twice to three times the actual air temperature.
Here are some examples:
- If the indoor temperature is 0 to 10 F (-17 to -12 C), set your humidifier for 20%
- If the indoor temperature is 10 to 20 F (-12 to -6 C), set your humidifier for 25%
- If the indoor temperature is 20 F (-6 C) or greater, set your humidifier for 30%
However, as the global pandemic continues to unfold and evolve, that guidance has changed.
Post-COVID Winter Temperature Indoor Humidity Guidelines
Virologists have discovered that humidity can be a major player in reducing the transmission of airborne viral droplets. Heat won't do it. Neither will the ever-present cold.
But with sufficient amounts of ambient humidity, viral particulates can't live as long or travel as far to infect us.
Today's guidance reflects this.
As of 2021, the new goal is to maintain 40 to 60 percent relative humidity indoors at all times. This is already being done in many research laboratories and COVID-19 hospital wards. Increasingly, businesses and homeowners are also opting to follow suit.
So how does this translate to setting up your whole-house humidifier in winter? And what do you need to know about adjusting your humidifier settings?
Identify Your Specific Type of Whole House Humidifier
The best humidifier setting for your personal whole house humidifier system will depend on what type of system you own and how it is set up. So first, you need to be sure you know what type of whole house humidifier you have.
There are two main types of whole-home humidifiers:
- Steam Humidifier
- Flow-through Humidifier
Let's review the major features of each humidifier type.
Whole-House Steam Humidifier
Whole-house steam humidifiers inject steam directly into the air.
Steam humidifiers don't need to be connected to your HVAC blower to do their job. A steam humidifier also has its own inbuilt heating element that converts water to steam. Steam humidifiers also typically have two settings: automatic and manual.
The most interesting feature of a steam humidifier is that it can be used in homes and workplaces that do not have forced air systems or air ducts in place.
Whole-House Flow-Through Humidifier
Whole-house flow-through humidifiers are designed to work in tandem with your home's existing forced-air HVAC system.
Flow-through humidifiers don't need their own heating element. Rather, they make use of a bypass valve that sends the warmed air across a humidifier pad that adds back moisture to the air before it gets pushed out through the air ducts for distribution.
Some flow-through humidifiers use a seasonal damper system with two settings: "summer" and "winter."
Newer flow-through humidifiers have lots of added features, such as evaporative technology for water conservation and automatic digital settings.
If you still are not sure what type of whole house humidifier you have, scroll down to the last section here and contact us - we are happy to help!
Choosing the Best Humidifier Setting for Winter in Canada
Many whole-home humidifiers have dials (or the digital version of the same) numbered 1 through 7. These settings might appear to correspond to the amount of humidity, but actually relate to the type of insulation in your home.
In most cases, your humidifier will come with out-of-the-box presets that will maintain indoor air relative humidity at 35 percent when the indoor air temperature is 70 F (21 C). This preset will hold true as long as the temperature outside is 20 F (-6 C) or higher.
However, many other factors can also influence how much humidity is present in your indoor air, including:
- Airtight construction
- Ceiling height
- Room size
- HVAC age
- Thermostat preferences
For example, the Coleman humidifiers and Aprilaire humidifiers we carry include a settings guide in the user manual.
You will notice different outcomes for each of the settings (1 through 7) based on the temperature of the air outside. You can change the amount of relative humidity in your indoor air by adjusting this setting up or down as the outside temperature changes.
Here is an example:
Let's say the temperature outside is -10 F (-23 C). Setting your whole-home Aprilaire humidifier to "7" will deliver 30 percent relative humidity. But then let's say it gets warmer outside and the temperature is now 10 F (-12 C). If you want to keep 30 percent relative humidity, you would need to adjust the dial to 4.
Shipton's CleanAir Solutions Is Your Trusted Air Quality Expert in Hamilton Ontario
Shipton's CleanAir Solutions has been serving our customers in Hamilton, Ontario, and surrounding areas for nearly a century!
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