Ductz Indoor Air Professionals offers services that will keep your living and working environments healthy and clean.   Our services range from cleaning and installing dryer vents to handling mold and mildew problems and remediation in HVAC units and duct work.  Besides repairing and/or replacing your damaged duct work, we also clean crawlspaces and remove anything that is preventing your crawlspace from being as clean as possible and can install vapor barriers to keep your crawlspace sealed against moisture, preventing mold and mildew from forming in the area.

DUCTZ Residential Services

HVAC System Cleanliness Inspection

Ductwork and HVAC System Cleaning

DUCTZ cleaning and restoration processes involve more than 127 identifiable and distinct tasks. During the cleaning and restoration process, various assortments of highly specialized and proprietary tools, machinery and supplies are used. In addition, DUCTZ uses patented processes, such as an exclusive metallic barrier in the air plenum of the furnace and in certain ductwork. This barrier eliminates fiberglass shedding and prevents the fiberglass from acting like an absorbent sponge, which collects dirt and moisture, creating a breeding ground for microbial growth, bacteria and fungi.

Duct Sealing

In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.

How do you know that your home has poorly performing ducts?
  • You have high summer and winter utility bills
  • You have rooms that are difficult to heat and cool
  • You have stuffy rooms that never seem to feel comfortable
  • Your ducts are located in an attic, crawlspace, or the garage
  • You find tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system
Save Money

Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent. Sealing and insulating ducts increases efficiency, lowers your energy bills, and can often pay for itself in energy savings. Plus, if you’re planning to install new heating and cooling equipment, a well-designed and sealed duct system may allow you to downsize to a smaller, less costly heating and cooling system that will provide better dehumidification.

Protect the Environment

Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming. Simply put, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate. By sealing your ducts and reducing the amount of energy necessary to comfortably heat or cool your home, you can reduce the amount of air pollution generated. Learn more about this at www.engerystar.gov

Dust Problems & Filtration

The air filter in your furnace or air conditioner has a profound impact on your living environment. Regular filter maintenance is essential to maintaining proper indoor air quality (IAQ). Frequent filter changes can also improve energy efficiency and extend the life of mechanical systems.

The Benefits of Filtered Air
  • Removes dust, particulates and other airborne contaminants that adversely affect IAQ
  • Reduces maintenance of building interiors such as frequent washings of blinds and fluorescent bulbs
  • Protects the contents of occupied spaces including paintings, tapestries and other items of historic or cultural value
  • Eliminates fire hazards by removing lint and other materials which might accumulate in ductwork

Air filters capture small particles of dust, pollen and other contaminants that ride on currents in the air stream. A well maintained filter, one that is regularly changed or cleaned, removes debris that might otherwise end up in your lungs. Some filters can clean more than 99 percent of airborne particulates. These high efficiency filters are important for the elderly, people suffering from asthma or allergies and others with a compromised immune system. Failure to properly maintain air filters can have a devastating impact on your home’s furnace or air conditioning mechanical system. Inadequate filtration allows for fine particles to collect on sensitive mechanical components, causing premature wear and breakdown. Regular filter maintenance can extend the life of your home’s heating or air-conditioning system for years.

Upgrading your filtration alone leaves existing contaminants in the duct system that can cause indoor air quality problems. Before upgrading to a better quality air filter, it is essential to ensure that the entire mechanical system is clean. Duct cleaning without properly maintaining filters can accelerate the re-contamination of the HVAC system. Proper filter maintenance may extend the time between cleanings by keeping the system free of debris.

Call or schedule today to talk with a DUCTZ professional about what kind of filtration is best for your home.

Airflow Problems

Your heating and air conditioning unit will not warm or cool your home properly without balance in the HVAC air flow. If your home has uneven temperatures from room to room, you need to balance the air flow in your HVAC system. A huge reason for inflated heating and cooling bills can be attributed to airflow problems within the HVAC system. There are many possible causes, and each result is the same: little or no airflow out of your supply air registers. Determining the cause is relatively easy if you know where to look. Consider some pointers on finding the culprit to low air flow.

Instructions
  • Check the HVAC filter located on the side of the HVAC unit. This is the number one reason for airflow problems. If it is dirty, there will be significantly reduced airflow, and you will need to replace it.
  • Check the supply air and return air registers. If these are shut or blocked, air can’t get in or out of the rooms they feed. Move large furniture away if it is placed in front of the registers. Open registers if they are closed.
  • Check your blower fan for excessive dirt. Running an HVAC unit without a filter can cause the blower fan to get dirty and reduce airflow. Hire an experienced DUCTZ Professional to clean the blower fan if this is the cause.
  • Look at your evaporator coil to see if it is dirty or iced up. You may need to cut an access hole into the supply air plenum to see the coil. You can install a patch afterward. Low refrigerant can cause your coil to ice up when you are running your air conditioner. This will block airflow. A licensed DUCTZ Professional will have to check your refrigerant if this is the cause.
  • Examine all your ductwork to see if it is crushed or pulling apart. Flexible ductwork is especially vulnerable to damage. Replace any damaged ductwork.
Biological Growth

DUCTZ processes control biological organisms, such as microbial growth and bacteria that form on cooling coils and other working parts of HVAC systems by mechanically removing the sources for growth. These organisms can interfere with the heat transfer process, causing reduced HVAC system efficiency. The DUCTZ microbial control cleaning process prevents corrosion often caused by sulfuric acid secreted by common bacteria. This process also prevents rust and corrosion, which can degrade the HVAC system forcing costly repairs and replacements. Our microbial control cleaning process also extends the useful life of HVAC systems while increasing overall energy efficiency by keeping fins, blowers and coils clean and running at peak operational performance.

Indoor air quality can be adversely affected by the spread of harmful contaminants through the HVAC system. Contaminants in the HVAC system can cause odors, damage surfaces and secrete toxic byproducts to living and working areas. DUCTZ microbial control cleaning process improves indoor air quality at the source – the HVAC system. DUCTZ professionals take the necessary steps to protect from exposure to contaminants dislodged during the cleaning process by using HEPA filtration on cleaning equipment and adhere to NADCA and other appropriate guidelines and standards.

DUCTZ professionals use thoroughly researched processes and procedures, combined with appropriate products for the following applications: flexible ducts fabricated of metal or plastic, unlined sheet metal ducts, air handlers, cooling coils, fan coil units, condensate drain pans, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, registers, grills, diffusers, fans, fan housings, transfer boxes, turning vane, return ducts, plenums and rooftop units.

DUCTZ professionals are certified, qualified and trained in microbial control cleaning processes and strive to improve indoor air quality and increase the operating efficiency of HVAC systems.

Fire & Water Damage

HVAC interior surfaces have the potential to collect particulate, smoke, moisture, gaseous emissions and other contaminants as the result of a fire or smoke event. This can occur even while the HVAC system is in a de-energized (non-operational) state. Deposition of these foreign materials may alter the HVAC system’s components, potentially affecting system performance, corrosion resistance, and the general hygiene of the HVAC interior surfaces. A standardized evaluation of the HVAC interior surface conditions is necessary to determine when HVAC interior surfaces have been impacted by a fire-related particulate. If there has been a damaging impact, we can change out all duct work for you.

When addressing water related issues within mechanical systems DUCTZ strictly adheres to the institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S500 and S520 standards to assess and restore mechanical systems.

Construction Debris

Large amounts of airborne debris can contaminate every space of a building or home under construction. Controlling this debris before it contaminates the mechanical system or building is extremely important. Building containment strategies designed by DUCTZ senior personnel provide assurances against cross-contamination of known contaminants. Many buildings are occupied while cleaning or investigations are conducted. DUCTZ professionals use specialized industrial HEPA vacuum equipment to control any number of construction debris-related issues in the home or office, including wood floor sanding, plaster sanding, general construction and more.

DUCTZ professionals are certified, qualified and trained in controlling airborne debris from areas under construction.

Smoke, Water, Rodent Damage & Odors

We’re a one-stop shop when it comes to repairing or replacing damaged areas in your duct system.

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Mechanical System Evaluation

Prior to initiating any cleaning activities, a DUCTZ professional or an independent Indoor Air Quality Consultant should determine the system cleanliness and economic practicality of undertaking restorative cleaning activities.

This determination shall include a site survey of the building; a visual assessment of the HVAC system’s components; age of the components under consideration; and an economic assessment of HVAC system cleaning versus equipment/component replacement. Upon completion of the analysis, and in accordance with the clients’ needs, the criteria for level of cleanliness shall be established, documented and agreed upon by all involved parties. Visible contaminants within HVAC systems from rodent or insect infestation, storm or flood damage, water infiltration, fire and smoke damage, mold, construction or remodeling particulates, or general debris blowing out of supply registers or grilles are conditions necessitating implementation of this standard.

HVAC System Cleaning

DUCTZ cleaning and restoration processes involve more than 127 identifiable and distinct tasks. During the cleaning and restoration process, various assortments of highly specialized and proprietary tools, machinery and supplies are used. In addition, DUCTZ uses patented processes, such as an exclusive metallic barrier in the air plenum of the furnace and in certain ductwork. This barrier eliminates fiberglass shedding and prevents the fiberglass from acting like an absorbent sponge, which collects dirt and moisture, creating a breeding ground for microbial growth, bacteria and fungi.

Fire & Water Damage

HVAC interior surfaces have the potential to collect particulate, smoke, moisture, gaseous emissions and other contaminants as the result of a fire or smoke event. This can occur even while the HVAC system is in a de-energized (non-operational) state. Deposition of these foreign materials may alter the HVAC system’s components, potentially affecting system performance, corrosion resistance, and the general hygiene of the HVAC interior surfaces. A standardized evaluation of the HVAC interior surface conditions is necessary to determine when HVAC interior surfaces have been impacted by a fire-related particulate.

When addressing water related issues within mechanical systems DUCTZ strictly adheres to the institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S500 and S520 standards to assess and restore mechanical systems.

Biological Growth

DUCTZ processes control biological organisms, such as microbial growth and bacteria that form on cooling coils and other working parts of HVAC systems by mechanically removing the sources for growth. These organisms can interfere with the heat transfer process, causing reduced HVAC system efficiency. The DUCTZ microbial control cleaning process prevents corrosion often caused by sulfuric acid secreted by common bacteria. This process also prevents rust and corrosion, which can degrade the HVAC system forcing costly repairs and replacements. Our microbial control cleaning process also extends the useful life of HVAC systems while increasing overall energy efficiency by keeping fins, blowers and coils clean and running at peak operational performance.

Indoor air quality can be adversely affected by the spread of harmful contaminants through the HVAC system. Contaminants in the HVAC system can cause odors, damage surfaces and secrete toxic byproducts to living and working areas. DUCTZ microbial control cleaning process improves indoor air quality at the source – the HVAC system. DUCTZ professionals take the necessary steps to protect from exposure to contaminants dislodged during the cleaning process by using HEPA filtration on cleaning equipment and adhere to NADCA and other appropriate guidelines and standards.

DUCTZ professionals use thoroughly researched processes and procedures, combined with appropriate products for the following applications: flexible ducts fabricated of metal or plastic, unlined sheet metal ducts, air handlers, cooling coils, fan coil units, condensate drain pans, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, registers, grills, diffusers, fans, fan housings, transfer boxes, turning vane, return ducts, plenums and rooftop units.

DUCTZ professionals are certified, qualified and trained in microbial control cleaning processes and strive to improve indoor air quality and increase the operating efficiency of HVAC systems.

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DUCTZ Dryer Vent Cleaning Services

Commercial or residential dryer vents need to be cleaned periodically to reduce the risk of fire. Reduced airflow and lint build-up cause overheating and prevent fast drying action. When this happens, safety switches cycle on and off continuously and can fail over a period of time. This results in higher costs of operation and could cause a costly and dangerous dryer fire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires; resulting in 20 deaths and 370 injuries. Lack of maintenance is the leading cause of dryer fires with lint identified as the source material igniting the fires. The fires may be caused by:

  • Failure of mechanical and/or electrical parts within the dryer
  • Improper materials placed in the dryer
  • Insufficient airflow as a result of improper installation
  • Advanced Warning Signs
  • Clothes (especially towels or jeans) that take a long time to dry
  • Clothes are hotter than usual at the end of the cycle
  • Flapper on vent hood doesn’t open when dryer is on
  • If you notice any of these signs, schedule a professional dryer cleaning or inspection immediately.
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Dryer Vent Fire Prevention – A Simple Solution:

Routine maintenance and care of your dryer vent system to prevent fires includes:

  • Dryer vent systems need to be up-to-code with your city, state and dryer manufacturer
  • A properly installed all-metal dryer vent will help ensure airflow; replace any plastic or foil vent with semi-rigid or solid metal venting
  • Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter
  • Clean lint trays and screens before or after each use of the dryer
  • Remove accumulated lint around the drum
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe
  • Wash lint screens with soap and water every few weeks to remove residue left behind by fabric softeners
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating
  • Make sure the outdoor vent flap is not covered by snow, bushes or any other materials
  • Keep dryers in good working order; gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks
  • Dryers should be properly grounded
  • Make sure the correct plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly
  • Avoid overloading a washing machine or dryer
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions
  • Avoid having combustible chemicals (cleaning products) or chemical-laden items near dryers
  • Never dry items that have come in contact with flammable substances, such as cooking oil, gasoline, paint thinner, alcohol, etc.
  • Keep the dryer area clear of things that can burn, such as boxes or clothing
  • Never leave the house or go to bed with your dryer running

Have dryer vents professionally cleaned and inspected annually to help prevent dryer vent fires. DUCTZ professionals use a variety of specialized tools and procedures to clean dryer vent ductwork. The entire process usually takes about one hour. However, cleaning is only one part of our service. The dryer vent is also inspected for several mechanical issues that should be checked by a professional duct cleaner.

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The use of proper venting materials helps to achieve maximum performance and extend the life of your dryer. When clothes are given the appropriate amount of air, they dry quicker, are subject to less tumbling, and result in less electric or gas usage from your dryer.

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