Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Duct Cleaning’

What Your Home is Missing this Summer

Monday, June 8th, 2020

dirty-versus-clean-ductworkYou’re a Florida resident, so you know how difficult it can be to can your home comfortable through our how weather and humid temperatures. Summer in Florida will really put your air conditioner up to the test, if you’re noticing that you’re having significant troubles with your home’s air conditioner but no amount of preparation or repair work can make the problem better, then it’s definitely time for you to turn to your indoor air quality needs. If you’ve noticed that your home just isn’t cooperating like it once has, then it’s time for you to schedule an appointment with us.

Our professionals understand what it takes to provide you with excellent indoor air quality services in Palm Bay, FL. We’ll walk you through it below. For now, all you need to know is that you can get in touch with our team when you need us.

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The Importance of Duct Cleaning

Monday, April 13th, 2020

It’s spring now so we’re sure you’ve already turned your sights to your air conditioning system, but have you thought about your indoor air quality system too? Your indoor air quality system goes hand in hand with your air conditioning system. If you want a comfortable home this summer, we suggest that you invest in duct cleaning in Palm Bay, FL.

We know that many homeowners aren’t familiar with the process of duct cleaning or the necessity of this service, but that’s why we’re here to clear the service up for you. We want you to have the best air quality and air conditioning services. Help us help you get the best home quality possible.

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Why Fall is the Perfect Time for Duct Cleaning

Monday, October 15th, 2018

virus-cells-on-a-dark-backgroundIt’s important to think about your indoor air quality here in Palm Bay. Air duct cleaning probably isn’t a service you have done regularly but it’s a small task that can make a huge difference in your overall air quality. Your ductwork moves all the air throughout your home—this is a very labor-intensive job. In an ideal world, you’d have your ducts cleaned annually, but we understand that this doesn’t always happen.

If you can’t remember the last time you’ve had your ducts cleaned, now is the time to schedule an appointment. A fall duct cleaning will save you money in winter. If you need a thorough duct cleaning in Palm Bay, FL schedule an appointment with our team at Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc.

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Signs of Trouble with Your Ductwork

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

corrugated-duct-interiorWe don’t have nearly as much use for our heating systems as we do for our air conditioners here in Florida, but both are necessary if you hope to make it through the entire year comfortably. If you use a central air conditioner in your home—and if you’re not, you should definitely consider ditching window units and opting for a whole-house cooling system—then you are depending upon a system of air ducts in order to distribute cooled air throughout your house.

If you use a furnace, too, then you are also using that system when you heat your home, however infrequent that may be. What we’re getting at here is that your air ducts play a vital role in your overall comfort and the overall performance quality of your HVAC system(s). That means that any problems at all with your ductwork in Palm Bay, FL really need to be resolved as soon as possible. Of course, your air ducts are also almost entirely hidden from view. So how are you to recognize problems to begin with?

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Can I Clean My Ducts on My Own?

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Regular duct cleaning is an important part of upkeep for your home’s HVAC system. Maintaining dust and dirt-free ventilation passages removes excess strain off a forced-air heater and air conditioner, helps protect indoor air quality, and makes it easier to keep a house looking clean and tidy and without dust everywhere.

Duct cleaning isn’t something to handle on your own as part of spring cleaning. You should schedule the service from professionals. We often hear from people who want advice about handling the duct cleaning job on their own, and we always inform them that the only way to handle the chore is to leave it to other people—specifically, the people with the right training and equipment.

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. has an excellent duct cleaning team on staff. Make an appointment with us to have duct cleaning in Palm Bay, FL, done fast and right.

Why professionals must handle duct cleaning

The network of ducts in a home is extensive, and most of it remains out of sight of the homeowner. Accessing duct interiors is difficult, and the amount of debris that can build up over a year or two inside ductwork is more than a commercial vacuum cleaner can handle. You cannot open up a vent register and place a vacuum hose into it and hope to get the job done. Brooms and brushes brought into service will not complete the task either. It requires technicians who can access the entire ventilation network and remove all the contaminants inside, many of which are ground deep into the ductwork walls.

The way that professionals carry out duct cleaning is through high-powered vacuums that attach to where the ductwork leaves the HVAC system. These large vacuums put the whole ventilation system under negative pressure, and this dislodges debris and particles from the duct walls to make it easier for the vacuum to then suction them up. Special agitation equipment sent into the different registers will remove any further pollutants.

You can provide some help for your ducts on your own, however. Make sure that you change or clean the air filter in the HVAC system once a month during its regular use; this will help slow down dust accumulation. You should also keep the registers clean to allow for better airflow. But it still takes the work of duct cleaning technicians to fully clean a ventilation system for healthier indoor air and an efficient heater and air conditioner.

If more than two years has passed since you had your ductwork cleaned, or if you’ve noticed more dust around your house and higher AC and heating bills, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. right away to schedule duct cleaning in Palm Bay, FL.

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Spring Duct Cleaning FAQ

Monday, April 14th, 2014

After a long cold winter, spring feels like a relief. It’s time to open up the windows, let in the sunshine, and get the house in top shape for the summer months. While many homeowners think to clean out their garage and basement, or paint the upstairs bedroom, they often forget one important factor for the cleanliness of the home, ducts. While often hidden behind walls and in ceilings, your ductwork is nevertheless responsible for distributing your heated and cooled air throughout your home. It is an essential component of your AC system, and therefore requires the same kind of professional service and attention. In this post, we’d like answer some frequently asked questions we often hear about duct cleaning. For duct cleaning in Melbourne, FL, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today!

  • Why should I have my ductwork cleaned? Cleaning your ductwork is one of the best way to improve the comfort of your home. Over time, dust, pollen, dander, and other debris can buildup in your ducts. As the cooled and heated air circulates through these channels, these contaminants become airborne and flow into your living spaces through the vents and registers. Cleaning your ducts can greatly improve the quality of your indoor air.
  • Is this a performance or air quality issue? Both. Not only do dirty ducts affect the quality of your indoor air, they also negatively impact your cooling performance. Even small amounts of foreign material in your ducts can significantly reduce the passage of cool air, and increase energy costs. Moreover, dirty ductwork can also increase the risk of damage to other system components.
  • Why now? Cleaning your ducts before the cooling season begins allows you to maximize your energy efficiency all summer long. Because our summer cooling costs are responsible for roughly 70% of our energy bill at peak usage, duct cleaning can lead to increased savings in the long term. It will also prevent any cooling downtime during the hottest days of the year.

Duct cleaning is a great way to maximize your energy efficiency and home comfort for this upcoming cooling season. For duct cleaning in Melbourne, FL, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today! 

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Some Common Contaminants That Duct Cleaning Will Remove

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Your ducts carry heated air in the winter and cool air in the summer to help your HVAC system keep your home comfortable. Over time, dust and debris will build up inside the ducts, necessitating cleaning from a professional. When performed periodically, it will help improve the quality of your indoor air, as well as allowing your heating and cooling system to function as effectively as it can. But what exactly are they removing from your ducts? Here’s a list of some common contaminants that duct cleaning will remove.

  • Human skin cells. Most household dust consists of at least some shed human skin cells, which remain in the home and gradually build up over time.
  • Pet dander. If you have pets, particularly cats, then they shed dander all of the time, and your circulated air will likely move it through your HVAC system.
  • Carpet and furniture fibers. Every home has furnishings of some sort, and tiny fibers will often detach and become a part of your household dust.
  • Pollen. Thanks to our lush and humid atmosphere, we tend to get a lot of plant pollen in our homes. This and other biological contaminants can build up in your ductwork.
  • Dust mites. These microscopic creatures feed on organic components in the dust. Their waste and exoskeleton can contribute to dust and exacerbate allergies in particularly sensitive individuals.

If you’re interested in clearing this kind of material out with a thorough duct cleaning, Palm Bay FL has a company that can help. Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. knows the common contaminants that duct cleaning will remove, and has the experience necessary to perform the job right. If you want your HVAC system to function as smoothly as possible, pick up the phone and give us a call today. You’ll be glad that you did!

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When Is Duct Cleaning Necessary?

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The ductwork in your home is extensive: it moves air through walls, floors, and ceilings unseen. The conditioned air from your HVAC system needs these sealed channels leading to your vents to keep you comfortable throughout the year.

Ductwork must maintain a tight seal along its length to prevent a loss of air pressure, which would cut down on its air flow and damage its heating/cooling ability. There is a downside to this tight sealing, however: dust that enters through the vents can build up inside these sealed channels. You won’t see it, but your ducts may gather a layer of dust during normal operation. Duct cleaning is a task you should take seriously and schedule regularly to protect your air quality and the operation of your HVAC system.

We recommend you get duct cleaning done at least once a year; schedule it as part of your yearly maintenance for either your air conditioner or your heater. You may need duct cleaning sooner than the regular annual visit if you notice a dust buildup inside your living spaces. If you find you are doing more dusting and cleaning than usual to get rid of layers of dust across furniture, it’s possible that dirt has infiltrated the inside of your ducts. If you have gone without duct cleaning for a few years, you should definitely schedule it as soon as possible, since the dirt and debris may already be negatively affecting your indoor air quality.

If the air filter for your HVAC system is excessively clogged (make sure you change it once a month during heating and cooling season), it’s another sign that you’ll need to schedule duct cleaning: a clogged filter often means dust is starting to build-up throughout the ductwork.

Getting professionals to handle your duct cleaning will also mean you’ll find out if your ducts have any issues that require repairs, such as breaks. Breaks lead to even greater dirt and dust contamination, and they must get sealed as soon as possible. Call on the Melbourne, FL duct cleaning experts at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today.

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Why You Need Both Duct Cleaning and Dryer Vent Cleaning

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The ductwork in your home is designed to maintain a sealed environment—from your heater and air conditioner all the way to the room vents; this prevents loss of pressure. But this enclosed system also means it’s difficult to avoid a dust build-up inside the ducts, and after a few years it can get quite dirty in there. Even though you can’t see the inside of your home’s ductwork, it’s important to have it as clean as possible.

The same is true for the vent on your dryer, another system often hidden from sight. This vent exhausts excess hot air from your dryer to the outside, and a dust and dirt contamination inside can cause problems that you definitely want to avoid.

Here’s why it’s important that you schedule cleaning for both your ductwork and your dryer vent if you’ve neglected them for too long. Next Generation handles dryer vent and duct cleaning in Melbourne, FL. One call can take care of both jobs.

Why clean your ducts: The EPA has identified poor indoor air quality as a major health risk to Americans. Because our homes are tightly protected against the outdoors with insulation and seals around doors and windows, fresh air has little chance of getting in, and bad air little chance of getting out. If your ducts becomes clogged with dust, dirt, pollen, dander, and other pollutants, your indoor air can become less than ideal for your and your family. This can lead to respiratory trouble, eye irritation, coughing, sinus congestion, and headaches.

In addition, a dirty set of ducts will lower the efficiency of your home comfort system, making it work harder to maintain its target temperature. This will raise your power bills and make your system age faster, requiring more repairs and possibly an early replacement.

Why clean your dryer vent: If the vent from your dryer becomes clogged, the difficulty releasing exhaust will make your dryer expend extra energy to dry your clothes. You’ll end up with damp clothes—and higher energy bills. But more importantly, a dirty vent poses a potential fire hazard. The heat inside the vent can cause the trapped lint to ignite. Having the vent clear of excess obstructions will keep you and your family safer.

As alarming as problems from contaminated ducts and dryer vents sound, you can solve both problems with professional cleaning. You’ll have a difficult time doing the work yourself, and you don’t want to risk causing ruptures in ducts or damage to your dryer. Rely on experts to take care of it. When you want dryer vent and duct cleaning in Melbourne, FL, call Next Generation for fast, high quality work.

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Reasons to Consider Professional Duct Cleaning in Melbourne, FL

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Ducts are placed in unobtrusive areas of your home, such as the attic and the crawlspace inside your walls, as a means of distributing cool air from your HVAC system. With it, the AC unit can distribute air safely and efficiently through your house. Over time, however, dust and dirt can build up in your duct system, necessitating the need for professional duct cleaning. Melbourne, FL and other nearby communities experience warm, humid summers, which can create bacterial growth and moisture issues in your ducts as well. There are multiple additional reasons to consider professional duct cleaning for your home.

In the first place, the presence of contaminants in your duct system can severely impact the quality of air in your household. The AC unit can spread existing contaminants into every corner of your home, creating irritation in your lungs and affecting anyone troubled by allergies. Even if you don’t suffer from allergies, the reduction in air quality can impact your health and ability to enjoy the comforts of your home.

Perhaps more importantly, dust in the system can indicate a larger problem either with the ducts themselves or with the air conditioning unit to which they are attached. Dust in the AC system can increase wear and tear on individual components, while forcing the system to expend more energy in order to cool your home. Dust in the ducts can also affect the system’s efficiency, and may indicate a leak in the ducts somewhere that will need to be addressed. Leaks not only let dust in, but allow cool air to escape, reducing your AC unit’s effectiveness and creating higher electric bills in the process.

If you suspect that your ducts need to be cleaned, it pays to consult a professional. Expert services can not only remove dust from the system, but can spot the potential source of the dust, such as a loose fitting or a breach in the ducts themselves. Next Generation is the company to call for expert duct cleaning in Melbourne, FL.

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