Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Indoor Air Quality’

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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Titusville Indoor Air Quality: Use Air Filters to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Monday, June 9th, 2014

It’s that time of year again in Titusville: hot, humid weather and allergy season, all rolled into one. Not only does the humidity hold heat in its moisture, it also holds various air pollutants. In addition, it’s allergy season, so all kinds of pollen are floating around, making it tough for allergy sufferers to find relief from their symptoms. Your air conditioner came with a built-in filter, but it is designed to keep dirt, dust and debris from entering your system, not small particles like pollen, mold spores, dust mites or smoke.

How can you improve your indoor air quality in Titusville to help you live more comfortably? Have a whole-home air filter installed by your Next Generation, Inc. Air & Heat expert.

Reasons to Install an Air Filter

Indoor air quality is as much a part of your overall comfort as the temperature and humidity, and there’s no need to compromise it, especially when there’s a great solution for improving it. Here are a few reasons to consider installing an air filter:

Reason #1: Reduce indoor air pollutants, including allergens

Indoor air pollution is a growing concern among many, and for good reason. With many people developing serious sensitivities to indoor air pollution, being able to remove these particles can go a long way toward better health and comfort. Some indoor pollutant types that are removed with an air purifier are:

  • Pollution from indoor combustibles like wood, kerosene, oil, coal or gas
  • Building materials
  • Tobacco products
  • Cleaning products
  • Pesticides

Help with allergies

Allergies may start outside, but they come inside very easily. Allergies don’t just make people miserable, they can trigger asthma problems in those with allergy-related asthma. With an air filter, these allergy particles get filtered out, making the air inside your home significantly healthier for the allergy sufferers in your life. Common allergens screened out with a whole-home filter are:

  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Some Mold spores
  • Fungus spores
  • Dust mites

Reason #2: Help Increase the Longevity of Your System

Your system takes in great deal of dirt, dust and other debris throughout its life. By adding a whole-home filter to your system, you can screen out additional dirt and dust that can clog your system, reducing the risk of potential premature aging.

Live Healthier with Better Indoor Air Quality

Better indoor air quality can be good for you and your air conditioning system. With summer just beginning, now is a great time to see if adding an air cleaner to your system is something that would enhance your indoor air quality in Titusville. Would you like to find out more? Call Next Generation Air & Heat today and schedule an appointment with one of our trained professionals.

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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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How Duct Cleaning Can Help Your Air Conditioning

Monday, January 21st, 2013

When most people turn on their air conditioning system, they probably don’t think that much about the ductwork that the air has to travel through. But if you have old ducts that are collapsed or leaking, you could be using more energy than you need to in order to cool your home. At Next Generation, we love helping our customers in Melbourne, FL get better performance out of the air conditioning system. We’ve put together a little list of some of the benefits to regular duct cleaning.

More Efficient Duct Performance

Over time, dust, dirt, cobwebs and other debris can start to build up in your ducts. These blockages slow the flow of air and make it harder for your AC system to push air through. When you get your ducts cleaned regularly, those clogs can be removed with can potentially increase the overall efficiency of your system.

Cleaner Air

As the air travels through your duct work it picks up and carries any of the particles that have started to collect there. So if you have dust mite droppings, dust, pet dander or bacteria in your ducts, those contaminants will get carried into your air supply. When you have your ducts cleaned regularly, those contaminants and pollutants can be eliminated and cleaned out.

Fewer Odors

Often, the contaminants or pollutants in your ducts can cause your home in Melbourne, FL to smell musty. With regular duct cleaning, you can keep the air in your home as fresh as possible.

If you’re interested in learning more about duct cleaning in Melbourne, FL, call Next Generation. Our skilled ductwork specialists have years of experience working with all different types of ducts.

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The Tools of Duct Cleaning

Monday, January 14th, 2013

If the indoor air quality in your home is subpar, you cannot be truly comfortable. Excellent temperature regulation from your home heating and cooling system is great, but if the air that you breathe is not up to your high standards, you need to resolve that issue. One way to do so is to ensure that your air ducts are clean on the inside. There is no way that you can perform this service on your own, though, so be sure to call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. to handle your duct cleaning services in Melbourne, FL professionally.

Professional duct cleaning entails much more than just vacuuming off the vents and registers or sweeping out the opening. A lot of specialized tools are used in the process, and only a professional duct cleaning service provider can ensure that they are used properly for ideal results. One of the most important tools, of course, is the high powered vacuum used in the process. These vacuums are serious pieces of equipment, and once you see one in action you’ll understand why you couldn’t hope to clean out your air ducts with your household model.

Special agitating devices are also used in the duct cleaning process. It is not enough to simply vacuum or sweep out your air ducts. Allergens and other pollutants can get stuck to the surfaces in your air ducts, affecting efficiency and air quality. The agitation devices used by duct cleaning service providers free up these pollutants and allow the vacuum to suck them all up.

You may think that the cleaning process is over at this point, but many professional duct cleaning technicians will use video inspection equipment to ensure that the job is done completely and effectively. By feeding a camera into your ductwork they can take a look inside and evaluate the job that they have done. This allows them to find any remaining debris or trouble spots that need further attention. Only when your air ducts are truly, completely clean should your service provider leave.

If you have any further questions about duct cleaning services in Melbourne, FL or if you would like to schedule service, call Next Generation today. We want to make your home a more comfortable, healthy place to live. Call today.

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Allergies and Insulation: What You Need to Know in Melbourne, FL

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Suffering from allergies can be a very annoying issue to deal with. There are a lot of medications that can reduce your reactions to allergens in the air outside. When you are in your own home, though, why tolerate allergens in the air at all? There are a number of products available that can boost indoor air quality in your Melbourne, FL home. While air filters, purifiers and other devices are great options for reducing airborne pollutants indoors, wouldn’t it make sense to stop them from getting in in the first place?

Most homeowners know the important role that proper, professionally installed insulation plays in keeping their energy efficiency high. What many homeowners may not understand, though, is that good insulation can actually help to improve indoor air quality in their homes. At Next Generation Air & Heat we know that breathing pure, high-quality air is just as important to your comfort as the temperature. That’s why we want to fill you in on how insulation can help you reduce allergy symptoms.

The same air leaks in your home envelope and ductwork system that allows heat to escape and cold air to get into your home can also let allergens inside. Just as proper insulation can help keep the cold or heat outside, so too can it help to keep allergens from entering your house. The fewer pollutants that are allowed into your home through gaps, cracks and leaks, the less likely you are to suffer from the reactions they can cause your allergies.

In addition to preventing allergens from entering your home, proper insulation can also help keep allergens from entering your ductwork system. It is impossible to keep all pollutants out of your home. Every time someone opens the door or the dog sheds allergens are being introduced into your living environment. By keeping them out of the ductwork with proper insulation, though, you can reduce the spread of these allergens throughout your home. Pairing good insulation with air filters and cleaners is a great way to reduce the discomfort that comes along with allergies.

For more information about the ways in which insulation can reduce the impact of indoor pollutants on your allergies call us today. Our technicians are proud to help you live more comfortably in Melbourne, FL. Schedule service with Next Generation to make your home a more pleasant place to live.

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