Improving your home's energy efficiency can have an added benefit that's equally compelling: improving your home's indoor air quality as well.
A comprehensive home energy audit with a qualified home energy auditor will include an analysis of your home's indoor air quality and ventilation rates, including specific tests to ensure that toxins such as radon, lead paint dust, asbestos, mold, VOCs, gas leaks and carbon monoxide are not presenting a health hazard to you and your family.
During a home performance upgrade following an energy audit, a home performance contractor will work to ensure that indoor air quality issues stemming from such issues as mold and moisture are minimized, and that ventilation rates are adequate for the home.
The end result is a home that is more comfortable, more affordable to operate, and healthier and safer. A good investment? You bet.
Leaky ducts can kill you. It's not a joke.
Return ducts are used to “return” air back to the furnace or air conditioner. Think about what happens when the return duct leaks in the attic, or basement with a gas water heater or gas furnace... Any leak in the attic sucks air into the ducts from that nasty space, filled with dust, mouse droppings, and fiberglass, as well as the obvious outside air that might be cold or very hot. So, return air leaks are bad, really bad. They’re unhealthy and really hurt your energy efficiency. How much? For example where the return duct is partly open it can decrease the system efficiency 30%-50%!
The bad news is that a return air leak this big can suck the air out of the attic or basement, creating a low pressure zone. So low that it can literally suck the exhaust fumes and carbon monoxide out of the furnace or water heater In fact, it can kill you.
This problem is so serious that the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and RESNET, the EPA and Energy Star requires all certified energy auditors to test for these potentially lethal conditions. And remember, you might have several things working to create dangerous conditions – the leaky return ducts, the clothes dryer (which might be expelling large amounts of air from the basement), the furnace (which also uses air for combustion), and the water heater. There are also natural forces at work that make basements, attics, and other home spaces lower pressure.So when an installer takes shortcuts and doesn’t seal your ducts air-tight, not only are they robbing you and maybe making you sick, they could kill you. If you’re having duct work done, or a new house or addition built, insist on having the ducts tested. I will cost several hundred dollars more, but what price do you put on your family’s life? Don’t take shortcuts – make sure it’s done right.
We are Building Performance Institute (BPI) and RESNET, and Energy Star certified energy auditors . We test for these potentially lethal conditions.
This is the coil with sucked in insulation and mold before we cleaned it.
This photo is of a new flange screwed on and sealed with mastic and the new return ductwork sealed with mastic, after the coil was cleaned. Now they can breathe clean cool air, instead of moldy insulation and hot attic air and their heating and cooling bill will drop 12%.
Dryer vent fires:
$80 million in property damage is caused by 6,100 clothes dryer fires a year. Consumer Reports MagazineDryer vent fires are the number-one fire-related accident in U.S. homes, causing over 15,000 house fires every year. Based on this sobering statistic, it’s obvious that U.S. consumers need to become more educated about the need for regular dryer vent cleaning.
* Inspect your current vents
* Use our top-of-the-line cleaning tools to remove lint, debris.
* Clean our area to ensure we leave your home just as we left it.
How Often To Clean Dryer Vents?
With average usage, lint, dust, and debris build up in your vents, which could be dangerous. When you turn on your dryer, the heat could cause this debris to catch fire.
With average use, you should schedule a cleaning about every two years.
If you notice your clothes are taking longer than normal to dry, you may have to schedule a cleaning earlier.
If you are unsure our team can help you decide when the right time is for us to professionally clean your dryer vents. Our priority is to provide you with clean and safe air ducts and dryer vents.