Wednesday March 5, 2014
Given all the hype around cleaning air ducts in your home you probably expect the air ducts in your home to be pretty dirty, right?
Can you imagine what air ducts from a 77 year old house looks like?
Well that's what I wanted to know, and since my house was built in 1937, I decided to take a look. The home has never had its ducts cleaned so I thought if any home would need its air ducts cleaned, it would be one built in 1937. I thought you'd be interested in the results too.
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Unlike HVAC air ducts, your dryer vent duct needs regular cleaning maintenance. I'm going to show you a simple, cheap maintenance task that could save you from a house fire.
Do you know that the home clothes dryer is responsible for around 15,000 fires, 20 deaths, over 300 injuries annually and for causing more than $80 million in property damage?! And if you have an electric clothes dryer, did you know the chance of fire is 250% greater than if you have a gas dryer?
I found those stats from a 1999 report developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shocking. Well the good news is that the fires were not due to anything inherently dangerous about the dryer as an appliance, but more so the lack of proper maintenance by the user. As it turns out the fire originated most frequently from two places: the dryer venting and the lint trap.
It bothers me when I find out after the fact that I was supposed to do maintenance on something that I did not know I was supposed to do. Don't think you are alone in being surprised in what I'm going to tell you. There is probably an unbelievable amount of dangerous lint lining the walls of your dryer ducting and inside your dryer right now that you need to clean out. It does not matter that you regularly clean out the lint filter in your dryer, "lint happens." Loads of clothes taking longer and longer to dry is a classic sign of lint build-up.
In this detailed and photo intensive tutorial called Dryer Vent Cleaning, I will show you what is probably lurking in your dryer venting and how to get rid of the lint which causes the fire risk in your home. You're my reader and I want you safe, so please read this tutorial and spend a few hours and $15 to make your home safe.
Wednesday February 26, 2014
This crazy low winter and cold weather has reduced humidity levels in your homes to low levels you have probably not seen before.
Static may be going crazy in your house. Well, to fight that problem you need a humidifier.
Humidifiers are essential in the winter when humidity is low. By keeping the proper amount of moisture in the air, a humidifier can help alleviate skin dryness, nose bleeds and other problems, not to mention helping to protect your wood furniture and flooring.
However, if not properly maintained, some styles of humidifiers such as the "drum style" humidifier may actually create health problems.
In the tutorial Humidifier Maintenance I will describe how to maintain both a drum style and a flow-through humidifier for proper operation and a healthy home!
Tuesday February 25, 2014
You've received those coupons in the mail. You know, the ones with the filthy looking air duct photo next to the sparkling clean duct along with a contractor's promise to clean your ducts for $49.95 (or something like that).
No one wants filthy dust filled air ducts in their homes. So a call gets made and the bait and switch has begun.
In the tutorial HVAC Air Duct Cleaning: Necessary or Not? I'll explain if and when duct cleaning is necessary. Here's a preview: It is not required very often.
I also wanted to see for myself how dirty air ducts would actually be in an older home that had nothing more done to the HVAC system other than basic maintenance. So I took photos from our home's ductwork. With the home built in 1937, those are 77 year old air ducts. By all the hype they should be virtually filled with dirt and dust, right? Well, you can see the results for yourself in the tutorial.
Again, there are some limited situations where duct cleaning can make sense. But today, these services are ripe for fraud and unnecessary application.