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HVAC Maintenance for Every Home | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
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In extreme temperatures, there’s nothing like having a central heating and air system to keep your home comfortable – but there is, of course, a cost associated with operating them. Energy Star states that about half of a household’s energy bill comes from running the heating and cooling system. While that’s a significant sum for creature comforts, with a little bit of maintenance, you can make your investment extend much further.
Performing regular maintenance and upkeep is a great way to extend the longevity of your HVAC system and catch problems before they become serious and costly. These are the HVAC maintenance checks every homeowner should do:
- Change filters. Maintaining maximum air quality and efficiency is much easier with a regular change of the filters. Change HVAC filters every 30 to 90 days depending on your manufacturer’s recommendation. Additionally, use the highest-rated filter for your HVAC model and ensure a secure fit when filters are installed.
- Check drainage. As the air circulates through your HVAC system, the cooling coils are doing their job of removing water from the air and draining it away. Check drain pans and nearby surfaces for moisture accumulation to stop problems such as mold and water damage before they start.
- Eliminate dust. Clearing dust and debris before it has a chance to invade your air flow system is as simple as keeping up with routine dusting and vacuuming and will do wonders for your HVAC cleanliness. Additionally, always use the highest efficiency filter for the vacuum, purchasing one with a HEPA certification if possible.
Tip: If you’re doing construction or renovations in the home, seal off supply and return registers in the house before dust has a chance to get into the ducts.
- Schedule regular maintenance checkups and cleaning. The best way to ensure your HVAC system is healthy is by having a professional assessment. While there are quite a few things you can do on your own for maintenance, a professional cleaning can create a noticeable improvement in air quality and the efficiency of your unit.
If it’s time to have a professional look at your HVAC system, contact SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County today!
Why Carpet Cleaning Is a Smart Choice for Your Home | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
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If you’re like most homeowners, carpet cleaning is likely not on your list of regular chores. Many assume that vacuuming will suffice—unfortunately, simply running over the carpet doesn’t tackle the heavier debris lying below the surface.
It’s true that most carpet companies require regular cleaning to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty, but there are several other reasons why regular carpet cleaning is important. By improving indoor air quality, allowing for easier floor maintenance and banishing bugs and mites, carpet cleaning is a smart choice for any homeowners looking to have clean and well-maintained floors.
Still not convinced? Here are some ways that carpet cleaning can be beneficial:
Improve indoor air. Carpet routinely holds on to dirt, but more dangerous pollutants and bacteria might also be lurking within the fibers. Any time your family comes inside, they’re unknowingly bringing contaminants from the outside air in with them. Because vacuuming only handles surface-level debris, the other pollutants are free to degrade indoor air quality until they’re professionally removed.
Have easier floor maintenance. While vacuuming only handles the surface dirt, professional cleaning and regular vacuuming can make your life much easier! Regularly cleaned carpets are simpler to vacuum because the heavy-duty dirt and debris have already been removed, so they’ll stay cleaner, longer.
Extend your carpet’s life. In remodels, carpet is often ripped out because it looks “tired”—which is just another way to say that it’s been too dirty for too long. Every time dirty carpet is walked on, the debris becomes more embedded and serves as sandpaper against the fibers, leading to a shorter lifespan.
Remove mites and bugs. Like any soft material, mites and bugs are quite happy taking residence within carpet fibers. Thankfully, professional cleaning creates an inhospitable living environment for the critters, and staying on a regular schedule will prevent them from coming back.
Still unsure how carpet cleaning can benefit your home? Contact our team of professionals today at 845-831-3600!
Cleaning Your Walls to Achieve Perfect Paint | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
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If you’re freshening up your home or doing a remodel with a tight budget, a DIY paint project is a common way to extend your dollar further. Before you pop open that paint can, though, make sure you’re taking the proper steps to prepare your walls.
Painting over dirty walls isn’t one of the “DIY horror stories” you often hear about, so most homeowners don’t know the danger until it happens to them. Thankfully, having a paint job that lasts a lifetime is as simple as properly preparing your walls.
Even on a shoestring budget, investing in clean walls will save your remodeling budget in more ways than one. We’ve seen a lot of things go wrong, which is why SERVPRO® of Western Duchess County has put together a list of ways to make sure your paint project goes right.
###Paint Is Likely to Chip or Flake The paint industry has come a long way over the years, but no matter how high-tech your brand, there are some things it just won’t stick to. Painting over dust or dirt might be passable in the short term but will have long-term consequences for homeowners. At first, the paint will just appear uneven, but in time it will begin to flake, leading to the ruin of an entire wall. Fixing this mistake requires cleaning and paint—an expense not in many DIY budgets.
###Greasy Walls Interfere With Binding Dust and dirt is one thing, but painting over grease can be just as harmful to your project. Grease and residue can come in between the paint and the wall and prevent the binding process that makes paint long-lasting. While this is common in kitchens and mudrooms, if your home has central heat or air, this debris can be carried all throughout the house. The paint will dry unevenly, and once this happens, walls must be sanded, cleaned and re-painted to look even again.
###It Will Make it Harder Down the Road You might be itching to sell or ready to stay in the home forever, but eventually, it will be time for a switch in the color palette. Paint that isn’t flaking might look OK aesthetically, but if there’s residue trapped underneath, a professional will eventually have to sand and prime the walls. You might have to cover this cost, or you might have a buyer that requests a lower selling price—regardless, that’s money coming directly out of your budget.
Whether buying, selling or just sprucing up a bit, a professional wall cleaning service is an investment that will save you time and money in the long term. A properly prepared wall will leave you with beautiful paint that will last a lifetime…or until your décor tastes shift!
If you’re doing a remodel or just a change of style, SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County can help your walls look like new.
Determining the Cleanliness of Your Ducts | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
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The blame for pollutants is often pointed at outdoor air, but homeowners are often shocked to learn that indoor air quality can be far worse. By re-circulating air throughout the home, central heating and cooling systems allow the pollutants in the air to be spread throughout the home.
Not sure if your ducts are due for a cleaning? We’ve put together some tips on when one might be advised:
Allergies: Air moving through an HVAC system picks up all contaminants along the way, including allergens and pollen. If someone in your home has experienced unexplained allergy symptoms, ridding the ducts of allergens is an advised course of action.
Rodents: Unfortunately, homes are never fully sealed against rodents and pests that can bring disease and infestation into the home. If you’ve seen signs of animal nesting, an exterminator and a cleaning service should be called in right away.
Mold: Mold is the culprit behind many health issues, and because it spreads through the air, it can infest the ducts quickly. If you’ve seen mold growth anywhere in your home, a duct cleaning should immediately occur so the problem does not worsen.
Remodeling: Renovations cause a lot of dirt and debris in your home, and these contaminants can easily find their way into the ducts. The HVAC system will continually cycle this debris through your home, worsening the air quality and further dirtying the HVAC system.
High Energy Bill: The Department of Energy has found that 43 percent of a home’s electricity bill is from the heating and cooling system. If the system is weighed down with contaminants, the unit works harder to produce the same amount of air, using more energy than usual. If you’ve seen an uptick in your utility bills, a dirty HVAC system might be to blame.
Routine Contaminants: In addition to these scenarios, general household debris, pet dander and dust can all accumulate with time.
If your ducts have not been cleaned in a long time, SERVPRO® is happy to inspect your system to see if it’s past due.
HVAC filter AFTER a duct cleaning was performed.
This is a photo of a filter after a duct cleaning was conducted in a commercial building. By completing the duct cleaning, the air quality has improved in the building for all employees. According to NADCA, "Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health, such as mold, fungi, bacteria, and very small particles of dust. The removal of such contaminants from the HVAC system and home should be considered as one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality."
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Did you know SERVPRO® offers “GREEN” alternatives for some of our products? SERVPRO® is a proud member of the EPA’s Design for Environment initiative (EPA/DFE).The EPA/DFE has established a set criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products. The initiative is designed to allow chemical formulators (such as our very own in-house chemists) a resource to formulate environmentally friendly cleaning products using environmentally friendly raw materials.
Some of the "Green" products SERVPRO® offers are:
Benefect® Botanical Disinfectant
SERVPRO® All Surface Green Clean
SERVPRO® Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean
SERVPRO® Window Green Clean
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Its that Time of year! Spring Cleaning time!
Everyone can use a little spring-cleaning in their life. Out with the old, in with the new is what they say. It’s an old tradition to help us start the spring and summer seasons clean and fresh! If you need a little help with your spring-cleaning, don’t worry. Give us a call and we will help make your home or business like new in no time!