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Central Humidifiers – What are the Pros & Cons?

Central humidifiers are built right into the heating and air conditioning system. They are designed to humidify your home by releasing a fine water vapor. While humidifiers are very useful, they do have the potential to make you quite ill if you do not maintain them properly.

NJ Central HumidifiersHumidifiers are great at providing relief from dry skin, dry sinuses, bloody noses, and other respiratory ailments that are sometimes attributed to lack of moisture in the air. However, if not properly cleaned, dirty humidifiers can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Be sure to consult your doctor before installing or using a central humidifier if you have asthma, allergies or any other respiratory health conditions.

Always follow manufacturer’s guidelines when setting humidity levels, as well as instructions for properly cleaning the humidifier. Your HVAC professional can also help guide you in proper use and maintenance of your unit. Here are a few tips for maintaining the cleanliness of your humidifier:

  • Always shut off the water supply before cleaning the drum and tray. Do this at least once monthly.
  • Inspect the float assembly for scale. Scale on the float can potentially cause leaks. Clean or replace.
  • Examine the area around your system for wetness, as this is an indication of a leak.
  • Clean or replace sponges or filters.
  • Always turn off the water supply during the summer months & clean and drain the drum and tray. If you have air conditioning, there could be a metal knob on the humidifier to block the air flow.

Over time, all humidifiers can build up deposits that can become very difficult to clean and remove. This can encourage growth of bacteria or mold. You may wish to consider replacing older humidifiers.

Looking for the Best Company for NJ Central Humidifiers & Installation Services?

DRX Duct Cleaning has been in business for over 10 years proudly serving the greater NJ area. Our staff has combined over 75 years of experience in the air duct cleaning and HVAC industry. Additionally, not only are we NADCA members, but we guarantee an NADCA certified technician on site at every job, every time, no exceptions! For more information or to schedule an appointment with the most exclusive air duct cleaners in NJ, contact us at 908-755-2950 today.

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Are You Ready for Spring Allergies?

Ah, Spring. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the allergy sufferers are flocking to the drug stores and buying out all the antihistamines on the shelves. As much as we are ready to welcome winter’s end, those of us with allergies are dreading the yearly plague of itchy noses, watery eyes, and sneezing! There are a few things we can do to prepare, but eliminating our exposure to pollen is essentially impossible.

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Here are a few things you can do:

  •  As tempting as it may be to crack open all the windows and leave the doors open, don’t do it!  Keep them closed to minimize exposure to allergens.
  • Be sure to vacuum your home frequently! Vacuuming floors, rugs, furniture, even your mattresses and pillows with a HEPA filtered vacuum is recommended.
  • Pollen sticks to fabric like velcro. To avoid spreading it through your home, change your clothes as soon as you get inside. You may even want to bag the clothes before bringing them to the laundry area depending on the severity of your allergies. Also, leave shoes in the foyer so you do not track the pollen onto your floors and rugs.
  • If you typically shower in the morning, try switching it up and showering before bed to avoid transferring pollen to your blankets and pillows.
  • Be sure to change furnace filters frequently. Use a pleated filter with a high MERV rating. Spending a little more on a high quality filter it worth it.
  • Do mold inspections because mold can set off allergies as well.  The top places to uncover mold is in bathrooms, kitchens, basements or anywhere there may be leaks, or propensity for humid conditions.
  • Remember to clean and shut off the humidifier if you have one attached to your furnace.
  • Limit outdoor activity when the pollen count is at a high. (Typically between 5:00 AM – 10:00 AM) Pollen counts are always high on windy days, and hot dry days have a higher pollen count as well.
  • Check the local weather app or weather station for an air quality report before planning your day.
  • Schedule an appointment to have your air ducts cleaned and sanitized.  This will remove pollen, dust, dust mites, mold spores and other allergens from your air ducts.

Looking a Great Company for Air Duct Cleaning in Central NJ?

DRX Duct Cleaning has been in business for over 10 years proudly serving the greater NJ area. Our staff has combined over 75 years of experience in the air duct cleaning and HVAC industry. Additionally, not only are we NADCA members, but we guarantee an NADCA certified technician on site at every job, every time, no exceptions! For more information or to schedule an appointment with the most exclusive air duct cleaners in NJ, contact us at 908-755-2950 today.

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New Furnace, Clean Ducts!

New Furnace, Clean Ducts!

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Air Duct Cleaning Comes with Serious Benefits Across Multiple Areas.

The average homeowner replaces their furnace about every 10-15 years. Most times the last time the furnace was replaced was also the last time an air duct cleaning was done.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you should see about having an air duct cleaning if:

  1. If you can visibly see mold growth inside air ducts or other parts of the system, such as the vents.
  2. The air ducts are riddled with insects or rodents.
  3. Dust and debris are clogging the ducts while being released into your home.

Most times you cannot see dust and debris that are being blown into your home with the bare eye. When a contractor comes in and replaces the furnace, he is not replacing any of the duct work, therefore anything that was captured inside will remain inside. Another thing to keep in mind is that the new furnace might blow out air differently than the old one, forcefully pushing air and debris when it is turned on for the first time, which is why you should clean the air ducts prior to turning the new furnace on.

Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning NJ

According to NADCA, pollutants in our home are recycled throughout the HVAC system and are distributed back into the home up to 7 times per day. Because of this an accumulation of contamination materializes in the ducts. Having dirty ducts does not automatically mean that the air in your home is unhealthy. However, it can contribute to irritating allergies, cause serious problems for individuals who have respiratory health issues, or autoimmune disorders.

The average American spends around 90% of their time indoors. To reduce dust and improve the air quality in your home be sure to have an air duct cleaning as necessary.

Plus, as report by the US Department of Energy up to 30% of the energy used to run the HVAC system is wasted. Pollutants in the HVAC system can cause the system to not run properly and can even shorten the life of the system as well. A clean system will maintain your desired temperature with ease.

Things to Expect from an Air Duct Cleaning Service Provider

If you decide on getting your air ducts clean, your service provider should:

  • Stay in compliance with the NADCA standards.
  • Handle the duct work with care. (Reinsulated and seal any access holes that were made at the time of service.)
  • Preserve the carpets and furniture in your home.
  • Use a high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) vacuum.

One last thing: Do not forget to clean your dryer vent! A dryer vent cleaning will clear out any lint or dirt that gets trapped inside over time. Although, it is often overlooked, it is crucial step in the maintenance of your home.

Dampers, What Are they And What Should I Do With Them?

What Are Dampers And What Should I Do With Them?

Learn What Dampers Are and What To Do With Them.

A lot of air ducts systems contain dampers within the duct work. The purpose of the dampers is to control air flow, which in turn affects the temperature in the room. Rooms that either face the sun, or contain a lot of windows may need more AC in the summer, but less heat in the winter. A room with minimal to no sun exposure may need more heat, but less AC. This is where the dampers do their work.

Dampers are usually found where the main trunk line connects to the supply duct. (duct work that supplies air to various areas of your home). You will see a lever that can be turned to adjust the position of the damper. You’ll want to turn this to a fully open position. If your dampers need to be adjusted seasonally, you may find it helpful to use a marker and mark the duct work with what position the lever is in and mark its position optimal flow. It is also a good idea to write which area of your home this particular duct services.

Once the damper is open, go to the room it services (be sure the register or vent is fully open) and check the air flow. If you feel it is sufficient, leave the damper in this position. If it is a particularly sunny or warm space, you might want to adjust the damper. Repeat this process throughout your home until you have achieved your desired air flow.

Also, remember not to close off the dampers on your vent covers as they are the breathing point for your system. Restricting air to and from the furnace could put a heavy work load and increase pressure on your HVAC system!

If you need air duct cleaning in New Jersey, call DRX Duct today at 908-755-2950 for an NADCA certified technician.

The Facts About Air Duct Cleaning

The Facts About Air Duct Cleaning

Signs You May Need Air Duct Cleaning in New Jersey!

What are some signs that may indicate it’s time for an air duct cleaning? Check out these tips from DRX Duct Cleaning, the most exclusive duct cleaners in NJ. Here are some clues that you may be due for an air duct cleaning with us:

  • If you suspect, or can physically see mold, mildew, slime, or other growth.
  • Foul odors coming from your vents when you turn on your system.
  • When dust or cobwebs are blowing from the ductwork, or visible on the registers.
  • Frequent allergy flare-ups or general feelings of illness among members of your household.
  • If your home has fiberglass ductwork, which is more susceptible to harboring contaminants than sheet metal ductwork.
  • If your home has had any water damage.
  • If there is evidence of insect or rodent infestation.

Throughout the year, dust and other debris can accumulate in the ductwork of your home. Air ducts can be a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and other growths which can be hazardous to your health. Having your air ducts cleaned regularly has been shown to reduce these types of buildup, which can, in turn, reduce allergy responses and feelings of illness related to poor indoor air quality. Clean ductwork can also increase the efficiency and lifespan of your HVAC system.

It is also recommended that you

  • Change air filters regularly. (Every 3 months.)
  • Keep up with regularly scheduled annual maintenance and cleaning.
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices.
  • Ensure air intakes are properly located.

If it’s time for your home’s routine duct cleaning in NJ, schedule an appointment with the experts at DRX Duct Cleaning. We are proud members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association and have been serving locations across NJ for over 10 years. Our staff has a combined 75 years experience in the industry, and we provide the best air duct cleaning service the greater NJ area has to offer. In addition, we guarantee an NADCA certified technician on site at every job every time.

For more information about our NJ duct cleaning process, questions about your air ducts, or to schedule an appointment for an NJ air duct cleaning, DRX Duct Cleaning at 908-755-2950.