Regular Fireplace Chimney Cleaning is an Important Part of Protecting Your Home.
Fireplaces can be a wonderful luxury in modern homes, but they can also be incredibly dangerous if not properly maintained. One important part of maintaining the integrity of your fireplace is regular Fireplace Chimney Cleaning. Now that winter has passed and the weather is starting to get warmer, it is a great time consider hiring a professional to clean your chimney. If you would like to schedule chimney cleaning in your home, contact the staff a DRX DUCT LLC. We are here to make sure the air quality in your home is the best that it possibly can be.
Benefits of a Fireplace Chimney Cleaning
There are many reasons to make sure your chimney is cleaned regularly. Here are some the main reasons why this is such an important part of your home maintenance.
It Allows For Proper Ventilation
Fires produce smoke, carbon monoxide, and other harmful gases. If the chimney is blocked, these gases won’t be able to get outside your home and instead will fill your living room. This could have dire consequences for your and your family.
It Improves Overall Safety
Over time creosote and other debris can build up in your chimney. If it isn’t removed on a regular basis, it can create a fire hazard for your home. Regular chimney cleaning allows you to protect your home and family.
It Extends the Life of Your Chimney
Your chimney and smokestack can wear out over time. A regular chimney cleaning and inspection can help pinpoint problems and get them fixed before they cause significant damage and you have to get the whole chimney rebuilt.
If you have questions about the condition of your chimney or would like to schedule an appointment for chimney cleaning in North Plainfield and Bridgewater, NJ, call our staff at 908.755.2950.
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!
Find Out What You Can Do For Your Child’s Schools Indoor Air Quality.
Between before school care, after school care, clubs and sports activities, weekend programs, and other outside groups that may also use the school, most school buildings are in use at least 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. Janitors can be seen hard at work mopping and sweeping floors etc, but what about the areas they can’t clean? With all the traffic in and out, you may wonder how they keep their air quality clean. Is there any system in place to assure you that the furnaces, air ducts, ventilators and AC units are cleaned regularly? How can you be sure your child is not breathing in potentially harmful particles in large amounts such as dust, mold etc, or that the same germs are not circulating over and over again? What about renovations? Have the floors been sanded in the gym recently? Were any old floors in the school torn out and replaced over the Summer? Have there been any additions onto the school? Those types of construction debris could be lurking in the system, too.
Have you noticed your child doesn’t feel well after coming home from school, or their asthma flares up while at school? Every child deserves a safe and healthy environment to learn in. They should not feel anxious that they may have an asthma attack or feel ill while trying to concentrate and learn.
So, what can you do about it? According to HEALTHYSCHOOLS.ORG, “There are 130,000 public and private schools enrolling 55 million children and employing 7 million adults…. The EPA reports that ½ of all schools have problems with indoor pollution. This contributes to rising asthma cases, absenteeism, concentration, and headaches…” School officials take these types of matters very seriously. Contact the school principal or superintendent and ask what is being done to maintain the indoor air quality at your child’s school. You may consider writing a letter or bringing your concerns to the PTA to address. These types of things will not be overlooked.
DRX Duct Cleaning has performed commercial air duct cleaning in schools across New Jersey. We have state of the art equipment, along with the necessary education and training to properly execute a cleaning on this scale. It is VITAL that an NADCA certified air duct cleaning company is chosen for this type of work! DRX Duct cleaning is not only an NADCA certified company, but we guarantee that an NADCA certified technician will always be on site. We have the knowledge necessary and experience where it counts to get the job done right. Call us today at 908.755.2950 to ensure your child’s schools indoor air quality is clean with air duct cleaning.