If you’ve been noticing more dust around the house or worsened allergies, it may be time to have your air ducts cleaned. While it’s recommended to change your air filters regularly, professional air duct cleaning only needs to be done once every five to seven years. More effective and prolonged results from air duct cleaning can be attained by having a whole-home air cleaner installed.
Since your dryer has to blow exhaust air out through the ducts, the shorter the ductwork, the better. The total recommended length is normally less than 25 feet from the back of your dryer to the outside vent cover. If the duct has bends and turns, it should be an even shorter distance. The more turns, and the further the distance, the harder your dryer must work to move exhaust air and loose lint. A clogged dryer vent means:
Over time, lint and debris accumulate in dryer vents and cause clogs that can lead to a number of dryer vent problems including decreased efficiency. When airflow in a dryer vent is restricted due to clogs, there is an increased risk of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, wasted energy and time, and excessive wear to clothing, among other negative effects. There are over 15,500 dryer fires each year, and many could have been easily prevented by professional dryer vent cleaning. Dryer Vent Wizard of St. Augustine’s skilled and experienced technicians provide thorough dryer vent cleaning to combat lint accumulation and hazardous clogs.
At Howard Services Air Conditioning, we provide industrial, commercial, and residential heating and air conditioning service repair, ac maintenance, and AC replacement. When it comes to quality HVAC services, we’ve got your heating and air conditioning needs covered. You see, we’ve been in the business for 50 years now, and we have the experience that it takes to offer elite services to our clients. We pride ourselves on our approach to preventative HVAC maintenance and 24-hour emergency ac repair services. No ac repair service or project is too big or too small for Howard Services. We are the commercial and residential HVAC company professionals you can trust in Jacksonville, FL. We service the greater Jacksonville area, as well as St. Johns County, Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville Beach, St. Augustine, Orange Park, Middleburg, Lake City, Gainesville, Fernandina Beach, Ocala, South Georgia and everywhere in between.
We’re committed to the craft of heating and air conditioning and serving you with honesty, quality, and value. We are about performing your heating & air conditioning systems repaired right the first time. Try us and see why so many have chosen Howard Services for all there heating and air conditioning repair, replacement and maintenance since 1969!
The first step is to clean the lint trap after every load of laundry. By doing this simple cleaning regularly, you will avoid 90% of dryer vent problems. You should perform extensive cleaning annually, or sooner if you suspect a problem. Unplug your dryer and pull it out from the wall, then disconnect the exhaust tube from the dryer and the wall, and clean it with a vacuum.

Another valuable service that can be offered to you after the HVAC system has been cleaned is anti-microbial fogging. The name of this service is impressive, but the service itself is quite simple. A small chemical fogger is used to introduce chemicals into the ductwork system, chemicals that sanitize germs, bacteria and fungus. EPA-registered chemicals specifically for use in ductwork systems are available that do not require the evacuation of family members and pets from the occupied space while the chemical is being used. We simply add the liquid chemical to the fogger, and fog the supply ducts before replacing the registers. Then turn the central fan on, and fog through the return duct, with the HVAC system's fan helping to distribute the chemical throughout the system. The best news is that fogging can be repeated every 6 months, while system cleaning is at best required every couple of years. Antimicrobial fogging is a simple service that provides real benefits to our customers.

At Howard Services Air Conditioning, we provide industrial, commercial, and residential heating and air conditioning service repair, ac maintenance, and AC replacement. When it comes to quality HVAC services, we’ve got your heating and air conditioning needs covered. You see, we’ve been in the business for 50 years now, and we have the experience that it takes to offer elite services to our clients. We pride ourselves on our approach to preventative HVAC maintenance and 24-hour emergency ac repair services. No ac repair service or project is too big or too small for Howard Services. We are the commercial and residential HVAC company professionals you can trust in Jacksonville, FL. We service the greater Jacksonville area, as well as St. Johns County, Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville Beach, St. Augustine, Orange Park, Middleburg, Lake City, Gainesville, Fernandina Beach, Ocala, South Georgia and everywhere in between.
The first step is to clean the lint trap after every load of laundry. By doing this simple cleaning regularly, you will avoid 90% of dryer vent problems. You should perform extensive cleaning annually, or sooner if you suspect a problem. Unplug your dryer and pull it out from the wall, then disconnect the exhaust tube from the dryer and the wall, and clean it with a vacuum.
Make use of a business that will offer a reasonable quote, based upon the service that they will offer. Be tired of business that market one cost for an entire home. Consider it, would a painter paint any size home for one low price? Neither can a duct cleaner PROPERLY clean the entire home, no matter the number of systems or air vents remain in the house for one low price.
You should also have air ducts cleaned after recent water contamination or water damage to prevent mold; after renovations or remodeling to ensure debris and dust didn’t settle in the vents and ducts; if you are having problems with allergies or asthma; or when you are moving into a newly purchased home, especially if the previous owners smoked or had pets. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every three to five years, or every two to three years in regions where homeowners use their air conditioning and heater for many months of the year, while the EPA suggests homeowners have duct cleaning done as needed.

There is some disagreement within the industry about the best method for cleaning air ducts.  The two schools of thought are the “negative air” approach and the rotary brush and vacuum approach.  We believe that both air duct cleaning methods can achieve great results in most situations when performed properly by competent technicians.  However, our focus has always been on high quality residential service.  The type of residential duct work commonly used in homes in the South poses unique challenges to duct cleaners because it is soft, flexible, and does not go in straight lines.  Firms using the negative air approach are especially challenged by this type of duct work, as that process was originally designed to work well on the rigid metal duct work commonly found in the North and in large commercial buildings.  The tools used to agitate the duct work in negative air cleaning are very difficult to get all the way into your duct work and can damage the lining of the ducts we find in most residences in the greater Jacksonville area.
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