Indoor Air Quality

It is very important to ensure the air that we breathe while we are indoors at work, home or in any other enclosed space is of good quality. Without good indoor air quality, the health of your family can be compromised, especially those with allergies or those sensitive to dust. There is a way to keep your indoor air quality good, have your air ducts cleaned professionally. Dirty Air Ducts There are a lot of factors that can cause dirty air ducts. Besides dust and debris that can clog air ducts and effect indoor air quality, vermin such as rats, insects and squirrels can also exist. The animal feces can also cause major health problems and effect the quality of the air you breathe. Mold can also form on the metal surfaces as well as other components of air ducts. Not only will cleaning your ducts improve the health of those who live in the home or work in the business, but it will also improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. Professional Air Duct Cleaning The best way to clean your air ducts is to hire a company to clean them professionally. Our company has equipment that is specialized to handle air duct cleaning with upmost efficiency and quality. Our air duct cleaning truck is equipped with a powerful vacuum, which is capable of cleaning air ducts easily and completely. We will also disassemble and clean the blower fan, which will ensure that your HVAC system is running tip
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When Should I Clean My Air Ducts?

The air ducts in your home serve a pretty important function. Just think of them as awesome hollow tunnels that carry the hot and cold air through every room in your home. Over time they can collect dust, mold, bacteria and other microorganisms and debris so they need to be cleaned periodically. A clean air duct will ensure that all of that dust isn’t floating around your home and contributing to the overall cleanliness. Not to mention that if you have a member of your family that suffers from any allergies they might be paying a hefty price for all of that dust as well. Most recommendations agree that it is a good idea to have the ducts in your home cleaned about every three to five years. There are a couple of other times where a duct cleaning is a good idea. You should also have the job done when you move into a new home. If you’ve recently finished a home remodel project you should have your ducts cleaned as well to ensure that sawdust and other particles have not entered the ducts and are traveling around your home through your duct system. If you have made the decision that it’s time to have your ducts cleaned you’ll want to make sure you contact a certified duct cleaner that knows how to do a good, thorough job. Our staff of professionals is experts at making sure your airways are as clean as possible. We have all of the
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How to Get a Furnace Cleaning Cost Quote

How To Get a Quote for Safe and Affordable Furnace Cleaning Services It is advisable to insist on getting professional furnace cleaning services regularly. Aside from cleaning the furnaces, we an also get your system inspected so that any potential faults can be figured out early enough and repaired before they develop into bigger problems.Routine maintenance tasks such as furnace oiling and tuning can be done at affordable costs to ensure that you save even more money on energy because efficient systems usually consume less energy. Today, at a low furnace cleaning cost, you can o the extra mile and get your ducts cleaned out alongside so that there is an improvement in air quality. There are some indoor and outdoor areas that will need to be checked even as the furnace is inspected and that is why paying up a professional service to do it all under one charge will ensure that you have the utmost convenience delivered to you all in a budget. Advantage air duct cleaning can keep up with all your demands for fresh air circulating in your home by taking high-tech cleaning and maintenance tasks as and when you need them. This will allow you to carry on with the other household and commercial tasks that you need to be done without being interrupted with the need to do cleaning or repairs.There is a competitive furnace cleaning cost range for commercial, residential and industrial property. A reliable way that we do the furnace cleaning is
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Is Air Duct Cleaning Necessary?

As a concerned parent and homeowner you regularly check and replace your air conditioning filter to make sure the make sure the air coming out of the vents is as clean and healthy as can be. You also know that a clogged filter puts a strain on your system which can lead to a breakdown. But did you know that most filters only catch about 10% of airborne pollutants? Over time air ducts in your house will become the resting place for all kinds of debris. Dust in the air will find its way into the ventilation system and settle into areas of the duct work that are accessible. Pet hair from inside or outside of your house also finds its way in and camps out with the dust. On a windy day any manner of articles can be floating in the air which easily ends up in your system without your knowledge. All of this debris will continue to build over the days and years until you start to notice your family seems to be suffering more and more from allergies. You may also notice less air flow from your air conditioner and an associated increase in the utility bill. It goes without saying if you have a collection of unwanted items in your air duct it is just a matter of time before it affects those in the house. Your health is not the only thing at risk when the ventilation system is filled with this debris. The
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Should I Rent Air Duct Equipment? 5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Instead!

5 Reasons Why you Should Hire Professionals to Clean your Air Ducts and not Rent Air Duct Equipment Air ducts can house dust, bacteria, mold and in some cases, vermin and other pests. In addition, dirty air ducts can contribute to a higher energy bill. It’s therefore easy to understand why regular cleaning of your air ducts is a good idea. There are two ways that you can clean your air ducts. One way is to rent air duct  equipment and do it yourself, and the other is to hire professionals to do it for you. Here are five reasons why you should go with the latter option. 1. Renting air duct equipment may be just as expensive as hiring someone to do the job Most people choose to rent air duct cleaning equipment and do the job themselves because they think doing so will save them money. This may not be the case. In fact, in some instances renting equipment can be just as expensive as hiring a professional company. 2. Rental equipment is often outdated and poorly maintained Rental companies strive to keep their equipment operational, but they rarely invest the time and money required for proper maintenance. On the other hand, professional companies are held to certain standards and will clean your air ducts with well maintained industry-standard equipment. 3. A professional crew will offer a comprehensive cleaning Cleaning your air ducts is about more than removing dust and debris. A professional team will provide a thorough cleaning
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What exactly happens during a duct cleaning?

I get so many customers who say, “I had no idea how much was involved in this process!”  There are so many services in the marketplace where a company comes out to your home and they’re gone within an hour.  This is not the case with duct cleaning.  So, what exactly happens during a duct cleaning?  A normal duct cleaning takes anywhere from 3 to 8 hours depending on the size of the job, access to the furnace and ductwork and the layout of the home. What a lot of customers don’t realize is that every return and supply duct must be accessed in order to do a proper cleaning.  We also need full access to the furnace as well as this is where most of the equipment is set up and where we gain access into the ducts for the vacuum. When we come to your home, it is best that any vehicles that  be moved out of the driveway or the garage.  This is due to that we have large equipment such as pipe and hose that we hook up from our truck to your furnace.  We ask the customer to give us a quick overview of the home so we can locate all of the return and supply ducts.  We need about 3 feet around each vent to where a person can get in with tools to clean.  Before we begin work we shut the power of to your furnace and heat pump (if equipped).  The blower
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Dryer vent fires are the number one cause of home fires!

  Did you know that the lint trap on your dryer doesn’t stop lint build up in your dryer vent?  Dryer vent fires are the number one cause of home fires! Almost all of our customers tell us that they always clean the lint trap before every load of laundry.  The truth is, the lint trap stops about 25 percent of the lint that goes down your dryer vent and sticks to the walls.  The key to a safe and efficient dryer vent is a short distance from the dryer to the exterior of the house.  Unfortunately in newer homes, many of the laundry areas are placed in the center of the home.  In this case this usually causes the dryer vent to be at least 20 feet long.  In Oregon, the legal length of dryer vents is 25 feet.  There’s a catch to that 25 feet though, for every bend you have to reduce the length by five feet.  Usually at the wall where you hook up your hose from the dryer there are two 90 degree elbows where the dryer vent makes the transition from vertical to horizontal.  So, right there you’re supposed to reduce the total length of the dryer vent down to 15 feet. Another extremely important aspect of dryer vent safety is the hookup of the hose from the dryer exhaust outlet on the wall to the hookup on the wall or the floor.  First, the type of hose that is used should be a rigid
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Plugged chimney cap causes Springfield, OR wood burners wood stove to stop working

This week we had a customer who called and explained that her wood stove was smoking.  We quickly responded to her and went to investigate the problem.  As it turns out, this was not the customers first bout with this problem.  She just had this stove installed last year and had the same problem three weeks after she started using it.  When we arrived to the home and went up on the roof we discovered that there was a small screen in the chimney cap.  This screen that is installed is 1/2 inch that is a required spark arrester for California wood burners.  However, this screen is not required for Oregon wood burners.  The smallest screen I recommend in a chimney cap is 3/4 inch.  After 14 years in the industry, I have discovered that having at least 3/4 inch screen will not plug up between yearly cleanings.  This is not a guarantee because there are so many factors involved when burning. The biggest factor involved is seasoned wood.  If the wood you’re burning is not seasoned, there is a very good chance that when you burn it it will make creosote and plug up your chimney cap and/or cause a flue fire in your chimney. What is seasoned wood exactly?  Seasoned wood is wood that has been split into small enough pieces that it can dry and have a water content of 20% or less.  How do you measure the water content in wood?  Technically, there is no easy
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Masonry repair for chimneys with bad mortar joints

  The wet and damp climate in Eugene, OR can be very detrimental to masonry chimneys.  This particular chimney suffered from water penetration.  Water penetration in chimneys is caused when the masonry is no longer able to repel water due to years of sun and rain exposure. Water penetration causes mortar to essentially lose it’s structural integrity, turn in to sand and crumble apart. Another major detriment to masonry is moss.  Moss build up eats away at the mortar and cuts the life of the masonry drastically.  One thing the homeowner can do is keep an eye on your masonry. If you notice moss build up on any of your masonry have us come clean it off as soon as possible so no unnecessary wear is caused to it. Not only do we do chimney masonry rehab, but we can also do moss removal on any masonry you have on  your property.  This can be general moss removal, tuck pointing and even waterproofing.  Waterproofing is very cost effective and a great insurance policy for your masonry.  It can save you thousands in rebuilding costs in the future. This particular job took about six hours.  There are many variables involved in these repair jobs.  It all depends on the size of the chimney, accessibility and the level of repair that is needed.  Some repairs can be done in one day. Some take multiple days.  The benefit of this repair is that it was relatively inexpensive compared to letting the conditions of
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Beware of too good to be true duct cleaning deals in Eugene, OR

Are you looking for Duct cleaning deals in Eugene?  Beware: Advantage Air Duct Cleaning in Eugene, OR recently had a very disappointed customer when they decided to buy a extremely cheap Groupon deal for $39 duct cleaning.  Unfortunately in this industry the market is saturated with dishonest companies who give people the idea that they will get quality cleaning work done for a very cheap price.  THIS IS NOT TRUE!  My customer said that the company he got from Groupon did such a poor job he told the man from the company to leave the house within 15 minutes of him showing up.  The average cost of quality duct cleaning ranges between $400-$800 depending on the size of the home, where the furnace is located in the house, how many return air ducts and supply ducts you have, if there are multiple systems in the home and where your home is located geographically.  There are so many variables in the cost of quality duct cleaning.  Duct cleaning takes a special knowledge and understanding of how HVAC systems work so they can be cleaned properly.  If you hire a company to clean your ductwork that doesn’t have the knowledge, understanding and proper equipment, chances are that not much cleaning will actually get done and more damage than good will be done to your duct system.  Advantage Air Duct Cleaning in Eugene, OR has the right equipment for any duct system.  We use a truck-mounted Pringle Power-Vac truck that pulls 14,000 cubic feet
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