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The Dangers of Dirty Air Ducts

Although it is impossible to control pollution outdoors, there are things you can do to improve the air quality inside your home. Following a regular cleaning routine is very important to reduce dust in the air in your home. If you or your household suffer from allergies, you know how essential it is to stay on top of your dusting duties. However, dusting is not always enough to keep dust spores from worsening breathing conditions because the dust inside your air duct system. Once this happens, dust spores are spread throughout your home.

house at sunsetOther health dangers of a dirty air duct system include sinus infections, eye irritations, and asthma and respiratory issues. To avoid these ailments, an annual professional air duct cleaning is recommended by respiratory health experts like the American Lung Association. For over 25 years, Atlas Chimney has been taking care of the chimney and venting systems in the Austin area. You can count on our trained and experienced professionals to properly clean your air ducts. We would like to tell you more about what you can expect from our professional air duct cleaning services and how we can help repair any leaks in your air duct system.

What can I expect when Atlas Chimney shows up to clean my air ducts?

Before we clean your air ducts, our trained and certified professionals will perform a video inspection of your entire air duct system. This allows us to see exactly how dirty the ducts are. We also use this video to show you how much of a difference our cleaning made with a before and after video comparison. In order to avoid contamination of your system, we do more than just vacuum your HVAC system. To loosen dirt and debris, we use specialized industry tools like brushes and skipper balls, then we hook up a powerful HEPA-filtered vacuum to the duct to remove all of the dust, dirt, and debris. We then sanitize your air ducts with a microbial spray to kill germs, bacteria, and dust mites. If you are unhappy with our work, we will re-clean your air duct system a second time at no cost.

What other air duct services does Atlas Chimney provide?

Your air ducts could also develop leaks, which can pull dust, moisture, and irritants into your system from the walls, attic, crawl space, or basement. Leaky air ducts can make your home uncomfortable and cause your utility bills to be more expensive. If you suspect your ducts are leaking, we can seal them with Aeroseal, a system that uses polymer particles to repair it. Aeroseal is backed by a 10-year warranty, and it is non-toxic and safe for you, your family, and your pets.

When was the last time your air ducts were professionally cleaned? Protect your family’s respiratory health by calling us at Atlas Chimney to schedule an appointment today!

Is It Time for a Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning?

When you own a home, you are responsible for ensuring that there are no safety hazards present, and in order to do that, you must follow a regular maintenance routine. Part of that routine includes scheduling certified professionals to take care of some of the tasks. Atlas Chimney is proud to be able to help homeowners in the Austin area prevent accidental fires and other dangers with our professional services. Not only do we provide annual chimney sweepings and inspections, but we also clean dryer vent systems. You may not realize that your dryer vent should be professionally cleaned every year, but statistics have proven that clogged dryer vents are responsible for the majority of the thousands of clothes dryer fires that happen each year in the United States. We would like to tell you more about why it is so important to schedule an appointment for an annual professional dryer vent cleaning.

Prevent Accidential Fires

In 2012, the US Fire Administration (USFA) released a report that stated approximately 2,900 residential fires are caused by clothes dryers each year, and these fires result in five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property losses. Most of these fires are caused by dirty dryer vents, which is why it is so crucial to have your vent professionally cleaned every year. Your dryer produces a lot of lint with each load of clothes, and some of that lint ends up trapped inside the vent. Over time, the accumulation of lint can get large enough to clog the vent, which makes your dryer overheat. Since lint is so flammable, the high temperatures can easily ignite it and lead to an accidental fire. Atlas Chimney makes sure to remove every bit of lint to ensure your dryer vent is not a fire hazard.

Prolong the Life of Your Dryer

Overheating is rough on this appliance and its components and can cause them to wear out and break down prematurely. Clothes dryer repairs can be very expensive. The heating element is one of the parts that can have problems, and sometimes it may be more economical to replace the entire appliance than to repair that particular part. After a professional dryer vent cleaning from Atlas Chimney, your dryer will work more efficiently and keep it running for years without breaking down.

Decreases Your Monthly Utility Bills

One of the signs that your dryer vent is clogged is when your clothes are still damp after a complete drying cycle. Having to run your dryer twice as long to dry one load of clothes can make your utility bills go up every month. Not only will your clothes dry more quickly, but you should also notice a decrease in these bills after Atlas Chimney has cleaned the dryer vent.

Avoid an accidental dryer fire from occurring in your home. Contact us at Atlas Chimney today to schedule an appointment for our professional dryer vent cleaning.

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