Greenhart Blog: Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Duct Cleaning: The Difference Professionals Can Make

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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You may have heard cautions about duct cleaning, and some of these are well-founded. Unfortunately, there are many non-professionals who solicit homeowners to hire them for “duct cleaning.” What they provide hardly merits the name—they can charge a low price because they don’t do much work, and the ducts are rarely much cleaner afterward than before.

But duct cleaning is an important service that residential homes need done every few years. But the cleaning must be done by professionals who have the right tools. This isn’t just a quick vacuum job that takes less than an hour. Professional and certified duct cleaners use powerful blowers to change the pressure inside the ductwork and agitate dust and other debris from the walls. A special vacuum system then removes the particles from the ventilation system. Separate rotary brushes are used to spot-clean areas around the house.

Why This Is Helpful

Professional duct cleaning is beneficial to your house in several ways. Here are the main reasons we recommend scheduling duct cleaning in Modesto, CA every few years.

  • HVAC System Efficiency: Even a thin layer of dust collected along the interior walls of flexible ductwork creates resistance against airflow. As dust, lint, and dander continue to build up inside ducts, the airflow resistance increases and causes the blower of the HVAC system to work harder and drain more power. Running the heater and AC in a home will become more expensive after years of missing out on duct cleaning.
  • HVAC System Longevity: The extra strain placed on the HVAC system from airflow resistance will cause the parts to age faster. Worse, all that extra dust and debris inside the ventilation system can get into the HVAC cabinet and cause damage to motors, the evaporator coil, and the heat exchanger. Cleaner ducts mean a healthier and longer-lived HVAC system.
  • Better Indoor Air Quality: Think of the ducts as a reservoir of dust and lint. It’s not an easy place for you to clean, so unlike the rest of your home, the dust remains year after year. When the HVAC blower turns on, it sends out this debris into your home, where it circulates. This can make for a home that’s dustier and which also can be unhealthy for people who have asthma and allergies.

When to Call for Duct Cleaning

Not certain if you need to have the ducts in your house cleaned? We recommend this service at least every five years, so if you’ve already lived in your house longer than that and haven’t had duct cleaning yet, it’s time. You can also make a visual check: open the register for one of the vents in your house, then put your hand down into the duct shaft and take a picture with your smartphone. If the image you see looks like a clogged air filter from a car, call us to schedule duct cleaning.

Our team has the top industry-approved tools for this job, and our technicians are experts at thorough duct cleaning.

Call Greenhart to schedule duct cleaning services for your home. We help you “Live Green, Save Green!”

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The Air Filter on Your AC/Furnace? It’s NOT to Make Your Air Healthier

Monday, August 24th, 2020
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Air filtration systems are one of the standard ways we can help a home enjoy healthier air free from the majority of large contaminants circulating through the HVAC system. But often when we bring up air filters, homeowners are confused. “But I already have an air filter. It’s in the HVAC cabinet, and I change it every few months with a fresh one. Isn’t that helping with air quality?”

We understand why people are confused about this. The truth is that the air filter on your AC and furnace is not designed to improve indoor air quality. It may have a minor effect on it, but to enjoy tangible benefits to air quality requires having professionals install dedicated air filtration systems in Modesto, CA.

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The Dilemma of Modern Homes and Indoor Air Quality

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Our company exists to help homeowners overcome the dilemmas they face with houses that are uncomfortable and energy inefficient at the same time. It’s an unfortunate fact for many people that they live in homes that are stuffy and uncomfortable with air quality far worse than it should be, and yet they’re paying high energy bills for the “privilege” of inferior living.

Today we want to specifically address the trouble with indoor air quality Modesto, CA. IAQ is a big trouble spot for homes, and we’re going to explain why this situation exists. Part of it is because attempts to make homes more energy-efficient end up creating a new problem (often without solving the original energy waste problem).

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Understanding the MERV Rating and Air Filters

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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Air filtration systems are one of the basic building blocks of indoor air quality for a home. We offer many types of IAQ services for our clients, but air filtration in Modesto, CA solutions are one of the most common. Among the top systems we install are PureAir S, the Carbon Clean 16, and the Clean Air 11.

However, finding the right air filtration for a home isn’t something we do by selecting the most powerful filters available. That can lead to serious problems with the HVAC system in the house. We take into account many factors when it comes to choosing air filters. One of the key factors is MERV, the rating system measuring air filter strength. To help understand the importance of finding the right air filters, we’re going to go into more depth about MERV.

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How Duct Sealing Can Help Your Home

Monday, June 29th, 2020
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It’s our job to help homeowners live green and save green. We’re one of the fastest-growing companies for helping people in Modesto enjoy healthier indoor lives while improving energy efficiency. That’s what going green is all about.

“So what does any of that have to do with duct sealing?” you might ask. Plenty! People often take their ductwork for granted when it comes to making green improvements on their homes, instead of focusing on the installation of air purifiers, energy recovery ventilators, and insulation improvements. But sealing leaky ducts is an essential step toward making an energy-inefficient house into a super-green money-saving machine.

The Problem With Leaky Ducts

Because you can’t see most of the ductwork in your house (nor do you want to), you won’t know how easy it is for the ducts to begin to leak air. Age, corrosion, insects, high air-pressure, objects moved around in the attic … all of these can lead to small air leaks starting in the ducts. And small leaks can create big problems:

  • Air loss: You can lose around 30% of the air moving through the ventilation system to these leaks. This means that air you’ve already paid to heat or cool is going to waste in closed-off sections of the house. Do you want to spend 30% of the money you use for the air conditioner to cool down the attic? Probably not, but you may be doing just that if you have leaky air ducts.
  • Extra wear and tear: Losing that much air from the ductwork means the heater and AC must put in extra work to replace it. Yes, that’s expensive; but it’s also extra strain placed in the HVAC system. The additional wear and tear will take years off the system’s lifespan and lead to additional repairs.
  • Weak airflow: The air pressure inside the ducts drops because of leaks, and this means low airflow coming from the vents. You’ll notice hot and cold spots around the home and a noteworthy decline in comfort because of compromised ducts.
  • Dirty air: Plenty of dust and debris can enter the ducts through these leaks, leading to a drop in air quality. The leaks also allow more humid air into the ventilation system, which not only affects comfort, it can lead to mold and mildew growth.

Duct Sealing to the Rescue!

You can see from the list how much trouble you’ll stop with sealed ducts. You’ll have healthier air, more energy-efficient HVAC equipment, and better comfort. Leaking air ducts are one of the principal problems our experts look for when we conduct a home energy audit—there are few places where a house wastes energy faster than through a leaky air duct system.

We offer duct sealing in Modesto, CA using the best tools. We can test your ducts and use special video camera inspection equipment to ensure we locate all the leaks and have them sealed up. Ask about a full energy audit for your house, and we’ll find the best ways that you can live green and save green.

Call Greenhart for duct sealing and a No-Charge Home Comfort Profile. Live Green, Save Green!

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Some Facts About Humidity and Cooling Your Home in Summer

Monday, June 15th, 2020
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When it’s hot in your home during a summer day, what do you do? If running ceiling fans and opening windows for a breeze isn’t enough—and in Modesto, it often isn’t—then you probably turn on your central air conditioning system. This can often do the job. But what about on days when the humidity is high? Does the air conditioning help overcome the humidity?

The answer is: probably not.

Humidity is a big problem during the summer when it comes to comfort—and it can also cause water damage to your home and help the growth of mold and mildew. We want to share a few important facts about humidity and how you cool your home.

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Finding the Right Air Filtration for Your Home

Monday, June 1st, 2020
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The concerns about indoor air quality in homes are higher than ever. So now more than ever, you need answers about proper air filtration in Modesto, CA and what will work for your home.

If you’re already asking questions about what kinds of filters will match your specific household IAQ needs, you’re on the right track. Running out to purchase some off-the-shelf purifier or doing your hunting through online retailers can lead to a disaster–something worse than poor air filtration. You won’t get much better results if you go to inexperienced or amateur technicians to have air filters put in.

We are here specifically to answer your questions and provide solutions, and we’re fully qualified for the job: BPI-Certified, NATE-certified, Green, and EPA-Certified. We also carry the best air filtration and purification products.

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Is Duct Cleaning Really Necessary?

Monday, May 18th, 2020
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We offer many superb services at Greenhart to help people enjoy greener homes and energy-saving homes. A big part of that is helping houses improve their ventilation system. It’s easy to underestimate the importance of the “V” (ventilation) in “HVAC,” but problems with the ductwork in a home have a huge negative impact on energy efficiency and the quality of the household air.

This is where duct cleaning is a vital service. It’s not a minor luxury—we offer it because we know it is important.

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Enjoy Fresh Air in Your Home Without Opening the Windows

Monday, May 4th, 2020
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As the weather begins to heat up as we move into the middle of the year here in the Central Valley, you’ll want to find effective ways to stay cool in your house, but without having to run the air conditioner all the time. But what’s the main way to enjoy fresh air currents? Opening up windows. And when it’s 90°F outside, opening the windows means bringing in the heat along with the fresh air. Even letting the windows open for a short time means having to run the air conditioner for a longer stretch to cool the house down again.

There is a way out of this problem. You can recover the energy used to run the AC to cool the air and use it to cool incoming fresh air. That sounds strange, right? But it is possible thanks to the energy recovery ventilator, a system we offer that can be a game-changer for your comfort and the energy efficiency of your house.

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