Residential Duct Cleaning

Not All The Same   ;   What is in your ducts
 
        The purpose of this page is to give you simple, easy to understand information on Apex Duct And Chimney Cleaning's residential air duct cleaning services which are designed to improve your home's indoor air quality.

        Apex Duct And Chimney Cleaning conforms to the highest professional standards as set forth by the industry leader (NADCA).   The industry has strict standards relating to equipment, cleaning procedures and ethical behavior.   The best way to protect yourself as a consumer is by knowing what to ask.   The Frequently Asked Questions section will give you a good understanding of the industry and the things to avoid when selecting an (HVAC) cleaning professional.

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        A recent study at Yale University revealed that the air in 19 out of 20 homes was "considerably more polluted than the air outside" .

Microbial Contamination

        The moisture and debris commonly found in (HVAC) systems provides an ideal breeding ground for mold, germs, fungi, and other harmful microbes.   Microbial contamination poses a major health risk to people who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other respiratory ailments, as well as to those who do not.   Numerous studies have confirmed that some diseases, including Legionnaire's Disease, originate in, and are readily spread by, contaminated ventilation systems.   Airborne contaminants are drawn through the duct work of the central air conditioning system via return air registers.   Standard, throw-away fiberglass filters remove less than 7% of these particles, which means much of the rest settles in air ducts.   Now acknowledged as a major allergy and disease causing problem by leading medical authorities, poor indoor air quality has prompted doctors and allergists to commonly prescribe furnace and air duct cleaning as a remedy.   If you question the need for air duct cleaning, take a look behind the return air grilles in the (HVAC) system of your home.   Many people have found that one glimpse into their air ducts provides all the evidence they need to initiate a through cleansing of their (HVAC) system.   Call today for a healthier home and a healthier you.

Facts

  bullet   "50% of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air."  -American College of allergists
   
  bullet   "Children, elderly people and people with breathing problems, allergies, and lung diseases are particularly susceptible
  to disease-causing biological agents in the indoor air."
  -(EPA), Dept. of Consumer Affairs
   
  bullet   "Indoor air is found to be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air."  -(EPA)
   
  bullet   "Nine out of ten system failures are caused by dirt and dust."  -(LCES)
   
  bullet   "The average 6 room house collects 40 pounds of dust a year."  -(Discover Magazine)
   
  bullet   "A build up of 0.42 inches of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease in efficiency of 21%".  -(EPA)
   
  bullet   "Most commercially purchased fiberglass filters are only 7% efficient in stopping dirt, dust, pollen, etc. from passing
  through it"
.  -(ASHRAE)
   
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  "Common harmful molds can be found in air conditioning systems including Aspergillus, penicillium and
  cladosporium."
  -(CDC)
   

Why Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

        Research has shown that people spend the majority of their time, around 90%, indoors.   Surprisingly, for many people the risks to their health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors rather than outdoors.   Experts also conclude that people who are exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time tend to be the most vulnerable to the effects of indoor air pollution.   Parents are increasingly worrying about the effect that continued indoor air pollution will have on their children.   The elderly or those suffering from allergies are also extremely susceptible to increased risk to their health due to the indoor air that they breathe.

        Pet dander, cooking oils, air fresheners, mold, dirt, mildew, insecticides, dust, paint and aerosol sprays are just a few of the contaminants that drift through the air in our homes.   These fragments eventually come to rest inside of the air ducts in even the cleanest of homes.

        Particles of dust, pollen and other debris routinely found in all types of heating and cooling systems are some of the main causes of contaminated air in residential housing.   If moisture is present, the potential for the growth of mold is increased and spores from such growth can be released into the home's living space.   Every time the blower to your furnace or air conditioner comes on, pollutants are blown into your living space, causing the air you breathe to be far less than clean.   Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people that are exposed to them.   The American Lung Association states, "fragile lung tissue can be easily damaged by pollutants in the air, resulting in an increased risk of asthma, allergies and bronchitis".

        A dirty system can also be costly, as dirty furnace components can cause a myriad of problems from rust to overheating to a/c coil freeze ups.   By simply keeping your heating and cooling systems clean, removing debris from sensitive mechanical components, you may avoid costly repairs and keep them working in top-notch condition for many years to come.   Having your ducts cleaned regularly will help you improve the indoor air quality in your home while also enhancing the efficiency of your system, which could also reduce your energy bills.

 
Negative Air Machine
 

        We have recently upgraded our air-duct cleaning equipment to the latest state-of-the-art negative air machine.   This will allow us to better perform air-duct cleaning/sanitation for both residential and commercial jobs.   We are constantly striving to ensure all of our equipment is the most current within our industry and also the maintenance on all of our equipment is maintained to further ensure that we're able to provide our clients with the "best"  service and equipment currently available.

Going Green

We At Apex Duct And Chimney Cleaning Are
Constantly Striving To Lessen Our Impact On Our Planet!

Organic Disinfectant & Cleaner

Can a Disinfectant Be Less Toxic Than Vinegar And Still Kill Germs?

        In nature, plants produce germ-killing "essential oils"  to protect themselves from invading microbes, similar to how our bodies produce antibodies for our protection against disease.

        The disinfectant we use is a revolutionary blend of these antimicrobial extracts, particularly from the herb Thyme.   Traditional synthetic chemicals use quaternary ammonia or chlorine to kill germs, however, using the essential oils from plants allows us to achieve an unprecedented Efficacy & Safety profile.   This is perfect for our clients that are hyper sensitive to normal disinfectants and cleaners.   We're only one of a few companies that uses this product.   This alone puts us at least head and shoulders above our competitors that are not using this product.   To put it simply, our disinfectant is a "plant immune system" in a bottle.

Do You Worry About The Toxicity Of The Antimicrobials You Use To Kill Germs?

        Our disinfectant's botanical active ingredient is identified by public health authorities as having no known adverse affects to human health or the environment.   Our disinfectant was reviewed for toxicity for all routes of exposure which include: inhalation, ingestion, skin irritation, skin sensitization and eye irritation.

        Our disinfectant surpasses germ killing requirements for hospital disinfectants.   The ingredients are categorized as (GRAS) and as Direct Food Additives by the FDA.

        Our disinfectant is an (EPA) approved, 100% organic cleaning solution.   It successfully kills most harmful bacteria, germs, and odors.

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Made from thyme, lemon grass, and cloves
   
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Harmless towards humans, babies, and pets
   
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Kills fungus, bacteria, mold, and mildew
   

Classified As A Hospital  Or  Medical  Disinfectant By The
EPA  Because Of The Variety Of Bacteria That It Kills.

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Registered to Kill Over 99.99% of Germs
   
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No Rinse or Wipe Required
   
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No PPE Required
   
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A True Botanical Disinfectant
   
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No warnings, MSDS first aid, precautionary statements, special handling or PPE requirements on the label
   
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Made from botanical, pure, renewable and sustainable sources
   
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No synthetic fragrances, dyes, ammonia or chlorine
   
   
  
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Problems Caused By Poor Indoor Air Quality Factors Of Indoor Air Quality
 
 
Solutions For Cleaner Air Reasons You to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned
 
 
 
San Diego Air Quality
  
        Anyone living in the area knows that San Diego air quality is among the worst in the nation.   While the city is cleaning its act up, particulates and ozone from highways and shipping are trapped by the geography making significant cleanup efforts difficult.   The mountains form a natural pocket that literally keeps the bad air contained here.   To maintain health, people with chronic lung conditions are encouraged to stay inside.   But what happens when the indoor air quality is worse than the outside?
  
        To improve the quality of air inside your home, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that home be well ventilated to reduce the harmful effects of potentially dangerous toxins that can concentrate within a home.   Those toxins can include biological materials, such as molds that live inside the home, as well as heavy particulates and ozone from the surrounding area.

        In fact, unless steps are taken to correct the problems, indoor San Diego air quality can be three to five times worse that the air outside the home.   San Diego residents run the risk of substantially lowering the indoor air quality of their homes when toxins that enter from the surrounding high pollution environment are unable to leave the home and become concentrated inside.   Those outdoor toxins find their way into homes by accumulating in dirty indoor air ducts.

        An EPA study found that the majority of people now spend 90% of their time indoors.   Unfortunately, that indoor air is likely to be more polluted than the air outside.   The lower San Diego air quality means that area residents must take steps to improve the quality of indoor air.

Simple Ways to Improve Interior San Diego Air Quality

        Keep in mind that San Diego residents are most likely to experience adverse health affects when their interior living spaces contain molds, heavy concentrations of ozone, and/or particulates in the air.   A well-ventilated home is the single most important step to keep indoor air quality at safe levels.

To improve indoor air quality, home owners should do the following:

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Stop smoking inside the home immediately.   The tar and nicotine are a toxic environmental bomb.
      
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Install an ozone filter.   To help keep ozone levels in your home, be aware than machinery such as computers and printers contribute high levels of ozone to their local environment.   Turn off these devices when not in use to keep your indoor air quality cleaner.
      
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Have your ducts cleaned on a regular basis.   Dirt, dust, and other debris builds up in ducts when they are not in regular use.   Once the season changes and there is regular air flow through them once again, the toxins and particulates that have entered your home and settled in your ducts can be blown out into the living area allowing you and your family to be placed in danger of breathing them in.
      
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Service your air conditioning system on a regular basis.   This includes filters as well as cleaning.   Air conditioning systems provide a good local environment for molds (dark & damp areas), which rapidly destroy indoor air quality.
      
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Don't let your system become this neglected!   This can damage your furnace
components not to mention all the contaminates you're breathing in!

 
 
 
Effect Of Particles On Lungs
 
 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that indoor air quality has been found to be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air.
 
 
Considering that most people spend between 60 to 90% of their time indoors, and that according to the American College Of Allergists 50% percent of all illness is either caused or effected by polluted indoor air.
 
 
90% of all furnace failures are caused by a build up of dirt and dust!   In just a few short years a build up of dirt and dust can cause up to a 20% loss in efficiency.
 
 
Indoor air quality is a worthwhile investment in you and your family's health.   Wouldn't it be nice to know that your indoor air is being cleansed and purified as it passes through a clean and sanitary HVAC System?   Give us a call today to get a quote!
 
 
 

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NOTE:  Absolutely nothing on any of these pages should be construed, implied, interpreted or taken as medical advice.   None of these types of services are a "cure all" for any and all allergies, respiratory or any other medical issues.   If you believe poor air quality is affecting your health then your first step should be to seek the advice of your Primary Care Provider (PCP) regarding any allergies, respiratory or any other medical issues you may have.   Your (PCP) may refer you to an allergist to test you for allergies.   Once you have investigated other possible underlying issues that might be causing you issues, then you may want to look into these types of services.   Our company has had numerous clients that have noticed a tremendous improvement in their allergy or respiratory type issues after our services.   What we want to emphasize is that these services, "no matter who" provides them may or may not provide you with the relief you're looking for.   We at Apex Duct And Chimney Cleaning sincerely wish you the best, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact  us or visit our disclaimer  page.


(Source:   NADCA, DCN, ASHRAE, EPA, IAQ, IHACI, NFPA, CPSC, CDC, AAFA, Cal/OSHA )   External Links


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