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Do It Yourself Duct Cleaning Disaster| Chicago Heights, Westchester, Harvey

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Many of us like to do projects around the home on our own, and having the know-how to complete these projects can save you both time and money. However, there are certain jobs that should only be handled by the professionals, and cleaning the air ducts is one of those jobs. Cleaning the air ducts on your own can cause several problems including:

  • Insufficient Removal of Particles: Most of the sites that offer “do it yourself” duct cleaning tips suggest using your vacuum cleaners hose to remove dust and other particles from the areas of the duct work that you can access. The first problem with attempting to use this technique is the fact that a good portion of the duct work in your home is inaccessible using the 4 foot hose on your vacuum cleaner. That leaves large portions of the duct work untouched and therefore still dirty.
  • Inefficient Removal of Particles: When professional duct cleaners, like those at Four Seasons, clean your duct work, they will hook up a powerful vacuum system that will create negative air pressure within your duct work. As their tools kick up the particles in your air ducts, they are removed from the home safely and efficiently by this vacuum system. When you attempt to use your little vacuums hose, you kick up the particles in the duct work, but have no way to capture them. Suddenly the home is covered in dust and debris from the duct work. (more…)

Soot Solutions| Homewood, Cicero, Burr Ridge

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Black dust coating various surfaces in your home, high levels of carbon monoxide, and a furnace that just doesn’t seem to be providing enough heat are all symptoms of a heating system that is in serious need of maintenance. However, if your unit is in this bad of shape, you may have waited too long already. Soot buildup on your furnace filter and on the internal components of the system will choke the flames that are trying to generate heat for your home and in many cases, destroy the furnace beyond repair.

Where Does the Soot Come From?

If your heating system has been diagnosed as “clogged with soot,” you may be wondering where all of that destructive black power came from. Well there are several different conditions that can cause this problem, but when large amounts of soot are present in a furnace or boiler, it is usually the result of a combustion problem. When combustion occurs, carbon dioxide is created, but when the combustion process is interrupted or not fully completed, carbon deposits, or soot, begin to build up inside the furnace. When the problem goes unchecked, soot build up can begin to deposit on surfaces in the home and the furnace will eventually stop working all together. (more…)

The Forgotten Vent | Streamwood, Bolingbrook, Lyons

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

When it comes to duct cleaning, many homeowners assume that the only ducts in the home that need to be cleaned are the ones that are attached to the central heating and cooling system. However, there is another vent in the home that should be cleaned regularly in order to prevent problems. That vent is the clothes dryer vent. With time this vent can become clogged with lint and other debris, and without proper cleaning, it could lead to some costly problems including high energy bills, frequent appliance replacement, and even house fires.

Warning Signs of a Clogged Vent

If you have a dryer vent in your home that has never been cleaned, there are a few things you should be looking for:

  • Musty smells on clothes
  • Longer drying times
  • Removable filter does not collect a lot of lint
  • Lint present in the tub of the dryer
  • Multiple cycles to dry one load
  • Overheated laundry (more…)

More Duct Cleaning Scam Prevention Tips| Oak Forest, Evanston, Berwyn

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
  • Look for the Fine Print: Many illegitimate duct cleaning companies will hide clauses in their contracts that allow them to change their pricing whenever they so choose.
  • Verify Pricing: Ask and ask again about the price of the work being performed. Make sure that the price you are being quoted is the price you will pay.
  • Get it in Writing: If the duct cleaning company you choose is making you promises, get them in writing! In the event that there is a problem, you will have the necessary paperwork to protect yourself.
  • Get a Second Opinion: If a duct cleaning company tells you that there is mold present in the home, do not sign any paperwork and get a second opinion. Scam artists in this industry like to convince homeowners that there is mold in the home in order to drive up the price of the services. (more…)