How Do My Air Ducts Get Moldy?

Mold! Just the thought of it makes most people cringe. Unless you’re talking about cheese then mold is never a good thing. Mold is your home can be especially troublesome because it can cause so many problems, especially health issues. Some molds can even be deadly.

Therefore, if you think you have mold then don’t wait to get it resolved. That includes having mold in your air ducts. But just how does mold get into your air ducts in the fort place? It usually starts with dirty ducts. over time, dust, pollen, dirt and other debris build up and get trapped in your air ducts.

At some point, moisture gets inside your ducts (usually from AC condensation or via cracks in your ductwork) and joins up with all that other nasty stuff. Mold spores begin to form and over time those spores can spread and cause an awful mess inside your air ducts. The dirtier your ducts get, the worse the mold can get

While moldy air ducts are not common in most homes, if your ducts get really dirty or you have cracks or holes in your ductwork then it’s certainly a possibility. If you ever think you might have mold then don’t wait to take care of the problem. Once started, mold will only get worse if you don’t treat it. Instead contact a trusted air duct cleaning company as soon as you can. Just click here to make an appointment with Better Air Northwest today. Or call us in Vancouver at 360-852-6212 and in Portland at 503-208-8351. Start enjoying Better Air.

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How Bad Are Dirty Air Ducts for My Health?

The summer is starting to wind down, but there are still some hot days ahead of us here in the Portland/Vancouver area. That means your AC unit still has some work to do before the heating part of your HVAC system starts to get some action.

Using your air conditioner during the summer is very nice. There’s nothing like coming home to a cool house and enjoying a good night’s sleep while the air outside is sweltering. However, that cool air inside your home might not always be the cleanest, and dirty air is bad for your health.

Because most HVA units simply recirculate the air in your ducts throughout your home, it’s important that your air is clean. If you have dirty ducts, you will have dirty air and that is the air you will be breathing every day.

Dirty air ducts can cause several health problems, especially for those who suffer from allergies. Dirty air can also contribute to sinus problems, asthma and respiratory infections, all of which are unpleasant to deal with. Additionally, if the dirty air remains then your problems are likely to get worse.

So, if you don’t to breathe dirty, polluted air then you need to contact a professional air duct cleaning company in the Portland/Vancouver area by clicking here. You can rely on Better Air Northwest to help clean your air ducts and get you started on breathing cleaner, healthier air.

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Scam Watch – Don’t Get Fooled by a Dirty Duct Cleaner

If you pay attention to the news or do an Internet search regarding air ducts, then just about every month or so you will come across another story regarding a dirty duct cleaning company. These scammers are not out to help people. They are looking for a quick buck and they will cheat you out of as much money as they can.

Air duct cleaning scams come in many forms, but mostly they offer cheap services with eye-catching coupons. The problem is, they never intend to honor those coupons. They use them to get into your home and then rip you off.

From creating problems that don’t exist to charging you for services they don’t perform, these sketchy companies will stop at nothing to rip you off. In fact, in some cases, they’ll tell you they have found mold problems and charge you thousands of dollars for work that doesn’t even need to be done.

Don’t get caught by one of these scammers. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Never fall for the $99 air duct cleaning scam. Check a company’s references before you hire them and make sure they really do what they say.

Don’t become the latest victim in one of these scams. Contact a trusted air duct cleaning company that will get t he job done right and won’t charge you for fake services. Contact Better Air Northwest. In Portland call 503-208-8351 and in Vancouver call 360-852-6212. You can also reach us online by clicking here.

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Clean Air Ducts Give Your HVAC System a Boost

All homeowners enjoy finding ways to save money around the house. Whether you can reduce your water bill by taking shorter showers, or cut back on your heating bill by using a fireplace or wood stove, it always feels good to cut back on utility costs around the house.

Another way to save money on your energy bill is to get your air ducts cleaned. A professional air duct cleaning will help improve the airflow in your home. This means your HVAC system will work smoothly and efficiently, instead of having to work harder to do it’s normal job.

It also means, you won’t have to spend as much on repairs and maintenance because it will work properly and last longer. Getting repairs to, or replacing your HVAC system is never fun, so if you want to take a simple step that will help keep it running at optimal speed and efficiency then getting an air duct cleaning is a smart idea.

If improving the efficiency of your HVAC system sounds like a good idea to you then please call Better Air Northwest in Vancouver at 360-852-6212 or in Portland at 503-208-8351. You can also contact us online by clicking here.

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Time to Clean Your Air Ducts? Here’s What to Look for

Summer is more than half over and that means fall is just around the corner. But there is still time to take care of some of those important summer chores to get ready for the coming cold and wet seasons in the Pacific Northwest. For example, getting your air ducts cleaned now is a good idea. But what if you’re not sure your ducts need to be cleaned? Here are some signs.

If you, or someone living in your home, have allergies and your symptoms suddenly get worse, it could be a sign of dirty ducts.

If you see signs of visible mold growing in your ducts, vents or other parts of your HVAC system, then your air ducts likely need to be cleaned.

If you see any signs of rodents or even insects in your vents, or if you find excessive debris or dirt built up in your vents then it’s probably time to get your air ducts cleaned.

If you’ve noticed in any terrible or even unusual smells coming from your vents than your ductwork is likely the location it’s coming from.

These are all sure signs that your air ducts need to be cleaned. The good news is if you need cleaner air ducts in the Vancouver, Portland and Beaverton areas you can rely on Better Air Northwest. Just click here to contact us online or call us at 503-208-8351 in Portland and at 360-852-6212 in Vancouver.

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Clean Ducts Are Efficient Ducts

How long has it been since you’ve had your air ducts cleaned? If you don’t know the answer to that question then it’s most likely been too long and you’re overdue for a cleaning. If you’ve noticed a lot of extra dust around your home then most likely your HVAC system is pushing a lot of dust through your air ducts.

Likewise, if your vent covers are covered in built up dust and other debris then your air ducts are likely very dirty as well. So, if you think you’re ducts are dirty then it’s time to get them cleaned. There are several benefits to cleaning your ducts, including:

  • A better and more reliable performance from your HVAC system as a whole
  • Less wear and tear equals fewer expensive repairs and a longer life for your HVAC system
  • Reduced energy bills due to more energy efficiency
  • Decrease the chances of allergy problems and respiratory issues
  • Easier to clean your home and keep it clean due to less dust in you living space

If you’re looking for a trustworthy and reliable air duct cleaning company then please contact Better Air Northwest today. Call us at 360-852-6212 in Vancouver, or at 503-208-8351 in Portland, or click here to connect with us online.

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Top Benefits of Getting Your Ducts Sealed

Have you ever walked by one of your outside doors in the winter and felt a cold draft on your feet seeping through the bottom of the door? It’s enough to give most people the chills and send shivers throughout your body. It might not seem like much, but that small draft can actually be a big problem.

Much like a drafty door, leaky air ducts can be a big issue and in most cases, you don’t even know the problem exists. The fact is, when you have leaky ducts you are losing air that is supposed to be going into your home, whether it’s cool or warm.

Furthermore, the polluted, dusty air from the outside can enter your air ducts and start to build up. That mess will eventually end up inside your home where you will breathe it in. thus, just like you would fix a drafty door, you should also fix your leaky air ducts.

Sealing your air ducts will provide you with cleaner air, a more comfortable living environment, and save you money on energy bills. Your HVAC system will also run more smoothly which keeps your home safer and saves you more money.

Getting your ducts sealed is a good idea no matter what time of year. If you need your air ducts sealed, then contact Better Air Northwest, an experienced and professional air duct cleaning company serving the Vancouver-Portland area. Click here to contact us or call us at 503-208-8351 or 360-852-6212.

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Portland/Vancouver Industrial Air Duct Cleaning

Safety is always one of the top priorities at any manufacturing plant or warehouse. However, while companies take careful measures to protect heir employees, there is one common area that they often forget: the air ducts.

Industrial air duct cleaning might not seem like a safety issue, but if your ducts are dirty then you and your employees are taking in polluted air day, after day, after day. That isn’t good for anyone.

A manufacturing or warehouse setting usually creates a lot of unpleasant pollutants, including mists, dust, smoke, and in some cases dangerous airborne chemicals. All of these nasty pollutants eventually get into the air ducts and pushed throughout the entire building.

They also build up in your ductwork and over time they can combine to create even dirtier air, which everyone gets exposed to. In some cases, depending on the different elements that are being collected, the buildup could end up being a fire hazard. Don’t let this happen at your warehouse, manufacturing plant or other industrial building.

With the right equipment and expertise we’ll clean your industrial air ducts properly, leaving your ducts clean and reducing the chance of a fire hazard, as well as making the air you breathe much cleaner.

If you need industrial air duct cleaning then please contact Better Air Northwest today by clicking here. You can also reach us in Portland and Beaverton by calling 503-208-8351 or in Vancouver at 360-852-6212. For our residential services click here.

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What Exactly is Anti-Microbial Sanitation?

You know that feeling you get when you do some really deep cleaning around your home? It almost feels like you could eat off the floor. Of course, you never would but you know the feeling. Having a super clean home just makes you feel better. The problem is, unless you cover every area in your home, including the ones you can’t see, then there could always be something else lurking.

That is often the problem with your air ducts. You can’t see them, but they are a big part of your home and they are often very dirty, as dust, pollutants, allergens and other debris builds up over time. Sometimes that can lead to some nasty smells and even mold. Even worse, sometimes animals get into your ductwork and end up dying there, leaving nasty bacteria, among other things.

If you’ve noticed something awful coming from your air vents, then you might have something nasty going on deep within your air ducts. That’s when it’s a good time to contact Better Air Northwest for a duct cleaning and an anti-microbial sanitation. This valuable service goes beyond the typical duct cleaning. We use specialized chemicals to rid your ducts of these contaminants and smells and not just cover them up.

First, we thoroughly clean your air ducts then we use these antimicrobial chemicals to clean the area and rid the problem. You can learn more about this deep cleaning by clicking here. If you have a nasty smell coming from your ductwork then give Better Air Northwest a call today and schedule your air duct cleaning and anti-microbial sanitation. In Vancouver call 360-852-6212 and in Portland call 503-208-8351. You can also contact us online by clicking here.

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In Need of Some Respirable Dust Testing?

Air quality is important in any environment, especially in a working environment where employers need to be aware of their employees’ health and well-being. There are plenty of methods to improve air quality in the workplace and some are better than others. However, how do you know if your efforts are really working? The key is to actually know how dirty or clean the air you’re breathing really is.

In order to test the air in your commercial or industrial location you need to do respirable dust testing. So what exactly is this and how does it work? The air is full of all kinds of dust particles that carry all kinds of substances. When we perform a respirable dust test we determine how clean or dirty the air you’re breathing at work really is.

When you hire Better Air Northwest to perform this service we’ll take a sample directly from your air ducts and send it to a lab to have it tested to determine the quality level of your air. We use a special filter designed specifically for respirable dust testing and contain it in sealed container to be tested at the lab. If the dust levels are too high then you should seriously consider getting your ducts clean.

If you want to determine the air quality in your office or commercial building then please contact Better Air Northwest today and schedule your respirable dust testing appointment now. Just call 503-208-8351 in Portland or 360-852-6212 in Vancouver, or click here.

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