Can I Clean My Dryer Vent Myself?

Spring is in full bloom and summer is just around the corner. That means it will soon be time to get outside and start on some of those do-it-yourself projects around the house. There are all kinds of things to do and many of them are great to take on yourself. However, not all projects should be tackled by DIY-ers. For example, as you head outside, take a look at the opening of your dryer vent exit. They are usually found in your foundation.

If you notice a lot of lint buildup there is a good chance you need your dryer vent cleaned. This is one of those jobs that a lot of people like to try to do themselves. So let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of cleaning your own dryer vent.

You will most likely save money doing it yourself, but you will need to purchase a brush kit to do the job right, which will cost you something. If your dryer vent hose is short enough this should be an easy job. However, most houses these days are not built like they used to be. Many dryer vents are now very long and often extend for long distances before they reach their final exit.

Another problem that many people who try to clean their own vents run into is getting their brush kit stuck in the vent. This can lead to frustration, not to mention damage to your vent and the job unfinished. The clog can actually get even worse, which increases your risk of a fire. Sometimes, people then have to call a professional anyways to help get the brush out.

So, while there are some people with very short hoses that could likely do this job on their own, for most people calling a professional to begin with is a much smarter choice. You will save time, and often you’ll end up paying less than you would have if you end up getting your brush stuck trying to do it yourself.

So let Better Air Northwest clean your dryer vent for you. Just call us in Vancouver at 360-852-6212 and in Portland at 503-208-8351. You can also reach us online or leave us a message by clicking here.

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Don’t Be Fooled By a Fake Air Duct Cleaning Company

How many times have you seen one of those air duct cleaning flyers in the mail, or hung on your doorknob, that advertises a $99 special? Wouldn’t that be great if this valuable service really only cost $99? Well, as the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The fact is if you want your air duct cleaning done right, you are going to have to pay more than $99.

Plus, these $99 jobs are just a way for these shady air duct cleaning companies to get into your home. They don’t really plan on doing anything for $99, unless they quickly stick a vacuum hose in your vents and call it good. These discount offers are not legitimate. In most cases, the company doing the advertising will show up to your home and upon further inspection, will find several other problems, like mold.

However, they aren’t qualified to detect or treat mold and in reality they are probably making the whole thing up so they can scare you into paying for expensive services that you don’t need and that they will most likely not even perform. If you get one of these flyers or coupons don’t waste your time. These companies won’t do the work, and they will always jack up the price.

Getting a great deal is always nice, but in almost all cases, you get what you pay for. Therefore, if you’re looking for professional air duct cleaning done right, then give us a call at 503-208-8351 in Portland and at 360-852-6212 in Vancouver. You can also click here to contact us online.

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Top Benefits of Cleaning Your Air Ducts

So you want to know why you should get your air ducts cleaned and whether or not it’s really worth your time and money. Well, we have the answers for you. There are many benefits of getting your air ducts cleaned and together they make it more than worth it. So let’s review some of the top benefits of cleaner air ducts.

No one likes to dust. In fact, it has to be one of the most tedious chores of all time. When you get your air ducts cleaned you won’t have to dust nearly as often because you’ll have less dust in your home.

You’ll enjoy breathing cleaner air. When you get your air ducts cleaned the air you breathe on a regular basis will be cleaner and fresher. In other words, the air quality in your home will be greatly improved. That means you can breathe confidently knowing that you’re taking in a lot fewer contaminants.

Your HVAC system will work better and last longer, which will save you significantly. Not only will you not have to purchase or repair these items as often, but you will also save money every month on your energy bill because your HVAXC system will run more efficiently.

Add it al up and you can see that getting your air ducts cleaned offers many benefts that make it more than worth your while. Please contact Better Air Northwest today to schedule your next air duct cleaning. Call 503-208-8351 in Portland or 360-852-6212 in Vancouver, or click here to connect with us online.

 

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What Should I Ask My Air Duct Cleaning Company?

If you’re already convinced that it’s time to get your air ducts cleaned then all you have left to do is find the right company and schedule an appointment. So what kinds of things should you consider when you’re shopping for the right duct cleaning company? There are several things to keep in mind and you should also be prepared to ask a lot of questions. Consider these, among others?

  • How often should I get my ducts cleaned?
  • How much will it cost for a duct cleaning?
  • Do you have references?
  • Can I see what previous customers have to say about their experience?
  • How long will it take to clean my ducts?
  • What kind of equipment do you use to clean my ducts?
  • Will I be able to see the results?

Besides asking these questions take the time to do some research and see what else you can find out about the company on your own. Also, be sure to verify that the company you’re considering is in good standing with the BBB and other similar organizations. Make sure to verify that the company is insured and if they hold any necessary certifications and licenses.

There are many things to consider and ask your potential air duct cleaning company before going forward. When you hire Better Air Northwest to clean your air ducts or dryer vent you can rest assured that you are getting a quality service at a competitive price. Please call us today in Vancouver at 360-852-6212 and in Portland at 503-208-8351. You can also chat with us online or leave us a message by clicking here.

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How Will I know My Air Ducts Are Really Clean?

If you went to get new tires put on your vehicle you of course would want to see that those tires were actually new. With tires it’s easy to see that they have been replaced, however, with some replacement parts it’s harder to know. You have to trust that the mechanic has done the job right and that he/she has truly replaced the required parts.

The same is true with many of the services you receive at your home or office. If you need something repaired you have to trust that it was done right. With air duct cleaning, you can’t really crawl into your air ducts and inspect them yourself. You have to trust that the technicians have done the job right. Unfortunately, with several shady duct cleaning companies out there scamming honest people, it can be hard to give a company your trust.

That’s why at Better Air Northwest we not only promise to do the job right, but we also back it up with real, visible results. You will know for sure that your air ducts have been properly cleaned. We offer results that you can see. We’ll take a picture or even video to show you your air ducts both before and after our service. We’ll also show you exactly what our specialized vacuums extracted from your ducts. That way you’ll know that your ducts are truly clean.

If you’re ready to schedule your air duct cleaning appointment with Better Air Northwest then give us a call at 503-208-8351 in Portland or at 360-852-6212 in Vancouver, or just click here to contact us online.

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Is it Time to Get My Dryer Vent Cleaned?

March is already over, which means spring is here and that means warmer weather is on the way in. While it still might take a while for those regular warm sunny days to appear in the Pacific Northwest, many people have put their big coats and bulky sweaters away for another year, in exchange for lighter jackets and hoodies. But this is not a fashion blog, so what does winter clothing have to do with air duct cleaning and dryer vents?

While all that cold-weather clothing helped you stay toasty throughout this frigid winter we just experienced, there is a negative side to all wearing all those items. You have to wash and dry them, which means both your washer ad dryer have been working harder fro the last several months. So without you even giving it a second thought, you might have increased the risk of fire in your home. That’s because the more lint that builds up from your clothing the more likely you are to get a clogged dryer vent.

When your dryer vent gets clogged you end up with a greater fire hazard. So, when should you get your dryer vent cleaned? If you haven’t had it cleaned by a professional within the last year, then now is a good time to have this service done. A clean dryer vent means a reduced risk of fire, a more efficient dryer and a smaller energy bill because your dryer doesn’t have to work as hard. So yes, now is a very good time to get your dryer vent cleaned.

Just contact Better Air Northwest at 503-208-8351 in Portland or at 360-852-6212 in Vancouver. You can also click here to connect with us online and schedule your appointment today.

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Why Are My Air Ducts So Dirty?

Looking for a trustworthy and reliable company to clean your air ducts? You’ve come to the right place. Perhaps you’re wondering, though, are your air ducts really dirty? Or maybe you already know they are dirty and you’re wondering how they got that way? After all, your air ducts are hidden way from everything really and they certainly don’t get any foot traffic, like the rest of your house. So what gives? Why do they get dirty in the first place?

There are actually several reasons that your air ducts get dirty. First off, consider how much dust you create in your home every day. Over a one-year period all that dust can really add up. In fact, it’s estimated that in a six-room home as much as 40 pounds of dust is created every year. Combine chemicals, pollen, mold, dander and several other yucky things and you start to se how your ductwork gets messy.

All of these items enter your home and eventually get pulled into your ductwork. They get pushed through your home when your HVAC system is on, but after a while the buildup gets to be too much and it starts to settle. Thus, the mess gets bigger and bigger and your ducts get clogged and nasty.

Thankfully, there is a safe and effective method for getting your air ducts cleaned. Just contact Better Air Northwest today and we’ll remove all that gross buildup from your ductwork and have you breathing cleaner air in not time. You can chat with us online or leave us a message by clicking here, 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 Often Do My Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned?

Are your air ducts dirty? Maybe the answer is yes, or maybe your response is more like this: “Air ducts. What air ducts? We have air ducts?” Most people are aware that they have air ducts, but many people don’t realize just how dirty their air ducts can become. That means they might not ever realize their ductwork should be cleaned.

On the other hand, if you’re one of the knowledgeable ones that is already aware of how dirty ducts can be, or if you’ve already had them cleaned before, you might wonder how often you should be getting this service done. The answer will vary depending on your specific circumstances, but in general terms, you should have them inspected every two to three years, and if necessary cleaned as often.

Some homes or offices will not build up as much dust and debris as others, so they can go longer periods of time without a cleaning. However, other locations build up nasty messes in the ducts much faster, and therefore they should be cleaned more often. Other factors include what part of the country you live in, whether or not you have pets, and whether or not someone with allergies lives in the home.

Another thing to keep in mind is whether or not you think you have mold or mildew building up in your ducts. If you do, then it doesn’t matter how long it’s been, you should get them cleaned again. If you notice vermin or other signs of animals in your ducts, don’t wait. Get them cleaned. If you notice heavy dust coming from your vents, it’s also time for a cleaning.

If you are experiencing any of these signs then give Better Air Northwest a call for your air duct cleaning as soon as possible and we’ll get you on our schedule. You’ll be glad you did. You can click here to contact us online or reach us at 503-208-8351 in Portland and at 360-852-6212 in Vancouver.

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Dryer Vent Fires Common This Time of Year

Have you checked your dryer lately? No, it probably hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s right there where you saw it last, spinning and tumbling and drying your clothes, towels, coats and blankets, and even shoes. Your dryer is indispensable and most people wouldn’t want to live without one. However, there could also be a hidden danger lurking in your dryer. One that may have never crossed your mind: a dryer vent fire.

Did you know that dryer vent fires are actually rather common, especially this time of year when people use, and wash, much heavier clothing, sheets and coats a lot more often. All that extra lint build up can be a real threat to your home and safety. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission there are more than 15,000 dryer vent fires every year.

So how does it happen? Thanks to all that extra lint, your dryer vent gets clogged. When the lint clogs the vent the airflow to the dryer is inhibited, which prevents the dryer exhaust gases from getting outside. This creates a serious fire hazard. One of the most obvious signs to look for is clothing that isn’t drying all the way with just one cycle.

So, if you haven’t had your dryer vent cleaned in a while, or you’re not sure it’s ever been cleaned, then don’t wait any longer. Contact Better Air Northwest today to get your vent clean. 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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Will Clean Air Ducts Improve My HVAC System’s Efficiency?

Everyone loves to save money, especially on his or her household bills, including their electricity bill. It’s no secret that the average household wastes hundreds of dollars a year on their energy bills for a lot of different reasons. Imagine if you could cut back on the waste how much money you would save each year. That means more money in your pocket to spend on things you really want.

So how can you save more on your HVAC system? There are of course several well-known tips that you can put into practice that will help keep your energy bill down. However, there are some other tips that might not be as obvious, like getting your air ducts cleaned. So is it true? Can cleaning your air ducts really improve your heating and cooling system’s efficiency, and in turn help you save on your energy bill?

The answer is yes. When you get your air ducts cleaned out that means the air can travel much more freely through all your ductwork and easily reach every room in your home, without your HVAC system having to work as hard. When your HVAC system works less it saves you money. Plus, you’ll also enjoy cleaner air and even the rooms furthest away from the system will have warm or cool air when needed.

So, if you would like to help improve the efficiency of your HVAC system then call Better Air Northwest in Vancouver at 360-852-6212 or in Portland at 503-208-8351. You can also connect with us online by clicking here.

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