Clear the Air for the Winter

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It is beginning to get chilly throughout this month and we begin to turn on our heating systems. However, mold and allergens can get trapped in the vents over the summer. Right now is one of the best times to service your system if you haven’t so. According to the Air Duct Cleaners Association, the average household collects 40 pounds of dirt, dust and allergens in its air ducts each year.  Over time the build up of mold, dust and debris can affect your health and your wallet. The system does not work the same when the system has not been maintained regularly and even worse the air travels through your house contaminating your air. Your system in addition works harder to maintain the air circulating throughout the home.

PREP YOUR HVAC SYSTEM FOR WINTER

  • Replace filter every month for optimal efficiency.
  • Update your thermostat so you can program it when to automatically be turned on and off.
  • Inspect your system for any cracks, dents or disconnected parts.
  • Make sure the HVAC contractor checks your system’s belts, motors, gas pressure, and motor.

These simple steps can help you prep your system for the winter. Proper maintenance and inspection is the best way to keep your HVAC system working at it’s best. Your HVAC contractor can further give you additional tips on how to help you save money and keep your environment comfortable this winter.Hiring a professional to assist you in maintaining your HVAC system will follows strict procedures to clean your system and also understands the importance of a healthy environment. AirTek technicians are certified by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association and have over 25 years of experience in making homes safer, cleaner and better for your breathing.

The Ins and Outs of Restaurant Vent Hood Cleaning

While it may seem to be an item of minor consequence to those outside the restaurant industry, keeping the vent hoods of a restaurant clean is actually a quite important task from a variety of standpoints. With this thought in mind, we thought you might like to know the “ins and outs” of properly dealing with your restaurant’s vent hood cleaning. Here they are:

1. First and foremost, clean hoods are necessary to keep the general environment of your restaurant as appealing as possible. Vent hoods remove a variety of adulterants from the ambient air including smoke, particulate matter, grease-laden smells and other offensive odors that would otherwise contaminate your reception, dining and public areas. From a purely customer service aspect, vent hoods are an essential guard against the smells – intoxicating or otherwise – coming from your kitchen and affecting the guest experience.

2. Second, the the Federal and state governments have a whole host of rules – and accompanying fines! – that have to do with the proper cleaning of vent hoods and their proper functioning to limit them from becoming fire hazards. It is simply common sense for a restaurant owner to comply with these regulations before an inspector notices otherwise. The result is a safer environment for everyone – staff, customers and other building occupants.

3. Third, from a cost-benefit perspective, it is clearly in the interest of a business owner to keep her or his vent hood equipment clean. Not only does it prolong the useful working lifetime, but it also aids in keeping other equipment working more efficiently and for a longer period of time.

4. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, from a legal liability standpoint, keeping your vent hoods clean and operating properly prevents a lot of accidents and lawsuits from happening in the first place. As the old adage states, “without smoke, there is no fire.” In this particular case, a lack of noticeable fumes means a lot less aggravation when it comes to customers, neighbors and building inspectors finding reason to fault your way of doing business.

As you can see, there are a host of issues that must be attended to in order to keep your vent hoods clean and operating at an optimal level. And it’s not really as simple as it seems even for a seasoned – if you will pardon the pun – restaurant owner. For more information on commercial vent hood cleaning and other restaurant related maintenance services, please contact us today for a free estimate. You can reach us directly at 877.858.6213.

Make a Healthy Indoor Environment Your Priority

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More and more indoor environments are suffering with poor indoor air quality. Modern homes are well insulated but can suffer air pollution. Homes are being built tighter to decrease energy costs. However, poor ventilation leads to an increased in mold, bacteria, viruses, smoke and gases that can in the long run affect your personal health. Pollutants that can be found in your home can cause poor indoor air quality in your indoor environments. Home Ventilation plays an important part in keeping your environment comfortable at all time. The air we breathe indoors is circulated to maintain proper indoor conditions. However, when not maintained fresh air levels decrease. There are several ways that you can ventilate your home.

Whether it is by natural ventilation, infiltration or mechanical ventilation, an effective ventilation system will ensure air quality in your home or business is clean and free of contaminants that produce unclean air. The Indoor Air Quality Association shares a video that talks more about home ventilation and indoor air quality.

 

If you have any questions regarding your HVAC system, we service many areas in California and industries. Contact us with any of your concerns and questions and we will be of assistance. AirTek strives in creating cleaner, healthier and more energy efficient indoor environments and have been doing so for over 25 years.

Happy Veterans Day!

Flag waving at veteran's day parade

Thank you for your service!

 

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Danger of Clogged Dryer Vents

Dryer vents can sometimes be forgotten collectors of dust and debris and many people forget to do a regular maintenance and inspection. A lack of cleaning the debris and lint that builds up over time can make your appliance less efficient and can cause it to become a fire hazard.

According to The U.S Fire Administrators Topical Fire Research Studies report, over 15,000 home fires occur annually and it’s estimated that $99 million are lost annually due to dryer related fires. The U.S Fire Administration recommends that homeowners have their dryer vents cleaned at least once per year so that debris does not build up within the ventilation pipes. Just cleaning the lint trap alone is not enough to prevent a fire from happening.

Here are four ways you can work to decrease buildup in your dryer vents:

  • Keep outside ventilation openings covered with the proper ventilation cap to keep birds from building nests and other animals from entering through the opening.
  • Operate the clothes dryer in small intervals to allow air circulation within the dryer which may result in less lint build up.
  • Limit the use of dryer sheets as the residue from the sheets may clog the dryer lint filter.
  • Schedule regular cleaning with a professional and experienced technician who has worked with many different models of dryers and systems and will know best how to clean the interior components of your particular dryer system.

Having your dryer vents cleaned your dryer vents should be a top priority on your home maintenance checklist to help keep your family safe from fires. Clogged dryer vents are not visible to the bare eye and you may be surprised at how much lint can build up over time. Whether the dryer vent is in a residential home or in a large facility, AirTek has the experience to handle the complexity of any system. In addition, if you would like to check if your dryer is up to code, we can test the performance of your dryer exhaust system. And you can rest assured that our AirTek team follows the NADCA Dryer Exhaust Duct Performance standard for single and multi-family dwellings.

You can Request a Free Estimate, or download a free copy of our Asbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.

4th Annual Toy Drive Is Under Way

One of our very favorite days of the of the year is the day of the We Care East LA Holiday Community Event! This is our fourth year of holding a Toy Drive to make sure every child who attends goes home with an amazing holiday gift.

In 2013, we started collecting toys for our Toy Drive in November and ended up with over 600 toys and 10 bikes for We Care East LA!

CAN WE BEAT THAT? YES WE CAN!

Every year the need is greater, every year the attendance is larger so…every year we need more donations!

If you have started your holiday shopping, please consider purchasing an extra toy to help these amazing kids have a happy holiday season! You can drop off your donation at our corporate offices at 990 West 10th Street in Azusa or call us for a pickup from where you are! We have offices all over California and our team is ready to make your donation happen!

Thank you for helping us bring smiles to so many deserving families for the past three years! And please help us do the same for even more kids this year!

 

 

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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Thousands are exposed to air pollution every day and the increase of urbanization pose a risk for lung cancer development.In addition, for researchers air pollution is hard to study because it is a mixture of many components. The main sources of air pollution include nitrogen dioxide, ozone gas and carbon monoxide. We can try to reduce the levels of air pollution by creating less of it. We can tackle air pollution by walking, running or cycling. Fresh air is such an important component in our lives that we all should have but sometimes we do not because of our surrounding environments. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and we wanted to share tips on how you can help.

TAKE ACTION FOR HEALTHIER AIR

  • Know when the air is unhealthy: Find your air quality forecast so you can stay safe. If you are exercising, avoid exercising near busy highways and limit your time spending outdoors if the air forecast is unhealthy.
  • Cut the pollution you produce: Drive less and carpool. Use less electricity and don’t burn wood or trash because they are the largest sources of particles.
  • Speak Up for Healthy Air:Get involved locally, share information and stories about why you want healthier air

Keeping the air indoors clean is also important because we can control it.Replenishing your environment with clean air is our top priority when we are working with companies and with all clients. If there are people who are complaining about breathing issues or other health problems they might not be receiving fresh air. When there are employees who are complaining about breathing issues, they might have respiratory issues and that means it might be time to conduct a HVAC check up to create a healthier environment. Take action to fight for healthier air outdoors and indoors. Visit our Airtek website for more information on the services we provide and visit the American Lung Association website for more information on how you can get involve to fight for better air.

Torrance Office Grand Opening: Oktoberfest!

We are very proud and happy to announce the grand opening of our newest office in Torrance, California!

We celebrated the Grand Opening on October 23rd with Oktoberfest! The Alliance/AirTek teams were joined by our lovely customers. Take a look!

Happy November!

Ebola: Infectious Disease Cleanup

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   Throughout history, infectious diseases have had a difficult and devastating impact on humans. Infectious diseases causes one in every four deaths worldwide. New and old infectious disease emerge and efforts to contain it can sometimes be difficult. Infectious disease is any type of bacteria, virus, or organism that if ingested, inhaled or physical contact can cause harm. One of the leading infectious disease that has affected thousands is ebola. Ebola is one of the most deadly infectious diseases, causing death in approximately 50-90 percent of those who become infected. It is much higher than almost every other infectious disease.

The Centers of Disease and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration shares information on ebola. You may visit our recent blog post where we talk about how to prevent the spread of infectious disease. One of the most important process of preventing the spread of infectious disease is the clean up process. The Indoor Air Quality Association shares information on environmental clean up including information on cleaning up ebola virus contamination. Infection control precautions are very important to those who plan on working with ebola and other infectious diseases.

In any healthcare environment, maintaining indoor air quality is integral in preventing the spread of airborne disease, especially in critical areas of hospitals, in which patients are immunocompromised. Airtek provides indoor air quality management, preventative maintenance solutions, and portable containment products for airborne particulates, infection control, and bio-security.

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Regular Ductwork Cleaning and Maintenance Is an Essential Part of Running a Business

Introduction

As an apartment manager or business owner, you are responsible for the safety and well-being of others, whether they’re employees or tenants. Ensuring that the various aspects of the building are sound and in good condition helps keep your business running smoothly and regular ductwork cleaning and maintenance should be a part of your regular maintenance schedule.

Health Concerns

Air quality in the building is an important aspect of ensuring the health and well-being of the people in the building. Having poor air quality can result in people being sick more often and can result in a sharp decline in productivity. Many people believe that a lot of the pollution comes from the air ducts in the building, but the Environmental Protection Agency disagrees and states that there is very little evidence to support that duct cleaning will prevent health problems, since pollutants can enter a building from a wide variety of different sources and activities, such as cooking, cleaning and smoking.

When Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

Even though ductwork cleaning may not improve the health of the people working or staying in a building, it should be a regular part of a wider maintenance schedule that encompasses all heating and cooling systems in the building. Ductwork cleaning should definitely be considered if you find the following is true:

  • The ducts air infested with vermin such as rodents or insects
  • The ducts contain so much dust or debris that they are clogged and cannot function correctly. If the ducts are clogged with debris, there may be a chance of particulate matter being released into the air of the building
  • There is visible and substantial toxic mold growth on your heating and cooling systems or on the ductwork itself. Be aware that many things may look like toxic mold, but the only way to confirm this is to send a sample away to a registered laboratory for analysis

If your air ducts are relatively clean and problem-free, knowing when to schedule a ductwork cleaning session can be tricky. A good guideline is to consider the people who work or stay in the building. If they are healthy and don’t suffer from allergies and the ducts appear relatively clean on a visual inspects, chances are you don’t need to engage in serious ductwork cleaning. However, if you find that people are complaining about unusual symptoms that disappear if they’re away from the building, consider checking out the indoor air quality by following the guidelines set by the EPA.

Preventing Duct Contamination

Prevention is better than cure and taking some preventative maintenance steps can go a long way to improving air quality in your building as well as minimizing duct contamination.

  • Inspect and change your filters regularly. If you find they become clogged, increase the rate at which you change them.
  • Ensure all air filters are in place and that air cannot go around them due to poor fitting.
  • When maintaining your heating and cooling system, also clean the cooling coils and drain pans.
  • If you’re doing construction work that generates plenty of dust, seal off your heating and cooling system and don’t use it until the dust is cleaned up.
  • Vacuum the carpets in the building regularly using HEPA cleaners or the highest efficiency filter bags that you can find.
  • Repair any water damage as quickly as possible to prevent moisture seeping into the duct work.

Conclusion

Duct inspection and maintenance should be part of your regular building maintenance routine, but ductwork cleaning should only be undertaken when there is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Download a free copy of our Asbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.

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