Without insulation, many homes would be uncomfortable, draft-filled shelters. This padding is what separates us from summer’s harsh heat and winter’s fierce cold, and saves homeowners’ hundreds of dollars on electricity and heating costs. Unfortunately, many find the homes they purchased lack proper insulation, and the expense of having it done can be daunting. However, with blow-in insulation, you can save both yourself and your wallet from discomfort.
What is Blown-In Insulation?
Contrary to rolled or bat insulation, more commonly used in easily accessible areas like warehouses, blown-in insulation is a method in which insulation products are applied to smaller spaces – like attics, floors, and wall cavities – without much cutting into the home’s structure. Because of its improved performance and quick setting, it is the insulation market’s top competitor. Applying techniques vary depending on the product used.
Benefits of Getting Blown-In Insulation
There are quite a few benefits of blown-in insulation:
Energy Saver: During the summer and winter months, your electric/ gas bill rises and can become very costly. With blown-in insulation, less heat will escape or enter your home, thereby saving you money on air conditioning and heating expenses. You will be comfortable in your home and in your wallet.
Blocks Sound: Whenever the television is too loud, you are having an animated conversation with friends and family, or your teenagers want to have a house party, it can be inconvenient and uncomfortable for the neighbors to hear or bring unwanted attention. While its main purpose is not to muffle sound, blown-in insulation can help prevent noise from exiting (or entering) your household.
Environmentally Friendly: Because it contains recycled material, blown-in insulation is beneficial to the environment as well as your wallet.
Quick and Efficient: Because it does not require as many invasive procedures as other insulations, blown-insulation can be installed quickly and efficiently.
Types of Blow-In Insulation
There are three primary blown-in insulation types: cellulose, fiberglass, and spray-in foam. Each of these insulation products has its pros and cons depending on the area it is applied and the time of year.
Loose-Fill Fiberglass: Installed using a blowing machine, loose-fill fiberglass isglass that has been spun or blown into fibers and is most suitable for applying in attics, ceilings, or walls. It has an R-value of 2.2-2.7 per inch and is resistant to fungus, mildew, and moisture. However, because it may lose up to half of its effectiveness in cold temperatures, it is not recommended as winter padding.
Loose-Fill Cellulose: Around since the 1920s, blow-in cellulose consists primarily of corrugated cardboard and recycled newsprint. There are three types that are used in residential applications: loose fill, wall cavity spray, and stabilized. It has an R-value of 3.2-3.8 per inch and though it is effective at all temperatures, loose-fill cellulose’s fire retardant treatment makes it optimum for high summer temperatures. However, it is not recommended for attic applications or ceilings with less than 5/8-inch drywall.
Spray-In Foam: Spray-in (or spray on) polyurethane foam extends to fill voids and empty spaces after its application, thereby reducing air infiltration. Often, professionals mix the foam after their arrival to the home. It is one of the most popular insulators used in ceilings, attics, floors, and walls and, depending on the product used, can provide the highest R-value (3.6 per inch) of the three blown-in insulator materials.
It is important to consider the recommended R-value for your region before insulating your home. For example, the recommended R-value for Georgia (which is in zone 3) is R30-R60 for uninsulated attics, R25-R38 for existing 3-4-inches of insulation, and R19-R25 for floors, according to charts from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Getting a professional duct cleaning is something that every homeowner should strongly consider doing. If you don’t clean your ducts on a regular basis, you’re taking a risk in that your home’s air quality might begin declining due to the amount of dust, debris and more that can build up in your ducts. Poor air quality will not only affect the quality of life and comfort of your home, but can also have negative effects on those people living in your home that suffer from respiratory illnesses, asthma or allergies. So how exactly do you know if you need a professional duct cleaning? The following are three signs to look out for:
There are vermin in your ducts – If you see rodents or insects in or around your duct area, you’ll definitely want them cleaned out. Vermin are incredibly unsanitary and you don’t want them living anywhere in your home. They could leave behind dust and debris in your ducts that you definitely want to get cleaned out.
There’s excessive dust or debris – If you can see dust and debris being released into the air from your registers, then your ducts are probably full of dust and debris that needs to be cleaned out.
Your family is experiencing unexplained allergies- Whether old pollen or dust is the cause, you might have allergens in your ducts that are getting released into the air. Cleaning them out can help reduce the allergens in your home.
These are three signs that you need to have your ducts cleaned by a professional. Contact us at Daffy Ducts to get your Atlanta ducts cleaned out in time for the cold weather this fall. You don’t want to be stuck indoors all winter with dusty ducts!
Dust collects in every home no matter what. This is because over 90 percent of the dust that collects in our homes comes from people and fabric. A dusty house not only feels dirty and uncomfortable, it can also cause issues for anyone that suffers from allergies, asthma or respiratory illnesses, which means that you’ll want to reduce household dust as much as possible. The following are a few ways that you can reduce household dust:
Organize your closet – Because of all the tiny fibers on your clothes, closets tend to be a huge source of dust. Consider keeping some of your things stored in boxes or bags. We recommend the use of clear plastic bins so that you can see what each bin contains. These bins will keep fibers locked in, thereby keeping dust from gathering inside your closet.
Change your bedding weekly – Your bedding is a big dust distributor because it not only sheds its own fibers, it also collects skin flakes. By washing all of your sheets and pillowcases once a week, you’ll reduce the amount of dust that they produce.
Use the proper cleaning supplies – A common mistake that people make is to use dry rags or feather dusters in an attempt to dust their home. All this accomplishes is to spread dust around. You should use damp rags or cloths that have an electrostatic charge to capture dust.
Beat your rugs – Your rugs absorb dust like a sponge, which means that whenever you take a step, dust is sent into the air. Take your rugs outside and hang them on a fence or clothesline, then beat them using a tennis racket or a broom to help remove the dust outside. You can do the same thing with your cushions.
Upgrade your furnace filter – Filters help to trap the dust that’s circulating in your air and to prevent it from spreading throughout your house. Consider having an electrostatic filter professionally installed. An electrostatic filter is different than standard filters in that it attracts dust like a magnet.
Use these methods in order to reduce household dust, and contact us at Daffy Ducts for help with cleaning out the dust from your ducts.
Hiring a professional duct cleaning service is something that you should do on a regular basis. Your ducts can get very dusty and dirty over time, which can result in the air quality of your home diminishing. When a build up of dust and dirt gets into your air, it can also result in issues for anyone that suffers from asthma, respiratory illness or even simple allergies. The following are some of the tasks that a professional duct cleaning service will perform:
They will open all of your access ports or doors in order to inspect and clean your entire duct system.
Before they begin cleaning your duct system, they will do a thorough inspection to make sure that there are no materials that contain asbestos present, such as register boots or insulation. If they find any materials that contain asbestos, a specially trained and equipped contractor will need to be hired in order to remove them.
Once the inspection is completed, they will use vacuum equipment in order to exhaust dust and debris particles out of the home. If the vacuum exhausts are within the house, then they will use HEPA (high efficiency particle air) vacuuming equipment.
They will make sure that your carpeting and furnishings are protected as they clean.
They will dislodge dust and other particles by performing well-controlled brushing and contact vacuum cleaning on the duct surfaces.
Any fiberglass duct boards and sheet metal ducts that are lined with fiberglass will be cleaned using soft-bristled brushes. They will most likely replace accessible flex ducts since this is more economical than cleaning them – although they can be cleaned with the use of soft-bristled brushes.
They will seal and re-insulate any holes that may have been made – on purpose or on accident – during the cleaning process in order to protect the duct work and make sure that it is airtight.
They will follow the NADCA’s standards for air duct cleaning as well as the NAIMA’s suggested practice for cleaning ducts with fiber glass lining.
Contact us at Daffy Ducts for a thorough duct cleaning in your Atlanta home.
The laundry room is an area of the home that often gets dirty and unorganized. Keeping it clean and organized is important for its efficiency, not to mention the overall safety of the space. A cluttered area can cause all kinds of safety issues, especially when it comes to your dryer. When it comes to dryer safety tips, making sure it’s not surrounded by clutter, such as lint and other flammable materials, will help greatly reduce the risk of fire. So let’s go over a few tips for organizing your laundry room:
Get rid of what you don’t need – Sort through everything in your laundry room. If you have a huge pile of rags that you’ve been collecting for cleaning purposes, then get rid of some of them, paring them down to only what you actually need. Focus on how you actually live and not on how you might live in the future when sorting through the things in your laundry room.
Get rid of expired products – Go through all of your cleaning supplies and check the expiration dates. Many cleaning supplies contain chemicals, which is why they have warnings and expiration dates on their labels. When storing your cleaning products, make sure that reactive chemicals, such as bleach and ammonia, aren’t stored next to each other.
Clear the lint – Make sure you don’t have lint just tossed around the laundry room – clear it up and toss it. It’s a fire hazard, after all. One of the most important dryer safety tips is also to clear the lint from the dryer itself. You may want to have a professional service come to ensure the dryer is completely cleaned of lint.
Wash your washer – You don’t have to do this very often, but it’s a good idea if you own pets. Wait until the washing machine is empty and dry, then use a vacuum brush attachment to suck up any hair and dust before wiping down the walls.
Be sure to use some of these tips that you should use in order to keep your laundry room clean and clutter-free, and contact us for help with cleaning out your dryer vents.
Although you should get an air duct cleaning performed every once in a while in order to ensure the quality of your indoor air, you should also be on the lookout for certain signs that your ducts need to be cleaned right away. One sign that you need to get your air ducts cleaned immediately is if you spot signs of moisture.
All air contains moisture. During the winter, when you are heating your home, moisture is held within the air as vapor, which causes the air to become humid. When the temperature is cooled down, such as during the summers, that air will condense and cause condensation. As you can imagine, this can pose an issue in your duct system. It’s one of the reasons why many homeowners choose to insulate their ducts. The insulation can help keep the temperature in the ducts high enough to prevent condensation from forming when the ducts are not in use. However, the temperature will eventually drop if the ducts are not used, which will eventually lead to condensation.
So why is moisture in your ducts such a bad thing? If there is any dust or dirt in your ducts, which there often is if you don’t get your ducts cleaned on a regular basis, then conditions are ripe for mildew. Some homeowners will try to prevent mildew and its musty smell by running their fans, thinking that the moving air will help dry up any moisture. However, all they are doing is sending more air filled with moisture into the area, which is only adding to the problem.
If you see signs of moisture in your duct system or around your HVAC system, you may want to have your ducts cleaned before mold begins growing. If you think you have too much moisture in your ducts, contact Daffy Ducts for information about our air duct cleaning services. We use a sanitizing fog that will help kill bacteria and mildew.
The last thing anybody wants is a dusty house. The dustier your house is, the dirtier it will both feel and look. Not to mention that dust can cause serious problems for individuals living in your home that are affected by asthma, respiratory illnesses or allergies. Unfortunately, although most people do dust their homes in order to keep it clean, many people are doing it wrong. The following are a few mistakes you may be making that are resulting in a more dusty home, not a less dusty one.
You’re using a feather duster – The feather duster is one of the worst tools you can use to dust your home. All you’ll be doing is moving dust from one place to another if you use a feather duster. Instead, use electrostatic dusters or microfiber dusters. These dusters will actually grab and hold onto the dust instead of spreading it everywhere.
Forgetting about your vents – The vents on your walls and ceilings need to be dusted regularly using your vacuum’s soft brush attachment. If you neglect to dust your vents, then the dust that collects in there will end up blowing out throughout your home by your HVAC system.
You’re dry dusting – When dust is dry it will be easier to become airborne. Use spritz microfibers dusters or cloths along with a polish or dusting spray to make it easier to gather up dust.
Using polish on your furniture – If you’re going to use polish in order to make it easier to pick up dust, then make sure that you are not applying it directly to your furniture. If you do, the polish can end up leaving a residue build-up on your furniture’s wood that will be difficult to remove (and will attract more dust!). If you are going to use polish, apply it to a cloth and then wipe the furniture down.
Not changing your vacuum filters – If your filters are clogged because you didn’t change them, your vacuum will shoot out dust instead of sucking dust in.
Avoid making these dusting mistakes in order to prevent a dusty house.
Remodeling your home can be incredibly beneficial – it can add function, form and value to your home, not to mention increase your quality of life. However, larger remodeling projects tend to create a lot of dust. Dust can cause serious problems for anyone living in your home that has asthma, suffers from respiratory illnesses or has severe allergies. In addition to making sure you have a professional come perform an air duct cleaning not soon after your renovations are finished (to help clear any dust that has gotten into your air ducts and has built up within them), you should also take preventative measures to keep as little dust from getting into the air during the remodel as possible. The following are a few ways to minimize dust during renovations:
Put up dust barriers – At the very minimum, you should have plastic sheets applied to the different entry points leading to the room that is under construction. These plastic sheets are known as zipwalls. Zipwalls will help keep dust and debris inside the room that is being worked on, preventing it from spreading throughout your entire house.
Use sticky mats – Sticky mats should be placed right outside the area of construction. This way, workers won’t track dust and debris throughout your home when they enter and exit the construction space. If the room being worked on is in the middle of the house, line the path to the exit with floor paper.
Use dust extractors – Power tools tend to cause quite a mess when used in a renovation. This is because they create a lot of sawdust and other debris when they are being used. A number of power tool companies have begun adding dust extractors to their power tools that suck up the dust as soon as the power tool creates it. This means that a power saw with a dust extractor will collect sawdust while it’s cutting, thereby helping prevent much of it from getting into your air.
Use these tips to help minimize dust during a remodel and don’t forget to get a professional air duct cleaning.
Keeping your air ducts clean is an important part of keeping your home healthy. Clean air ducts help keep your air quality clean, which is particularly important for those that suffer from asthma, respiratory diseases or allergies. Because of this, you should hire a professional air duct cleaning service to come and clean your air ducts on a semi-regular basis. This is not something that you can do on your own, especially when considering how complicated an air duct system is – trying to clean them yourself can result in costly damage. However, there are a number of things you can do to keep your air ducts from getting really dirty in the first place. The following are a few tips for keeping your air ducts as clean as possible:
Change your filters – Your air filters are what help to trap dust and debris inside of your air ducts, thereby preventing that dust and debris from circulating throughout your home. However, once that dust and debris builds up, your HVAC system is going to begin having a difficult time moving air through the filters, resulting in a drop in efficiency. This, in turn, will cause your energy bills to go up. It will also cause dust and debris to begin building up in your registers, which will eventually affect the quality of your air – so be sure to change your air filters on a regular basis! Invest in higher quality air filters, such as electrostatic filters, for added protection.
Use electric filters – Electric filters are even more effective at capturing dust and debris than fiberglass or electrostatic filters. This is because they generate an electrostatic charge that draws more airborne particulates to it. Some even have UV light components that kill bacteria and fungal spores.
Clean the registers – While you can’t clean your entire duct system on your own, you can remove the vent covers and dust the space.
These tips will help keep your HVAC system working efficiently – but remember, although they keep your air ducts cleaner, you’ll still need to hire a professional air duct cleaning service.
As much as we all love summer, it does have its drawbacks – just like every other season. With summer it’s the amount of allergens in the air due to all of the fully bloomed trees, flowers, and grass. Because of this, of the things you’ll want to concentrate on this summer reducing allergens in your home. Reducing allergens in your home will help keep your home clean and healthy. So now you might be wondering what kind of allergens to watch out for, so we’re going to share some of the most common allergens found during the summer season:
Pollen – Pollen is found throughout spring and summer. Grass pollen is most common during the end of spring, while weed pollen is the most common form of summer pollen. Pollen is the one allergen that affects the most amount of people. Pollen count tends to be high on dry, warm and windy days, which means you may want to stay indoors when exercising during these periods. Make sure you wash your hair at night and change your clothes before going to bed to avoid tracking pollen into your sheets.
Poison ivy – Poison ivy is the most common outdoor allergen. Most people have a sensitivity to poison ivy. Avoiding it isn’t too difficult – just stay in open areas and keep away from bushes and other plants. If you do come in contact with poison ivy, there are plenty of creams available that can help you treat it.
Seasonal fruits – If you are really allergic to certain types of pollen, then you could suffer from a cross-reaction when you eat certain types of fruits, such as apples, melons and celery. This is known as oral allergy syndrome and can result in itching, swelling or tingling of the mouth. Fortunately, this allergy is not a life threatening one.
Stings – Insect stings are a common summer allergy trigger and can lead to a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. Bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps are most active at the end of summer, so avoid them when possible.
While we can’t help you with all of the common summer allergens, we can clean your ducts and help keep the indoor allergens under control. Contact us at Daffy Ducts if you want yours cleaned this summer!
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Dryer Vent Cleaning
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