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Mold in Air Ducts

Don’t Get Scammed by Air Duct Cleaning Companies

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Don’t get Scammed by Air Duct Cleaners

Unfortunately when you call air duct cleaners you won’t always get up front pricing, or upfront listing of services. Often air duct cleaning services will quote a very low price and use this to get the appointment. After arriving to your home, the techs will then try to up sell you on the rest of the services. If you don’t go for the up sell they will hook up a vacuum to a duct and run it for a bit then leave. What ever you paid, you wasted your money. Air duct cleaning requires all the ducts be brushed out and a powerful vacuum to take away the loosened mildew, dust, and debris. The plenum box that all of the ducts attach to must be cleaned and mildew, fungus, etc. be cleaned out. The returns need to be brushed and vacuumed, the register also needs to be cleaned. All the vent covers need to be removed and washed, then replaced. If required soot sealer should be applied for odor/particles. After all this then the system is sanitized with a bacteria and mold killer that is alcohol based and will evaporate without leaving any residue.

This process takes a while and can easily run 5-7 hours depending on how large the home is and how many AC units / thermostats are in the home. So, you can see air duct cleaning is more involved than just hooking a vacuum up for 30 minutes and leaving. Every 4 years you should have your ducts cleaned, if you have an older home and haven’t ever had your ducts cleaned you should definitely make time to schedule a cleaning. If you smell an odor coming out of your vents you should have your air duct cleaned. Folks buying a home where the previous owner had pets, you should have your ducts cleaned. Take a look at the video below which shows the process for air duct cleaning. The video has been condensed for the sake of time.

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Are Those Groupon Air Duct Coupons Really a Good Deal?

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Groupon! Everyone loves to save money and Groupon seems like such a great deal! But can you really get a truly good service at such cut rate prices?

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Groupon Deals for Air Duct Cleaning in Houston

This is about what you find when you go to Groupon for a Home Service Deal like Air Duct Cleaning. Houston is no exception, and Groupon will be riddled with these coupons. Is this for real? I mean can a company really offer air duct cleaning for 49$ or 35$ or even 59$?

The short answer is NO! You the customer have to give up something. A company cannot do a complete cleaning for $25, which is what the company receives after you purchase the Groupon. Make sure you know what you are getting when you go to Groupon and do a little research before you purchase.

 

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Is Groupon a Good Deal for Houston Air Duct Cleaning

Read the fine print so that you can decide whether the Groupon is a good deal or a bait and switch.  Many air duct cleaning companies will place an unbelievably low price for a service with no real intention of performing that service at the price advertised.

This doesn’t mean all companies are bad or all Groupon deals are bad. It only means you need to know before you start what you are getting for your money and if you do decide to get an expanded service then make sure you are still getting your money’s worth for the Groupon.

Most Groupon deals offer a discount on a basic service in the hopes that you will also want to add on. This can be a win for the client and a win for the business as long as each party gets a benefit.

If you are buying a Groupon ask questions, read the fine print, and know what you are getting for your money! If the basic abbreviated service is all you want or need make sure they will really give you that for the price you pay. If you want more, make sure that you are still getting the service discounted equal to the Groupon ad. So if the Groupon gives you a discount of 100$ make sure you still get that discount when you upgrade!

If you would like to get a free quote over the phone for Air Duct Cleaning in Houston please give us a call at 832-512-5719

Mildew on Air Vent

Is There an Odor Coming Out of Your Vents?

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What’s that musty smell? Is there a mildew smell in your home and you can’t figure out why? It might be your air ducts. In Houston, TX it’s hot and humid and this can lead to mildew growing in your air duct system. When the A/C turns on and begins to blow out air through your duct system it also blows the odor of the mildew growing inside the system. If you have a sensitivity to allergens you might also suffer sinus and respiratory infections and inflammation in addition to being annoyed by the smell. Condensation along with the over abundance of mold spores are part of the problem. The long warm periods and running your AC system 10 months out of the year also contributes to mold and mildew growth. How do you combat a force that begins with nature and invades your home with the help of such a great technological innovation like air conditioning?

Mildew on Air Vent

Mildew on Air Vent

The answer is regular cleanings and in the case of stubborn persistent mold and mildew growth, Ultra Violet Lights. UV lights help kill mold spores as they pass through the Plenum on their way to your ducts and into your home. Ultra violet light is a great germ killer and UV lights can help to keep mildew, fungus, and mold growth down between cleanings. 

Many times our clients ask how often they should clean their systems. Most of the time every few years is enough. If you have a problematic system using a combination of UV lights and cleaning every few years should keep the issue of mold and mildew growing in your system at bay. Occasionally there is a secondary problem that is contributing to mildew growth outside of the usual culprits like condensation and mold spores. A home could have an older system or perhaps ducts that are damaged or defective. Sometimes this leads to excessive moisture build up. This is not usually the norm and most of the time a simple complete cleaning is enough to take care of the mildew and the smell. If you live in the Houston area and would like a free quote for a complete air duct cleaning in your home, please give us a call at 832-512-5719

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