This blog dedicated to help the millions of homeowner and business facilities fight the constant problem of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dirty Dryer Vents Cost Money!

The State of Michigan's website shows a list of articles about cleaning your dryer vents. it will also show actual cases of fires that were the result of dryer vents being clogged.

Recently Amistee had our air duct cleaning technicians out to a home that was complaining that it was taking a long time to dry their clothes. At this particular home the lint trap was packed with a 3 inch sheet of lint. After removing the lint from the trap Amistee's technicians continued with the cleaning process and started with the actual venting.

When the duct cleaning professionals opened up the venting, they found the vent had zero air flow and was blocked completely with lint. This is common if the venting has never been cleaned.

Amistee and the State of Michigan recommends that you have your dryer vent cleaned every year.

Having a clogged dryer vent will increase the time your dryer needs to run to dry your clothes. This will increase your energy bills and take more of your time to do your chores.

To save money and reduce the chance of a preventable fire call Amistee today at 248-349-8877 for tips on keeping your dryer vent cleaned and to schedule an appointment today!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Will HVAC System Cleaning Reduce Our Home Energy Bills?

Does cleaning the air ducts inside of a home really reduce energy bills? Many people in Michigan are trying to reduce the amount of money they pay to DTE or Consumers Energy. Research by the U.S. EPA has demonstrated that heating system cleaning may allow systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components.

Clean efficient systems are less likely to break down, have longer life span, and generally operate more effectively than dirty systems. At Amistee Air Duct Cleaning we clean all of the air components within your furnace along with your return and supply duct work. With air duct cleaning in Michigan you will be able to breathe fresher cleaner air and also operate your equipment more effectively saving you money and time from having technicians out fixing you broken dirty furnace.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Best Time Of Year For Duct Cleaning In Michigan

We are often asked if there is a "perfect" time of the year to clean air ducts in Michigan. The answer to this very simple question is that every week of every month is a perfect time to breathe cleaner fresher air. Amistee cleans air ducts 52 weeks out of the year Monday thru Saturday. Of course we go through our busy seasons (fall and spring) but this is only because that is the time of year people are thinking of cleaning their air ducts the most.

In Michigan we have 4 beautiful seasons. A lot of the times our homes are bottled up to keep out the summer heat or block out the winter chill. In doing so we are creating an environment that uses and recycles the same dirty air that we are inhaling.

Sometimes we will have customers say that they would like to wait until it is a bit warmer outside before they clean their air ducts. In Michigan we have a lot of cooler months and this is the most important time to clean your heating and cooling system. This is when you are breathing the same air over and over.

With the energy efficiency act that was passed in the late 1970's homes in Michigan are being built much tighter. We like to tell people to think of a very large plastic bag surrounding your home. There is very little air entering or exiting your home. This air is being recirculated throughout and used over and over with very little fresh air being added to the living environment. The best time of year for duct cleaning in Michigan is every month and most importantly in the very cold or hot months of the year.

Call us today or fill out a "contact us" form on the website. Someone will get back to you to provide you will a price and scheduling information within 24 hours. We provide you with a lot of information and zero hassle in making your decision.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Clean Air Adds Months to U.S. Lives, Study Finds

By Alicia Chang, Associated Press
Published in the Detroit Free Press February 2009

LOS ANGELES - Cleaner air over the past two decades has added nearly five months to the average life expectancy in the United States, according to a federally-funded study.

Researchers said it is the first study to show that reduction in air pollution translates into longer lives.

Between 1978 and 2001, Americans' average life span increased almost three years to 77, and as much as 4.8 months of that can be attributed to cleaner air, researchers from Brigham Young University and Harvard School of Public Health reported in today's New England Journal of Medicine.

Some experts not connected with the study called the gain dramatic.

"it shows that our efforts as a country to control air pollution have been well worth the expense," said Dr. Joel Kaufman, a University of Washington expert on environmental health.

Scientists have long known that the grit in polluted air, or particulates, can lodge deep in the lungs and raise the risk of lung disease, heart attacks and strokes. The grit - made of dust, soot and various chemicals - comes from factories, power plants and diesel-powered vehicles.

In 1970, Congress passed a revised Clean Air Act that gave the Environmental Protection Agency the power to set and enforce national standards to protect people from particulate matter, carbon monoxide and other pollutants.

For the study, scientists used government data to track particulate pollution levels over two decades in the 51 U.S. cities studied.

They compared these changes to life expectancies calculated from death records and census data. They adjusted the results to take into account the other things that might affect life expectancy, such as smoking habits, income, education and migration.

The study was partly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the EPA.

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