• cracked heat exchanger

    Why should you have your Ducting Cleaned?

    ...Ducts convey heated and air conditioned air throughout your home and business. Over the course of time the ducting builds up dust, debris and ............

    Cracks in Heat Exchanger

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    Is Duct Cleaning really a health issue?

    ...yes, but most companies tend to exaggerate the problems associated with ducting. The majority of the problems are not actually in the ducting , but are in the ....

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  • Clean ducts and indoor air quality

    Can I prevent my heating ducts from becoming dirty?

    ...yes, and it is very simple. The first thing you do is start out with clean ducts and then ....

    Duct Cleaning

  • Cleaning the ducting

    What is the best method to have my ducts cleaned?

    ...There are many methods used to air ducts and not all of them work very good and some of them actually do more harm than good....

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  • Evaporator Coil Cleaning

    Should I have my ducts cleaned before or after changing out my furnace?

    ...Your ducts should be cleaned during the process of the furnace change out itself. It you don't do this you are bound to........

    Furnace ducting

  • Remove asbestos ductwork

    I have asbestos insulated ducts. Can these ducts be cleaned?

    ...Asbestos is a known carcinogenic compound and is widely recognized as very serious health risk. When cleaning ducts most of the methods used actually......

    How much does a new heater cost?

  • Clean your furnace and clena your heater

    What kind of indoor air cleaning devices should I have?

    ...There are many indoor air cleaning devices on the market including: Ultra Violet Lights, H.E.P.A. filters, Humidification Devices, Dehumidifying Devices, Electronic Air Cleaners and.........

    Floor Furnace and Wall Furnace

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    Will replacing my ducting lower my electric and gas bills?

    ...That is going to depend upon the age, condition and type of ductwork that is presently in your home. Calculating heat loss is........

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    Can I add duct runs to my bedroom easily?

    ...Under most circumstances this is fairly straight forward and simple to perform, but if your room already has a duct installed serving it you should first try to......

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    I have heard of "Green Ducting". What is "Green Ducting"?

    ...Green ducting is a type of ducting that is made with a higher degree or thickness of insulation and is designed to withstand a greater amount of.......

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  • Air Ducts installed wrong

    My ducting is under my concrete slab. Can it be inspected and repaired?

    ...Underground ducting is still performed today in very high end homes. It is very expensive to install and generally lasts many decades, but when a problem occurs....

    Duct replacement

Should I have my ducts cleaned?

Your ducts should be cleaned when they get dirty. This could be every year or never. It really depends upon the conditions that the ducting is existing in. Ducts that are in poor shape with air leakage, systems closer to freeways and ducts in homes where people heavily smoke need to be cleaned much more often than a system right off the beach.

Heating registers, heating louvers

The single most determining factor in duct cleaning is whether or not the system has been maintained over the years, at least once each year, and whether or not the system has a quality air filtration or air cleaning system.

Black streaks from air vents

The use of a quality good fitting filter is paramount to clean ducts. Most filters that you can buy at your local hardware store do little to clean the air and the filter that the furnace comes with from the manufacturer is really only designed to protect the furnace, not your ducts and not your lungs.

We replace blower motors. We replace furnace motors

We offer free evaluations on your ducting so don’t hesitate to call us. Before you have that duct cleaning company to your home, give us a call, it could very well save you a considerable amount of money.

Many types of ducting systems cannot be effectively cleaned and many times the duct cleaning methods employed do more harm than good. Give us a call and whatever you do, don’t have an unlicensed contractor perform duct cleaning for you. Anyone working on your furnace and air conveyance system should have a C20 contractor’s license.

Ice buildup on the coil

Frozen coils and home flooding often result from dirty filters, plugged evaporator coils, dirty blower wheel and collapsed ducting. Ensure that your home doesn't flood and suffer from mold and mildew damage by having your system regularly inspected at least once a year.

You can check your duct condition yourself by simply opening up the filter compartment and seeing if the motor is dirty. If the motor is dirty give us a call for professional cleaning. Duct cleaning and furnace cleaning will actually save you money month after month by lowering your utility bills.

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How can I keep my ducts clean?

The only way to keep your ducts clean is regular maintenance of your furnace or air handler and a proper air cleaning system. Most air cleaning systems are not expensive to purchase, have installed or maintained.

Please don’t believe everything you hear from manufacturers of room by room cleaning devices. They are not effective in cleaning your whole home. Since the air from room to room in your home travels freely throughout your living area the cleaning of one small area of the home is next to useless in maintaining a health home air environment. Quite frankly just about everyone that I have talked concerning their purchase of these so called “wonder” cleaners have been severely disappointed.

Some air cleaners don't do anything

For home owners with allergies, asthma and other breathing difficulties we normally install the American Standard Accuclean system coupled to an energy saving variable speed air handler or furnace. The variable speed technology greatly reduces the power consummation of the air handler while it is in air cleaning mode compared to a standard furnace or air handler.

Room air cleaner

I have an Accuclean air cleaning with a Honeywell Humidifier coupled to a variable speed furnace in my own home.

Air Filter and Air cleaner

Testing air vents for temperature

Dirty system decrease performance by slowing airflow down. This reduces the cooling ability of system and increases the likelihood of ice forming on the indoor coil which can flood the home.

How can I tell if I have Asbestos Ducts?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned the use of asbestos in a friable (airborne) format in 1977, it was utilized quite freely in a wide array of consumer and construction products throughout the United States.

We abate asbestos ductwork

Asbestos was used in the construction of many types of insulation materials, including the insulation ducts found above the ceilings and below the floors of many homes and buildings.
Asbestos-containing insulation ducts alone do not necessarily stand as a significant danger by themselves, but exposed to the airstream the fibers can be carcinogenic. It is rare to find an asbestos bearing heating and air conditioning system that is not broken, friable and exposed to the airstream. For this reason asbestos does pose a threat in those homes that contain asbestos related materials in the heating and air conditioning ducting.

Asbestos insulated ducting should be replaced
Long term exposure does put home occupants are at risk of developing mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and other asbestos-related illnesses and therefore the presence of asbestos materials should be mitigated or eliminated altogether in the family home.
Recognizing asbestos insulation duct can actually be quite easy. At the time of its use, there were no other look-alike products around. A good rule of thumb is, if it looks like it contains asbestos, it generally does, and a person should treat it as such. Look for white/gray or aluminum paper-like coverings on ducting, plenums and sheet metal through the air conveyance system in your home.  The pictures detailed here are asbestos loaded materials.

Ducting containing asbestos insulation is harmful
Generally speaking there have only been two types of insulation in the majority of heating and air conditioning ducting. Those types are fiberglass and asbestos. If it isn't’t fiberglass and it is pre 1980, then it is almost certainly asbestos. Guide on what to do if you have asbestos in your home

http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/asbestos/asbestos.htm
http://www.cal-iaq.org/asb00-03.htm
http://www.ehso.com/cssasbestos/asbestoscalifornia.htm

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When should I have my ducts cleaned?

The easiest way to tell if your ducting needs to be cleaned is to check out the blower compartment, the blower motor and blower wheel. If these are physically dirty then your ducting is dirty and should be cleaned.

Furnace motor that is dirty

If your filter is dirty it is because it is doing its job, but if the dirt makes it past your filter, you and your family are breathing dirty air. How dirty is the air? Look at the blower compartment. The dirt, pollen, lint, human skin (yes, much of the dirt in the ducting is dead human skin), mites and hair that is sticking to the blower compartment is only a fraction of what has been going through your filtration and if it’s in your ducts, it’s in your lungs.

Clean your furnace every year

Check out your supply registers. Are there black or brown streaks on the walls and ceiling around them? This is simply dirt that is damaging your painted surfaces and a sure sign that your home needs duct cleaning, duct repair or better air filters.

Dirty forced air systems can start fires

Never buy into the claim that your ducts need to be cleaned every 3 to 5 years. Most of the systems that we install with quality air filtration will never need their ducting cleaned. Duct cleaning is not a normal part of your HVAC maintenance and should only be performed as needed.

Taking a furnace apart

In order to access the ducting the furnace will need to partially dissembled. You should not disassemble a brand new furnace if at all possible so have the ducts cleaned when the old furnace has been removed. It is by the least expensive way to perform the cleaning. If you are thinking of having this performed give us a call and mention this web site. When we change out your furnace you'll save money and time because we will perform the cleaning for free just for mentioning this site when we give you your free estimate.

Some of the Cities that we work in are: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda, Sunset Beach, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Commerce, Diamond Bar, Downey, Gardena, Hawaiian Gardens, Industry, La Habra Heights, Lakewood, La Mirada, Long Beach, Lynwood, Montebello, Norwalk, Palos Verdes, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Rancho Palos Verdes, Santa Fe Springs, Signal Hill, South Gate, Whittier

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Your making the right decision. You cannot possibly make a mistake having us help you. Call now and book your free evaluation.

Can a duct run be added to my system?

Yes, in almost every circumstance, but if you have a room that is already equipped with a register and it is simply not heating or cooling enough the problem is probably something we can easily fix and adding another register is usually not needed. Save some money and give us a call now.

What is Green Ducting?

Its a fancy term for ducting that is more efficient. It generally is stiffer, harder to crush and has a higher level, or thicker, amount of insulation.

 

 

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Duct Cleaning is more than vacuuming....

Are my ducts healthy?

What lives in your ducting and in your furnace

Air duct cleaning by The Empire Family of Services helps to remove airborne contaminates such as bacteria, fungus, mold spores, pet dander & pollen which may help to alleviate allergy & asthma symptoms.
Here are 10 independent reasons why you should consider having their home's air duct system professionally cleaned by The Empire Family of Services.

  1. 9 out of 10 system failures are caused by dirt and dust. This was found in a study by the Louisiana Cooperative. (http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/family_home/home/energy_water_environmental_management/)
  2. Clean systems restore capacity and lessen running time. This helps to reduce monthly utility overpayments. Cited in the study by the Louisiana Cooperative.
  3. A buildup of .042 inches of dirt on heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease in efficiency of 21%. This was shown in a study by the Environmental Protection Agency. (http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=heat_cool.pr_hvac )
  4. Most commercially purchased fiberglass filters are only 7% efficient in stopping dirt, dust, pollen, etc. This was noted in a study by ASHRE. The International technical society organized to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration.  (http://www.ashrae.org/education/page/1455 )
  5. 50% of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air as described by the American College of Allergists.
  6. Legionnaires disease developed from contamination in air conditioning ducts. It killed 29 people in 1976. From the American Lung Association.
  7. An estimated 8,000 to 18,000 people get legionellosis in the United States each year. From the Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/legionella/top10.htm  ). Some people can be infected with the Legionella bacterium and have only mild symptoms or no illness at all. Children are more likely than adults to be affected by polluted indoor-air they breathe faster, inhale more air per unit of body weight and are closer to the ground where concentrations are higher. (Dept. Of consumer affairs)
  8. The elderly, asthmatics, and people with breathing problems, allergies, and lung diseases are also likely to be more sensitive to pollutants. (Department Of consumer affairs)
  9. Most people spend 60-90% of their time indoors. Air pollution contributes to lung disease, which claims close to 361,000 lives in America every year and is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Study by the American Lung association.
  10. Indoor air is found to be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air. From the Environmental Protection Agency (http://www.epa.gov/iaq/ia-intro.html).

What is the best way to clean ducts?

The best way to clean your ducts will be determined by the type of ducting that you have and the depth of the dirt buildup. Sometimes we use mechanical brushes, sometimes air brushes and still other times no brushes at all.

About 1 in 4 duct cleaning estimates that we give we end up informing the homeowners that their ducting cannot be cleaned. This results from a number of reasons including:Gray broken ducting

1. Asbestos is present.
2. The ducting is falling apart.
3. The ducting is made of raw fiberglass with no inner liner.
Cleaning these types of ducts is paramount to damaging them. Asbestos and fiberglass fibers will become airborne and pollute the air of the home.

Many times we are called out for a duct cleaning estimate and the ducts don’t need to be cleaned. The problem lies elsewhere in the system. Many times we have been called out to verify that duct cleaning was actually performed by another company only to find out that the problem that the homeowner was having had nothing to do with dirt in the ducts. They just wasted their money. If your ducting smells, gives us a call, chances are it has nothing to do with dirty ducts. The problem could be a myriad of other issues that could be very detrimental to your health. Never use an unlicensed company to clean your ducts. A sure sign of an unqualified cleaner is one that cleans carpets and drapes as well. You should have a C20 contractor’s license in order to clean ducting as so many problems are unrelated to the actually ducting dirt buildup.

Heating and Air Conditioning, Heating repair, Air Conditioning Repair

Do Indoor Air Cleaners really work?

Whole house air cleaners really do work, room air cleaners do not work to clean the air in your entire home. An air filter is not an air cleaner. Most air filters do little to no good in filtering the air your breathe and some can do great harm to your utility bills and your heating and air conditioning system by restricting airflow too much.

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How Can I lower my gas bill? How can I lower my electric bill?

Keep you indoor evaporator coil clean, your blower clean, your blower wheel clean and your outside air conditioning coil clean. Couple these with proper size ducting, properly sealed ductingBroken ducting repair and ample attic insulation and you see a low gas bill and a low electric bill. None of these lowering items is actually duct cleaning. Only cleaning the ducts will have no impact on your utility bills. It is the items that we can uncover and repair when cleaning your ducting that we resolve high heating and high cooling bills. This is a very good reason for only using a C20 licensed contractor, The Empire Family of Services, to clean you ducting. Duct cleaners cannot legally service your heating and air conditioning, nor can they legally replace your ducting. They simply lack the skills, insurance and expertise to perform these tasks correctly.

Heating and Air Conditioning, Heating repair, Air Conditioning Repair

My ducting is underground. Is this normal?Air ducts under concrete

Yes, but it should be inspected with an induct camera every year. Broken underground ducting can pose a serious health risk from contaminates such as mildew and mold.

Do not have your ducting cleaned if it is underneath your slab without first having it inspected with a camera system. In the two photos detailed here you see the massive corrosion of the metal ducting and subjecting this ducting to mechanical brushes, air brushes or even just a high powered vacuum could lead to under mining the foundation of the year and stirring up stuff no one would like to have in the air in the home.

Air ducts underground

If you have underground ducting and air having steam or moisture buildup on your windows when you turn the heating system on or you here bubbling and gurgling during heating and air conditioning operation you should give us a call for an evaluation. There are solutions to this problem and we have them.

 

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