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How Does Duct Cleaning Help Heating?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Duct cleaning is one of the more important kinds of maintenance you can conduct on your heating system. Sadly, it is also one of the most ignored among homeowners. This is often because homeowners are simply unaware of how important duct cleaning is, not only for the health of your heating system but for your own health as well. Let’s examine the ways that duct cleaning helps your heating system, and provides a few benefits that you don’t want to miss.

The Necessity of Duct Cleaning

Ducts are naturally unobtrusive, designed to do their jobs quietly and stay out of sight as much as possible. This is a good thing in many ways. You don’t want giant sheet metal eyesores lining your walls, after all. However, this also means that they often get completely ignored regarding maintenance. Though it may seem like your ducts don’t need any sort of special attention to keep operating, they actually need duct cleaning in order to have a long and productive life.

As ducts are left undisturbed by the activities of the home’s occupants, they have a tendency to accumulate dust and other microscopic airborne pollutants over time. When the heat is turned on, all of that debris is circulated throughout the house and lowers your air quality. Duct cleaning removes debris and pollutants before they can circulate, improving your health and the health of the ductwork.

Duct cleaning isn’t limited to the ducts, either. Often, an HVAC technician will extend their cleaning efforts to the heater itself, ensuring that no dust is present in the system and that the air filter is clean and functioning. This helps the heater to operate more efficiently, as too much dust in the system can cause problems.

Finally, duct cleaning can save you money. The US Department of Energy has estimated that forced air systems lose as much as 30% of their heat on average to leaks in the ductwork. While duct cleaning does not normally involve sealing leaks, it can identify them so that they can be fixed.

Schedule an appointment with us if you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in a while by calling Comfort Flow Heating. We provide duct cleaning services throughout Cottage Grove.

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Cottage Grove, OR Heating and Air Conditioning Tip: Choosing the Right Type of Ductless Mini Split

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

If you are considering a ductless mini split system for your Cottage Grove, OR home, there are a few things to keep in mind as you decide on the right model for your home. While they are a cost-effective choice for many homeowners, you may benefit from a different type of heating or air conditioning system.

Call Comfort Flow for all your ductless mini split needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind while selecting the right system for your home comfort needs.

Features to Look For

Size is an important factor because depending on the length of connecting pipes, you want to find a system that will allow the technician to install that the outdoor unit far enough away that you benefit from the quiet operation of these systems. There are some models that also feature a wall installation for the outside compressor. This is something you will want to consider if there’s limited space for the typical ground installation.

Indoor Design

The other great feature of ductless mini split systems is that they provide more flexibility in interior design options. You can install the indoor units on the ceiling, wall, or there are some that come in standing floor models. For wall and ceiling models, the system should come with a remote control to easily turn it on and off, but you’ll also have a thermostat for that air handler.

Zone Control and Thermostat Options

Because of the zone control that ductless systems give you, you will also need to decide how many units you want and choose the location for them.  There are many thermostat choices, including programmable and digital ones that are easy to use.

If you want to start saving energy and money, give the Cottage Grove OR heating and air conditioning experts at Comfort Flow a call any time.

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How Air Cleaners Work in Cottage Grove

Monday, November 5th, 2012

At Comfort Flow Heating we know that the quality of the air in your Cottage Grove home is every bit as important as the temperature. That’s why we offer a great line of air cleaners to help you get and maintain the highest air quality possible in your home. There are a few different types of air cleaners on the market, and of course there are many different concerns about the air in your home that you may have. If you’re wondering which air cleaner is best for your specific concerns, call the indoor air quality professionals at Comfort Flow Heating today. We’re happy to share our knowledge and expertise with you to help ensure that you have clean, pure air to breathe in your home. Here is a basic rundown of the air cleaners available today.

Mechanical Air Filters

Mechanical air filters are the simplest air cleaners out there and are the kind that most people are likely familiar with. As air passes through a mechanical air filter pollutants are trapped on a filtering material. A drawback of mechanical air filters is that the particles they are designed to trap often settle before they reach the filter.

The efficiency of mechanical air filters is measured on the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) scale. This scale ranges from 1-20, with 20 being the most effective rating. HEPA filters fall into this category with ratings between 17 and20, but at this level of efficiency so much airflow restriction is caused by the mechanical filter that they are generally not used in residential systems.

Electronic Air Cleaners

If you are looking for additional, more high tech ways to remove pollutants from the air in your home there are many electronic options to choose from. Some, such as electrostatic precipitators, use electrostatic attraction to trap pollutants. They give particles an electrical charge, and a collector plate with an opposite charge attracts and traps the pollutants. An ion generator works in much the same way, though without the collector unit. In this case the charged particles simply adhere to surfaces in a room, removing themselves from the air.

If you are concerned with biological pollutants such as allergens and bacteria you may want to consider the installation of UV germicidal lights in your Cottage Grove home. These devices use safe amount of ultraviolent radiation to destroy biological pollutants unaffected by other air cleaners. This adds another element to the purity of your air.

If you have more questions about the types of air cleaners available in your area or the operation of any of these devices, call the indoor air quality experts at Comfort Flow Heating. We’ll make sure that the air in your home is as clean as possible.

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