Aardvark Newsletter No. 15
In this issue:
· Getting your house ready for the New Year!
· Air Ducts
· Dryer Vent
For many, the New Year means a fresh start and there is no better place to begin than inside the home. Your home is meant to last, but over time, simple wear and tear can result in inefficient systems and less-than-perfect conditions.
Make sure the air you breathe is the best
Anyone with allergies knows that air quality is very important. This applies inside the home as much as outside. You should get your Air Ducts cleaned. This helps anyone with allergies or upper respiratory problems as well as cuts out the dust in your home and makes your system run better which in return saves money on utilities.
Why should I have my chimney cleaned?
The purpose of chimney cleaning is to remove flammable deposits such as soot and creosote from the interior walls of a chimney. If these deposits are allowed to build up, they will eventually ignite and cause a chimney fire. During the winter months, in many areas, chimney fires are the #1 cause of house fires. Chimney fires damage chimneys, cause fires within other areas of the home and cause millions of dollars in property damage annually. In the United States well over 50,000 homes annually catch on fire due to the use of solid fuel burning appliances. (The majority of solid fuel used by homeowners is wood, but also includes coal, wood pellets and biofuel.)
Are dirty vents a fire hazard?
A plugged vent will certainly cause a dryer to run hotter and increase the chance that something could catch fire. A dirty vent, however, is only one link in a chain of events that must occur for a fire to start. Other events may include: failure of thermostat and limit switches in the dryer, lint inside the dryer, a missing or damaged lint screen, and a crushed hose behind the dryer. Some of our competitors employ "scare tactics" and reprint newspaper articles about fires caused by dryers. Though fire hazards may be exaggerated, many fire departments and insurance companies do require that dryer vents be inspected and cleaned regularly.
Winter is upon us. Great. It's really, really cold outside. And guess what? All of the leaves are off the trees and your gutters are full because you haven't had a chance to clean them out yet. You can't let it sit there like that until spring. The water is freezing in the gutters and all of those leaves and gunk are getting frozen in there with it. Not good. Let's face it. You don't want to be the one on top of the ladder with an ice pick and a crow bar trying to get that stuff out of the gutters. So, it's time to schedule a cleaning. Because there is no way that you want to get out there in the cold and clean out those gutters. I don't blame you a bit. Give us a call and we will schedule you an appointment and take care of you right away!
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Wishing you a Happy New Year from all of us here at Aardvark Services.
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