Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Clean Up Before You Heat Up: Air Ducts

Northeast Ohio weather is anything but predictable- We may see 90’s before the Fall is over, and we may need to fire up the furnace tomorrow in order to avoid seeing our own breathe in the kitchen!  It is a good idea to be ready for the cold, and part of that entails maintaining and servicing your heating system- and also the ductwork that the heat and air travels through.

Throughout your home, the ductwork ensures air movement is even- and dispersed when called upon.  Easily forgotten, the only trace of existence often being the small vents found on the walls or floor.  Depending on the type of environment that is typical for your home, various reasons arise to ensure that your ductwork is clean and functioning properly.  The alternatives can get pretty nasty, so it is something that is best handled on an annual or bi-yearly basis. 

Some common issues, although in no particular order, that can arise causing need for cleaning the ductwork in your home can range from mold to mice, and everything in between.  Whether your home has a humidity problem or not- it is common that mold and bacteria harbor and grow inside your ductwork.  If you have mice or other small animals that can gain access (they can be pretty crafty) they will sometimes become stuck and permanently relocated (rotting) inside your ducts.  In addition, general dust and dander, bugs and irritants can be residing within your ductwork- only to be circulated throughout your home each time you turn on your heating or air conditioning unit.

Typically performed by a professional, duct cleaning can range from around $100-$500 depending on the size and complexity of your home- keep your eyes open for deals on sites like Groupon!  The pros come equipped with all of the tools, and a truck that does all of the work/cleaning.  Keep in mind this can be a little messy- although much of the debris and dirt is sucked out, some can find its way blown into and around your home- it is also a very loud process, so it may be necessary to temporarily relocate children or pets.  After cleaning, the ductwork is sanitized, usually with a safe and environmentally friendly product- no need to leave during or after its application.   The entire process takes only a few hours, depending on the size of the project- but the results are worth it! 

Whether you have recently purchased and moved into your home, or you’ve been there awhile- this is a great way to kick of the closed-window season.  Contact me and I can provide you with trusted service providers in Northeast Ohio!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Night Lights, Northeast Ohio

It’s that time of year- bundle up and don your favorite local team colors, grab some gloves, and head over to the stadium to watch live action football unfold right under your nose! Our area is full of team spirit and the excitement of the lights, games and fans is something that is not easily outdone. 

Personally, I enjoy seeing the community spirit- as well as watching friends and family enjoy a tradition that has passed through the decades.  Those that can remember, understand and predict all of the statistics and player information get an entirely other level of enjoyment of the games as well!   I am always mesmerized by fans that can recite facts and figures from last week, last month and even last year(s)!  I prefer to visit local sites like Cleveland.com or Fox 8 if I need to find information or schedules-  I can’t possibly keep track of all of my houses and be a HS Football score buff, I simply don’t have the memory storage!

Keep in mind as well, if you are new to a community, local sporting events can be the perfect way to meet neighbors and new friends- If you have school-aged children it is a great way to spend time together as a family, and also begin to build relationships in your new community.  If you are unable to attend the games, there are typically events and fundraisers that can be of huge importance to the teams as well, and another great way to contribute and give back to your community.