Mary and Gary Stevens
Don't forget your seasonal maintenance. Most people will change or clean their furnace filter before starting up their furnace, but just changing/cleaning the filter does not ensure that your system will run properly. Dust accumulates throughout the furnace, not just in the filter. When performing seasonal maintenance, the technicians at MGS Refrigeration Heating and Cooling not only clean your furnace and change the filter, they also take electrical readings, check pressures, evaluate the performance of moving parts and check the overall operation of your system.
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Ah, that famous New Mexico dust! It gets into closets and cupboards and other places you thought were closed off. In New Mexico, duct cleaning is a consideration in order to remove dust, dirt and debris from your home’s air distribution system. Though most people strive to keep their home clean and safe, they do not often think of what may be going on inside the unseen parts of the house. Aside from the dust storms that blow dirt and dust and insulation particles through the air and into your home; dirt and debris also accumulates in your ducts from vacuuming carpets, bad or infrequently cleaned or replaced air filters, renovations to the home, and rodents, insects and family pets. Bacteria, mold and other harmful contaminants can also hide in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Failure to regularly clean and maintain your HVAC system can lead to an increase in health complications especially for infants, children and the elderly or people who already have breathing difficulties from asthma or COPD.
Ducts in manufactured homes have special considerations. Ducts in manufactured housing are generally located between the floor and a layer of insulation. Because the vents come up through the floor dropped food, dirt and other objects fall into the vent and are sometimes carried through the system by critters or drafts from improperly sealed systems. Simply vacuuming the area at the bottom of the vent is not a sufficient way to clean the duct system especially when you have allergies. Since the floor ducts in a manufactured home are generally used for heating only, when you start-up your furnace the dirt and debris that has accumulated during the warmer months is blown through the ventilation system and sometimes into your home.
MGS Refrigeration Heating and Cooling provides a wide range of services that maximize the energy efficiency of your HVAC system including duct cleaning using a HEPA-AIRE Power Vacuum with specialized germicidal chemicals.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 20% of the air that moves through the duct system of a typical home is “lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts.” Some signs that your home may have a problem with improperly sealed ducts are:
* High summer and winter utility bills;
* Difficulty heating or cooling rooms;
* Stuffy rooms.
Ducts are often concealed in walls, ceilings, attics, basements or underneath a home therefore repairing them can be difficult. MGS Refrigeration Heating and Cooling's qualified professional technicians can and evaluate the air flowing through your system to determine if your ducts are sealed properly so that your heating system operates efficiently.
Backdrafting is another important safety consideration for your home. The EPA warns homeowners that “During normal operation, gas appliances such as water heaters, clothes dryers, and furnaces release combustion gases (like carbon monoxide) through their venting systems. Leaky ductwork in your heating and cooling system may cause “backdrafting,” where these gases are drawn back into the living space, rather than expelled to the outdoors. Sealing leaks can reduce this risk.” MGS Refrigeration Heating and Cooling can inspect your ductwork to determine if it is properly sealed and then conduct a combustion safety test to ensure your family's safety.
The furnace in your home is the perfect environment for the growth and broadcast of molds, bioaerosols and pathogens (germs), bacteria, and gases that cause unhealthy air conditions therefore it is the perfect place to install an indoor air-cleaning system such as ultraviolet germicidal lights.
Ultraviolet germicidal lights are another product that MGS Refrigeration recommends and installs to protect against infectious agents, germs, odors and toxic gases in hour home. Ultraviolet Germicidal lights have been used indoors for many years to purify air in hospitals, labs, schools, nursing homes, office buildings, and other commercial buildings.
Micropower Guard electrostatic filters: This electronic 1” Polarized Media Air Cleaner is designed to control submicronic particles and allergens and will remove 40% of volatile organic compounds and odors. It is very easy to maintain. Because it is electro-statically charged like your television set, it attracts the smallest of particles. This technology has proven itself in the commercial market and is now available for your home. Professional installation required.
MicroGuardian AirScrubber III: Dual V-bank MicroPower Guards is a professionally engineered in-line cabinet that is integrated with your existing ductwork. This unique "super system" combines the power of the two in-line MicroPower Guards for optimum air flow and includes a 24” oscillating UVC germicidal light with reflective lens for superior germicidal protection. This is a superior air-cleaning system. Professional installation is required.
PureSept HEPA Bypass Filter: PureSept HEPA Bypass filter is fan-powered between three different types of filters and uses the same technology as hospitals and clean rooms. The impeller blades draws the pollutants through the filters for an efficiency rating of 99.97%. Adapts to any heating or cooling system and is easy to maintain. It also comes with a seven-year limited warranty. Professional installation required.