How a Dirty Dryer Vent Can Cause a House Fire

dirty dryer ventWhat causes a house fire? Common culprits include faulty wiring, unsupervised candles, and cooking equipment. Unbeknownst to most homeowners, a dirty dryer vent also causes house fires. We’ll explain the dangers of an uncleaned dryer vent and how it’s a typical contributor of residential fires.

Dryer Vents as a Fire Hazard

Dirty dryer vents contribute to an average 5000 U.S. house fires every year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This occurs when a clogged dryer vent causes the appliance to overheat.

Is your dryer vent at risk? We compiled this list of warning signs that your dryer vent is clogged and in danger of overheating. Continue Reading →

4 Common Causes of Airflow Problems in Residential Air Ducts

airflow problemsPoor indoor air quality is often due to airflow problems with the air ducts. What causes restricted air flow and how can homeowners remedy the issue? We’ll go over the common causes and the solution. In most cases, an air duct cleaning is in order.

1. Air Leaks

Modern air duct systems consist of multiple sleeves screwed together. The section where they intersect isn’t always airtight, causing air to escape at the joints. This can be fixed by using a sealant or mastic specifically designed for air duct use.

2. Dirty Fan Blower

Air conditioners and furnaces have a fan blower that distributes air through the ducts. Dust accumulation on the blades compromises the fan blower’s ability to allocate air. The fan blower should be cleaned with every air duct and AC maintenance. Continue Reading →

The Hazard of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

carbon monoxide poisoningCarbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that is impossible to see or smell. Burning fuel or other types of carbon-based materials releases this compound. CO can occur in or near your home when you don’t properly maintain or vent items that burn carbon-based materials. Since CO cannot be detected by our senses, carbon monoxide poisoning is a potential hazard in our homes.

Potential Sources of Exposure to Carbon Monoxide

There are a number of ways you or a member of your family could be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Poorly maintained furnace
  • Clogged chimney
  • Blocked heating exhaust vents
  • Improperly vented natural gas water heater or stove
  • Using gas-powered tools indoors, or outside close to windows, doors or vents

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Exposure to CO can cause a number of symptoms. These include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Chest Pain
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If the level of exposure is high enough, the affected person will lose consciousness and may die. Continue Reading →