Duct Cleaning

Novel Care in Toronto has been providing duct cleaning services in homes throughout Toronto and the GTA for over 30 years. Duct cleaning is one of the best ways to ensure that the air in your home is fresh and free of dust, pollen and other airborne particles.

Cleaning your duct system removes all matter and airborne particles, so when your furnace or central air conditioner turn on only fresh clean air is sent throughout your home. Keeping the air clean in your home is one of the best ways to help any family members that have respiratory diseases like asthma.

For more information about our affordable and professional services or for a free estimate contact us today: 416-921-0000.

We need to inform people living in Stouffville on how to prepare for and avoid house fires. Heating systems are one of the leading causes of house fires, second only to kitchen equipment, according to data, therefore it is essential to be aware of furnace safety. Fortunately, there are some simple precautions you can take to minimize the possibility of a fire and keep your house and family safe and prepared in case of emergencies.

Furnace Fire Causes

Furnaces may get very hot, especially if they are used constantly during the wintertime. Because of the heat, you should keep the area surrounding your furnace free of clutter. The majority of Stouffville fire deaths are the consequence of flammable objects being left close to a heat source, generally the gas furnace. To reduce the risk of fire, you should leave at least three feet of space around your furnace free.

You need to look for discoloration or heat on the walls surrounding the furnace. If you discover any of these indications, contact Novel Care to have a professional heating specialist inspect your gas furnace.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness in Stouffville

As a byproduct of burning fuel for heating, your gas furnace may emit potentially hazardous gases. Some of these gases, such as carbon monoxide, are odourless, making them extremely dangerous. When typical fuel-burning appliances and equipment which burns natural gas, oil, wood, propane, and kerosene do not get enough oxygen to burn, this odourless gas is generated as a byproduct of insufficient combustion. Furnaces, though, are intended to safely exhaust harmful gases outdoors. To minimize carbon monoxide buildup in the home, make sure that your vents are clean of any clogs or dirt.

Carbon Monoxide, known by its chemical fourmula of CO, is a toxic gas that cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. CO is also known as the “silent killer.”

Carbon monoxide may accumulate in the house, particularly in enclosed areas, and this can have devastating consequences on humans and all living creatures.

CO has warning signs by how it affects humans. CO poisoning causes flu-like symptoms, such as:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • burning eyes
  • confusion
  • disorientation
  • drowsiness

CO poisoning affects your body’s ability to absorb oxygen. It can cause brain damage and death in extreme situations. The elderly, children, and those suffering from heart or respiratory problems may experience the affects sooner than the others. Even low quantities of CO gas might be extremely dangerous.

The best solution to protect yourself and your family in Stouffville against carbon monoxide poisoning is to eradicate it at the source. When it comes to CO safety, here is a checklist to take into account.

  • Have fuel-burning appliances installed by a professional Novel Care technician with over 35 years of experience.
  • Have all your fuel-burning appliances and vents are inspected annually.
  • Keep chimneys clear of small animals, leaves, and other debris to ensure proper ventilation.
  • Ensure your furnace is inspected for adequate ventilation.
  • Install a working carbon monoxide alarm near all sleeping areas in your home.
  • Remember to test your CO alarms once a month by pushing the test button on the unit.

Small Animals Can Cause a Furnace Fire

As leaves and tiny animals might sneak into your vents, it’s a good idea to make it a routine practice to check them frequently. If you have a cat, you may have seen it resting on the heating vent that delivers air to your ducted furnace. It may not be cold enough in the home or outside yet, but cats enjoy resting on furnace vents. Cats, like any other animal, are always looking for ways to feel relaxed. You may believe that your cat is intelligent enough to avoid every risk in your home on their own, but it may or may not recognize real danger. There are a number of HVAC hazards in your basement, including your gas furnace. Sitting near or on the furnace should not be encouraged.

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We need to remind Richmond Hill residents how we can prepare for and prevent home fires. Since statistics show that heating systems are one of the main causes of home fires, second only to cooking equipment, it is important to be aware of furnace safety. Fortunately, there are some basic tips that can help to reduce the risk of fire and keep your home and family safe and prepared for emergencies.

Furnace Fire Causes

Furnaces can become hot, especially when they are in constant use during winter. This heat means that you should keep the area around your furnace clear. Most of fire deaths in Richond Hill are the result of combustible materials being left near a heat source, usually a furnace. Ideally, there should be at least a three foot area of space around your furnace to reduce the risk of fire.

You should also check the walls near the furnace to check for discoloration or heat. If you notice any of these signs in the vicinity, call a professional heating expert from Novel Care to check for gas furnace dangers.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness in Richmond Hill

As a side effect of burning fuel for heat, your furnace will produce potentially dangerous fumes. Some of these fumes, including carbon monoxide can be odorless, which makes them especially dangerous. This odourless gas is produced as a byproduct of combustion when common fuel-burning appliances and equipment that use natural gas, oil, wood, propane and kerosene, don’t get enough air to burn up completely. Fortunately, furnaces are designed to safely vent these fumes outside. Therefore, to avoid carbon monoxide build up in house, it is important to ensure that your vents are clear of any obstructions or debris.

Carbon Monoxide, also known as CO, is a poisonous gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. CO is often referred to as the “silent killer”.

Carbon monoxide at home can build up, especially in a confined room or space – and this can lead to toxic effects on humans and pets.

CO has warning signs by how it affects humans. CO poisoning causes flu-like symptoms, including:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • burning eyes
  • confusion
  • disorientation
  • drowsiness

CO poisoning makes it difficult for your body to absorb oxygen. In severe cases it can cause brain damage and death. The elderly, children and people with heart or respiratory issues may feel the effects sooner than others. Even small amounts of CO gas can be dangerous.

The best way to ensure that you and your family in Richmond Hill are not exposed to carbon monoxide is to eliminate this poisonous gas at the source. Here is a list to follow when it comes to CO safety.

  • Have fuel-burning appliances installed by a professional Novel Care technician with over 35 years of experience.
  • Have all your fuel-burning appliances and vents are inspected annually.
  • Keep chimneys clear of small animals, leaves, and other debris to ensure proper ventilation.
  • Ensure your furnace is inspected for adequate ventilation.
  • Install a working carbon monoxide alarm near all sleeping areas in your home.
  • Remember to test your CO alarms once a month by pushing the test button on the unit.

Small Animals Can Cause a Furnace Fire

Leaves and small animals can get into your vents, so it is a good idea to establish a routine of checking your vents are clear. If you’re a cat owner you may noticed your cat sitting on the heating vent that distributes air for your forced air furnace. It might not even be that cold in the house or outside yet, but cats love sitting on furnace registers. Cats like any other animal are constantly searching for comfort. You might think that your cat is smart enough to avoid all danger in your home on their own, but it may or may not understand where danger lies. In your basement there are a number of HVAC dangers including your furnace. Sitting near or on the furnace shouldn’t be something you encourage. There is always chance they get too close to the pilot light or brush up against a hot tube or duct. Cat and small animals pose a furnace fire hazard.

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We realized that having just 5 ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home wasn’t enough, so here are 5 more that we thought might be useful.

Battle Mold

It’s no secret that mold in your home isn’t healthy in any form. It thrives in moist areas and can be tough and expensive to get rid of once it arrives. If you’re not sure about where to find mold in your home, check baseboards, radiators, and windowsills, and under any carpets in your basement. Problem areas should be cleaned with any non-toxic cleaners if possible. If you do need to go as far as to call a remediation company then ask them to do as healthy a clean up as possible.

Clean Natural Gas Appliances

Natural gas appliances are great in your home, but they need to be cleaned as well. If you’ve got an oven, fireplace, furnace, dryer or anything else that’s powered by natural gas, an annual inspection is the best way to prevent the presence of harmful airborne by-products that are a result of the combustion that occurs in gas appliances.

All Natural Cleaning Products

Cleaning products are filled with toxic chemicals and can even emit gas and airborne chemicals from sealed containers. When these chemicals are being used they also give off harmful smells and can really pollute your home’s indoor air quality. One of the best solutions is to replace all of your cleaners with all natural cleaning products. They’re not only a great way to improve your indoor air quality, they’re also biodegradable. You can also make your own cleaners using all-natural products like orange essence or white vinegar. Be sure to ventilate the air wherever you are cleaning, and then when you’re done, make sure everything is stored away safely and well-sealed.

Change Your Furnace Filter Often

One of the most important and easiest things you can do to improve your home’s indoor air quality. It’s important to use the right sized furnace filter for your home to minimize the dust and particles in the air, and to keep your furnace working properly. While changing your furnace’s air filter often will improve your indoor air quality, it will also help reduce the wear and tear on your furnace and lower your energy bills.

Smart Paints

All paint releases fine particles into the air in your home like VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). They can be irritants to the respiratory system, and can last in your home for years. Smart paints don’t have these compounds, so next time you paint think about the paint brands that you’re buying and choose ones that don’t have VOCs.

For more information about maintaining a great indoor air quality in your home contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

All of us want to have cleaner and crisper air in our homes. While there are some obvious things that can be done, here are a few suggestions that you may not have considered to improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Clean Scents Are Healthier

Most candles give off toxic chemicals and pollute the air in your home. Air fresheners are an even more direct source of chemical pollutants, depending on the brand and type. Instead of using chemical pollutants, try burning essential oils and using a diffuser. A stove top solution can also provide a great smelling home. boiling cloves, cinnamon, and citrus fruits on a low simmer can also create a great smelling home.

Chemical Pesticides Kill Pests, How Healthy Can They Be?

Pesticides emit fine chemical particles that can be inhaled or ingested. These types of chemicals have been connected to birth defects, nerve damage and even different types of cancers. There are a number of natural pesticides that can do the very same thing and rid your home and outdoor areas of the insects you don’t want around.

Green Building Materials

There are many banned substances in Canada, such as formaldehyde, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in the imported products that we buy. Some building materials from other countries may still have harmful chemicals in them. Imported products like laminate floors, insulation, and carpeting can all contain chemicals that can hurt you and your family. If you are not able to use locally made materials, then take steps ensure your home has proper ventilation and a means of filtering out unwanted toxins. This can be done with ultra-fine filtration on your home comfort systems or with a whole-home purification system to reduce the risks these toxins pose. This is also a great way to maintain great indoor air quality.

Rid Your Home Of Radon

Radon is naturally occurring in nature, but that doesn’t mean it’s not harmful. Ontario in particular can have high concentrations of radon in the ground. Radon can cause cancer when people are exposed to it and is created when certain types of organic materials break down in the earth beneath and around your home. Most new home developments will not be built on radon-contaminated soil; however, older buildings may still be affected. You may wish to hire a specialist to perform tests on the land surrounding your home. Radon can definitely have a negative impact on your indoor air quality.

Gas Oven Range Hood

Range hoods are designed to reduce the effect of exhaust from your stove and oven on your home’s indoor air quality. They take care of gas and other smells, and overall reduce the contaminants that occur from your stove and oven. The best way for your range hood to clean the air in your home and ensure good indoor air quality is for it to be the same width as your stove top. This is the best way for it to catch all of the particles in the air that rise from your stove.

For more information about improving the indoor air quality in your home contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000

You may have seen the large vacuum trucks outside of your neighbours home. They’re the ones that make a lot of noise and blow and suck out all the dust, mice, books, toys, adult movies, paper clips, and more out of the duct system. We’ve found just about everything you can imagine as we’ve been duct cleaning in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years. Cleaning out ducts is reminiscent of when they cut open that shark in jaws and found all kinds of stuff, including a license plate.

You might think is duct cleaning in Toronto necessary? We don’t live in a desert where it’s super dusty and we keep our house very clean.

The truth is the dust and other debris doesn’t have anything to do with the amount you clean your home. Your ducts might have been filled with dust and other debris by the previous owners of your home. If you have a new home your ducts might be and are likely filled with construction dust and other construction materials.

The amount of dust in your ducts doesn’t exclusively depend on the amount of cleaning you do in your home, but also the area you live in. There are lots of train tracks and traffic in Toronto, which are constantly throwing up dust into the atmosphere. These particles make their way into everything, even your duct system. So does duct cleaning in Toronto make sense? Yes.

Duct Cleaning in Toronto is Worth It

There are two times of the year when it’s best to have your ducts cleaned. In the Spring prior to using your central air conditioner all summer long, or right now in the fall. The fall is actually the ideal time to have your ducts cleaned as you will be sealing up your home for the winter and running your furnace to keep your family warm.

Duct cleaning in Toronto prior to the winter ensures that your furnace has as little resistance as possible when pushing warm air throughout your home. You will also benefit from cleaner air in your home as all the dust, pollen and other debris won’t be forced out into the rooms in your home.

Reputable Duct Cleaning in Toronto

Some companies that offer duct cleaning in Toronto and the GTA are very pushy and try to hard sell people on their services. They might use pushy telemarketing and extremely low prices to try to persuade you to book with them on the spot. The reality of finding a company that does duct cleaning in Toronto is that they are plentiful and making a quick decision isn’t in your best interests.

Some companies will do very poor jobs and merely vacuum out your registers for a smaller fee. You’ll think you got a premier service at a great rate, but realistically only the ends of your ducts have been cleaned.

Here are some things to look for when you want to find a company to do duct cleaning in Toronto:

  • Are they properly licensed?
  • Do they have insurance?
  • Do they have a code of ethics?
  • Do they have a number of reputable references?
  • Do they have positive reviews online?

There are lots of companies that need to be avoided, otherwise you might end up paying for thorough duct cleaning in Toronto and not get what you paid for. An inexperienced company can also use the proper equipment improperly and do permanent damage to your duct system, which can cost you thousands of dollars to repair.

We typically recommend having a furnace inspection at the same time as your duct cleaning so you can go into winter with the peace of mind knowing that your heating system won’t let you down.

For more information about duct cleaning, furnace maintenance or to find reputable duct cleaning in Toronto contact Novel Care today. We’ve been serving Toronto and the GTA for over 30 years and have built a stellar reputation for great services and great customer service. Google us to learn more or call: 416-921-0000.