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November 30, 2015

Prepare Your Home For Winter In the Garden State


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Winter is just around the corner, but before it makes an appearance in the great Garden State, it’s important to ensure that your home is ready for the season.  You can do so with these helpful tips from Duct Dudes, our NJ dryer vent cleaning company!

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Have a Humidifier At the Ready!

During the winter, the indoor air in your home can get extremely dry.  Dry air can cause static electricity, it can dry out houseplants, it affects the glue in furniture, and it can contribute to a variety of respiratory problems.  So, when the weather starts to get chilly, it’s a good idea to get a humidifier for your home.  If you already have one, make sure that it’s cleaned and ready to go.  How do you prepare your humidifier?  Make sure to replace the pad (if it has one), as lime scale and mold can build up over time and can be harmful to your health.  Next, clean the humidifier with some bleach and water.  At the end of the season, drain and shut off the humidifier.  Follow these simple steps and they’ll help to preserve and protect your humidifier against contamination for next year’s winter! 

Change the Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon Monoxide is produced during wintertime thanks to the gas given off by furnaces, stoves, and gas fireplaces.  During the winter months, homes are usually shut from the outside air—preventing carbon monoxide from escaping quickly.  In order to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning, check the expiration date on your carbon monoxide detector; the majority of detectors have only a five-year life expectancy, so be sure to change yours if it’s time. 

Get Your Air Ducts and Dryer Vents Cleaned

Over 15,000 dryer-related fires take place each year.  When lint clogs a dryer duct, your home is at risk for a fire.  Routine dryer vent cleaning helps to prevent costly fires, reduce dryer downtime, and keep your dryer functioning properly.  At Duct Dudes, we offer dryer vent cleaning services in NJ and as part of our service, we remove lint, birds’ nests, small articles of clothing, and more from the dryer vents in your house.

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Just like dryer vents, the ductwork in your home can become clogged.  When ductwork gets clogged, it affects the indoor air quality in your home.  Clogged ductwork is usually home to dust, dirt, and other debris, like harmful mold and bacteria.  Having your air ducts cleaned regularly improves indoor air quality, which in turn, improves the health of your loved ones.

For more information or to schedule a dryer vent cleaning appointment in NJ, contact Duct Dudes at (866) DUDE-911.