Friday, September 30, 2016

How Does Mold Grow Inside of Air Ducts?

Mold isn't just unsightly – it's unhealthy. This toxic fungus spreads by reproducing microscopic spores. Exposure to these spores can result in allergic reactions, such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, headaches, nausea, and irritation of the eyes and throat. In severe cases, mold may trigger asthma attacks or lead to respiratory infections.

The worst part about mold is that it can grow virtually anywhere: indoors or out. In fact, you likely have some growing inside of your home right now. Believe it or not, one of the most common hiding spots for mold is inside of your air ducts.

Mold needs four things in order to grow and thrive: food, moisture, oxygen, and suitable temperatures. Mold loves air ducts because they provide all of these things in abundance...
  • Food. Food for mold is very different than food for humans. Mold feeds on organic matter, such as dust, which can be found in high quantities inside of air ducts.
  • Moisture. Moisture is commonly found in air ducts in the form of high humidity or condensation.
  • Suitable temperatures. Mold can grow in temperatures ranging from 32-120° Fahrenheit, but the 70-90° range is most conducive to growth.
  • Oxygen. Oxygen is found virtually everywhere on earth, and your air ducts are no exception.
Once mold is in your air ducts, its spores can use them as a transportation system to circulate throughout your entire home. With the known health risks of mold, this is something you want to avoid at all costs. If you fear mold might be growing in your air ducts, schedule a professional duct cleaning.

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional duct cleaning services to homes and businesses across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us today for a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

6 Easy Ways to Save Energy This Fall

Use these six energy-saving tips from GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration to keep warm this season without breaking the bank...

1. Invest in a programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat allows you to preset your desired home temperature for different times of the day and days of the week. This can save you money by automatically using less energy when the house is empty or everyone is asleep.

2. Switch your ceiling fan direction.

Did you know the direction in which your ceiling fan rotates can influence the air flow of the room? During the colder months, set the blades to rotate clockwise. This will push warm air that has gathered near the ceiling back down into the room.

3. Tune up your heating system.

Scheduling a tune up for your heating system each year isn't just a good idea; many HVAC manufacturers actually require it. A professional tune up can help reduce energy consumption, prevent breakdowns, and extend the lifespan of your equipment.

4. Upgrade your home's insulation.

Improving your insulation can reduce the amount of warm air that escapes from your home, thus saving you money. This could be as simple as sealing air leaks with weatherstripping, or using draft guards on your doors and windows.

5. Change your air filters.

Your furnace has an air filter that needs to be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. Dirty filters allow dust and dirt to enter your heating system, resulting in increased wear-and-tear and energy consumption.

6. Have your air ducts professionally cleaned.

If you have never cleaned your air ducts, chances are good they are coated in a thick layer of dust and dirt. This accumulation of debris limits air flow, and makes your furnace work harder to heat your home. Not to mention the negative impact it can have on your indoor air quality.

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional air duct cleaning services to homes and businesses across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us today for a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Professional Air Duct Cleaning

Because it is a relatively new industry and there isn't a ton of information available, air duct cleaning is a hotly-debated topic. Luckily, GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration is here to shed some light on the topic. Here is a list of air duct cleaning pros and cons from the people who know it better than anyone else:

  • Removal of allergens and dust. Did you know the average three-bedroom home generates more than 40 pounds of dust per year? Much of this dust – along with pet dander, pollen, and even mold – could be hiding in your air ducts.
  • Better HVAC system performance. Removing the built-up debris from the inside of your air ducts can have a significant impact on your HVAC system. Clean air ducts allow for better air flow, improved energy-efficiency, and reduced wear-and-tear.
  • Improved air quality. The air in your home can be more polluted than outdoor air, and the contaminants in your air ducts play a key role in that. Indoor air pollution has been linked to lung cancer, heart disease, and COPD.


  • Cost. It is impossible to effectively clean your air ducts on your own, so you will have to hire a professional service.
  • Difficult to find a reputable contractor. Unfortunately, there are many con artists out there posing as air duct cleaners. Be cautious of any company advertising unreasonably low rates, such as $99 for a full air duct cleaning.
  • Some companies may use harmful chemicals. Some companies use cleaning agents that do more harm than good. Luckily, GreenPro Cleaning isn't one of them. All of our products and procedures are 100% eco-friendly.

Overall, the benefits of air duct cleaning significantly outweigh the downsides – especially when you use the right company. Residents of Long Island can rest assured knowing that GreenPro Cleaning &Restoration will provide a quality air duct cleaning at an affordable rate. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us for a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How to Prepare Your Home for Fall

Labor Day has come and gone, the NFL season kicks off this week, and your favorite coffee spot is now serving pumpkin-spiced lattes; three sure signs that fall is all but here. Here are a few things you can do around the home to prepare for the change of seasons.

Tune Up Your Heating System.

You haven't turned on your heating system in nearly six months, you want to make sure it is ready when you need it. The best way to ensure your heating system operates at full capacity is by having it tuned up before the cold weather hits. In fact, some manufacturers will even void their warranty if your furnace isn't professionally serviced every year.

Clean Out Your Gutters.

They call the season “fall” for a reason (hint: it's the leaves). After the leaves fall from your trees, you want to make sure they aren't clogging up your gutters. Clogged gutters can't sufficiently drain rainwater and melting snow, which can lead to problems such as ceiling leaks, basement flooding, ice dams, mold, and water damage.

Maintain Your Washer and Dryer.

Washers and dryers can both present their own set of problems if they are not properly maintained. Inspect the hoses on your washing machine to make sure they aren't damaged or frayed; you don't want to have to deal with a burst pipe. Dryers, on the other hand, can present a fire hazard if the exhaust vent isn't cleaned at least once per year.

Have Your Air Ducts Professionally Cleaned.

Your furnace will soon be pushing hot air through your ducts, but if they aren't clean, hot air is not the only thing that will be circulating throughout your home. Allergens such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold can commonly be found in air ducts, which is why experts recommend having yours professionally cleaned every 3-5 years.

If you live on Long Island, trust GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration to help get your home ready for the cold season. We offer professional air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning to homes in Nassau and Suffolk County, as well as water damage restoration if something goes wrong. Give us a call today to schedule your service at (631) 940-8100.