Thursday, October 26, 2017

4 Reasons Why You Need a Vent Cleaning Before Winter Hits

With winter just a few short weeks away, many of us are already preparing to close up our houses for the next few months. But while airtight windows and doors do a good job of keeping cold air out, they also do a good job of keeping debris in. Before you close up your home for good this season, give it one final purification with the help of an air duct cleaning.

vent cleaning

Cut down on allergens.

When you think of allergies, you probably think of flowers blooming and pollen swirling in the sun. But spring and summer aren’t the only times allergies can strike. We hate to say it, but allergies are actually a 24/7, 365-days-a-year problem. Ragweed, mold, dust, and pet dander levels are all just as high in the fall and winter as they are in the warmer months.

Get rid of dangerous mold. 

Not only is mold hazardous to your family’s health, but it’s also bad for your HVAC system. With enough time, mold build-up can start to eat away at your vents, meaning you’ll one day have to replace them entirely.

Improve circulation. 

Dust, mold, and other debris that’s trapped in your vents acts as a sort of screen. The first time you turn on your heat this season, some of that air you’re paying to heat will get trapped in these “dust screens” and never make it to its intended destination. When this happens, most homeowners are forced to bump up the heat — a waste of resources and money.

Improve your overall air quality. 

While clean air is important for everyone, certain groups are more sensitive to indoor air quality than others, like children, the elderly, and those with asthma. Having your air ducts cleaned means you’ll reduce the amount of contaminants everyone in your home breathes in.

Remove unpleasant odors.

Many homeowners don’t realize that the less-than-pleasant smells circulating around their home are due to moldy air vents. An initial cleaning, plus a preventative anti-microbial treatment from us will leave your air clean and smelling wonderful for months!

Schedule your air duct cleaning with GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration before Old Man Winter strikes! Contact us online or give us a call at (631) 940-8100 today.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

How to Protect Your Home From Mold and Mildew After a Flood

There are a lot of places you want to find water at: a water park, in your glass on a hot summer day, and coming out of your shower head. Notice though, we didn’t mention in your basement. Each year, floods cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and destroy homes. But flood water isn’t the only culprit. The other is a poor clean up job. If your home isn’t cleaned properly, the effects of a flood can last long after the water has been cleared.

Mold and Mildew

First and foremost, mold and mildew can consume your home after it has suffered a flood. Even if the area is just damp, mold can begin growing in as quickly as 48 hours.

How to Protect Your Home from Mold

Accept what you can’t save.

Though it may be tough, some things, unfortunately, can’t be salvaged. Clothes, upholstered furniture, and carpets can often take days to completely dry. In cases like that, it’s best to throw them away entirely.

Use fans to your advantage.

Mount several fans on your windowsill. This will not only help to dry your area off quickly, but it will also prevent dust and mold spores from blowing into your home.


If there’s ever a time to go on a disinfectant-spree, it’s after a flood. Excess moisture also draws bacteria and other toxins to your house, so it’s important to use green products to safely eliminate them.

Never pump water into the sewer system.

Pumping water into the sewers will only worsen flooding problems throughout the state and interfere with your local government's ability to contain flood water. Instead, always pump water into your backyard or down a storm drain.

Water damage can severely impact your family’s safety and comfort. That’s why it’s incredibly important that you act fast at the first sign of excess water. Here at GreenPro Cleaning, we dare to tackle the tough jobs most companies won’t touch! For all of your basement cleaning needs, give us a call at (631) 940-8100 today!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Real Truth About Dusty Vents

Company is coming over in an hour — what’s the first thing you do? Odds are, it’s vacuum and dust. But are your carpets and tabletops enough? Most homeowners work hard to keep their house looking fresh and clean, but many forget to think about the real dust culprit — your air vents.

GreenPro Cleaning dusty vent

While we love these inconspicuous cooling and heating vents that send comfortable air throughout our homes, they’re a breeding ground for dust, dander, and mold. And while it may not always seem like it, dusty vents can have serious consequences for your family and home.

Overall health and breathing problems.

Most importantly, dust affects your family’s health. Depending on how much dust is in your home and how long you’ve been exposed to it, inhaling dust can lead to:
  • Eye irritation
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Hayfever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Exacerbated asthma symptoms.

More time spent cleaning.

Your vents are literally tubes that connect and transport air throughout your house. When dust builds up in your vents, it doesn’t stay isolated in just the vents or even one room of your house. Instead, that dust travels to every room of the house, meaning you’ll have to dust far more often to get the same sparkling clean look.

Decreased airflow.

Imagine if you placed dozens of thin screens throughout your vents. Naturally, air would start to travel a lot slower as a result of these blockages. When your vents are filled with dust they act like screens, blocking air from getting where it needs to go.

Bigger bills.

When a room isn’t getting as hot or cold as it should (because of decreased airflow) most homeowners’ first instinct is to change the thermostat. Because the problem has nothing to do with the actual temperature of your air, rooms won’t actually feel any different and you’ll be paying for that increased energy use.

But thankfully, there’s a pretty simple solution: air duct cleanings! GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional air duct cleaning services to homes and businesses across Long Island. If you live in Nassau or Suffolk County, contact us today to schedule a free estimate: 631-940-8100.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

How to Winterize Your AC Unit

All summer long, your air conditioner works hard to keep your house cool. So needless to say, you’ll do anything it takes to keep it running well in the summer. But once winter comes, many homeowners are all too quick to set their unit to “off” and go about their days. But if you want your unit to work well year-after-year it’s important that you treat it well all year long. The best way to keep your AC safe from Old Man Winter is by winterizing and covering it properly.

winterize air conditioner

Cut the power to your AC unit. 

First things first, you need to turn off the exterior power to your unit. This will prevent it from electrocuting anyone working on the unit or accidentally being turned on in the winter. If you have:

  • Central air: cut power to the exterior circuits that control the power to the entire unit. It’s usually as simple as pulling out the red circuit handle in the circuit box. 
  • Window units: Window units can simply be unplugged, or removed from the window entirely and stored in a dry space, like an attic or basement. 

Clean your unit — inside and out. 

Freezing temperatures can trap debris in your unit and damage it. With a damp rag and cleaning solution, wipe down the surface of the unit. Then, use a high powered hose to clean the fan blades and condensing coils.

Inspect the ground around your AC. 

Even in the summer, you always want the outside area around your home to be clear of any reaching tree limbs or leaves. Trim any branches that are touching (or will soon be touching) your unit and sweep the ground below so that wind won’t push fallen debris back into your now clean unit.

Cover your AC unit. 

To cover or not to cover, that is the question. Some technicians suggest everyone cover their unit, so as to protect it from whirling debris and cold air. However, others believe that covering your unit will trap moisture and cause mold to grow. We think the best option is to combine them and make the best of both worlds. The first cool day of fall, cover your unit but be sure to leave at least 12 inches of exposed coil so that air can continue to circulate. Every month or two, remove the cover, clean your unit, and leave it uncovered for one day.

If you notice mold anywhere in your house this winter, give the experts at GreenPro Cleaning & Solution a call! We offer professional cleaning and mold removal services to homes across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us to get started with a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.