We adhere to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) Standards as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards and EPA checklist. My DUCTZ company provides customers with Air Duct Cleaning, HVAC System Cleaning, Dryer Vent Cleaning, and Restoration services in the Gainesville/Ocala, Florida areas.

When your family needs HVAC System Cleaning, Dryer Vent Cleaning or Air Duct Cleaning you will receive the highest level of dedication and professionalism in the industry.

DUCTZ cleaning and restoration processes involves extensive cleaning tasks using an assortment of highly specialized and proprietary tools, machinery and supplies.

Our DUCTZ Team uses patented DUCTZ processes, such as an exclusive metallic barrier in the air plenum of the furnace and in certain ductwork. This barrier eliminates fiberglass shedding and prevents the fiberglass from acting as a sponge, collecting dirt and moisture and creating a breeding ground for microbial growth (mold), bacteria and fungi.

DUCTZ professionals are certified, qualified and trained to provide ductwork integrity inspections helping to identify and eliminate particulate matter that can adversely affect indoor air quality.
Moisture in a bathroom can lead to peeling finishes, warped doors and even mold growth. The purpose of a bathroom exhaust fan is to control moisture and remove airborne odors and pollutants.

While maintenance of bathroom exhaust fans is quite often overlooked, a proper maintenance schedule will ensure quiet and efficient operation, increase the fan’s lifespan, improve indoor air quality and keep the unit attractive in appearance. Bathroom exhaust fans should receive routine maintenance performed yearly.

Improperly installed bathroom exhaust fans are often vented into unsuitable spaces. Venting exhaust fans into these spaces can cause hot humid air to be discharged. These conditions could lead to water infiltration and may impede the exhaust fans air flow. DUCTZ will verify if the exhaust fan is clean and properly vented to the outside.
What are Ductwork Integrity Inspections?

DUCTZ professionals determine the integrity of fiberglass-lined ductwork and ducts. Frayed or degraded duct board can emit irritating fiberglass particles into the indoor environment. DUCTZ professionals additionally identify excess moisture on both fiberglass and metallic surfaces determining the extent of metallic decay or rust erosion on surfaces.

Why do you need to have a Ductwork Inspection?

Duct work can be lined or insulated with fiberglass as well as fiberglass air filters can be used within the duct system. Fiberglass is glass made into very fine, small diameter “threads.” These threads of glass are very flexible; however, they can be broken and are light enough to become airborne particles. Fiberglass is often an overlooked source of indoor air pollution.

Per the American Lung Association: “Direct contact with fiberglass materials or exposure to airborne fiberglass dust may irritate the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Fiberglass can cause itching due to mechanical irritation from the fibers … Breathing fibers may irritate the airways resulting in coughing and a scratchy throat. Some people are sensitive to the fibers, while others are not.”

Resins or oils are often added to fiberglass filters to enhance the dust-grabbing ability. This can also adversely affect people with environmental sensitivity. These filters out-gas minor amounts of fumes into the fresh air stream, which can be a problem even with the most expensive of air filters.

Additionally, fiberglass duct board has proven itself prone to mold, mildew and breakdown within humid crawl spaces and attics.

HVAC remediation projects often begin with a comprehensive inspection of the existing conditions. This inspection generally requires multiple fields of knowledge. DUCTZ professionals undergo continuous training and obtain emerging, nationally recognized certifications in numerous disciplines. However, when the situation calls for additional fields of expertise with specific credentials outside of our own expertise, we call upon our established critical relationships with Certified Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) laboratories, industrial hygienists, IAQ engineers, architects, system designers, mechanical contractors, test and balance firms and restoration companies to build IAQ solutions for your specific needs.
DUCTZ professionals use a variety of specialized tools and procedures to clean dryer vent ductwork. The entire process usually takes about one hour. However, cleaning is only one part of our service. The dryer vent is also inspected for several mechanical issues that should be checked by a professional duct cleaner. DUCTZ professionals are the qualified choice.

Warning Signs

Longer Drying Time
Hot Dryer & Hot Clothes at end of cycle
Vent hood flapper doesn’t open
Excess Lint Behind Dryer
Overheat Shutoff
No Lint on Lint Screen
Excess Lint on Clothing
Lint Around Door Seal
Hot Dryer & Hot Clothes
Moldy Smell

If you notice any of these signs, schedule a professional dryer cleaning or inspection immediately at 352-372-3828 or email us.

Why should you worry about your dryer vent(s) and cleaning?

Maintained commercial or residential dryer vents reduce the risk of fire. Over 15,000 fires occur annually in the United States. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust ductwork. Lint can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers.

Dryer Vent Fires – A Common Problem:

Lack of maintenance is the leading cause of dryer fires with lint identified as the source material igniting the fires. The fires may be caused by:

Failure of mechanical and/or electrical parts within the dryer
Improper materials placed in the dryer
Insufficient airflow as a result of improper installation

Dryer Vent Fire Prevention Tips:

Have dryer vents professionally cleaned and inspected annually to help prevent dryer vent fires.
Verify system up-to-code with your city, state and dryer manufacturer.
Do not operate without a lint filter.
Clean lint trays & screens before/after each use.
Remove accumulated lint around the drum.
Clean lint out of the vent pipe.
Wash lint screens with soap and water every few weeks.
Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted.
Outdoor vent flap opens when the dryer is operating.
Make sure the outdoor vent flap is not covered by snow, bushes or any other materials.
Keep dryers in good working order.
Dryers should be properly grounded.
Make sure the correct plug & outlet are used Machine is connected properly.
Avoid overloading the dryer.
Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions.
Avoid having combustible chemicals (cleaning products) near dryers.
Never dry items that have come in contact with flammable substances, such as cooking oil, gasoline, paint thinner, alcohol, etc.
Keep the dryer area clear of things that can burn.
Never leave the house or go to bed with your dryer running.

Reduced airflow and lint build-up cause overheating and prevent fast drying action. When this happens, safety switches cycle on and off continuously and can fail over a period of time. This results in higher costs of operation and could cause a costly and dangerous dryer fire.

Save Money:

The use of proper venting materials helps to achieve maximum performance and extend the life of your dryer. When clothes are given the appropriate amount of air, they dry quicker, are subject to less tumbling and result in less electric or gas usage from your dryer.

DUCTZ now offers the LintAlert!

Help prevent a dryer fire in your home! DUCTZ now offers LintAlert units when cleaning dryer vents. The LintAlert checks the exhaust environment and gives you important information so you can help save energy and improve home safety.
The Importance of Air Filtration

The air filter in your furnace or air conditioner has a profound impact on your living environment. Regular filter maintenance is essential to maintaining proper indoor air quality (IAQ). Frequent filter changes can also improve energy efficiency and extend the life of mechanical systems.

The Benefits of Filtered Air:

Removes dust, particulates and other airborne contaminants that adversely affect IAQ.
Reduces maintenance of building interiors such as frequent washings of blinds and fluorescent bulbs.
Protects the contents of occupied spaces including paintings, tapestries and other items of historic or cultural value.
Eliminates fire hazards by removing lint and other materials which might accumulate in ductwork.

What do Air Filters do?

Air filters capture small particles of dust, pollen and other contaminants in our air. A well maintained filter, one that is regularly changed or cleaned, removes debris that might otherwise end up in your lungs. Some filters can clean more than 99 percent of airborne particulates. These high efficiency filters are important for the elderly, people suffering from asthma or allergies and others with a compromised immune system.

Filters filled with dust create resistance against the airflow and decrease the overall efficiency of the unit. Frequent filter changes or cleanings increase efficiency and can save you several hundreds of dollars in energy costs.

Failure to properly maintain air filters and inadequate filtration allows for fine particles to collect on mechanical components, causing premature wear and breakdown. Regular filter maintenance can extend the life of your home’s heating or air-conditioning system for years.

Duct Cleaning and Filtration:

In order to maintain clean air in your home or building, air filters must efficiently remove bacteria, pollens, insects, soot, dust and dirt. Duct cleaning and filtration are linked together to achieve a complete indoor air quality solution.

Upgrading your filtration alone leaves existing contaminants in the duct system that can cause indoor air quality problems. Before upgrading to a better quality air filter, it is essential to ensure that the entire mechanical system is clean.

Duct cleaning without properly maintaining filters can accelerate the re-contamination of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Proper filter maintenance may extend the time between cleanings by keeping the system free of debris.

Which Filter is Right for Your Needs?

Filters are primarily used to remove airborne particulates to improve IAQ. The type and design of air filters determine the effectiveness of particulate removal, given the size and the amount of energy needed to pull or push air through the filter. Filters are rated by different standards and test methods such as dust spot and removal efficiency (which measures different aspects of performance). Ratings are provided by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ASHRAE develops standards for both its members and others professionally concerned with refrigeration processes and the design and maintenance of indoor environments.

To keep lint and dust from clogging the heating and cooling coils of a system, low efficiency filters (ASHRAE Dust Spot rating of 10 percent to 20 percent or less) can be used. To remove bacteria, pollens, insects, soot, dust, and dirt and maintain clean air in occupied spaces, medium efficiency filters (ASHRAE Dust Spot rating of 30 percent to 60 percent) are recommended.

Low-efficiency filters, if loaded to excess, become deformed and even “blow out” of their filter rack. This can lead to clogged coils, dirty ducts and the bypassing of unfiltered air. Air filters require regular maintenance (cleaning and replacement) regardless of the design or efficiency rating.

Filters should be selected for their ability to protect both the HVAC system components and general IAQ. Air filtration efficiency can be seriously reduced if the filter cells are not properly sealed to prevent air from bypassing. In many buildings, the best choice is a medium-efficiency, pleated filter because these filters have higher removal efficiency than low-efficiency filters, yet they will last without clogging for longer than high-efficiency filters. Pleated-type extended surface filters are recommended to maintain proper airflow and minimize the amount of additional energy required to move air through high efficiency filters. In buildings that are designed to be exceptionally clean, the designers may specify the equipment to utilize both a medium efficiency pre-filter and a high efficiency extended surface filter (ASHRAE Dust Spot rating of 85 percent to 95 percent). Some manufacturers recommend high efficiency extended surface filters (ASHRAE Dust Spot rating of 85 percent) without pre-filters as the most cost effective approach to minimizing energy consumption and maximizing air quality in modern HVAC Variable Air Volume (VAV) systems that serve office environments.

To keep duct work clean, it is important to choose the correct filter for your home or building and properly maintaining the filter through cleaning and replacement. If dirt accumulates in ductwork and the relative humidity increases to the point that condensation occurs, then conditions may support the growth of biological contaminants such as bacteria and microbial growth.
In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.

Does your home have poor performing ducts? Do these apply to you?

You have high summer and winter utility bills.
You have rooms that are difficult to heat and cool.
You have stuffy rooms that never seem to feel comfortable.
Your ducts are located in an attic, crawlspace or the garage.
You find tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system.

Benefits of Duct Sealing

Your home will be more comfortable:
Sealing and insulating ducts to solve common comfort problems like rooms that are too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.

Your home will be more energy efficient & money saving:
Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20%. Sealing and insulating ducts will increase efficiency, lowers energy bills and sometimes can pay for itself in energy savings. Plus, if you’re planning to install new heating and cooling equipment, a well-designed and sealed duct system may allow you to downsize to a smaller, less costly heating and cooling system that will provide better dehumidification.

Your home will be safer:
During normal household use, gas appliances such as water heaters, clothes dryers and furnaces release combustion gases (like carbon monoxide) through their ventilation systems. Leaky ductwork in your heating and cooling system may cause “back-drafting,” where these gases are drawn back into the living space, rather than expelled to the outdoors. Sealing leaks can minimize this risk.

Your home will have better Indoor Air Quality:
Fumes from household and garden chemicals, insulation particles and dust can enter your duct system, aggravating asthma and allergy problems. Properly sealing ducts will improve indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through your home Protect the Environment

Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain and global warming. The less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate. By sealing your ducts and reducing the amount of energy necessary to comfortably heat or cool your home, you can reduce the amount of air pollution generated.
How to Balance HVAC Air Flow

Your heating and air conditioning unit will not warm or cool your home properly without balance in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) air flow. If your home has uneven temperatures from room to room, you need to balance the air flow in your HVAC system. A huge reason for inflated heating and cooling bills can be attributed to airflow problems within the HVAC system. There are many possible causes, but most common is when there is little or no airflow out of your supply air registers. Determining the cause is relatively easy if you know where to look. Consider some pointers on finding the culprit to low air flow.

How to inspect and find air flow problems:

Check the HVAC filter located on the side of the HVAC unit. This is the number one reason for airflow problems. If it is dirty, there will be significantly reduced airflow. Replace the filter. Check the supply air and return air registers. If these are shut or blocked, air can’t get in or out of the rooms they feed. Move large furniture away if it is placed in front of the registers. Open registers if they are closed.

Check your blower fan for excessive dirt. Running an HVAC unit without a filter can cause the blower fan to get dirty and reduce airflow. Hire an experienced HVAC technician to clean the blower fan if this is the cause.

Look at your evaporator coil to see if it is dirty or iced up. You may need to cut an access hole into the supply air plenum to see the coil. You can install a patch afterward. Low refrigerant can cause your coil to ice up when you are running your air conditioner. This will block airflow. A licensed HVAC technician will have to check your refrigerant if this is the cause. Examine all your ductwork to see if it is crushed or pulling apart. Flexible ductwork is especially vulnerable to damage. Replace any damaged ductwork.
Our DUCTZ team employs different techniques to clean microbial growth (better known as mold). Ductz has the proper techniques to thoroughly clean microbial growth. Once the microbial growth has been cleaned, we recommend that you install an Antimicrobial UV Light into your air conditioning unit or duct system to prevent further growth.

Removing Microbial Growth Removal

DUCTZ processes control biological organisms, such as microbial growth and bacteria that form on cooling coils and other working parts of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems by mechanically removing the sources for growth. These organisms can interfere with the heat transfer process, causing reduced HVAC system efficiency.

The DUCTZ microbial control cleaning process prevents corrosion often caused by sulfuric acid secreted by common bacteria. This process also prevents rust and corrosion, which can degrade the HVAC system forcing costly repairs and replacements.

Our microbial control cleaning process also extends the useful life of HVAC systems while increasing overall energy efficiency by keeping fins, blowers and coils clean and running at peak operational performance. Indoor air quality can be adversely affected by the spread of harmful contaminants through the HVAC system. Contaminants in the HVAC system can cause odors, damage surfaces and secrete toxic byproducts to living and working areas.

DUCTZ microbial control cleaning process improves indoor air quality at the source – the HVAC system. DUCTZ professionals take the necessary steps to protect from exposure to contaminants dislodged during the cleaning process by using HEPA filtration on cleaning equipment and adhere to NADCA and other appropriate guidelines and standards. DUCTZ professionals use thoroughly researched processes and procedures, combined with appropriate products for the following applications: flexible ducts fabricated of metal or plastic, unlined sheet metal ducts, air handlers, cooling coils, fan coil units, condensate drain pans, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, registers, grills, diffusers, fans, fan housings, transfer boxes, turning vane, return ducts, plenums and rooftop units.
Large amounts of airborne debris can contaminate every space of a building or home under construction. Controlling this debris before it contaminates the mechanical system or building is extremely important. Building containment strategies designed by our DUCTZ Team provide assurances against cross-contamination of known contaminants. Many buildings are occupied while cleaning or investigations are conducted. DUCTZ professionals use specialized industrial HEPA vacuum equipment to control any number of construction debris-related issues in the home or office, including wood floor sanding, plaster sanding, general construction and more.
Fire and water damage can cause problems on the interior surfaces of your heating, ventialtion and air conditioning (HVAC) system. HVAC interior surfaces have the potential to collect particulate, smoke, moisture, gaseous emissions and other contaminants from a fire or smoke event. Particulates can collect even if the system is not operating. When these particulateres deposit onto the interior surfaces, the HVAC components can become compromised and your system’s performance can be affected. A standardized evaluation of the HVAC interior surface conditions is necessary to determine when HVAC interior surfaces have been impacted by a fire-related particulate.

When addressing water related issues within mechanical systems DUCTZ strictly adheres to the institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S500 and S520 standards to assess and restore mechanical systems.

We take pride in giving you the best air duct system cleaning service available. Our service technicians are trained in the latest air duct cleaning and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) restoration techniques. Cleaning your ventilation system and doing the job the right way the first time is our top priority. At DUCTZ, we make sure that you are getting HVAC restoration and air duct cleaning service that you deserve.