Dry Ice Blasting During Mold Remediation

We see many customers suffering from mold in the Dayton area, especially during the changing of seasons when the temperatures begin to rise and winter damage begins to make itself known. As part of our mold remediation process, we use the EPA recommended method of dry ice blasting to remove mold spores on surfaces within homes. A much safer process than sand blasting and other similar methods, dry ice blasting leaves no particles behind for clean up and is non-toxic.  Check out the following video from one of our mold remediation jobs in Dayton to see dry ice blasting at work.

 

4 Signs You’re Suffering from Allergies

Allergies can be caused by a variety of factors in your environment, especially true for those in Dayton. But did you know that even if you’ve never had them before, you can develop new allergies as your environment changes? Here are four signs that you probably have allergies. If you do develop allergies, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommends limiting your exposure as much as possible to the source, such as avoiding pollen, pets, or other outside allergens that may set you off. You might also consider home air testing.

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Chronic cold-like symptoms

Many people who have allergies don’t know that they do because they assume that they are just sick all the time.  If you notice that you or a loved one always are starting to feel stuffy, sneeze, or have sinus pain, then it may not be just another cold! You may be allergic to something in your home or office’s air ducts, hidden mold, gasses, or seasonal changes.

Itchy or swollen eyes

If you suddenly start to notice extreme eye or nose irritation, then think about things that may have caused it, including changes in the weather. Factors like dust, pollen, or pet dander can cause your eyes to become red and swollen. You may also notice coughing or sneezing.

Ear pain or ear infection

Continuous problems with ear pain or recurring ear infections may also indicate an allergic reaction to dust, pollen, mold, radon, or other seasonal allergens. While there are remedies for temporary relief, eliminating or reducing the factors in your environment are the best solution, such as air duct cleaning, HVAC air maintenance, mold testing and remediation, and water treatments.

Fever

In some cases, allergic reactions can actually cause some a low-grade fever. This is especially true for people who are allergic to pets. Avoiding pets is a good solution. However, without proper cleaning of your air ducts and HVAC system, you may still experience symptoms.

If you find that there are allergens in your home causing these symptoms or would simply like to have your home cleaned of health-threatening elements such as radon gas or mold, then contact the Environmental Doctor in Dayton. We specialize in air duct cleaning, mold testing and remediation, radon testing and mitigation, waterproofing and water treatments, as well as HVAC needs. For information visit our website today.

Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Longer with Proper Maintenance

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Not sure what exactly requires the services of an HVAC professional? Here are a few common air conditioning maintenance tasks that should be done by your HVAC technician:

  • Ensuring the area around the air intake is free of mold
  • Checking for and fixing any air leaks
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Cleaning the blower housing and blower wheel
  • Cleaning dampers
  • Cleaning the blower wheel and blower housing

The best time to keep up with air conditioner maintenance is every year before the start of the hot summer months. Waiting until you’re in the midst of summer to think about your air conditioner could leave you in the lurch during the hottest time of year. Be sure to have your air conditioner serviced well before the unit is to be used extensively again.

Taking your own preventative measures will also help extend the life of your air conditioner. This video provides some handy tips on things you should have inspected on your air conditioner every year. Check your air filters monthly and be sure to change or clean them as needed. For HVAC services in the Dayton area, contact the Environmental Doctor. If you’re in need of a new air conditioning system, be sure to check out our current special on Carrier heating and cooling systems. We also offer a wide range of home services including duct cleaning, HVAC tune ups, mold testing, sump pumps and more. Visit our website to learn more or contact us today to discuss your individual needs.

Preventing Allergens from Entering Your Home

Allergens are all around you all the time. You’ll notice some of them because you can see them, but many are even too small for you to notice. In this post, we’ll discuss how to keep allergens of all kinds out of your home! You can also check out this handy video on eliminating allergens from your home.

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The first and most effective tip is to use a HEPA filter system. These were originally developed in World War II to remove radioactive particles from the air. However, they also block allergen particles from circulating through your air as well—even ones as small as one-300th of the diameter of human hair!

But HEPA filters will only work in open spaces through your home—and many harmful allergens hide in your air ducts. The best way to improve air quality in your home is through cleaning your air ducts. Research shows that air duct cleaning improves over all air quality in your home, but also removes debris and other mold-inducing factors from your home.

Speaking of mold, many allergic reactions are caused by mold growth in your home. And it doesn’t just affect people within the immediate vicinity of mold—molds release spores into the air, releasing allergens, toxins, and irritants. These elements will affect people differently, especially if someone has a serious mold allergy. The only way to effectively eliminate this threat is through expert mold testing and remediation.

In addition to these larger steps, there are many basic steps you can take to make sure your home is allergen-free. Vacuuming regularly is an important way to collect allergens in your floor and carpet. Restricting where pets go in your home is also a good way to make sure pet dander doesn’t get into sleeping areas or other rooms where you spend a lot of time. Keeping your windows closed during days where pollen is abundant will limit your allergic reactions to plant spores.

For more information about allergens, heating and air conditioning maintenance, duct cleaning, water treatment or mold prevention, contact the Environmental Doctor today. We specialize in keeping your home and office allergen free for your safety and comfort. Visit our website for more information

Brenden Gitzinger, Environmental Doctor President, Interviews with Local Realtor Shelly Miller for “Community on Location”

Ohio realtor, Shelly Miller, takes time to interview Brenden Gitzinger with Environmental Doctor. As an active business owner in the Dayton community, Brenden shares some of the personal motivations behind Environmental Doctor, along with a few words of wisdom for anyone looking to start their own business. Check out the video and don’t forget to like Environmental Doctor and Shelly Miller on Facebook!

Why You Should Inspect Your Air Conditioner Before Summer

Summer brings with it the need for the cooling comfort provided by your HVAC system. This is especially true when temperatures spike as the season wears on and the risk of heat strokes increase without a cool haven to go to. Most people just take it for granted that they can flip a switch on their thermostat box and the air conditioner will respond perfectly. These are the people who are in for a rude shock when the outdoor temperatures climb into the 90s and they discover that their HVAC system took an unannounced early retirement.

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The Importance of Early Inspections

No one wants the discomfort and inconvenience of a faulty HVAC unit. Here is why you should schedule early inspections early in the spring, even if you are relatively sure all is well:

  • Early and regular HVAC inspections will keep your unit operating at prime efficiency and help to prevent costly repair or replacement issues.
  • As the season wears on and more people begin to have trouble with their units, it can be difficult to find a repair service that isn’t completely booked. Technicians are less busy earlier in the season and are therefore able to offer quicker response times.
  • Any problems that may exist with your HVAC unit can be dealt with while the temperatures are still mild. That means when you do flip that switch, you can be sure the unit responds the way it was intended to.

This handy video provides a rundown of what your annual air conditioner inspection should entail. Don’t get caught in the heat of summer without your air conditioning. Call us here at Environmental Doctor to schedule your annual HVAC maintenance. If there are problems, we will tend to them promptly and efficiently. And if all your system needs is a bit of cleaning maintenance, then we can do that too so your cooling bills stay low and your system stays happy. Contact us today.

Licensed Doesn’t Always Indicate Certified

The following video discusses the important difference between certified and licensed professionals when it comes to mold testing. While a license is required for a professional to perform work, a voluntary certification can test beyond the basics of initial licensing. Adam Andrews from the American Indoor Air Quality Council provides helpful tips for consumers to consider when researching a professional to handle Indoor Air Quality issues.

 

 

For an IAQ Certified professional in the Dayton area, contact Environmental Doctor today. From air duct cleaning to mold remediation, we provide comprehensive solutions to indoor air quality concerns.

 

 

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It Doesn’t Just Look Gross: The Surprising Side Effects of Mold in Your Home

Breaks in winter weather can often lead to mold in your home. Mold likes to grow in damp, dark places, eating away at natural products—like the wood and wallpaper of your walls.  Mold releases spores into the air, and people sensitive to mold can have allergic reactions. It’s always a good idea to have any suspected mold tested if you have respiratory issues.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) cautions on its website:

“Rarely, some patients can have a more serious illness called allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. In this condition, there is both an allergic and an inflammatory response to the mold. Symptoms may include severe wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath, much like asthma.”

Here is what you should know about mold in your home.

  • Allergic reactions to mold are similar to reactions to irritants found in dust or pollen: sneezing, running nose, itchy and watery eyes, coughing.  Some other reactions can include rashes or asthma.
  • Good news? Many people go throughout the day exposed to mold spores and are just fine.  For those who are sensitive, taking certain precautions—like antihistamines—can make you more comfortable.
  • However, finding large splotches of mold in your household is not a good sign.  It is often an indication of either poor ventilation or water damage. It is important to thoroughly dry any area that has suffered water damage. Also be sure to check your basement sump pump to ensure moisture is not escaping into your home.
  • Mold is one of the basic problems checked for in a house inspection when buying or selling a home. If present, it often indicates that there is either a previous or currently existing problem. For the integrity of the house’s structure, mold tests and remediation can help to fix the problem.
  • On rare occasions, mold can be toxic.  Typically, toxic molds are black molds—though not all black molds are toxic.  Toxic mold can cause you to feel severely ill, so you might feel as if you are constantly suffering sicknesses, when in truth you are reacting to the mold spores that you are breathing in.  Constant exposure can lead to death.

What can you do to get rid of mold in your house?  Toxic or not, you do not want mold growing rampant.  Have a professional perform a mold test and remediation, which will help to treat the problem.  At Environmental Doctor, we know how to take care of mold.  In fact, all of our services—from duct cleaning to radon testing and mitigation—are dedicated to making your home safe and livable.

Avoid the Scam: Dateline NBC’s Chris Hansen Challenges Air Duct Workers

Investigative reporter Chris Hansen may be well known for the show To Catch a Predator, but he recently investigated a trend  that’s been cropping up in cities like Dayton all around the country. Some disreputable HVAC companies advertise a $49.95 duct cleaning or similar service, but once they arrive on site to do the job, the price can suddenly sky rocket to hundreds or even over a thousand dollars. The company in the video promises a $49.95 service that ends up being $1064. Visit Dateline NBC to view the full video of Chris Hansen discussing this situation with the employees of one of these alleged companies.

Protect yourself from air duct scams by researching any HVAC company that you plan to do business with. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association has protocols in place to help advise HVAC companies of industry standards for air duct cleaning and restoration.

On top of following NADCA protocol to the letter, at Environmental Doctor in Dayton, Ohio, we give you an upfront price based on your systems and needs. Once we get out to your home, rest assured that no work will begin until a thorough review of everything on site is discussed and clarified to avoid any misunderstandings. As a family owned business for over 20 years, Environmental Doctor provides care and service with the utmost responsibility. For more information on air duct cleaning or general HVAC services, contact Environmental Doctor today.

3 Benefits of Installing a Carrier Air Conditioner Before the Ohio Humidity

Most people realize they have a need for an air conditioner, but wait to purchase one until it’s absolutely necessary. Don’t wait until you are sweating and feeling miserable in Ohio’s high humidity—invest in an HVAC heating and air system now so you are ready when the humidity hits. Experience the following three benefits when you install your Carrier air conditioner today:

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1.     Keep Up With the Weather

Before you know it, high summer temperatures and unbearable humidity will be here. Nothing is worse than coming home from a long day of work to a stuffy, hot and humid home. If you install an HVAC heating system and air conditioner now, while temperatures and humidity are tolerable, then you will be prepared for the heat that is just around the corner. As soon as the temperature rises and humidity soars, you will be able to simply turn on your air conditioner and cool down quickly.

2.     Avoid the Rush

Once the summer heat and humidity arrive, many people will be calling heating and cooling companies to install or fix their HVAC air conditioning. Unfortunately, this may cause a delay in obtaining your Carrier air conditioner. Make an appointment with an HVAC heating and air company today to avoid the summer rush.

3.     Ensure Correct Functionality

Install your HVAC heating and air conditioning system now so you learn how to correctly operate it before summer hits. This will also provide an opportunity to ensure that it works correctly and that there are no problems with the system or how it’s hooked up to your home. Don’t forget to have your heating and air  conditioning regularly inspected and repaired. Check out this video on proper operation of HVAC systems.

To have your Carrier air conditioner installed today, contact the Environmental Doctor. We offer a full line of HVAC heating and air systems, as well as water treatment, duct cleaning, radon testing and mitigation, and mold testing and remediation. Our goal is to maximize the health, comfort, and energy efficiency of your indoor environment, so call today to welcome summer the right way!