November 30, 2010 // Franchising.com // ANN ARBOR, MI – With house fires occurring more commonly during the winter, DUCTZ, the nation's premiere air duct, carpet and upholstery cleaning franchise, is reminding households to have their air vents cleaned in order to stay safe and healthy.
"15,000 homes catch fire in the U.S. per year due to clogged dryer vents, which is a leading cause of house fires," said Tom Yacobellis, Vice President of Corporate Operations. "Households should clean their dryer vents at least once a year depending on the frequency of use of their dryers. People need to be diligent about keeping their vents clean."
When moving into a new home, it is vital that new homeowners should ask the age of the dryer vent, its size and where it exits the home. Homeowners should also inquire about when the dryer vents and air ducts were last cleaned, and request that the vent is cleaned before moving. For those living in condos, where dryer vents can make 180 degree turns, it is easier and more cost effective to simply replace the Flex duct rather than clean it.
Cleaning air vents is important to keeping your family safe, but also for greatly reducing the number of toxins and mold within the household. In fact, "Indoor mold can create a variety of respiratory and health problems including chronic asthma, allergies, respiratory inflammation and other serious lung illnesses. HVAC system cleanings can help alleviate these symptoms, while enhancing indoor air quality and ensuring that air systems deliver clean, fresh air," said Yacobellis. As DUCTZ contributes 95 percent of its business to air duct cleaning, they often clean dryer vents as well when visiting a customer.
Because dirty vents circulate dirty air, DUCTZ provides its customers exceptional air duct cleaning services as well as opportunities to extend the life of furnaces and air conditioners by preventing accumulation of harmful contaminants such as bacteria, mircrobial growth and other allergens such as dust, pollen, smoke, and odors that lurk in the HVAC systems.
Not only do dirty vents increase the chance for a house fire and respiratory problems, but they can raise energy costs of a home. With energy-efficiency being one of today's most important features of a household, keeping air and dryer vents clean can greatly reduce monthly bills. DUCTZ is an approved Energy Star service provider, assuring that cleaning processes meet the strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
DUCTZ works with home and business owners to improve indoor air quality from the ground up. As a member of the National Air Duct Cleaner's Association (NADCA), Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ACCA), DUCTZ leads industry standards while providing microbial maintenance controls and chemical-free processes for reducing biological contaminants.
DUCTZ is the nation's premier air duct, carpet and upholstery cleaning franchise. DUCTZ helps homeowners and businesses to improve indoor air quality from the ground up. DUCTZ is a member of the National Air Duct Cleaner's Association (NADCA), Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ACCA). DUCTZ franchisees and their employees go through extensive training and certification programs approved by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for Carpet Cleaning Technicians. Upon completion, they are professionals in the business and are recognized as Air Systems Cleaning Specialists (ASCS), a certification given by NADCA to trained and qualified professionals that ensures that all cleaning is performed in accordance with NADCA Standards and Guidelines. DUCTZ was featured on cable television's show Designing Spaces. For the third consecutive year, DUCTZ was ranked #1 in its category and also ranked #244 overall in the annual Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500 for 2010. Also, DUCTZ was ranked #117 on Dun & Bradstreet's AllBusiness.com list of the Top 300 Franchises for 2010. In 2007, DUCTZ was acquired by BELFOR International, the world's largest property restoration company. In 2009, the BELFOR Franchise Group was created; a privately held, multi-concept franchise system of BELFOR International in order to facilitate growth, cost efficiencies, and market synergies of the DUCTZ and HOODZ franchise brands. For more information, visit www.ductz.com , www.DuctzTotalCare.com, www.hoodz.us.com , and www.belforusa.com.