Coronavirus in Your Ducts?!

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Just kidding. But I got your attention. And you got mine this weekend at the St. Louis Homeshow. 

“What is the difference between how you clean ducts and how like a Stanley Steamer cleans ducts?”

If we heard this question once, we heard it 100 times between Thursday and Sunday. The difference is that your companies who are shooting you a price lower than $300 are typically just trying to get their foot in the door. They are either going to: 

  1. Up sale you on an air filtration system.
  2. Up sale you on sanitizer.
  3. Not clean the entire system. 
  4. Do a horrible job. 

In fact, we love number 4. Usually they do a horrible job, and we come in and do it right. The crappy part is you end up paying us both. So lesson one, read reviews and realize a duct job generally takes 3 or more hours to complete with 2 guys. Meaning if they make $15 an hour, the company is paying $90 just to pay the team before overhead and they can just forget about any profit. See where we are going with this? I thought so. 

“What is the difference between having you guys do it and an HVAC technician?”

Have you had your furnace fixed lately? A/C? These guys charge a lot per hour so a 3 hour duct cleaning out of them could be anywhere from $300-$900! 

And why would they waste their valuable skill set on wiping down your air ducts? Some don’t. Some call companies like ours that are specialized and have great reviews/before and after photos to come in and do it for them. Meaning they charge you an arm and a leg – sometimes in the upwards of thousands – and pay us our normal rate we would charge you with a bit of a finder’s fee for themselves. 

Lesson two, if it sounds like a lot… It probably is.

“But you said Coronavirus!”

I did. And not only to get your attention. Bacteria, allergens, etc. live in your duct work. These things can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to the flu, the coronavirus, and all sorts of other issues. So when all of these illnesses and stuff are floating around, it’s a great time to get your ducts cleaned! 

PSA: Wash your hands always and keep good hygiene. But this also helps ward off diseases. You knew that though because you are smart!

“When do I need to get my ducts cleaned?”

Did you just move in? Do it.

About to have a baby? Do it.

Getting ready to sell? Do it. 

Never had it done? Do it. 

Animals or kids? Do it.

Your house was built yesterday? Good, start with a fresh system as well. 

We find things in vents from cheerios to soda cans to receipts on down the line. And sometimes in brand new houses! It never hurts to do a system flush on your body, so think of this as a system flush for your home. You will breathe easier. You will feel cleaner. You will be starting with a clean slate. And guess what? You only need to see us every 5-7 years after that.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is we clean your system start to finish with before and after pictures to show you the difference between what you were breathing before and what you are going to be breathing when we leave. You always hear “the proof is in the pudding.” Well my friends, the difference is in your ducts. 

Give us a chance! Mention this blog for $50 off your FIRST duct cleaning. 

Talk at you next week, 

Team Midwest

Happy Fall Ya’ll! Time to get your ducts cleaned…

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Happy Fall!

As we head into fall, we head indoors. The more time we spend indoors, the more we need fresh air pumped through our vents. Well, if your ducts look like this: dirty-trunkline-st-louis-moJust imagine how much of that is in your air?? Gross. Maybe those sniffles aren’t because of the mold in the air or the pollen collected on your windshield. Maybe.. Maybe its because of the dust your breathing in just sitting on the sofa watching Netflix. 😷

So how can Midwest go about giving you a “Happy Fall”? Well, call in and just ask!

We can take your dirty ducts and clean them up to get your system running great. Sending you through the fall festivals straight into winter holidays while minimizing your risk to colds along the way. Doesn’t that sound awesome? We think so too.

Hoping to talk to you soon,

Eric Frierdich

Owner of Midwest Carpet and Duct Cleaning

618-719-7741

Have we already cleaned your ducts? We have other specials for a Happy Fall for you…

Leave us a review and tell others while its SO awesome to have us come out and clean those gross ducts out for you. Call in and tell Charlie that you left us a review, and we will schedule for a carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, etc. at a discounted rate!

4 Reasons to hire Professional Cleaners

4 Reasons to hire Professional Cleaners

Safer Cleaning Agents

Professional Cleaners are not necessarily concerned with the cost of the cleaner. We are not willing to buy the cheaper brand and sacrifice our safety or yours. We only buy the ones that work and that are safe for the environment.

More Powerful Equipment

Professional Cleaners use equipment that works hard to get the stains out. We use a tractor-mount engine that provides much much more horsepower than your normal brook or sweeper.

Fans

When you use a rented carpet cleaner, the carpet is left wet. Professional Cleaners use fans to dry the carpet before we are even gone.

Further Reach

When we clean your ducts, we are able to reach way down into the system without taking it completely apart. Saving you time and money.

Duct Cleaning: Is it a Scam?

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Today’s Homeowner published an article asking the question HVAC Duct Cleaning: Scam or Worth It?, and Ms. Day makes a few really good points.

  1. Duct cleaning has become a popular service in recent years.
  2. Duct cleaning should also involve a thorough cleaning of the air handler, registers, grilles, fans, motors, housings, and coils of the HVAC system.
  3. There is evidence that cleaning all the parts of the HVAC system makes the machine more efficient.

However, her claim that there is no evidence that having your ducts cleaned improves the air quality of your home… Having your ducts cleaned by a professional company like ours who has specialized equipment to do so is one of the best things you can do for asthmatic or high allergy sufferers.

Duct Cleaning is Worth it.

It’s not a scam. We promise. Cleaning your ductwork is not an every year adventure. It is only advised to do it every 5-7 years based on the area you live in, your cleaning habits, and whether you have smokers, kids, or pets living with you.

If you think about it, your furniture (if it is anything like mine) gets dusty, and I am polishing it once a week. I live in a rural area. I have fields by my home. I have animals and kids in my home. If all the dust is settling on my furniture, it is also settling in my carpet, in my floor vents, and traveling down, down, down to my HVAC equipment too. So, if you need to keep the HVAC equipment clean, you need to keep all roads that lead to it clean too. It only makes sense!

So maybe there is not actual evidence that it helps with your allergies, breathing, or asthma. But it sure seems like it. Ever since I have been cleaning duct work and having mine done, we all breathe better. I used to have an inhaler I used once a day that now I use a few times a week. No, I didn’t just grow out of asthma. I just have less dust floating around my home. I can always tell when it is time to clean because I start to wake up with puffy eyes, a runny nose, and I need my inhaler. Sure enough, if I check my floor vents, I can see the dirt accumulating and it’s time to get the rotobrush down in there.

Knowing if Duct Cleaning is right for you.

It is. It’s right for everyone. Dust comes together like lint in the dryer creating a blanket of fire feeder if you think about it. But here is a few times in life that we recommend you get us in to clean for you:

  1. When you have a new baby coming. You always want to start your baby off with the best care. So why not the best air? You would want to have the ducts cleaned as apart of your nesting.
  2. When you quit smoking. You don’t want the smell of cigarettes in your home if you don’t want to smoke them anymore. Slap on a fresh coat of paint on the walls, then call us. We will do a combination duct and carpet cleaning to get all the tar and toxins out of your home.
  3. Sadly, when someone gets sick. Cancer patients especially need to focus on keeping the house clean. As well as anyone on oxygen. If you’re using oxygen, the doctor wants you to have clean air. It’s good to get the dust out of the air around you too.
  4. When you remodel. We said in a previous post that you should always clean after a remodel. Here’s why: All the contractors working on your home probably wore masks… They are advised to not breathe in gypsum dust, wood dust, tile dust. And now we are advising you not to breathe it in either. Once the remodel is done, call us and get the potentially dangerous dust particles out of your ducts before they end up in your lungs.

Call us today to schedule your free onsite estimate! 618-719-7741

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Remodeling = Duct Cleaning

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Are you remodeling your kitchen? Your bathroom? Finishing your basement? It’s time to get your ducts cleaned!

Just imagine when the contractors are sawing the studs and cutting into the drywall to make the walls… All of that saw dust and gypsum board is flying into the air. And what is the contractor wearing? A mask and safety glasses to keep from breathing it in or getting it in his eyes!

Then the contractor moves to the floor… Cutting tile. Mixing grout. Still wearing his protective gear. Sometimes even gloves because the chemicals in the grout are not okay to be left on the skin. Yet, they are left behind in your home to dry with very little ventilation. These chemicals are then sucked into your duct system and pumped around your home.

Then they paint, install cabinets, and multiple other tasks. All the while spewing chemicals and dust particles around your home.

Why should you get your ducts cleaned after remodeling?

It might seem that you should just stop the project, but let’s face it, you can’t leave your home stuck in the past. You have to tear down that wood panelling or wallpaper the couple before you put up. Remodeling with Masks in St. Louis MO

Instead, finish your project and call us. Having your ducts cleaned after your remodeling project helps to get this excess gypsum, wood particles, dust, etc. out of your duct work and out of your air. After all, if the contractor didn’t want to breathe it in, then why should you?

In addition to cleaning the particles out of your ductwork, we sanitize the entire system killing any of the allergens, bacteria, or chemicals still existing in your home. We want you to breathe the cleanest air possible!

Steps of Duct Cleaning after Remodeling:

  • We come in and evaluate your system.
  • Remove the vents and cold air returns and clean them.
  • Clean down into the system pushing the dust and dirt back into the trunkline.
  • Use the Rotobrush to clean out your trunkline back to the furnace.
  • Sanitize the entire system.
  • For an extra fee, we can clean your furnace coils and dryer vent too.

We use the top of the line Rotobrush system with a negative air machine hooked to it so the particles leave with us and do not stay in your home.

Call us to find out when we should come to help you finish your home remodeling project.

Thank you,

Eric Frierdich

Owner of Midwest Carpet and Duct Cleaning

618-910-8376 or 314-594-1405

Duct Cleaning St. Louis MO: Prevent Allergies!!

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Do your vents look like this?

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Or worse, this?

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Get them cleaned!!

The first two pictures everything you are breathing in.. And in St. Louis, having allergies or sinus issues is rough enough. Many medical physicians are missing this one small thing that could help you live happier in your home. Shots, pills, antihistamines, etc. All kinds of chemicals to help you mask your symptoms.

Here’s 5 reasons getting your ducts cleaned should be part of your allergy treatment:

  1. There is a good chance the dirt in your vents is as old as your home.
  2. All of that dust and dirt is cycling through the air you are breathing.
  3. If the previous owners smoked or had pets, you are breathing that in too.
  4. Contaminated air is a big part of the green building certifications proposed by the USGBC. Science has linked poor air quality to not only your sniffles and puffy eyes but asthma and fatigue.
  5. We sanitize your ducts from top to bottom after cleaning killing the left over bacteria and allergens living in your ducts.

Duct Cleaning St. Louis MO: How does that work?

We come out and evaluate your system’s current situation. We walk you through the process and how it will specifically happen in your home. After that, we schedule your appointment with keeping in mind that the system has to be shut off while cleaning. The duct cleaning process is fairly intensive:

  1. We remove your vents. Clean those and the entry to the ductwork.
  2. We use a roto-brush extractor to bring the dirt out of the vents and into a contained vacuum. The way our equipment works, you don’t have to worry about excess dirt from cleaning flying all around your home.
  3. Push the remaining dust and dirt into the truckline.
  4. Clean the truckline all the way back to your furnace.
  5. Finish by sanitizing the entire system.

Additionally, we can clean your coils and your dryer vent at the same time as these are the number one cause of house fires.

Call to set up your free estimate today! 618-719-7741