Remember to Clean Your Clothes Dryer Vents

Facts about home clothes dryer fires

  • 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
  • Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.
  • More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

Clothes dryer fire safety messages

It is important for community residents to know how to keep themselves safe from fire. Use the following fire safety messages to teach people about clothes dryer fire safety.

Clothes dryer do’s

Installation

  • Have your clothes dryer installed by a professional.
  • Make sure the correct electrical plug and outlet are used and that the dryer is connected properly.
  • Read manufacturers’ instructions and warnings in use and care manuals that come with new dryers.

Cleaning

  • Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up. In addition, clean the lint filter with a nylon brush at least every six months or more often if it becomes clogged.
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
  • Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.

Maintenance

  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.
  • Have gas-powered dryers inspected every year by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are together and free of leaks.
  • Check regularly to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent.
  • Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that can burn.
  • If you will be away from home for an extended time, unplug or disconnect the dryer.

Clothes dryer don’ts

Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.

  • Don’t overload the dryer.
  • Don’t use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent.
  • Don’t dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic. An example of an item not to place in a dryer is a bathroom rug with a rubber backing.
  • Don’t dry any item for which manufacturers’ instructions state “dry away from heat.”
  • Don’t dry glass fiber materials (unless manufacturers’ instructions allow).
  • Don’t dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils or gasoline. Dry them outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, away from heat.
  • Don’t leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.

Source U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)

View a video on the NADCA Dryer Exhaust Duct Performance Standard (DEDP):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFFd38O-I0M

Please contact Aspen Air Duct Cleaning, an approved Aeroseal Dealer, at 1-800-931-6653 or email info@aspenenvironmentalservices.com.

Aspen Air Duct Cleaning is licensed and ensured, a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI).

Contact us for an Air Duct System Inspection and to learn more about how sealing air duct leaks can improve indoor air quality and reduce energy costs.

Attention builders, architects, commercial property owners and facility managers!

Have you heard how Aerobarrier can save on energy costs?

What is Aerobarrier?
Historically, energy savings derived from building envelope enhancements have been challenging to achieve. At the same time, standards for envelope tightness are escalating. AeroBarrier, a new and innovative envelope sealing technology is transforming the way residential, multifamily, and commercial buildings seal the building envelope.

AeroBarrier can help builders meet any IECC, Energy Star, or passive house requirement more consistently and more importantly, more cost-effectively than traditional envelope sealing methods. AeroBarrier is a proprietary technology that takes the guesswork out of sealing the envelope.

We guarantee the results, whether you need 3ACH50 or passive house requirements! AeroBarrier is a first of its kind, cutting-edge envelope sealing technology for commercial, residential and multi-family applications with tested and proven results.

It’s a 5-Step Process:

Step 1 – Setup Equipment


Equipment is set up at the job site. Conveniently transported by trailer, AeroBarrier install equipment is mobile and portable. The equipment includes a compressor, generator, blower door, emitters, hoses, and the AeroBarrier machine.

Step 2 – Prep the Area


Prep the space. This includes taping or covering any areas that won’t be sealed. Emitters are then set up throughout the area to be sealed.

 
Step 3 – Pressurize the Space


Pressurize the space with the use of a blower door. A computer does the rest, including the control of temperature, pressure, humidity, and distribution of sealant during the process


Step 4 – Real-time Results


See the results in real-time. Throughout the application process, the computer monitor displays the ACH improvement, allowing you full control over your desired level of envelope tightness and the leakage reduction.


Step 5 – Printed Report – Results Guaranteed

Run a final blower door test to verify the sealing results. At the end of the process, receive an AeroBarrier Certificate, with a pre and post leakage report.

The Aeroseal History

Aeroseal is a patented technology process that seals cracks and holes in new and existing air duct systems. The sealing technology was invented by Dr. Mark Modera, a scientist at the University of California, in 1994.

The technology was developed and tested by Indoor Air Quality scientists within the Indoor Environment Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The University of California was granted patents in 1996 and 1999, and Aeroseal holds an exclusive license to the technology.

In 1997, the magic began to happen. HVAC contractors officially began using the Aeroseal technology to effectively seal air duct leaks in homes and commercial buildings, and the occupants have been noticing improved comfort, reduced dust/allergens, and lower energy/utility costs ever since.

The Aeroseal sealant has been in use for over twenty years. It is a vinyl material that is suspended in a water solutions. Once atomized, the sealant is air dried and is deposited principally at the leaks without coating the inside of the ducts.

In 2000, The Department of Energy (DOE) and its Citizen Judges selected the 100 best scientific and technological accomplishments to come out of the 23 years of the DOE’s existence. The Citizen Judges narrowed down the field to the 23 technologies that have the largest potential to save consumers money and improve their quality of life. Aeroseal duct sealing technology was selected to receive both awards.

Upon the arrival of 2017, Aeroseal made some game-changing moves. It celebrated its 20th anniversary and after 4 years of research and development announced its new product AeroBarrier, its breakthrough envelope sealing technology. AeroBarrier, licensed from the University of California at Davis after years of testing by the California Energy Commission and the US Department of Energy, is a cutting-edge envelope sealing technology for commercial, residential and multi-family applications with tested and proven results.

See how Aeroseal works in commercial projects:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heLz6bR_uYw

Contact Us!

We love hearing from Builders, Architects, and others who are interested in AeroBarrier.

Please contact Aspen Air Duct Cleaning, an approved Aeroseal Dealer, at 1-800-931-6653 or email info@aspenenvironmentalservices.com.

Aspen Air Duct Cleaning is licensed and ensured, a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI).

Contact us for an Air Duct System Inspection and to learn more about how sealing air duct leaks can improve indoor air quality and reduce energy costs.

Zero Energy Buildings Growing in United States, Canada

Are you a building owner or facility manager? We’d love to chat with you to see if your facilities could benefit from Aeroseal duct sealing—and save you loads of money!

Read below what Business Facilities Magazine had to say about Zero Energy (ZE) activity. (And watch the video about how Aeroseal works.) THEN CALL US!

Wow, 
Business Facilities Magazine published some interesting data about Zero Energy (ZE) activity in the United States and Canada.

The article highlights, “Zero energy buildings transcend North American climates and borders with buildings in 44 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces.” It’s exciting to see this adoption of ZE building. Though early, it has the potential to make buildings healthier and more energy efficient.

At Aeroseal, we are particularly excited to see the growth in ZE building because duct sealing is an important aspect of making buildings more energy efficient, and many industry authorities agree:

• Berkeley National Labs released a building commissioning study that showed duct leakage to be the most expensive building fault. Annual energy cost from duct leakage is a whopping $2.9 billion!

• ASHRAE
 estimates 75% of buildings have 10-25% air duct leakage. Aeroseal effectively locates duct leaks and seals them tight (up to 90% improvement).

• Energy Star ranks air distribution as the #1 energy savings opportunity in existing buildings.

Furthermore, a big benefit of Aeroseal duct sealing in commercial buildings is energy savings. In a recent ESCO project, a building saw $3500/yr. in energy savings.

Source: Aeroseal

Watch the video on how Aeroseal works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heLz6bR_uYw

For more information:
Please contact Aspen Air Duct Cleaning, an approved Aeroseal Dealer, at 1-800-931-6653 or email info@aspenenvironmentalservices.com.

Aspen Air Duct Cleaning is licensed and ensured, a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI).

Contact us for an Air Duct System Inspection and to learn more about how sealing air duct leaks can improve indoor air quality and reduce energy costs.

 

 

 

Infographic: 5 Game-Changing Facts About Air Ducts


A new study from the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) examining the viability of duct sealing in commercial buildings, revealed several criteria that could be used to help identify buildings most likely to realize significant energy and cost saving benefits from air duct sealing. The study also concluded that aerosol-based duct sealing proved more effective and produced a faster return on investment (ROI) as compared to traditional duct sealing methods, particularly when access to ductwork was limited.


Highlights of the study,
Duct Leakage and Retrofit Duct Sealing in Minnesota Commercial and Institutional Buildings, have been developed into a newinfographic: “5 Game-Changing Facts About Air Ducts,” which is available for download on the Aeroseal website. The study and the infographic will be presented by CEE Senior Research Engineer, Josh Quinnell, Ph.D., at a joint webinar scheduled for March 29, 2018 at 1:30pm EDT.

Duct leakage can result in a major hit on buildings’ energy use and cause a substantial increase in operating costs,” said Quinnell. “Our study identified key criteria to pinpoint those buildings that are most likely to experience leakage, and consequently benefit the most from duct sealing.”

The four criteria that can be helpful in identifying buildings with the biggest potential for energy savings include:

  • System Type: Exhaust systems, especially those traversing unconditioned space; supply systems located in ceiling plenum returns; or supply systems with fully ducted returns.
  • Operating Pressure: Operating pressure of at least 0.5” w.g. are acceptable, above 1.0” w.g. are preferred.
  • Design Flow: Design flows greater than 4,000 cfm are acceptable, greater than 10,000 cfm are preferred.
  • Apparent Tightness: Systems with existing sealant and systems of apparently tight construction (i.e. spiral) are less likely to have substantial leakage.

The study also found that aerosol-based duct sealing was typically more effective than traditional duct sealing (tape / mastic), especially when the ducts were insulated or access to the entire duct system was limited. “Using Aeroseal technology, the median sealing rate was 86% and often reduced effectively to zero – among the highest energy conservation rates we’ve studied,” said Quinnell. “Our study predicts an average ROI of around seven years, achieved by first identifying the buildings best suited for sealing and then using the Aerosol sealing process to do the work.”

Source: Aeroseal

For more information:
Please contact Aspen Air Duct Cleaning, an approved Aeroseal Dealer, at 1-800-931-6653 or email info@aspenenvironmentalservices.com.

Aspen Air Duct Cleaning is licensed and ensured, a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI). Contact us for an Air Duct System Inspection and to learn more about how sealing air duct leaks can improve indoor air quality and reduce energy costs.

Watch the video on how Aeroseal works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heLz6bR_uYw