Archive for September, 2013

The Benefits of Cleaning Your Ducts Before the Fall Season Arrives

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 by Lisa Pixley

Duct systems travel throughout the length of your home, circulating conditioned air from your central HVAC system to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Over time, dust and other particles can build up in the system, impacting your indoor air quality and forcing your HVAC unit to work harder to do its job. Duct cleaning services can remove the detritus in your system, raising your indoor air quality and helping your system work as efficiently as it can. For duct cleaning in Minneapolis, the change in seasons comes into play as well. Local residents want to take advantage of the benefits of cleaning their ducts before the fall season arrives. What are those advantages, exactly?

A few of the biggest duct cleaning advantages can be found below.

  • Friendly temperatures. Duct cleaning in the fall skips over the heat of the summer (when you need the ducts for your air conditioning system to work) and the cold of winter (when the same thing applies to heat). Temperatures are comparatively mild, and you won’t necessarily miss your HVAC system if it’s out of commission for a short period of time.
  • Pollen and allergens. Summertime in Minnesota means tons of allergens in the air, which can get into your ductwork and create health issues for sensitive members of your family. It gets especially bad in late summer – August and September – when ragweed season wreaks havoc on sensitive residents. The fall is the perfect time to deal with those pesky irritants, when the colors have turned and the allergen levels drop. It prevents allergens from circulating in your home throughout the winter and leaves your ducts clean until spring and summer the following year.
  • Flexibility. Going hand-in-hand with friendly temperatures, duct cleaning in the fall provides flexibility if more thorough repairs are needed. Ducts can spring leaks and develop fissures which cold weather can make worse. While a duct cleaning usually won’t repair such leaks, it can identify them for you, allowing you to schedule a repair session and seal up your system before the snows fall.

If you want to take advantage of the benefits of cleaning your ducts before fall season arrives, contact the professionals of Alpha Air Corporation. We handle duct cleaning in Minneapolis and can schedule an appointment that fits your timetable.

How Does Fire Restoration Work?

Monday, September 9th, 2013 by Lisa Pixley

When the unthinkable happens and fire damages or destroys your home, it’s hard to know what to do. You may have lost some very important pieces of your life and your house itself may have been devastated. A good insurance agent can help clear some of the hurdles and our patented Minnesota friendliness hopefully means sympathetic neighbors in towns like Bloomington, MN. Fire restoration represents a further big step towards getting your home back to the way it was (and returning some of your peace of mind). But how exactly does fire restoration work?

Do you need Bloomington, MN fire restoration services? Then call on Alpha Air Corporation!

It starts with an inspection from a trained fire damage specialist. Damage from a fire can come from many sources: smoke, heat, the actual fire itself, and water and chemicals used to put the fire out. A trained professional can identify each source of damage and determine how far the damage has spread, as well as anticipating the cost of possible repairs. This should include an accurate assessment of what damaged components can be cleaned and repaired, and what components need to be completely replaced.

From there, the fire restoration begins in earnest. The service technician’s move through the house step by step to repair or restore what was lost. Any material that can’t be repaired needs to be completely removed while keeping any salvageable parts of the house intact.  Soot and smoke residue needs to be cleaned up quickly before the soot becomes too difficult to remove. The servicemen must also remove the smoky smell form the house, which means identifying any residue causing the odor and removing it promptly. Waterlogged components such as carpet need to be cleaned up and dried before bacteria sets in. Once these things are covered, the restoration professional can rebuild removed components or repair existing ones, restoring your home to its former status.

Suffering from a fire is a terrible event, and when it happens, it helps to have a knowledgeable specialist on your side. Alpha Air Corporation provides advice and service you can rely on during a tough period like this. We’re on call 24/7 to serve homes throughout the Twin Cities area, including Bloomington, MN. Fire restoration needs to be a quick process, to prevent further damage and to get you back on your feet.

Call us today for help.