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Tips on Avoiding a Duct Cleaning Scam


Avoid ‘cheap’ and ‘fast’ gimmicks

Companies advertising drastically reduced prices and quick duct cleaning should be avoided at all costs. Why? Even though you will be spending less, it will be money completely wasted. Authentic air duct cleaning services who do a thorough job are not cheap or fast. For instance, an $80 whole-house ‘special’ is definitely a scam. Cost is dependent on home size and scope of the project. With a cheap/fast ‘fix’ some of your vents will get a cursory vacuum, and it’s highly likely that there will be hidden costs, or you will be subjected to hard upsell efforts.

Things that affect the price of duct cleaning:

• Square feet of your home
• Number of systems
• Costs associated with the system, vents, and return

Get references

Talk to family and friends and ask if they have had a good experience with duct cleaning. Read online reviews and see how the company interacts with its customers.

Get multiple estimates

Credible duct cleaning companies will offer a free inspection and estimate. Remember that you aren’t looking for the cheapest service, you are looking for the most qualified and trustworthy technicians. Inspections should not come with extra or hidden costs – scam alert!

Scare tactics = scam!

Don’t be frightened into cleaning your duct system. If a company tries to use scare tactics to sell you on a cleaning, run the other way! You should have a healthy relationship with anyone you allow into your home. Your decision should never be based on fear.

Before and After Photos of Results

Don’t take anyone’s word that your ducts are clean, get proof! Before paying, get a full visual inspection of the ductwork and HVAC system. You want to be sure that every duct and the inside of the HVAC unit is clean. Make sure you are shown both intake and supply ducts. If possible, get before and after photos of past work the company has performed.

Avoid Steam Cleaning and Sealants/Sprays

The NADCA recommends against the use of sprayed sealants and potentially harmful chemicals inside air ducts. They also are against duct cleaning that involves moisture or steam.

Are you considering having your air ducts cleaned? Give us a call or schedule an appointment anytime. We’re here to answer your questions and address any concerns. We’re happy to walk you through every step in the process and talk to you about our qualifications.

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The Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier


Adding humidity to a home in the South may sound crazy, but as outdoor temperatures plunge, and you turn the heater on, the air in your home can quickly become uncomfortably dry.

Common signs that the air in your home is too dry are:

  • Getting zapped by static electricity
  • Dry skin
  • Cracked lips
  • Itchy eyes
  • Nosebleeds
  • Irritated nasal passages
  • Scratchy throat
  • Increased illnesses
  • Cracked wood and peeling paint

After temperature, humidity is the most important factor in determining your family’s comfort level. A whole house humidifier is the most efficient way to find the perfect balance of humidity in your home. Whole house humidifiers work with your existing heating and cooling system to add the just-right amount of moisture into the air. The level of humidity is then monitored and controlled by your thermostat.

The Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier


Have you ever wondered why you catch more colds in the winter? It’s because cold and flu viruses thrive in low humidity environments. Our respiratory systems have a mucous membrane that defends our bodies from germs and viruses. To do its job well, the mucous membrane must remain moist. When it dries out, our throat and nasal passages become raw and irritated, and we are unable to fight off illnesses. Putting humidity back into your home can reduce the incidence of respiratory ailments and allergies. And if you do become ill, a whole house humidifier makes your symptoms more manageable and speeds recovery.

Your skin will also thank you for increasing the humidity in your home during cold, dry months. Chapped and cracking lips, dry skin, dermatitis, and eczema are vastly improved with the addition to moisture in your home.


People report that they sleep better in homes with whole house humidifiers. In general, this is attributed to being healthier and not being woken up by coughing, sore throats, and sneezing. Also, people snore less when their respiratory systems aren’t dried out.


Cracked skin, chapped lips, and sore throats do not have to be a given in the winter months. You can improve and even eliminate symptoms like these by increasing the humidity – and the comfort level – in your home. You can also prevent or lessen the effects of asthma attacks and allergy symptoms by installing a whole house humidifier.


Did you know that humid air feels warmer than dry air at the same temperature? It’s true! Humidified, heated air allows you to keep your thermostat set several degrees lower while enjoying the same comfort level throughout your home. This, of course, saves you money on your heating bill! According to the EPA, you can save up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat.


Dry air wreaks havoc on your respiratory system, and it does the same thing to porous materials in your home. Artwork, furniture, woodwork, wood floors, pianos and other musical instruments, plaster, and paint can all be adversely affected by dry air in the home.

Now that you know more about the benefits of whole house humidifiers, give us a call to see if installing a system is the right step for you.

Please don’t hesitate to ask questions to get the information you need to have a healthier, more comfortable, winter.

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Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality


Summer is coming to an end and Fall is quickly approaching. Soon we’ll be putting on sweaters, sipping hot beverages, and raking up way too many leaves. We can almost smell the pumpkin spice! As temperatures cool, the team at Stuart Pro starts to think about indoor air quality.

Did you know that the air inside your home or office can be more polluted than the air outside?

Modern homes are far more airtight than houses in the past. Meaning, when we shut our windows to keep cold air out, we’re also keeping in dust mites, chemicals from household cleaners, radon, etc. As our homes have become more energy efficient, they’ve also become a haven for allergens. During the winter when we are indoors more, this is of particular concern.

Indoor air pollution worsens asthma symptoms and other respiratory issues. It can also irritate the throat, eyes, nose, and lungs. Dreading cold and flu season? Improving the air quality in your home can help reduce the chances of getting sick, and if you do fall ill, symptoms tend to be less severe in a home or business with good air quality.

The good news is that there is plenty you can do to improve the air quality in your home or business.

Change your air filter once a month.

Air filters are the first line of defense for keeping the air in your home clean and healthy. Be sure to replace your filters once a month.  Make sure to review our Air Filter Video.

Open the windows!

There are many weeks in the year where it is impossible to let fresh air in for any length of time. So you must strike quickly when an opportunity presents itself. If an unseasonably warm December day or cool June afternoon arrives, open the windows for as long as the weather permits.

Make your home a shoe-free zone.

It is amazing how many pollutants and allergens we track into our homes on our shoes. Remove your shoes at the door. You can designate indoor-only shoes, put on cozy slippers in the winter, and go barefoot in the summer! And be sure to have doormats placed at all of the entrances to your home. Pollutants will end up on the mat and not in your living space.

Bring some green indoors.

Plants are not only lovely to look at, but they can improve the air quality in your home. Some common, easy-to-care-for plants that will improve indoor air quality include: rubber plant, aloe vera, English ivy, Boston fern, peace lily, and spider plant.

More Tips on Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

• Say no to smoking indoors!

• Choose natural perfume-free cleaning supplies to keep your home beautiful. Synthetic cleaners introduce more chemicals into your home.

• If you must dry-clean your clothes, store them in a closet separate from your other clothes. If you can, find a little-used place in your home – such as the basement or garage – and store your dry-cleaned clothes there. If possible, remove your dry cleaning from the plastic bag and air them out before bringing them into your home.
Test your home for radon

• Be sure your gas stove or wood-burning fireplace is well ventilated

• Isn’t it time to redecorate? Get rid of your chemical-laden carpet and replace with wood or tile flooring

• Toss clutter and dust and vacuum often, using a HEPA filter

• Wash your bedding once a week in hot water

• Avoid using all aerosol sprays

Whew! That was a lot to take in, but the good news is that doing a little goes a long way. Open a window, buy a spider plant, and take your shoes off at the front door. You’ll be breathing clean, healthier air in no time.

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