Pieper helps remove danger in ductwork
By Mark Sherry
Mark Sherry photo
Jason Pieper hooks up the giant vaccum tube which helps remove dust, dirt, mold and anything else stuck in furnace ducts. The brush in the foreground is another tool which helps do the job of providing cleaner air to breathe.

There are things lurking in your home which can attack you—and Jason Pieper is the guy who can prevent that.

Furnace ducts are collection points for dirt, dust and animal dander, and they are breeding grounds for mold, mildew and pollen. The American College of Allergies has said that 50 percent of all illness is aggravated or caused by polluted indoor air, while the Environmental Protection Agency has said that levels of air pollution inside the home can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels.

That is where Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care enters the picture.

Since starting his business last July, Pieper has been busy cleaning ducts and dryer vents throughout the area. Based out of his home in Kiel, Pieper said he will travel throughout the region to help improve the air quality in the homes of his customers.

Those customers are often surprised at what comes out of their home’s air ducts. “I show them how much I get out,” Pieper said. “The last guy said, ‘I’m not sure if I’m happy or grossed out.”

Out of sight, out of mind

Therein lies the issue with dirty ducts. If it is out of sight—as air ducts are—it is often out of mind. But in this age when people are trying to live healthier lifestyles, it only makes sense to think about the air people are breathing as well. Given that the average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors—and given what the EPA says about indoor air pollution— it might be time to call Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care at (920) 207-3297.

Pieper’s business uses the most advanced air duct cleaning system available, designed and manufactured by one of the leading manufacturers of filtered vacuum equipment in the U. S. The powerful vacuum system is first connected to the air duct near the furnace. Various tools—including brushes—are used to dislodge contaminants and debris in the ducts. Pieper said the vacuum has been known to suck quarters out of vents. The vacuum pulls the contaminants out of the duct and through the filtration system. Once the system is cleaned, all access points are resealed and the cleaned ducts are returned to their original condition.

Having pets or smokers in the home can contribute to dirty ducts. Experiencing headaches, nausea, or burning sensations in the nose, throat or eyes when inside the home can be signals that the ducts need to be cleaned. Pieper said ducts should be cleaned every four to seven years on average.

In addition to the vacuum system, Pieper’s Indoor Aire Care also fogs the inside of the ducts for an additional $25 charge. The fogging process kills and helps keep mold, mildew and other contaminants from growing inside the ducts.

Three to six hours to clean

The duct cleaning process generally takes between three and six hours. Free estimates are available. Pieper also has the ability to use a camera to take pictures four to five feet inside the ducts to show homeowners their condition.

Pieper’s Indoor Aire Care does more than duct cleaning, however, as Pieper said that is about half of his current work load.

Pieper worked for other contractors in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) trade for about 10 years. He can do service work, new installation or replacement installation on any of those items, including forced air or boiler systems. Pieper’s Indoor Aire Care currently works with Payne furnaces, which are made by the well-known manufacturer Carrier.

Pieper said he also now has enough equipment to do sheet metal fabricating. In addition to residential work, he also does work for the commercial sector.

Centrally located

The Howards Grove High School graduate said he moved to Kiel because he “had just as many friends in Kiel as Howards Grove.” He said he likes the fact that Kiel is centrally located between other larger cities, and he has done a lot of work in Sheboygan and Manitowoc.

Pieper is currently a one-man shop, but he said he envisions the day when he might need to open a shop other than his garage at home and also add one or more employees. One of his brothers also works in the HVAC industry, and all four of his brothers—John, Josh and twins Jeremy and Jesse—have been known to lend Jason a hand when he needs help with his business. His girlfriend, Jamie Otto, handles the bookkeeping and office work for the growing business.

“It got busier quicker than I anticipated,” Pieper said, saying he had hoped to have a couple months to set up his business after leaving his previous employer. Instead, calls started coming right away. “My biggest worry was not having any work,” he said. “I don’t have to worry about that anymore.”

Pieper said he works to provide quality service at an affordable price. He said his knowledge and experience combined with his strong values is helping him gain a foothold in the marketplace.