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awaiting installation in the spring.

All those systems have one thing in common—ever increasing efficiency and use of technology. “They’re always getting more and more advanced,” he said of the systems. “You’ve got to keep learning. You’ll never know it all. The minute you think you know it all, they change it.”

Pieper Indoor Aire-Care also provides preseason service prior to both the cooling and heating seasons.

Duct cleaning still important

Even if Pieper Indoor Aire-Care is busier these days in other areas, duct cleaning is just as important as ever. Pieper said 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.

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

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.

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.

Contributing factors

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.

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.

In addition to the services already cited, Pieper Indoor Aire-Care also duct installation. Jason said he likes to make his own duct work as he has the right equipment and know-how, adding that every home is different so off-the-shelf duct work does not always work. The business also will do sheet metal work for other contractors.

Installation of in-floor heating also is done by Pieper Indoor Aire-Care, whether that be in new construction or existing homes. In the latter, if there is not a ceiling in the basement the in-floor systems can be attached to the floor underneath and a heat shield installed to force the heat to warm the floor above it.

To learn more about Pieper Indoor Aire-Care, get a free estimate or schedule work, call (920) 207-3297.