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Ensure Good Indoor Air Quality in Your Dickson Home or Business

5/6/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Ensure Good Indoor Air Quality in Your Dickson Home or Business Source: ASHRAE Standard 62.2, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and 2001 ASHRAE Handbook, Fundamentals

Below are 10 tips from the Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Engineers to insure good indoor air quality in your Dickson home or business.

  1. Vent bathrooms, kitchens, toilets and laundry rooms directly outdoors. Use energy efficient and quiet fans.
  2. Avoid locating furnaces, air conditioners and ductwork in garages or other spaces where they can inadvertently draw contaminants into the house.
  3. Properly vent fireplaces, wood stoves and other hearth products; use tight doors and outdoor air intakes when possible.
  4. Vent clothes dryers and central vacuum cleaners directly outdoors.
  5. Store toxic or volatile compounds such as paints, solvents, cleaners and pesticides out of the occupiable space.
  6. Minimize or avoid unvented combustion sources such as candles, cigarettes, indoor barbecues, decorative combustion appliances or vent-free heaters.
  7. Provide operable windows to accommodate unusual sources or high-polluting events, such as the use of home cleaning products, hobby activities, etc.
  8. Use sealed-combustion, power-vented or condensing water heaters and furnaces. When natural-draft applications must be used they should be tested for proper venting and should be located outside the occupiable space when possible.
  9. Put a good particle filter or air cleaner in your air handling system to keep dirt out of the air and off of your ductwork and heating and cooling components.
  10. Distribute a minimum level of outdoor air throughout the home, using whole-house mechanical ventilation.

For other information or to schedule a HVAC or ductwork cleaning call us today!

September is National Preparedness Month

8/24/2015 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month, an annual awareness event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is a great time for business owners to review their emergency preparedness and business continuity plans. SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties points to startling statistics like this one to emphasize the importance of advance planning: according to FEMA, as many as 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a major flood disaster.*

"Business owners in who think they are prepared for an emergency because exits are clearly marked and fire or flood drills are parts of the regular routine really need to take another look at their preparations," said Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc. chief executive officer. "A comprehensive emergency plan also contains critical information about the location of shut-off valves, fire suppression system controls, emergency contact numbers and more -- information that can save emergency responders precious time and help contain damage and minimize injury."

Because SERVPRO knows the time to create a disaster readiness plan is before you need it, they have developed the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program to help business owners in Springfield, White House, Ashland City, Pleasant View, Dickson and surrounding areas create an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for their facility, at no charge. The business owner works with SERVPRO® to gather and document information that will become critical if a disaster strikes. Once the ERP is created, business owners have access to their information 24/7 online and by using SERVPRO's free smartphone app.

"For a business to survive and thrive, it needs to get back to business as soon as possible after a disaster strikes," said Steen. "With an ERP in place, SERVPRO's Disaster Response teams can immediately assess the situation and take the first critical steps to protect employees from harm and property from further damage, setting the business on the road to recovery."

SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it "Like it never even happened," for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on the SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp.