Apartment Community Dryer Vents Dos and Don’ts

Posted Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Manage An Apartment Community? Here’s What You Need To Know About Dryer Vent Fires

Clogged dryer vents are one of the leading causes of multi-family housing fires. Lint that builds up over time makes the perfect tinder, and all it takes is a single spark to start an inferno. Even if you can’t see any build-up on the outside of the vent, lint can coat the inside of the ductwork leading from your dryer to the outside.

Your risk is especially high if a large number of residents share a limited number of dryers, or if anyone in the building is a smoker. Colder months are especially dangerous here in Michigan, due to dry conditions and cold weather driving smokers indoors.

So how do you cut down on your risk of dryer vent fires? Here are some Apartment Community Dryer Vents Dos and Don’ts:

DO have your dryers professionally installed – You don’t want to take chances on an incorrect installation. A pro will make sure things like electrical plugs, vent connections, and dryer spacing are all properly addressed.

DON’T use a dryer without a lint filter – The lint filter does a great job of catching the majority of clothes lint, and not having a filter is literally playing with fire. You’ll find your dryer ductwork will get clogged much quicker, requiring more frequent cleanings to cut down on fire risk.

DO listen to your residents – If your residents are complaining about the dryer taking a long time to dry their clothes, it could be a sign that the vent is clogged and restricting air flow. Similarly, if they report a dryer that’s running extremely hot, that’s another indicator that the vent is clogged with lint.

DON’T allow smoking – This should go without saying, but discarded cigarettes will ignite lint in seconds. Smokers are going to smoke, of course, so make sure they have a designated outdoor smoking area.

DO inspect regularly – Monthly inspections of the dryer, ductwork, and vent will help you identify risks quickly and act appropriately.

DON’T use vent screens – Wire or plastic screens on the outside vent exit will collect lint and other debris over time, plugging the vent and restricting air flow. Use open coverings on the vents instead.

DO keep your laundry rooms clean – Keep the area around your washers and dryers clean and free of anything flammable. Don’t use laundry facilities for storage, especially of flammable cleaning supplies.

DON’T use coiled-wire foil or plastic venting – Use non-ribbed, durable metal ductwork for your dryer vents.

DO have your dryer vents professionally cleaned – Every six months to 1 year, depending on usage, have a professional clean the dryer vents in all your buildings. Any more than that and you risk dangerous lint buildup. Make sure the professional you choose uses a truck-mounted vacuum system and is certified by NADCA, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association.

The simple fact is that clogged apartment community dryer vents are one of the leading causes of residential structure fires in the US. Protect your community with regular cleanings from Modernistic! Our truck-mounted vacuum system is powerful enough to handle any length vent, and our certified technicians have the know-how to handle complex venting systems. Certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), Modernistic will make sure your apartment community dryer vents are thoroughly cleaned! Contact your Modernistic office to inquire about bulk discounts today.


22 Photos that will leave you wanting more.

Posted Monday, May 22nd, 2017

When we say we’ll get it clean, we mean it! You may have to reconsider the 5-second rule after you see these 22 photos.

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4 Ways Clean Air Ducts Will Help Your Business

Posted Monday, April 24th, 2017

4 Ways Clean Air Ducts Will Help Your Business

When’s the last time you thought about your business’s air ducts? It’s not like you ever see them. As they say: out of sight, out of mind. But, as you are well aware, what you don’t know CAN hurt you. Dirt, dust, dander, mildew, and even mold will accumulate in your HVAC system over time. Who wants that in the air they breathe? Eventually these contaminants start affecting the quality of your indoor air and employee health. Who wants that?

If your HVAC system has been neglected for a while, consider what all that dust and debris is doing to your business, and why you need an air duct cleaning from Modernistic. Here are 4 ways clean air ducts will help your business:

  • Healthy Employees = Productive Employees
    • Dirt, germs, and allergens love to hide out in your HVAC system. However, when your system kicks on, these contaminants get circulated around in the air, exposing your entire workforce to illness. If every employee cut down on just one sick day a year, how much productivity, time, and money would you save?
  • Put Your Best Foot Forward
    • You only get one chance at a first impression! What your customers and clients see when they walk into your building says a lot about your business. Start off on the right foot with a clean, presentable environment.
  • Cut Down on Cleaning Time
    • An office is only as clean as its air! If your cleaning crew is spending an inordinate amount of time cleaning up dust, it’s probably due to dirty ducts circulating the same particulate over and over again. Clean Ducts = Less Dust = Less Cleaning Time.
  • Clean, Breathable Air
    • The HVAC system is your office’s biggest contributor to air quality. You and your co-workers spend 8+ hours a day here, so don’t skimp on your health! Keep it clean and you’ll breathe easy.

Modernistic uses only the most powerful and state of the art equipment available in the commercial air duct cleaning industry to give the most thorough and complete cleaning possible. We work hard to give each and every customer the commercial air duct cleaning services they need at an affordable price, and all of our cleaning services are covered with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Call Modernistic today for your free estimate, and see why we are the leader in the commercial air duct cleaning industry. Experience for yourself how clean air ducts will help your business!


Purify Your Home’s Air in 6 Easy Steps

Posted Friday, April 7th, 2017

Purify Your Home’s Air in 6 Easy Steps

It’s spring, which means allergy season will soon be upon us. Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing; being outdoors can be a frustrating experience for an allergy sufferer! That’s why many of us, even though the weather is nicer, still prefer to stay inside during spring. Unfortunately, according to the EPA, the level of indoor pollutants can be up to 60% higher than outside air! Not cool!

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to purify your home’s air, giving you the sanctuary from allergies you need this time of year. Here’s how to help purify your home’s air and breathe easy this spring:

  1. Dust everything! Really give your home a thorough once-over with the feather duster. Try to remove as much dust as you can, rather than spreading it around. Don’t be afraid to use multiple dusters!
  2. Deep clean your upholstery and carpet. Allergens love to hide in the fibers of your carpet and the fabric of your furniture, becoming airborne as they are disturbed. Even a light vacuuming can help remove allergens on the surface. Your carpet is your home’s biggest air filter, after all! To get a deep and complete cleaning, a professional truck-mounted extraction system will give the most thorough cleaning and remove as many allergens as possible.
  3. Don’t idle your car in the garage. Your car, lawnmower, snow blower, and other motorized equipment give off carbon monoxide, which can leak into your home if left to build up in your garage. Try to run them outside only.
  4. Get your air ducts professionally cleaned. This is probably the most important step. Your HVAC system is designed to circulate air throughout your home, but any dust, dirt, or other particulate in your ductwork get blown about as well. A professional cleaning using a truck-mounted vacuum system is the best way to clean every square inch of your ductwork system.
  5. Change your furnace filter regularly. Your furnace filter is your first line of defense against airborne particulate. There’s even special allergen-specific filters you can get for even better allergy relief.
  6. Clean out your dryer vent. Gases from your dryer, if not vented properly, can build up and enter your home’s air. Get your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year to prevent lint and other debris from blocking it up.

8 New Year’s Cleaning Resolutions for Your Home

Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Cleaning Resolutions to Starting the New Year right in 2017.

When the ball finally drops, whether you are asleep on the couch or singing Auld Lang Sayne, champagne flute in hand, most of us have made some resolutions. In the past you’ve resolved to eat well, love well, dress well, work well, and play well. Our homes, though, tend to be neglected until spring cleaning rolls around. If your house hasn’t ever benefited from your New Year’s stamina, here are eight resolutions that will make your home a happier and healthier place to live.

1. Treat your trash bins like you’re the janitor.

Cleaning professionals slip extra bags at the bottom of each trash bin, so that you can pull the old trash and put in the new liner without a time-wasting extra trip to the supply closet. Not only will this save you time at home, but it will also eliminate those frustrating moments when you realize there’s no liner in the trash can.

2. Create a cleaning caddy.

While you are stealing tricks from people who know how to clean, why not create a cleaning caddy? Like the cleaning cart housecleaners and janitors use, it will keep all the essentials handy. You’ll be ready to clean right away. No more digging through cupboards or closets for your favorite squeegee – cleaning starts right when you’re ready.

3. Wash dishes as you cook.

Cooking is filled with small moments of unused time – five minutes to preheat the oven, ten for water to boil, eight while you wait for the soup to simmer. Use the minutes wisely by washing some of the dishes that were dirtied during dinner prep. That way after dinner your task is much less daunting.

4. Choose one small thing that’s been really bothering you and fix it.

Maybe you have one window that won’t close properly, a leaky faucet, or a light that’s hard to reach with a burned out bulb. Whatever it is that’s been bothering you, take an hour of time and fix the problem. You’ll feel like a champion. Even better, it won’t take an entire Saturday.

5. Clean out one cupboard or drawer a week.

Instead of resolving to tackle a huge project, take small steps every day to make your home a little more organized. Slow and steady progress on decluttering and organizing improves the entire function of your home. You can also sort the stuff in one drawer in the time that it takes to listen to a single podcast.

6. Do one load of laundry from start to finish every day.

The problem with laundry is how quickly it piles up. The more there is to do, the greater the psychological barrier to beginning. Instead of pledging to get all the laundry done immediately, start small by doing one load every day. Wash dry and put away one load, and it will keep the larger project much more manageable. Once you’ve begun you may even find you’re inspired to keep going.

7. Make your bed every morning.

Some of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep. This year, give your bed a mini-makeover. Invest in new sheets, a quality mattress topper, and fresh pillows. Then, when you get up in the morning make your bed. Each night you’ll come back to bed that is inviting as possible, and a bedroom that is clean and relaxing.

8. Improve your indoor air quality.

It’s still only January, which means we have several long winter months left to spend indoors. Make sure that the air you’re breathing is free of dust-mites, mold, bacteria and viruses. Purchasing an indoor air filter to remove pollutants or some easy-care houseplants is a great start. You can also schedule an HVAC cleaning with Modernistic to take comprehensive measures to improve indoor air quality. Use our easy online scheduling tool to contact us today.

Serving Haslett, MI for 40 years.


Home decor decisions to create an allergen-free home

Posted Monday, October 31st, 2016

Cozy, beautiful, and allergen-free

If dust and mold trigger your allergies, it can be hard to enjoy the comforts of home in Saugatuck. Fortunately, expert designers know how to curate home decor in a way that keeps allergens at bay—and can still be beautiful and uniquely yours.

What causes home allergies?

Mold and dust mites are some of the most common causes of allergy symptoms in the home. Dust mites thrive in pet dander and dust, and mold loves damp, humid conditions. If you can reduce dust and mold, you’ll reduce allergens. So where do you start?

Start by clearing away clutter.

You know all those toys, knick-knacks, and stacks of clutter that don’t do anything but collect dust? They collect dust. Go for a clean, minimal look to reduce the surfaces that attract dust.

Some items in your home are necessary or valuable to you—children’s toys, family heirlooms, things of beauty—and you’ll probably want to keep these. To reduce dust in your living areas, consider displaying a few of these items at a time and placing the rest in storage. When the season changes or you get an itch to reorganize—or when the kids get bored with their toys—rotate a few items out of storage.

Before storing them, wipe off any dust with a damp cloth and allow them to dry completely to avoid the potential for mold.

Choose your furniture and upholstery carefully.

Opt for light, washable curtains, leather furniture, and lamp shades that can be easily wiped or washed. Heavy drapes can look stylish and dramatic, but they collect dust and moisture, which encourages mold growth. Washing your drapes frequently will remove allergens from your home.

In addition, leather furniture can be wiped down easily, making dust less of a problem than with cloth furniture. If you can, reduce the number of flat surfaces, including coffee tables and end tables, since dust will gather on the tabletops.

Pay attention to humidity levels, and decorate accordingly.

Aim for 50 percent humidity: Too much humidity invites mold; too little invites dust.

Bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms are notorious for high humidity, so target your dehumidifiers in these areas and use mildew-resistant paint. In addition, avoid carpet in high-humidity areas. If the hard floor needs a splash of color, go for a washable rug—and wash it regularly.

Don’t let allergens drive you up the wall.

You want your walls to look nice, and there are plenty of options available for allergy sufferers. For example, choose paint over wallpaper, since mold and dust are less attracted to painted surfaces. If solid colors aren’t your thing, consider painting the trim a different color or using stencils to add designs and patterns.

When selecting and placing wall art, remember that you’ll want to dust it regularly. It’s easier to remove, clean, and replace solid frames that hang in easily accessible areas. Intricate, textured items and items hanging far out of reach are more difficult to clean.

The gap between kitchen cabinets and the ceiling is a favorite place for dust, and most people rarely get around to cleaning this area. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, change your cupboards for ones that reach the ceiling.

Curbing the green thumb.

Plants can add life and color to any house, but if your allergies are sensitive, select them carefully. Broad leaves can collect dust, which will need to be wiped or sprayed down, and moist environments like terrariums can encourage mold growth. With this in mind, choose a small number of plants that prefer a dry environment and find decorative pots that really pop.

Bringing in the outdoors

If you’re lucky enough to avoid seasonal allergies, open windows when weather permits to encourage airflow and discourage dust. Fresh air can liven up any room! But grass and mud are another story. Keep them at bay with a no-shoes rule, which you can accent with a colorful boot tray and cheerful, effective welcome mats.

Wash linens in hot water.

Mites and mold don’t easily make it through the hottest cycle, and they’re even less likely to survive bleach. You can cut down on allergens in your home by washing your sheets, comforters, curtains, towels, and rugs in hot water.

Allergens won’t survive this treatment, but you want your linens to come out looking great. When you’re selecting your decor, check the care instructions, and try to find items that fit your style and can retain their look after several hot-water washings.

Regular cleaning is important.

Any house looks better when it’s clean, but if you’ve got allergies, it’s even more important. A cleaner house will keep your sinuses happier.

The person with the fewest household allergies should take the dustiest jobs, but if you’re on your own, you can wear a dust mask or hire a cleaning service like Modernistic. Our anti-allergen programs can reduce your home’s allergens by 90 percent, including common ones from pet dander and dust mites.

However, be careful when considering renting a shampoo or steam cleaner for your carpet. Most shampoo cleaners don’t heat water to a temperature that will make a noticeable difference in the allergens in your home, and steam cleaners can leave moisture in your carpet fibers that encourage mold growth.

In through the nose…

With a clean, low-allergen home, you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere you’ve created without a stuffy nose or watery eyes. Take a deep breath in through the nose—because you can.

Serving Saugatuck for 40 years.


How Poor Air Quality Affects Your Day

Posted Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Breathing Your Way to a Better Day in Plainfield

According to the American Lung Association and the EPA, our indoor air can be far more polluted than the air outside. Every breath might fill your lungs with a dangerous mix of asbestos, bacteria, household chemicals, common pesticides, mold, dust mites, VOCs, formaldehyde, or other toxins. Unless your lungs can catch a break, poor air quality will affect your daily routine for the worse.

Healthy Air Means Healthy You

Do you or your family experience debilitating allergies, asthma, or respiratory disease? The air in your house can be taking a serious toll on your health, keeping you home from work or school, or away from social events. Ironically, the more time you spend on the couch recuperating and breathing that same polluted air, the worse you’ll feel.

Is Your Job (Literally) Killing You?

We all have enough trouble getting through the daily grind without worrying about whether the air in the workplace is putting us at higher risk for cardiovascular disease or lung cancer. Be alert at work, especially if you work in a setting where more pollutants may be present. See that all employees wear the appropriate protective gear, and that heating, cooling and ventilation systems are in working order. And remember that a healthy workforce keeps the factory floor running and health costs down.

Signs and Symptoms of Poor Air Quality

If you regularly experience coughing, sneezing, irritated eyes, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, congestion, or asthmatic wheezing, then monitor your symptoms. Do you wake up after a night spent in a particular bedroom with terrible allergies? Maybe its the dust mites under the bed and in your mattress. Find yourself experiencing extreme fatigue and headaches? Be sure your carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. When bad air is the culprit, you may find your symptoms are connected with a particular location.

Breathe Freely

For business owners or home owners, clean air means a better day. Whether you want a better life or just a better bottom line, every breath of clean air will help you get there. So check out our tips for simple changes you can make to improve air quality indoors. Also be sure to jot down a time for your home or business to have its HVAC system serviced. Contact Modernistic to set up an appointment today.


Manage your fall allergies

Posted Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

East Lansing: enjoy Michigan color without sacrificing your health.

Most Michigan residents agree that fall is the best season: the summer humidity breaks, the leaves turn color, and apple cider hits the store shelves. But for many, the changing weather can also bring allergy symptoms or trigger asthma attacks. So for those of you who are allergic to autumn, here are some strategies to help manage your symptoms.

Limit exposure to ragweed pollen

What many of us refer to as “hay fever” is actually a reaction to ragweed pollen. Late August through September and early October are high times for ragweed pollen, which can spread great distances even if there isn’t any near you. Keep an eye on the pollen forecast, and avoid going outdoors when the pollen count is high. Close your windows, and shower in the evenings to avoid getting pollen on your pillow while you sleep. You can also run a HEPA air filter in certain rooms, particularly bedrooms, to improve air quality.

Avoid outdoor mold

Damp piles of leaves are ideal breeding grounds for mold and mildew. So before you start raking leaves, be sure your mouth and nose are covered with a protective mask. If your reaction is severe, consider turning that chore over to a non-allergic friend.

Seek medical treatment

Consult a doctor or an allergist about the best treatment for your symptoms. Your treatment will vary depending on the specific trigger, and it’s important to know which activities are safe and which to avoid.

Clean your ducts and air filter before turning on the heat

Pollen, mold, dust mites, and dander all collect in air ducts. When you turn on your heat that first chilly fall day, you could very well circulate allergens throughout your home. If you or someone in your family suffers from seasonal triggers, consider cleaning your air ducts and air filter to reduce symptoms.

Modernistic can help you manage your fall allergies. When it comes to air duct cleaning, our technicians are NADCA certified. We also offer anti-allergen and disinfectant programs to reduce allergens in your home. So stop being allergic to autumn: contact us today to schedule an appointment.


How do you know your air ducts need to be cleaned?

Posted Friday, September 16th, 2016

Hey Michigan: here are 5 signs your air ducts need to be cleaned

With the air turning chill and Fall just around the corner, many of us Michiganders look forward to cozying up indoors in the coming months. But time spent in a home with dirty air ducts can leave you feeling sick and exhausted.

So, do your air ducts need to be cleaned? Look out for these signs.

Excess dust blowing out of the register

Do you notice puffs of dust coming out of your air register when the heating or cooling comes on? Try unscrewing your register and taking a peek inside. If there’s a buildup of dust and dirt, it’s time for a cleaning. And even if there isn’t, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear: keep an eye out for the other signs as well.

Signs of mold growth

While you’re inspecting the inside of your air ducts, keep an eye out for signs of mold growth. Mold poses a serious health hazard, and can spread to other parts of your home. And remember, even if you can’t see it from the register, it could be growing in another, less-visible part of your HVAC system.

Rodent droppings or signs of insect infestation

We know it’s disgusting, but rodents, insects, and other vermin can nest in air ducts that are overdue for a good cleaning. Look for droppings, shed skins, or scratch marks. If you see signs of an infestation, hire a professional to clean your air ducts immediately.

Inspect your air filter

A clogged air filter can be both a symptom and a cause of dirty air ducts. Dust and other debris clog the filter to begin with, and because the filter is clogged it can’t properly circulate air through the duct work. And without strong airflow, it’s easier for dirt, mold, and allergens to accumulate.

The dusting never ends

Having trouble keeping up with the dusting? Dirty air ducts distribute dust around your house. So if you feel like your dusting job never lasts more than a couple days, your air ducts could be the culprit.

Have an inspection

If you’re unsure about your air ducts, or if you’re worried you might have problems with mold or pests, you can have a professional come out to do an inspection. They will be able to advice you as to whether your ductwork needs a full cleaning.

If you decide to schedule a cleaning, Modernistic can help. Our technicians are NADCA certified to give you the highest-quality care. So take a look at our video to learn more about our process, and schedule a cleaning when you’re ready.


Get your air ducts cleaned before school starts

Posted Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Lansing: Have you added air duct cleaning to your back-to-school checklist?

School’s starting. That means a lot of new to-dos: you need to buy supplies, work out your new schedule, and finish up any summer assignments. And you want to make sure your home is neat and tidy so that you and your family can start the year with your best foot forward. But have you considered adding air duct cleaning to your back-to-school checklist?

We know it’s not on everyone’s list, but here are some reasons why you may want to add it to yours.

Fight allergies

Many airborne allergens are seasonal, but when they accumulate in your air ducts, they become a year-round hazard. A swift cleaning removes pollen, pet dander, and other allergens, providing relief just in time to start the school year off right.

Stay healthy

It’s not just allergens that are a problem. Over time, mold spores, mildew, and bacteria can also build up in your air ducts. As these circulate in the air through your home, they contribute to illness and even respiratory diseases such as asthma.

Improve your air quality

Even if your air isn’t actively making you sick, it can put a strain on your body. Clean air brings more oxygen to your lungs, helping you breathe easier and sleep more deeply. So by cleaning your air ducts, you and your family can stay fresh and alert for the new school year.

Let Modernistic clean your air ducts to give you a fresh start to your school year

Modernistic’s technicians are quick and efficient, and available day, evening, and weekends to suit your schedule. And don’t forget: as long as we’re in your home cleaning your air ducts, we can take care of your dryer vent as well. It’s a fast procedure which can improve the efficiency of your dryer, save on energy bills, and even reduce the risk of house fire.

Get in touch to schedule an appointment today!