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Residential Duct Cleaning 

Maybe it’s happened slowly overtime, but if you take a look at your baseboards or the edges of your carpet, do you notice any black lines? If you just answered yes, then changes are it’s not just your floors that need cleaning, but your duct work, too! As concerning as this might seem, it’s actually quite normal. Over time, as your heating and cooling system blows air throughout your home, dust and grime accumulate in these places. Dirt also tends to collect in your receiver and fibers can gather on your floor and upholstery, too.

If you truly want cleaner air and surfaces in your home, you should consider whole-home duct cleaning. Give Five Star a call and we will improve your air quality in your home, right away!

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Did you know that the quality of air in your home can actually be much worse than outdoors? Don’t believe us?! The EPA lists indoor air quality as one of the top 5 threats to Americans. We can help you have a healthy home and that starts with duct cleaning!

 
 
 

 
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Duct Sealing

Do you cringe every time you see your monthly utility bill? Do you have months where your bill goes sky high? If so, your high utility bills could be a sign that you leaky duct work!

If you’re like the average homeowner, you probably have no idea if your home has issues with duct sealing, right? You can see a water leak, but an air leak is invisible.  Just because you can’t see air leaks in your home, don’t think they aren’t causing you problems or costing you money.

HERE ARE FEW SIGNS THAT YOU HAVE LEAKY DUCTS IN YOUR HOME:

  • High energy bills

  • Excessive humidity levels

  • Uncomfortable rooms that are hard to heat or cool

  • Musty odors and other indoor air quality (IAQ) issues

  • Dust on window seals

  • Stains on carpet around the baseboards

  • Ducts located in an attic, crawlspace, or the garage

  • Tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system

If you are tired of high monthly utility bills and see signs of possible leaky duct work, give Five Star a call! We will come up and evaluate your duct work for you and help you start saving money right away!

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In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts.

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Air Purification

Are you concerned about the air your family breathes?  Does someone living in your home have allergies or lung issues that cause indoor air quality to be a particular concern?  Do bad smells in your home bother you?

Worry no more with the Lennox Pure Air System, your best defense against poor indoor air quality. The Pure Air system uses exclusive UVA-light technology to attack all three classes of indoor air contaminants:  particles, mold/mildew/bacteria and odors/chemical vapors. It not only reduces, but also destroys ozone, a known lung irritant.

THE LENNOX PURE AIR SYSTEM:

  • Removes small, breathable particles such as dust, dirt, pollen and allergens

  • Filters airborne mold spores, bacteria and viruses

  • Eliminates odors and chemical vapors

  • Reduces and destroys ozone

We are a Premier Lennox dealer, and we have been installing and servicing Lennox units since our founding in 1984. If you want to purify your air and would like help navigating all of the available options on an air purification system, then count on us for Lennox service and installation in the Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee, and Hendersonville areas.

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Over the years we have received many Lennox awards, including the District Award for Best Overall Use of the Dave Lennox Signature Collection and the Lennox Centurion Award for Outstanding Performance.

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Healthy Home Solutions

Are you or your loved ones constantly sick or suffering from chronic allergies? If you answered yes, then your health issues might be due to an unhealthy home environment.

Looking at a house as a system is based on building science research that began during the energy crisis of the 70’s. Princeton University led the way and designed an infiltrometer to measure the air tightness of a structure. The researchers at Princeton called this air movement into and out of homes infiltration and exfiltration. They found a direct correlation between the uncontrolled air movement into and out of homes and energy expenses.

To describe the house as a system approach, Larry says:  “Make it tight, insulate it right, ventilate, dehumidify, and purify for COMFORT, SAVINGS AND HEALTH.”

INSULATE IT RIGHT

The thermal boundary should be complete with the pressure boundary. Your comfort advisor can help you identify these problems and provide solutions as well. Because 60%+ of the homes energy is lost through the attic, we provide attic energy upgrades that increase your comfort and lower your utility bills.

VENTILATE

Every home needs fresh air and this standard has been established by the USDOE. Our comfort advisor can test and advise about the needed amount. But there is good infiltration or makeup air and bad infiltration. Good infiltration is what comes in around windows and doors when the wind blows. Bad infiltration is what comes from the crawl space and attic because of MAD Air problems.

DEHUMIDIFY

Air conditioners are not dehumidifiers. You may need a dedicated system to provide the proper indoor air quality.

PURIFY

Every cubic foot of air in your home contains all of the allergens that cause health problems. Your comfort depends on lowering the amount in the air. You cannot remove 100% but you can lower the concentration. Our whole house high efficiency air filters and purifiers can help you live better.

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Watch this quick video as Larry discusses the science behind looking at a house as a system.

 
 
 
 

 
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Crawl Space Encapsulation

Are you considering crawl space encapsulation? Or, perhaps you don’t even know what is but have been told your home might need it?

What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

When it comes to avoiding indoor moisture issues, encapsulating crawl spaces, or at the very least sealing them, has become a popular solution to reduce the negative impact of excess moisture. We often explain to customers that crawl space encapsulation can be compared to adding lining to a swimming pool to avoid links. You don’t have to have a lining for your swimming pool, but it’s pretty silly not to have it.

Why is it important to add Crawl Space encapsulation to my home?

Considering the fact that up to 50% of household air can flow up from your crawl space, it is very important to keep your crawl space as clean and dry as possible. Water vapor enters your crawl space through the ground whether your house was built on a concrete slab or a crawlspace. By adding a crawl space vapor barrier and dehumidifier, you can dramatically improve your indoor air quality and make energy improvements inside your home.

When should I consider Crawl Space Encapsulation?

There are a lot of issues that can show up in your home as a result of water vapor and excess moisture. Since water vapor comes from the ground and can easily move through porous cement into your home, all homes can experience moisture issues. Here are common signs of excess moisture that lead people to sealing their crawl space:

  • Mold

  • Mildew/musty smell in basement

  • Soft or separating floors

  • High cooling costs

  • Wet insulation

  • Sweating windows

  • Insect problems

If you are experiencing one or more of these excess moisture signs, give Five Star Charleston a call. We will provide you with n crawl space encapsulation estimate and provide high quality dehumidifier products to regulate your crawl space’s moisture level.

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Crawlspace encapsulation is at least a 2-person job!

DIY encapsulation is not recommended. You will be moving pipes and other obstacles around & will need more than two hands! So, leave it up to the experts!

 
 
 
 
 
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Our AC went out late Sunday night, so we contacted Stephen and he had guys over that morning checking out the issue. By Monday evening before our 2 yr old went to bed it was all fixed and working! Amazing work and such great guys! We’d never call anyone else. Attentive to details, and made sure everything was working properly not only for the short term but also for the life of the system.
— Erin W., A Happy 5 Star Customer
 
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