Dirty dryer vents are a serious fire hazard, especially in commercial and industrial facilities, where the dryers are routinely over-taxed to support the extensive washing that takes place. A clogged dryer exhaust will block water and hot air from being expelled. The trapped air is likely to lead to a rise in the temperature of the dryer. High temperature, combined with the highly-combustible lint that accumulates over time over the vent surfaces, forms an ideal recipe for fire. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, overheated dryers are the cause of roughly 15,500 fires each year, and approximately 10 deaths and injuries every year.
The best way to ensure maximum safety from fire is to get the dryer vent cleaned of lint on a regular basis. ACIA has been certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association since 2005 and has since cleaned thousands of dryer vents. With the use of our specialized tools, we are able to provide video inspection both before and after cleaning to ensure we have gotten every piece of lint removed from the system. Big or small, ACIA can handle it all. Whether you are a small facility with one or two dryers, or a commercial laundry facility, we can get the job done right. Also, ask about our dryer vent cleaning PM program. We know it's tough to remember when you need to schedule your equipment to be cleaned, so let us do it for you. We will work with you to establish a necessary cleaning interval and show up when its due; even giving you a courtesy call to remind you we will be showing up ahead of time.
Apart from posing a fire threat, lint formation can:
- Cause the dryer to work harder to perform its task
- Increase energy consumption
- Accelerate the failure of the thermostat
- Significantly reduce the lifespan of the appliance
ACIA is able to provide new dust, fume and mist collection systems along with replacement parts and filters for existing equipment. We specialize in providing substantial cost savings through cross refrencing your OEM filters to a less costly but better performing filter. We are able to replace dust bags, pleated bags and all styles of cartridges. Most customers experience a savings of 40% or more on filter replacement by working with ACIA. We will even provide a service life guarantee to ensure that the product we provide will meet or exceed your existing filter. We provide the most advanced nanofiber filter for industrial dust collection, which brings you twice the filter life and lower replacement costs. Plus you receive significant savings in compressed air and energy use while it dramatically improves your air quality over your current cartridge filters. The industry’s finest fibers and the highest MERV rating make the difference. The Best Nanofiber cartridge available anywhere is manufactured exclusively by Clark Filter and distributed by ACIA. Stop spending top dollar for name brands like Donaldson Torit and Farr, and start saving money while achieving better filter performance by using our high quality replacements.
Need help with a filter change? ACIA has you covered. Our experienced technicians are able to work on most collectors including bag houses and cartridge style collectors. Our safety record us unsurpassed and all employees are trained and certified in confined space entry, lock out/tag out procedures, fall protection and they are even lift certified.
Specializing in Leak Testing
Operating a dust collection system with leaking filters defeats its sole intended purpose. A single leaking filter in a collector or bag house can result in a substantial emissions increase. Leak testing of your system should be a regular part of any maintenance program to ensure system efficiency, and maintain compliance with emissions/safety regulations and avoid the costly fines and/or safety hazards that come with it. All filters will eventually wear out and need to be replaced; however, on occasion, a defective filter will fail early. In other instances there may be a temporary or unanticipated event that can cause a premature failure of your filters. Once identified these should be investigated to ensure the incident does not occur again, and determine the extent of the damage done to the system. Examples may include: abrasion, thermal durability, and chemical attack. In a standard leak test a tracer compound is introduced into the system either from the dirty air plenum, or a collection point in the system. As the powder flows through the system, trace amounts are deposited in areas that have come into contact with the powder. Then a technician performs a visual inspection of the entire collector or baghouse with a specialized florescent light which causes the leak powder to glow. This enables the technician to detect any leaks in the filter cartridges/bags, seals, tubesheets, or other areas within the system. Contact us today if you would like to learn more about a leak test at your facility. Kyle Leaman
Mold issues? No problem. ACIA has a great deal of experience in the remediation of mold and has Anabec certified applicators on staff to make sure your mold problem gets taken care of correctly the first time. By applying an Anabec cleaning products, ACIA offers up to a twenty year warranty so you don’t have to worry about the mold coming back either.Whether it's restoration, disinfection, or surface protection, ACIA has the products and expertise to help you get the job done right, on time and on budget. We also have the ability to provide sampling both before and after to ensure that all mold spores have been properly killed and removed from the space. A third party laboratory is always used for reporting purposes. Please contact us for questions concerning mold remediation at your facility. Kyle Leaman
Inspection of your fire and smoke dampers is a mandatory part of facility safety. Hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities frequently rely on ACIA to provide NFPA-90A fire/smoke damper inspections. Fire and smoke dampers should be inspected every four-six years as required by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Our trained technicians thoroughly test your system and investigate any issues that may arise. Insure your facility is in compliance with the latest safety standards to avoid costly fines. Our trained technicians give each damper a designated number, record them on provided drawings, note the condition, and photograph each one. Any failed dampers may be repaired or replaced. Our team can also install access doors if necessary. After the inspection is complete, a detailed report is created from the data found so you’ll know exactly where you stand.
We insure that:
- Moving parts are lubricated as necessary
- All dampers are operating and have the ability to close all the way
- The latch (if applicable) is checked
- The fusible link (if painted or damaged) is replaced with a fusible link that is the same size, temperature, and load rating
- The fire/smoke damper area is not being obstructed
- The fire/smoke damper operation is not being inhibited by rust, bent tracks, damaged parts or hinges, misaligned blades or frames, screws, or defective parts
- The inspection is documented with the damper identification number, location of the damper, date of inspection, the cleanliness of the damper, photo of the damper, and any issues that were detected
- The inspection documentation is available for review by the proper authorities
ACIA offers a variety of different antimicrobial treatments to sanitize and prevent future microbial growth in your facility and HVAC systems.We are highly experienced in treating microbial issues in a variety of environments and have the right product for most any job. From manufacturing facilities to hospitals and schools to food processing plants, we offer numerous products to treat the worst problems with the safest chemicals. If desired, ACIA can perform pre and post sampling to ensure proper treatment of the affected space. At ACIA we pride ourselves on the knowledge and experience we have obtained over the many years we have been in the industry. You can rest assured that your problems will be handled by highly trained and certified staff.
We carry the following certifications:
Long lasting antimicrobial protection with Bio-Shield
- NADCA Certified Ventilation Systems Mold Remediator (CVSMR)
- NADCA Certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS)
- AEE – Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional (CIAQP)
- IAQA: Certified Mold Remediation Supervisor (CMRS)
- Anabec: Certified Microbial Remediator Supervisor and Product Distributor (CMRS)
While disinfectants kill germs on contact, they only do so for the few minutes the surface is wet. We offer a long lasting application that continues to shield the surface while it is dry and offers protection from harmful microorganisms for up to six months! Bio-Shield is a ground-breaking antimicrobial technology that permanently bonds to a surface, forming a non-toxic shield that kills any germs that come into contact. One application of Bio-Shield inhibits the growth of bacteria, viruses, mold, fungi and other microorganisms on almost any surface, even textiles! It even stops odors by killing bacteria at the source. This treatment is safe to apply in any environment including schools, hospitals and even food processing areas. It is EPA registered and FDA certified. Please contact ACIA today to learn more about how your space can benefit from this treatment. Kyle Leaman
Are you in need of extra help to change dirty filters at your facility? ACIA is here to help! ACIA’s trained team members will come on-site to deliver and change them for you, potentially saving your company thousands on labor costs each year by reducing your need for additional employees to handle this task. Whether you are shorthanded and need help for a one time change, or you need us to come for regular filter changes we are here to help.
ACIA is able to also make recommendations on different products to maximize filter life and reduce energy usage. Our knowledgeable staff can conduct an in depth filter analysis at your facility and make recommendations on how to dramatically reduce filter usage and energy consumption. We have many customers experiencing savings of well over $100,000 annually. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your facility. Kyle Leaman
ACIA is proud to offer duct-cleaning services to manufacturing facilities, food processing plants, schools, hospitals and nursing homes. We are proud members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association and have been a certified member since 2005. At ACIA we ONLY handle commercial and industrial jobs, so rest assured that we have the proper equipment to do the job right.The NADCA ACR 2013 standard calls for cleaning of the following:
There are many ways to clean duct which is why we have most every tool available for any situation we encounter. We use traditional drill mounted whips, compressed air systems, and even a robotic cleaning system. ACIA now offers robotic duct cleaning with the MicroInspector® from Lloyd's Systems. We call our robot ISAAC; which stands for Inspection Sealing and Advanced Cleaning. ISAAC combines advanced agitation and airless sprayer attachments with illuminated video feedback to allow simultaneous system performance and work documentation. By using ISAAC, we are able to clean more of your duct work from less locations. This means less access holes to cut and a more efficient job. We are the only company in the Mid-Atlantic region to offer robotic cleaning services that provide video feedback to ensure your ducts have been properly cleaned.
- Supply duct
- Return Duct
- Supply diffusers and return grills
- AHU fan section and coils
Since every facility is different, pricing will vary by the job. If you have an interest in having systems cleaned in your facility, please don't hesitate to contact us for a quote. Kyle Leaman
ACIA offers duct sealing for all types of duct work including fiberglass duct board, sheet metal, and internally insulated sheet metal duct with Carlisle RE-500 and RS-100. Traditionally we were only able to seal very large duct through a manual spraying process. The ISAAC HVAC Robotic System is our answer to cleaning and sealing small and inaccessible duct work with ease. Sealing your ducts with ISAAC can help improve indoor air quality and decrease heating and cooling costs without significant interruption to building occupants.The ISAAC HVAC Robotic System is capable of hard-to-reach remediation that would otherwise result in much more costly renovations. It is a robotic vehicle integrated with a digital video recorder that is specifically designed to clean, coat, and seal duct work of all types. The remotely operated vehicle is equipped with an airless spray attachment that allows the duct work to be sealed or fiberglass insulation to be encapsulated. Once deployed, the ISAAC HVAC Robotic System is controlled remotely and progress is monitored on the LCD display using the live video feed. Upon reaching an area in need of remediation, ISAAC gets to work sealing leaks or coating damaged insulation with its airless sprayer. The attachments are capable of 360-degree rotation, ensuring that every inch of duct work that requires attention is treated properly.Why use the ISAAC system? ISAAC offers three benefits to commercial buildings: improved air quality, greater energy efficiency, and easier, less costly full system inspection. The energy efficiency of an HVAC system is contingent upon it remaining free of leaks and debris. According to the Department of Energy, the typical duct system loses 25 to 40 percent of its energy output due to improper sealing. The ISAAC HVAC Robotic System helps to mitigate energy loss by fully cleaning and properly sealing your duct work, resulting in increased airflow and reduced operational costs. It can also dramatically improve your building’s indoor air quality, purging your system of long-unnoticed particulate. Moreover, the sealants and encapsulants developed by Carlisle HVAC products are anti-microbial, meaning they do not provide a food source for bacteria.ACIA is a Carlisle Authorized Applicator for both RE-500 and RS-100. We have multiple factory trained applicators on staff who know who to get the job done properly. We can tackle any job big or small with the ability to seal ducts as low as 4" in height up to 40" x 40" in just one pass. Feel free to contact us to learn how much energy you can save by having your duct work sealed with Carlisle HVAC products. Kyle Leaman
Why inspect your ductwork?
Ducts are rarely inspected inch-by-inch making it possible for breaches in the system to exist. Such breaches may include poor or non-existent sealing, improperly installed turning vanes, or full duct separation resulting in compromised airflow. The ISAAC HVAC Robotic System also makes it possible to inspect for debris that has built up on the coils in VAV boxes. Any of these issues will result in an inefficient HVAC system creating unnecessary additional monthly operational costs. The only way to ensure that these problems do not affect your ductwork is to visually inspect them and repair all potential issues.What’s in your ductwork?
A number of things inside your ductwork may affect the indoor air quality of your facility. Poor air quality may result in health problems for those who use the facility. The breakdown of fiberglass insulation that is not properly encapsulated results in fiber buildup inside of ductwork. Mold and bacteria can feed on particulate matter that accumulates in corners and on fire and smoke dampers. Dirt and debris will continue to accumulate if the optimal airflow through ductwork is not achieved. Kyle Leaman
Airborne Contamination Identification Associates proudly staffs "Certified Indoor Air Quality Professionals." Our C.I.A.Q.P.'s are trained to sample and identify a customer's indoor air and make recommendations on how to improve it. As Certified Indoor Air Quality Professionals, we identify airborne particulate, fungi, bacteria and chemical concentrations. Whether for OSHA compliance, an indoor air quality evaluation, or a product defect evaluation; ACIA will provide a complete report of findings along with recommendations to resolve the issues discovered. At ACIA we do not rely on a rental company for sampling equipment which can slow down the response time when a critical issue is present. Because we own our equipment, we are able to in most cases respond within a few hours or less of a customer call. Also, we always use an independent third party laboratory to process our samples to ensure there is no bias in the results and/or recommendations.Our standard sampling consists of monitoring and reporting on the following items:
In addition to our standard air quality evaluations, ACIA is able to provide a wide array of additional testing you may require. Whether you are trying to determine the cause of a certain product defect, or you need verification that employees are breathing safe under OSHA standards, ACIA can help! Please contact us to inquire about a custom air sampling plan for your facility. Kyle Leaman
- Bioaerosols (fungi, bacteria, viruses etc.)
- Particulate count and size classification
- Carbon monoxide
- Carbon dioxide
- Relative humidity