Clean Ducts Improve Air Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed poor indoor air quality as America’s fourth-largest environmental threat. Dirty air duct systems are a major source of indoor air pollution. Airborne contaminants are pulled into the air ducts every time the heating and cooling system runs. Over time, these contaminants build up inside the ductwork, decreasing the level of indoor air quality in the home.
Both the EPA & the World Health Organization (WHO) have published studies discussing the adverse health effects that occur when dampness and dirt contaminate indoor air quality. The WHO report establishes that HVAC system components play a major role in the perceived indoor air quality of a home. They link the dirtiness of heating, ventilation, and air conditioner systems with an increase of multiple respiratory symptoms and specifically mention "dirty ductwork, dirty filters, and dirty air intakes" as pollutant sources.
Indoor Air Quality Improvement
Through normal occupation in a home, we generate up to 40 pounds of dust in a six-room home annually through everyday living. Contaminants such as dander, dust, and chemicals are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the air duct work.
While dirty air ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.
All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, flying in planes, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. Some we choose to accept because to do otherwise would restrict our ability to lead our lives the way we want. And some are risks we might decide to avoid if we had the opportunity to make informed choices.
Indoor air pollution is one risk that you can do something about.We encourage all homeowners concerned about their home's IAQ to consider ductwork cleaning as just one of the ways to improve your home's air. Reducing the use of dangerous chemicals as well as properly maintaining appliances that can emit harmful by-products is also a must.
An Added Level of Security
Hiring Mr. Duct provides consumers with an added level of security, since NADCA members possess general liability insurance, staff that is trained and certified (ASCS) Air Systems Cleaning Specialists, and clean and restore your heating and cooling system in accordance with NADCA standards and guidelines.