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Why Duct Cleaning ?
- More reliable heating and air conditioning equipment needing less frequent repairs.
- Healthier indoor air quality with no viruses or mold spores for a reduced allergy potential.
- Cleaner indoor environment with much less dusting required.
- More efficient airflow for even more comfort and a lower operating cost.
Airborne contaminants are drawn through the duct work of the central air conditioning system via return air registers. Standard, throw-away fiberglass filters remove less than 7% of these particles, which means much of the rest settles in your air ducts. We have permanent electrostatic filters available for you. Now acknowledged as a major allergy and disease causing problem by leading medical authorities, poor indoor air quality has prompted doctors and allergists to commonly prescribe a clean home furnace and air duct cleaning as a remedy. If you question the need for air duct cleaning, take a look behind the return air grills in the HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) system of your home. Many people have found that one glimpse into their air ducts provides all the evidence they need to initiate a thorough cleansing of the home furnace and ac system. A residential air duct cleaning job takes just a few hours and is a surprisingly clean and routine process. While making your home’s indoor air quality safer, duct cleaning can also reduce heating and cooling costs by allowing your clean home furnace to operate more efficiently. Moreover, duct cleaning can cut maintenance costs because a clean system has fewer breakdowns.
If It’s in Your Air Ducts – It Can be in Your Lungs
Fungi and bacteria in ventilation systems can contaminate indoor environments and cause a variety of health effects. Many organisms cause allergic-type reactions, such as headaches, runny nose, and itchy eyes. Some fungi and bacteria can cause respiratory infections, especially in immuno-compromised individuals.
Facts about Indoor Air Quality
- According to the American College of Allergies, 50% of all illness is aggravated or caused by polluted indoor air.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) themselves declare that indoor air is anywhere from 2 to 10 times more hazardous than outdoor air.
- The EPA also warns us that the indoor air quality is the United States’ number one environmental health problem.
- Today’s homes and buildings are built air-tight, and contain a long list of pollution sources (see list). As a result, natural air-cleansing agents such as ozone and negative ions are kept out, while contaminants are kept in.
- A recent study found that the allergen level in super-insulated homes is 200% higher than it is in ordinary homes.
- According to Scientific America, a baby crawling on the floor inhales the equivalent of 4 cigarettes a day, as a result of the outgassing of carpets, molds, mildews, fungi, dust mites, etc. (Hard to believe isn’t it?)
- Most people spend well over 90% of their time indoors. In which case, indoor air is going to impact our health far more than outdoor air.
- The EPA informs us that 6 out of 10 homes and buildings are “sick”, meaning they are hazardous to your health to occupy as a result of airborne pollutants.
- Asthma cases have increased by more than 100% since 1976.
- About 1 in 9 children now have asthma.
- Death rates due to asthma have tripled, and quintupled in children ages 5 to 9, since 1976.
- Hospitalization rates and doctor visits are still continuing to increase dramatically.
What Do Doctors to Say About Duct Cleaning? Doctors, particularly allergists, now commonly prescribe duct cleaning as a remedy for health problems, related to indoor air quality. Medical authorities acknowledge that contaminates found in HVAC systems serve as ideal breeding grounds for germs, fungi and other harmful microbes. Medical studies have confirmed that some diseases originate and are spread by contaminated ventilation systems. A Study in a Medical Journal Shows Why You Should Clean Your Air Ducts: In 1993, Garrison Robertson conducted a study to determine the effect of cleaning and sanitizing air duct systems, on the air borne content of airborne CFU’s (Colony Forming Units). The study appeared in The Annals of Allergy, a well respected medical journal. The research used 8 houses as active study samples and several houses as control samples. In the study houses, airborne CFU levels were measured, the air ducts and entire HVAC systems were then cleaned and sanitized with an antimicrobial agent. In the control houses, the airborne CFU’s were measured but no cleaning was done. The airborne CFU levels were measured immediately after cleaning and again 8 weeks later. The 8 study houses showed significant lower airborne CFU levels (92% lower in winter, 84% lower in summer) than the control houses in each case. This means the air quality was improved and not just the cleanliness of the duct work. Dust mites are second only to pollen in causing allergic reactions. These microscopic, spider like creatures feed mostly off of human dead skin cells and pet dander, and their fecal droppings have been linked to many diseases and illnesses. The American College of Allergists said that “50% of all illnesses are either caused by, or aggravated by polluted indoor air.”
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