Air Duct Cleaning
Why Clean Your Ducts?
- Children are more likely than adults to be affected by polluted air; they breathe faster, inhale more air per unit of body weight and are closer to the ground where concentrations are higher. (Department of Consumer Affairs)
- Among the top five reasons for emergency room visits in 2008 was Colds/Flu and Asthma attacks for children under 10. (Wolters-Kluwer Health)
- One out of every six people who suffer from allergies does so because of the direct relationship to the fungi and bacteria in the air duct systems. (Total Health & Better Health Magazine)
- 90% of heating and cooling system failures are caused by dust and dirt. (Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service)
- The elderly, asthmatics and people with respiratory problems, such as allergies and lung diseases, are more sensitive to pollutants. (Department of Consumer Affairs)
- One millimeter of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can decrease it’s efficiency up to 21%. (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Most fiberglass furnace filters are only 7% effective in stopping dirt, dust, pollen, etc. (American Society of Heat, Ref., Ac. Engineers)
- Most people spend 60 to 90% of their time indoors. (American Lung Association)
- 50% of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air. (American College of Allergists)
- The average six-room house collects 40 pounds of dust each year. (Discover Magazine)
- Air pollution contributes to lung disease, which claims close to 361,000 lives in America every year and is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. (American Lung Association)
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health. (E.P.A.)
A study conducted by Allergy Consumer Review (reported at www.allergyconsumerreview.com/air-purifiers-furnace-filters.html) found that HVAC cleaning reduced airborne particulates by about 75% and contributed significantly to a reduction of allergy and illness symptoms in the building. Read the entire report here:
From PlanetServices.com: When HVAC systems need cleaning:Out of sight, out of mind is not a good excuse for avoiding the task. (http://www.plantservices.com/articles/2009/052.html)
According to the EPA:
You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:
- There is substantial visible mold growth is present in hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.
- Ducts are infested with vermin (e.g., rodents or insects)
- Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.
- For more information read: Should I Have My Air Ducts Professionally Cleaned? http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pdfs/airducts.pdf
Read also at EPA.gov: The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/hpguide.html
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Do I really need my air ducts professionally cleaned?
A: You can’t afford not to! Duct cleaning performed by experienced Productive Technicians can:
Improve the indoor air quality of your home
Lower utility costs by improving airflow.
Extend the life and improve the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning system
Improve the health and well being of you and your family.
Q: How often should I have the ductwork cleaned?
A: Typically every 3 to 5 years. However, this frequency depends on the individual circumstances.
Reasons to consider more frequent cleanings would include:
Residents with allergies or asthma
Smoker in the household
Hair and dander from pets
Other reasons to clean your ducts might include:
Water or smoke contamination to the home
Renovations or remodeling
Purchasing an existing home
Occupancy of a newly constructed home (construction debris)