Most people associate pollution with the outdoors, yet surprisingly the air inside facilities is often two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Fixing indoor air quality issues and having air ducts cleaned will help improve personal health, create a cleaner environment, and reduce utility bills.
Causes of Poor Air Quality Include:
1. Buildings today are built so airtight to reduce energy waste, but too little ventilation traps pollutants inside, allowing them to accumulate to dangerous levels.
2. VOC’s are generated from cleaning chemicals, building materials, and furniture, lowering air quality.
3. Contaminants including bacteria, mold spores, pollen, and dander are often circulated through unclean air ducts.
Benefits of Cleaning Your Air Ducts Include:
1. Eliminating accumulated debris and dust therefore improving air quality and reducing health issues caused by polluted air.
2. Reducing the amount of built up dust on surfaces, reducing cleaning costs.
3. Cutting energy costs because the heating/cooling system will work more efficiently. The EPA states that a buildup of only .042 inches of dust in ductwork can decrease heating and cooling efficiency by more than 20 percent.
1. Increase ventilation by opening windows or running an exhaust fan
2. Pay attention to signs of indoor air pollution: irritated eyes, nose, & throat, headache, fatigue, & dizziness
3. Run a dehumidifier in environments where mold, dust mites, & mildew are likely to live
4. Choose non-toxic cleaning products
5. Never smoke indoors, and try to avoid burning candles inside
6. Change the furnace filter regularly, and choose a high efficiency filter that can trap small particles.