Healthy Air, Healthy Home
North American Precis Syndicate
Keeping your HVAC system clean can help you protect your home and family from indoor air pollution. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—In the last several years, a growing body of scientific
evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be
more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most
industrialized cities, warns the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since
most people spend some 90 percent of their time indoors, the EPA adds, for
many people, the risks to health may be great.
In addition, the EPA points out, the people who may be exposed to indoor
air pollutants the most-the young, the elderly and the chronically ill-are
often those most susceptible to its effects.
With cooler weather, many people spend more time inside homes with all the
doors and windows shut, so it’s even more important to make sure indoor
air quality is healthy.
One easy way to help keep your family “Breathing Clean” is to
clear out your HVAC system. All homes with air ducts accumulate dust and
dirt, which can be a particular problem in households with:
• allergies or asthma
• water contamination
• remodeling projects
• young children
• elderly people.
After all, your heating and cooling system is, essentially, the lungs of
your home. The system takes air in and “breathes” air out.
Through normal occupation, people generate a great deal of contaminants and
air pollutants, such as dander, dust and chemicals. These are pulled into the
HVAC system and recirculated five to seven times a day and can mean a buildup
of contaminants in the ductwork.
What’s more, clean ducts can save you energy and money. According to
the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for
heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling
system cause it to work harder to maintain the temperature you desire. With a
clean system, less energy is used, leading to improved cost effectiveness.
Fortunately, it can be easy to get your system inspected by a reputable,
certified HVAC professional. It helps to heed these four hints:
1. Ask the contractor for proof of insurance and any applicable licenses.
2. Have the contractor specify which components will be cleaned.
3. Verify that the contractor will limit the release of dust, dirt and
debris into your home during cleaning.
4. Ask for proof of NADCA membership and certification. NADCA sets the
industry standard for HVAC system cleaning and its members must have at least
one certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) on staff, comply with a
Code of Ethics and acquire continuing education credits.
For further facts and tips and to find a nearby NADCA member, go to www.BreathingClean.com. For a free
Homeowner’s Guide to air duct cleaning, visit https://nadca.com/sites/default/files/docs/2017/nadca_homeowners_guide_print_version.pdf.
“All homes with air ducts
accumulate dust and dirt, which can lead to indoor air pollution. To help
keep your family “Breathing Clean,” get a member of NADCA to
clean out your HVAC system. http://bit.ly/2OOcIDv”
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