Additional Duct Cleaning Information
Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts
Don’t you realize that the inside of your home could be polluted? Filthy air ducts are harmful to the quality of the air you
breathe inside your home.
If wanting to breathe clean air isn’t enough, here are a few other reasons to get your air duct cleaned professionally.
- Does anyone in your house have allergies, asthma, or any other respiratory problems?
- Does anyone in your family suffer from headaches, nasal congestion, or other sinus problems?
- Is there a smoker in the house?
- Do you have pets that live in the house?
- Is there a musty or stale odor when the air conditioner or heater runs?
- Does it seem that there is not enough airflow coming from your vents?
When to Clean Ducts
Duct Cleaning Recommendations
- If You Have NEVER Had Your Ducts Cleaned
- If it’s been Over Five Years since Your Last Cleaning
- If You Have Chronic Sinus or Allergy Problems
- If You Have Unexplained Headaches
- If You Are Expecting a Baby- Clean Now!
- When Moving Into a New House
- When Replacing Your Furnace
- If You Have Dogs or Cats, or a Previous Homeowner Did
- If a Smoker Lives or Lived in Your Home
- If You Live Close to Trees, Fields or Dusty Areas
- After Any Room Addition or Major Work Done to Your Home
- If Your Ducts or Furnace Smell Musty
- If Your Registers or Cold Air Returns Have Excessive Dust on Them
- If Dust Reappears on your Furniture Shortly After Dusting
What National Agencies and News Sources have to say about Duct Cleaning?
National Agencies and News:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), during September 1990 declared, “Indoor air pollution as one of the top four environmental threats facing the country.”
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), during 1989, found that “health threatening volatile organic compounds can be found in concentrations 100 times higher in enclosed spaces than outdoors. Even if a building is next to a major outdoor polluting source, the levels of pollution inside the building will be two to five times higher indoors than outdoors.”
The Consumer Product Safety Commission “estimates that the problem costs the country as much as $100 billion a year in medical costs and lost days at work.”
The National Safe Workplace Institute, (article: “Beyond Neglect: The Problem of Occupational Disease in the U.S.”), claims 71,420 people died from occupational diseases in 1987. Occupational disease clearly is a much larger cause of preventable death than motor vehicle accidents, homicide, AIDS, drowning, fires, commercial airline accidents, and storms. Ventilation systems in modern office buildings were blamed for up to half of all occupational illnesses. Energy-efficient ventilation systems take in only limited amounts of fresh air. As a result, old air is continually circulated, causing a buildup of cold germs, cigarette smoke and substances emitted from copier machines, furniture and carpeting (such as ozone, benzene, styrene and formaldehyde).”
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Special Legislative Commission on indoor air pollution, April, 1989 found that 20% of all office workers in tightly constructed buildings have shown symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) or Tight Building Syndrome (TBS).
The Wall Street Journal, October 9, 1989 wrote: “As Scientists hone in on their ability to determine what levels of contamination make people sick, lawsuits are expected to grow sharply. In December 1986, South Florida Savings Bank moved from a new building after employees complained of nausea, chest pains and fatigue. If it had been established later that the employee’ illnesses were building-related, the thrift might have been held liable.”
USA Today, August 23, 1990 wrote “Asthma, dust mites are linked.”
The Boston Globe, May 14, 1989 quotes an official of the Harvard School of Public Health; “Of course, indoor pollution is the largest public health problem we have, some people say it’s responsible for as high as 60 to 70 percent of all illness.” “The real solution to indoor air pollution is getting rid of the sources.”
Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, May 11, 1987, wrote: “Consultant says air ducts have more germs than a chicken coop”
The following is a list of questions frequently asked by home owners, renters, and curious minds.
Q: What is the fee for services?
A: Cost is determined by the estimated square footage of the property/space.
Q: How often should such services is performed?
A: Routine services should be performed every 5 to 7 years based upon your living conditions (pets, number of persons, etc.), where you live, and the type of filters used.
Q: What can I do to keep my HVAC system clean?
A: Regular Maintenance and Filtration is the key. Have Your HVAC system checked in spring and fall, keep regular filter changing system (no more than 30 days between each change) to help with the life and cleanliness of your HVAC system?
Q: How long does it take to clean?
A: Average is (4 to 6 hrs.) Per unit, and also depends on how many ducts you have and how accessible they are.