Have less indoor air pollution AND save money

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say no to indoor air pollution

 

Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure, or possibly years later… ?

~ EPA website

It’s no secret that dust and dirt are present even in the cleanest of homes. Every-day living, generate dirt, dust and other contaminants causing indoor air pollution. Think about all of the pet hair, chemicals from cleaning products, cooking oils, fumes from candles and spray from aerosol cans (like hairspray – does anyone use aerosol hairspray anymore?).

With nowhere else to go, these pollutants enter your HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system and are spread throughout your house. Sure, cleaning and vacuuming regularly can help combat this, but it’s often not enough. There will still be dust and dirt, and indoor air pollution circulating through your home via the air ducts.

Your air duct system acts as the lungs of your home. They take air in and breathe air out, so these contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and recirculated several times per day. This build-up of dust, dirt, and allergens in your heating and cooling system can not only affect the quality of your home’s indoor air quality, but it can also affect the efficiency of your HVAC system.

These indoor air pollutants can build up in your HVAC system and contribute to health issues as well as shorten the life of your HVAC system.

editor’s note: Learn more about indoor air pollution.

But there is a solution! Regular air duct cleaning can help with both of these issues. When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature of your home. That means less energy is used, which leads to cost-savings — Yea! 

You can be greener and save some green while you’re doing it. There is a direct connection between  energy consumption and the environment. Anything we can do to reduce energy consumption will reduce the amount of toxic fumes released by power plants. To generate electricity, most power plants burn coal, crude oil, and other fossil fuels. So, by having your air duct system cleaned you’ll reduce the energy consumption of your HVAC unit which will directly contribute to a happier and healthier world!

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the authority on HVAC inspection, cleaning and restoration, recommends that homeowners take a flashlight and a small mirror to inspect their air ducts. If your ducts look dirty, they probably are! Visible dust, dirt, and debris means you should have your air ducts cleaned. Getting the job done right the first time can save you time, money and a lot of frustration so you will want to work with a qualified contractor you can trust. NADCA members are certified and held to the highest of industry standards.

This post is sponsored by NADCA. To find a NADCA member company in your area and to learn more about improving your home’s indoor air quality visit www.BreathingClean.com.

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