In today’s world our homes and buildings have become vastly more efficient in terms of preventing heating or cooling loss or gain. Unfortunately these buildings have become so airtight that they actually prevent the indoor air contaminants from escaping. While the entire world has been making concentrated efforts to clean up our outdoor environment, recent studies showed that indoor air is often found to be 60 to 90% more pollutant than outdoor air. The Environmental Protection Agency has recently listed poor indoor air quality as a major health concern, and OSHA is currently moving forward with new compliance legislation.
Studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can cause headaches, sneezing, asthma, breathing problems, allergies, skin irritations, mental fatigue, body aches, eye, nose and throat irritation, respiratory problems, cancer, legionnaires disease, and more. Poor indoor air quality also causes premature replacement of HVAC equipment and furnishings, increased utility cost, musty or stale odors, and in some cases costly lawsuits.
What causes sick building syndrome?
The ventilation system is the source of approximately 80% of all indoor air quality problems. The HVAC system is the main breading ground for these contaminants. Dirt, dust pollen, dust mites, plant spores, animal dander, smoke residue, cleaning agents, carbon dioxide, and formaldehyde can all be found inside your home or office building. Once inside, these contaminants are sucked into the heating and air conditioning systems where condensation provides food for the growth of molds, bacteria, and fungus. Over the years the accumulation of these bacteria, and gases leads us to what is now known as sick building syndrome.
What can we do?
Paul’s Duct Cleaning specializes in the removal of all HVAC contaminants. We use the industries best portable HEPA-AIRE vacuum, which is capable of removing contaminants 30 times smaller then those visible to the naked eye. The vacuum is used in conjunction with our air-sweep compressor, which is sent down each duct to loosen the living contaminants clinging to the duct surface. Once all ducts are cleaned the entire ventilation system is fogged down with an EPA approved disinfectant to ensure little chance of survival.
The cleaning of the ventilation system is only temporary if the heating and air conditioning systems are not cleaned properly. Paul’s Heating and Cooling is not a carpet cleaning or chimney sweeping company. We’re a licensed residential and commercial HVAC contractor certified to work on all aspects of your HVAC system. We are also members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association and thus abide by their principles and procedures.
The air conditioning equipment is the number one source for molds and bacteria. They live in the coils, drain pan, and blower compartment. If these areas are left uncleaned, then it is only a matter of time before growth is spread back into your ventilation ducts and into your body. Clean HVAC systems will also help you save money on your electric bill.