The EPA rates poor indoor air quality in the top five environmental concerns. When you consider that 80% of modern life is lived indoors, you can understand why!
A major source of indoor air pollution is the heating and cooling duct work in your home or business. On the average, indoor air is 3 to 5 times more contaminated than outdoor air. Forced Hot Air systems (FHA) work by recirculating the air, pulling cool air from each room and passing it through your furnace, creating the warm air coming out of your vents. Allergens like dust, mold, pollen and dander are carried throughout the home through the FHA system’s duct work. The average six room house produces approximately 40 pounds of dust each year! Homes with pets or recent remodeling work produce even more.
Clean duct work saves energy costs. Dirty duct work and plugged heating return vents will reduce airflow and make your furnace work harder, causing your energy bill to go up. HVAC manufacturers recommend replacing the filter in your furnace every two months. We suggest to our clients to have New England Remediation Services clean their home heating and air-conditioning duct work every three years. Not only can it save you money by reducing initial energy costs, cleaning the air ducts in your home as part of a routine maintenance plan also ensures long-term savings by preventing more expensive costs like wear and tear on your furnace and medical treatment for allergies and illnesses from breathing contaminated air.
Duct cleaning kills hidden mold. Your home’s ductwork is the perfect environment for mold to grow because the temperature transfer creates condensation, whether heating or cooling. Mold thrives in moist, dark conditions. The dust, pet hair, and fine particles clinging inside your ducts provide the “food” that mold needs to grow.
After brushing and HEPA-vacuuming your home’s ductwork, we treat it with a nontoxic biocide agent designed to kill any mold spores that may seek to re-establish themselves. This is an extra step that most duct cleaning services choose not to do, but in our book, this is a perfect opportunity to mitigate any mold or bacteria that may be loosened and released as soon as the system is turned on.
How long is it been since you had your heating and air conditioning ducts cleaned? Call us for a today for a free, no obligation quote!