How to properly clean Air Ducts
The American Lung Association states that as awareness of poor indoor air quality grows, more people are turning to having their air ducts cleaned to help solve indoor air quality problems. Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health but may not know that indoor air pollution also has significant effects.
Why is Air Quality Important?
EPA studies indicate that indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2x-5x, and on occasion more than 100x, higher than outdoor levels. These levels of indoor air pollutants are of particular concern most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. Over the past several decades, our exposure to indoor air pollutants is believed to have increased due to a variety of factors, the use of synthetic building materials & furnishings, and the use of chemically formulated personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners. In recent years, the EPA has consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health. The EPA is actively involved reducing people’s exposure to air pollutants in offices, homes, schools and other indoor environments where people live, work, and play. The American lung association says that people who have their ducts cleaned should verify that the service provider takes steps to protect individuals from exposure to dislodged pollutants and chemicals used during the cleaning process. This may involve using HEPA filtration when cleaning, providing respirators for workers and having occupants vacate during cleaning.”