Imagine if you went five to seven years without dusting or wiping down a counter, dresser, or ledge in your home. The result would be a layer of dust and dirt a few inches thick. If you have ductwork in your house, it should to be cleaned periodically to keep your system running efficiently. Homes with pets or smokers, or that are nearby construction sites should be cleaned more often. In addition, dirty ductwork can, in some cases, pose health hazards to residents and visitors alike.
- 50% of all illnesses is either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air
- 1 out 6 people who suffer from allergies do so because of the direct relationship to the fungi and bacteria found in the air duct system
- Indoor air is found to be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air
- The elderly, asthmatics and people with breathing problems are also likely to be sensitive to pollutants in the air of their own home
- Children are more likely than adults to be affected by polluted air. They breathe faster, inhale more air per unit of body weight and are closer to the ground, where the concentrations of pollutants are higher
- Legionnaire’s Disease was spawned from air ducts and killed 29 people in 1976
- Most people spend 60% to 90% of their time indoors
Dirty ductwork is also expensive. Simply cleaning your ductwork can reduce your monthly heating and air conditioning costs. The fan in your heating and cooling system is what pushes the air through the ductwork. As dirt, dust and other debris accumulates, friction is created that results in the fan working harder than necessary. Even a small amount of friction in the system will increase operation costs over time. In addition, air passing through dirty ductwork will carry some of the contaminants to the other system components.
- 9 out of 10 heating/cooling system failures are caused by dust and dirt.
- A build up of 0.042 inches of dirt (less than 1/16″ of an inch) on a heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease in efficiency of 21%.
Our total source removal cleaning process allows you to see for yourself all of the dirt and debris that we remove from your duct system. Just ask our technician before he gets started, so you can see for yourself before and after results. To learn more, and to determine if whole house duct cleaning is right for you, call us at (847) 509-7777.
American College of Allergists
American Lung Association
Department of Consumer Affairs
Environmental Protection Agency
Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service
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