Clean Air Ducts Mean Less Costs and More Comfort
There’s good news for homeowners. Having a home’s HVAC system inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional can help them breathe a sigh of relief by helping the system to work more efficiently.
Through normal occupation in a home, consumers generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust and chemicals. A heating and cooling system functions much like the lungs of a home, taking air in and breathing air out, so these contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and recirculated five to seven times per day, on average. Over time, this recirculation can cause a buildup of contaminants within the ductwork.
While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted.
Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of a system.
Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use. When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.
Choosing a NADCA Member
As the leading association for companies in the HVAC inspection, cleaning, and restoration industry, NADCA comprises about 1,200 members who have signed a code of ethics and invested time and resources into industry-related training and education. Hiring a NADCA member can provide homeowners with an added level of security since members possess general liability insurance and have at least one person on staff who hold an active Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) certification.
Before hiring an air duct cleaning company, be sure to check out the downloadable Homeowner’s Guide to Air Duct Cleaning on the Breathing Clean homepage.