We take the air we breathe for granted. Most of us realize and accept that outside air is sometimes polluted. In the more urbanized parts of the nation — like the areas surrounding Benicia — the quality of outside air is not as good as other, more rural areas.
Most of us agree the air inside our homes and the places we work, or businesses we frequent is clean. It is certainly much less polluted than the air outside of our homes and those businesses, right?
Actually, that’s not always true. We are taking that for granted. A study by the Environmental Protection Agency a few years ago found the air in a great many homes to be polluted and for some it is as 70-times more polluted than the air outside.
Here’s another — and, in a way, and considering the EPA statistics, kind of frightening — statistic. The National Safety Council did a study on how much time we spend indoors. Surprisingly, it’s 90% of our time and 65% of our time is spent in our own homes.
Your Professional Air Duct Cleaner in Benicia Explains Why Your Indoor Air is Polluted
Your professional air duct cleaner in Benicia says the source of the air pollution and toxins found in indoor air in any home is the air duct system and the heating and cooling system. The air duct system consists of the supply and return ducts. Studies have found dirt, dust, pollen, pet hair — if pets are in the home — and dander in those ducts.
These items cause problems those in your family or visitors with allergies or breathing disorders like asthma. The rest of us don’t notice but we are still breathing them.
Other studies have found pesticides and insecticides, household cleaners and paints inside air ducts. There can be chemicals present, too. Polyurethane from mattresses, furniture and upholstery and components like formaldehyde, dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and polybrominated biphenyl have been found in them.
Some air ducts harbor strep, Legionnaires Disease and salmonella.
Your home’s heating and cooling system and the air ducts act much like your own lungs and heart. When the heat or air-conditioning is turned on, the home breathes. That air is circulated into all of the home much like your heart takes oxygen to various parts of the body.
The toxins just described — or many, or all of them — are circulated into the air when the heating and cooling system comes on. You breathe them, and they settle on furniture, bedding, floors, carpets, draperies and other parts of the home, and back in the air duct system when the air is shut off.
Your Professional Air Duct Cleaner in Benicia has Questions
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and your professional air duct cleaner in Benicia track the quality of indoor air. The question is when was the last time you had your air duct system cleaned? And when was the last time the parts of your heating and cooling system that process air and push it through the home were cleaned?
The most likely answer is never.
Your air duct system needs cleaning. It is recommended that your air duct system be cleaned every three to five years and that your heating and cooling system also be inspected and cleaned.
A study from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) bears that out. In a way, it also suggests that the closer to a three year cleaning, the better. ASHRAE’s study found that dirty heating and cooling coils and fans and blowers cut furnace efficiency by 40%.
A heating and cooling system running at 60% efficiency costs you money in higher heating and cooling bills.
Your Professional Air Duct Cleaner in Benicia Cleans Your Air Duct System
Your professional air duct cleaner in Benicia is a skilled, highly trained expert practicing the highest possible safety standards and best practices. Training includes the engineering style of your heating and cooling system and its relationship to the air duct system.
• A complete inspection happens before cleaning starts.
• The inspection looks for cracks and breaks in the system, moisture damage and mold, and for insect or rodent infestations.
• Before cleaning starts carpets, bedding, upholstery, furniture and draperies are protected.
• When cleaning starts, your home’s safety is kept in mind.
• The supply and return air ducts are cleaned.
• Registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers and heating and cooling coils are cleaned and inspected.
• Fan motors and fan motor housing are inspected and cleaned.
• Filters are checked, cleaned or, if recommended, replaced.
A Routine Maintenance Program from Your Professional Air Duct Cleaner in Benicia
Your professional air duct cleaner in Benicia suggests a regular program of maintenance on your air ducts and your heating and cooling system. This keeps your system running as efficiently as possible and keeps air quality at a maximum best.