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September 2, 2014

NADCA Standards & Air Duct Cleaning

Air duct cleaning is a vital form of maintenance to secure the condition and efficiency of your HVAC system. Recent studies suggest that cleaning your heating and cooling system will not only improve your system’s operation and efficiency, but also save money that would be spent on energy and other maintenance. The primary reasons experts suggest to have your air ducts cleaned are to save energy and reduce your risk of indoor air pollution.

Studies have shown that in warmer climates, HVAC systems can account for as much as 70 percent of consumers’ electric bills and energy usage in summer months. Further research by the U.S. Department of Energy suggests that 25 to 40 percent of this energy is wasted. This means that a great deal of the energy that you are paying for is not being used productively. Contaminants in your HVAC system only worsen this issue. These particles force your system to work harder to maintain comfortable conditions in your home, which puts unnecessary wear and tear on your heating and cooling system and forces it to use more energy. Having your HVAC system cleaned will lessen the workload on your unit, allow you to save energy, and relieve some of the financial burden of heating and cooling your home.

Research shows in a typical six room home, up to 40 pounds of dust are created and circulated through your home from your heating and cooling system. Every day activities in your home produce an abundance of pollutants, from dander and dust to chemicals. These pollutants are re-circulated and redistributed throughout the air in your home by your HVAC system. Eventually this leads to buildup in your system’s ductwork. With these contaminants flowing throughout the air in your home, you and your loved ones could have significant health risks. Increased pollution in the air in your home can aggravate autoimmune disorders, respiratory health conditions, and certain allergies. By having your air ducts cleaned, you can ensure the quality of the air that is being pumped through your home and breathed by your loved ones.

With awareness of the importance of effective air duct cleaning on the rise, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) was founded in 1989. The purpose of the organization was to educate consumers about HVAC maintenance and establish industry standards. Today, the NADCA represents qualified companies who provide such HVAC services as inspection, restoration, and cleaning. There are about 1,000 HVAC companies who have been certified as members of the NADCA trade association. This means that these companies have signed the NADCA Code of Ethics and completed extensive training and education in the industry in order to provide topnotch HVAC services.

The NADCA provides consumers the option to choose certified HVAC service providers, to know that the company they have hired is held to the highest standards. Consumers have no reservations in trusting their HVAC system and indoor air quality to NADCA members.

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