Many people have common questions about air duct cleaning. Here are a few helpful facts.
- Indoor air pollution is ranked among the top 5 environmental dangers to the public. (EPA)
-Studies have shown that 2 out of 3 indoor air quality problems involve the HVAC/Air Duct System.
-Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in indoor air can be 2 to 5 times greater than in outdoor air. (EPA)
-The levels of some hazardous pollutants in indoor air has been found to be up to 70 times greater than in outdoor air (USEPA)
-Most people spend 60% to 90% of their time indoors. (American Lung Association & EPA)
-The average 6-room house collects 40 pounds of dust each year. (Discover Magazine)

Ever wonder what's really in your vents? Dust mites are a major problem and they love your air duct system.
- Each person can shed up to 700,000 skin scales per day creating an abundant food source for dust mites.
- About 40,000 dust mites can "thrive" in only one ounce of dust
- Approximately 10 to 15 percent of the population suffers from an allergy related to dust mites.

With all of this information available, it is easy to see why having your duct system cleaned often is important. Most people to not realize all of the build up that is in their vents. Whether your house is new or old, it is important to have them cleaned. If your house was recently built, construction debris is often left behind from contractors. Large objects like pieces of flooring often prevent the air duct system from working properly and you may not even be aware that something is obstructing air flow to your home.

It is also important to know that:

- Airflow problems can reduce your system's efficiency by up to 15 percent. (energystar.gov)
- A buildup of .042 inches of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease in efficiency of 21%. (EPA)
- Dirty coils reduce the system's ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment. (energystar.gov)
- 9 out of 10 system failures are caused by dirt and dust.(LCES - Louisiana Cooperative Extensions Service)

When it comes to having your dryer vent cleaned, consider this:
- In 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries. (Consumer Product Safety Commission)

Having your dryer vent cleaned a few times a year is highly recomemnded to increase the efficiency of your dryer as well as reducing your risk of a house fire.

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