Importance of Indoor Air Quality for a Healthy Environment

2/28/2022 | Michael D. Vinick, ASCS, CVI, President - Duct & Vent Cleaning of America, Inc. Past President - NADCA

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has quickly become the most important topic on the planet. COVID-19 has brought the indoor transmission of pathogens front and center. Over the past two decades, we have evolved from an agricultural society to one in which people spend their working hours indoors. Socially, we have also evolved from spending time outside to inside while socializing and gaming. In 1990, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that people spend over 90% of their time indoors and this number has likely increased since then.

Indoors, we have focused our efforts on thermal comfort. HVAC Systems have been designed to condition air temperature and control humidity levels. What has been left out, is the focus on inspection, cleaning and restoration of the HVAC systems that is so important to maintaining a healthy indoor environment. HVAC systems are key to fighting the transmission of pathogens. Outside fresh-air being brought into a building can be increased by retrofitting and upgrading HVAC systems. Covid-19 or no Covid-19, it is common sense to ensure that HVAC system components and ductwork are clean in order to have a healthy indoor environment. Circulating fresh and recycled air through dirty systems defeats the purpose and can cause adverse health effects to the building occupants. We want to avoid adverse health effects on the building occupants such as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and Building Related Illness (BRI).

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has limited resources dedicated to the advancement of healthy IAQ. Click here for the limited information that they do provide.

Duct & Vent Cleaning of America, Inc is a solution oriented company and we are available to help you with you IAQ concerns. Please visit our website for more information on our services or give us a call to discuss how we can help.

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