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WHY CLEAN THE HVAC SYSTEM? 

The importance of oxygen for a healthy functioning body cannot be overemphasized. Every tissue and organ in the body requires a continuous amount of oxygen to keep the body functioning properly. On average, a person takes about 16 breaths per minute. 

 

That is about 960 breaths per hour, 23,000 breaths a day, and about 8,409,800 breaths a year. It is irrefutable to deny that the quality of air is a fundamental element that impacts the health and well-being of all living beings. 

It is obvious that quality of life begins with the air we breathe and unknown to most homeowners, indoor air toxins are caused by sources inside the home. Some of these culprits may be unkempt carpeting, cleaning or disinfecting agents, dry skin, or moldy HVAC systems to mention a few. According to World Health Organization Committee, up to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be the subject of excessive complaints related to indoor air quality (IAQ). This subject is of such importance that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), created the term "building related illness" (BRI) to refer to the symptoms of diagnosable illness identified and attributed directly to airborne contaminants like bacteria, molds, pollen, and diverse types of viruses.  

 

The HVAC system is the respiratory system for your home. It has the same function as the lungs and filters all airborne contaminants that enter the premises. Its sole purpose is to recycle, filter, heat or cool the air particles that circulates throughout the home and the respiratory system of the tenants.  

This process happens about 5 to 7 times a day, and it is necessary to maintain the levels of humidity-free from airborne bacteria and toxins which can breed in stagnant waters accumulated in air ductways, humidifiers, or drain pans. These contaminants are known to thrive in particularly damp and humid corners near doors and windows.  

Every time a door or window opens, the levels of humidity inside the home clash with the difference in temperature from the outside climate.

This friction in temperature is called condensation, known as the most common type of dampness. It is caused by a combination of excess moisture in the air and poor ventilation. After longs periods of time, the moisture begins to build up in the air ducts, creating a perfect haven for mold spores to grow.  

Unfortunately, some homeowners are NOT aware of how indoor pollution, allergies, asthma, sinus infections, and most respiratory-health-related issues are common symptoms of mold exposure caused by an unkept HVAC system.  

The Environmental Protection Agency advises yearly maintenance and cleaning routine of the HVAC system to reduce the risk of costly breakdowns, toxin smells, or airborne contaminants by as much as 95%. It is also the best way to maintain the desired level of optimal comfort throughout the home. Cleaning the A/C regularly allows it to perform more efficiently by reducing the stress and pressure that dust and debris build-up usually puts on the HVAC unit. When air filters get clogged and become dirty, the normal flow of air gets blocked. This forces the unit to work harder and faster in order to keep up with the temperature set on the thermostat. In addition, when dust covers the evaporator coil, its ability to absorb heat is impaired and reduces its efficiency and ability to cool your home. 

Ultimately, a clean and well-kept HVAC system is fundamental to the cost and value of the property. But most importantly, is the most basic requirement to ensure peace of mind over the quality of air in your environment.