The Benefits of Taking a Pro-Active Approach to Maintaining a Healthy Property.
According the the National Indoor Air Quality Institute (NIAQI), due to the construction of more energy efficient buildings over the past 20 years, commercial buildings and multi-family residential properties have become more prone to mold and IAQ problems than ever before. Some benefits of maintaining healthy properties include:
• Building occupants stay healthier and more productive
• Minimize legal liabilities with a pro-active approach
• IAQ compliance may reduce insurance rates
• Mechanical systems run more efficiently and inexpensively
• Marketing advantages for IAQ compliant properties
Overheated Clothes Dryers Can Cause Fires
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Save Lives
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that consumers purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors with labels showing they meet the requirements of the new Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) voluntary standard (UL 2034). The UL standard, published in April 1992, requires detectors to sound an alarm when exposure to carbon monoxide reaches potentially hazardous levels over a period of time. Detectors that meet the requirements of UL 2034 provide a greater safety margin than previously-manufactured detectors.
HVAC units fill up with dust, pet hair, and other particulates.
These allergens get recirculated back into the air in our
homes, having a negative impact on our health.
The best way to keep up indoor air quality is to regularly
clean the ducts in our homes.
**U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency
Find information and resources on: Indoor Air Quality, Asthma, Secondhand Smoke, Radon, IAQ in Schools, and General IAQ Questions, Mold/Moisture, etc. at : https://www.epa.gov/
**National Fire Protection Association
Learn about dryer fires and fire prevention at:http://www.nfpa.org/public-education
True or False: Duct Edition
*(All facts are based on current National Fire Protection Association) and Environmental Protection Association information.)
1) Dryer fires cause property damage, injuries, and even death.
True! In the event that there is too much lint in a dryer duct, the heat from the dryer causes the lint to ignite. This causes a dryer fire that usually spreads quickly, right in the middle of the home.
2) Homeowners should only hire duct cleaning companies who follow NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) standards of operation.
True! Not all duct cleaning companies are equal. We follow guidelines put in place by NADCA to ensure the complete satisfaction of our clients.
3) Clean the clothes dryer lint filter before and after each cycle doesn't matter as long as you get a yearly duct cleaning.
False! While it's important to do your part in maintaining your dryer vent, it's important to have a professional clean out the duct about once a year. Dryer fires are often very preventable; these practices will help to decrease your risk of a fire caused by lint build-up and restricted air flow.
4) You can use a clothes dryer without a lint filter.
FALSE! Lint filters keep a lot of daily lint from accumulating in the duct. While yearly maintenance is still necessary, without a lint filter, a dryer fire is much more likely to occur.