Energy Savings Tips – Air Duct Cleaning Saves At Least 11 Percent On Your Annual Energy Costs
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning a home or small commercial building is requires a lot of energy.
Your HVAC (heating, air conditioning and Ventilation) system accounts for 30 percent of the energy used in an average home or small building. In addition, heating and cooling larger dwellings accounts for up to half of the energy use. On the whole, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are by far the largest sources of energy use within a home or building. Heating and air conditioning systems tend to be the most important and expensive investment we make to our property but somehow, we take it for granted and most heating and cooling systems tend to be poorly maintained. These systems, which are used every day of the year, get dirty and can become heavily contaminated with dirt, dust, animal dander, and more.
Your HVAC (heating, air conditioning and Ventilation) system accounts for 30 percent of the energy used in an average home or small building.
Believe it or not, heating and cooling systems in new homes and buildings are often heavily fouled before occupants move in due to construction debris. Contaminated heating and cooling systems contribute to poor indoor air quality in the form of increased airborne particulates and reduced comfort. Fouled systems have to work much harder due to decreased air flow which makes them more prone to failure. When it comes to having a productive, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system, air flow is king. Increased air flow equals better performance. When HVAC systems become fouled, air flow is reduced. Dirty filters, clogged coils, fouled blowers and other components impede air flow and and make your air conditioning unit work harder and result in increased energy costs.
The solution is to have the heating and air conditioning system professionally cleaned by a NADCA certified Air systems Cleaning Specialist. Professional cleaning for a heating and air conditioning system entails cleaning not only the ductwork, but also the vents, registers, blower, coils, and other complete cleaning of the heating and air conditioning system is a highly specialized duct cleaning service that differs from the routine maintenance provided by the air conditioning technician sent out to clean and adjust the air conditioners. Complete cleaning of the heating and air conditioning system is important to ensure your air conditioning system continues to operate at peak efficiency. Call Universal Air and Heat to thoroughly clean your air handler components. 866-999-2665
So how much does it cost to operate a fouled heating and cooling system?
That is the question asked by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), a not-for-profit association representing companies around the world that inspect, clean and restore heating and air conditioning systems. In 2008 NADCA initiated a project with researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) to conduct an in-depth study of this issue. Researchers conducted two field trials to assess the accuracy of the computer model.
Through this process, researchers came to realize that there was no comprehensive data available to quantify the savings that can be achieved through cleaning of heavily-fouled systems, typical of systems regularly encountered by NADCA members. (For purposes of this research, “Heavily-fouled” systems are defined as systems where complete cleaning results in a pressure change of at least 30 percent. Pressure change is simply an easier way to measure air flow.)
The calculations in the computer model were based on data collected from lightly-fouled systems – systems that are not very dirty.
According to the results of the study, cleaning even lightly-fouled systems can produce substantial energy savings. These findings are based on complete cleaning of heating and air conditioning systems in accordance with NADCA’s ACR 2006 Standard, which includes cleaning ductwork, coils, blower, other air-side system components, and changing the filter. Based on the initial research, cleaning a lightly-fouled system provides, on average, an 11 percent savings off of the energy used for heating and air conditioning systems.
Researchers have proven that cleaning even lightly-fouled heating and cooling systems can result in energy savings of 11 percent. Cleaning heavily-fouled systems is expected to produce an even greater savings than cleaning systems that are essentially clean. In addition to these savings, consumers who have their heating and cooling system cleaned can benefit from improved indoor air quality, reduced maintenance costs and extended life expectancy for the heating and cooling system. While not yet confirmed, cleaning
heavily-fouled systems is expected to produce even greater energy savings.
Air Duct Sanitizing – Give Yourself the Gift of a Healthier New Year
Did You know? That 40 lbs. of dust can accumulate in the average 1500 sq ft home in 1 year?
That dust is likely to contain dirt, allergens, bacteria, fungi, mold and approximately 40,000 dust mites per ounce,” says Richard Lantz, an Air Systems Cleaning Specialist and a director at the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). Every time you use your heating or cooling system, these allergens circulate in your home, which can lead to fatigue, sinus complications and asthma. A professional air duct cleaning by a NADCA certified company is recommended at least every two years.
After you have had your air ducts cleaned we highly recommend having your air ducts sanitized with Sporiciden.
Sporicidin is FDA 510(k) cleared, EPA registered for hospital use and compliant with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards. This product is registered for mold and mildew remediation, air duct cleaning, water and flood damage restoration, and for use in institutional, commercial and home environments. EPA listed as Swine Flu, Avian (Bird) Flu and regular Influenza A disinfectant and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Disinfectant. (see label or MRSA Disinfection Bulletin) Sporicidin® has been used in hospital, medical and dental environments since 1978 and provides 99.9% kill of disease and odor-causing microorganisms for up to 6 months after treatment.
Our air conditioning refresh service that includes a 24 point AC tune-up, light coil cleaning and disinfecting with with Sporiciden.
Universal Air and Heat Air Duct Cleaning Helps To Reduce Indoor Air Pollution!
As NADCA certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialists, we will educate you about indoor air pollution and explain how our air duct cleaning procedures may help to improve your indoor air quality. Your air conditioning duct system functions as the respiratory system of your home. Dust, dirt, pollen, animal dander and other airborne contaminants are pulled into your system every time your air conditioner runs. Over time, these contaminants build up inside your duct-work, making your system a breeding ground for mold spores, bacteria, fungus, mildew, and other microbes, which are then re-circulated through your home, impacting the health and comfort of your family. Those who suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory ailments, especially children, the elderly and birds are vulnerable to the effects of indoor air pollution.
- 50% of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air. (American College of Allergists)
- Levels of air pollution inside the home can be 2 to 5 times higher, and occasionally 100 times higher, than outdoor levels. (Environmental Protection Agency)
- One out of six people who suffer from allergies do so because of the direct relationship to the fungi and bacteria in air duct systems. (Health Magazine)
Universal Air & Heat uses the newest state of the art Rotobrush BrushBeast air duct cleaning machine which is 90% more powerful than other Rotobrsh machines. Our qualified team of professional air conditioning technicians can help eliminate microbes, spores, mildew and fungus to ensure that your air conditioning system is free of all contaminants and bacteria. Having your ac air ducts cleaned regularly will give your home or business a healthy breathing environment.
Universal Air and Heat makes air duct cleaning affordable and has one of the largest service areas of any of our competitors in Florida. We proudly serve Miami Dade County FL, Broward County FL, Palm Beach County FL and Tampa FL.
Universal Air and Heat offers Air Duct Cleaning services in accordance with NADCA standards so you can rest assured your will be receiving the highest quality air duct cleaning service.
Our Air Duct Sanitizing will protect your indoor breathing environment using Sproricidin, a non-toxic, anti microbial sealant that will seal protect duct-work from microbial growth and prevent the dirt, mold, mildew and fiberglass debris from polluting the air your breath.
Universal Air and Heat is committed to improving indoor air quality at an affordable price. We sell only the best quality Indoor Air Quality Products to help ensure your indoor air stays free of pollutants.
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