What You Need to Know About Air Duct Cleaning

Air Duct Cleaning

Your HVAC system and duct work are very important because they controls the flow of air through your home. It’s like the heart and lungs of your building.  According to The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), an average of 40 pounds of dust, debris, and allergens build up in the air ducts of a 6-room residential house each year. This dust may be made up of unhealthy bacteria, dust and mold that may contribute to contamination in the air when your system in on.

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The build-up of dust in your air ducts may prevent air from efficiently flowing through the ventilation system and contaminants may also being released into the air. By keeping your ducts clean and free of debris, you can improving the air quality in your home and reduce the costs of having your system run.

When to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

The conditions in homes may vary from one to another, therefore it is impossible to tell when each individual home should have their air ducts cleaned. You should consider having our air ducts cleaned if:

  • The system is contaminated with an accumulation of particulate or particulate is visible inside of the vents and within the duct itself
  • Airflow is being restricted or compromised, especially at the cooling coil
  • You feel or know that dust, debris, odors or contaminants are being emitted into the air
  • After a renovation project or after a flood or fire event
  • Under special health considerations
  • When advised by an mold or home inspector or for peace of mind

What to Expect from the Professionals

When you a hire a professional air duct cleaner, you should expect them to follow specifics steps to ensure your ducts are cleaned properly. They should be certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association and follow the ACR 2013 Standard for Air Duct Cleaning.  Before starting the cleaning process, the professional will inspect the ducts and system as well as protect your flooring and furnishings. The professional will use HEPA filtered vacuums and other specialized equipment like brushes and compressors the go through ducts. Access panels should be re-sealed and re-insulating anyplace access doors are installed to ensure they are airtight.

Are you in need of having your air ducts cleaned? Envirotech Clean Air has more NADCA certified technicians than any other air duct cleaning company in New England. Call us today at (781) 279-2900 to set up your appointment.

Dan Greenblatt becomes Vice President of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA).

On March 15, 2015, at IAQA’s annual convention in Grapevine, TX, Envirotech’s president, Daniel Greenblatt, was elected Vice President of the Indoor Air Quality Association.  Dan is serving his sixth year on IAQA’s Board of Directors and is also the Chair of the membership committee.  Dan expressed great excitement, about “the consolidation with ASHRAE” , the world’s largest and most influential association of ventilation, heating and refrigeration engineers, and their reach to 54,000 members and 170 chapters in over 100 countries. Also, Dan will work with opportunities to increase IAQA’s efforts and reach in investigating and solving indoor air quality issues.   “Education, chapters, IAQ Standards and membership promotion are the areas that I will work with IAQA on over the coming year of my term as Vice President”.

Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. was established in 1988 from a desire to provide clean, safe indoor air for all people. Envirotech began as an HVAC Cleaning and Restoration company, better known as air duct cleaning, and was among the first members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA).

Today, Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. is one of the largest mold removal, specialty cleaning and HVAC Cleaning and restoration services in the Northeast. Envirotech Clean Air provides an array of clean air services.

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ENVIROTECH Specializes in Sensitive Homeowners Mold Remediation

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Envirotech specializes in cleaning home owner’s contents and family living areas for clients who are sensitive to chemicals or cannot tolerate moldy items or surfaces.

We work with indoor environmental consultants and developed a strategy for every project. “Every client is different”, saidVice President Steven Goselin, “we employ customized strategies that work for the individual homeowner or client.”

Residential Mold Remediation for living areas and contents

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The Typical Problem: Homeowners that are very sensitive to mold and chemicals have an Indoor Environmental Consultant find elevated levels of mold or contamination. They work with the consultant to diagnose and repair the source, and then write a very specific plan for remediation that takes all of their sensitivities, circumstances and needs into account.

The Remediation: Envirotech Clean Air’s project consultants and supervisors work with the homeowner and Indoor Air Professional to plan and execute the site specific remediation. Trained professional technicians and supervisors contain contaminated areas with engineering controls and contaminated porous building materials are removed. All surfaces in the work are cleaned of mold using HEPA filtered vacuums and any designated products. Contents are handled and cleaned according to the scope of work written by the consultant and agreed to by the homeowner and Envirotech. If any new areas of concern are discovered, the homeowner and consultant are contacted. When the project is complete, a post remediation verification should be performed by the environmental consultant. Envirotech pays special attention to sensitive homeowners needs.

The Coordination: Consultants, homeowners and Envirotech work together with any other trades involved to have the stressfulness of work being completed successfully go as smoothly as possible for everyone involved, especially the homeowner.

For information about Envirotech Clean Air’s individual and specialized remediation team, call Steven Goselin or Ron Fallon and the Envirotech team at 781-279-2900.  

ENVIROTECH JOINS ASHRAE AS IAQA AND ASHRAE MERGE

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ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. ASHRAE was formerly the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.

IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors. IAQA will operate independently within ASHRAE’s organizational structure. IAQA headquarters has relocated from Rockville, Md., to Atlanta, Ga., home of ASHRAE’s international headquarters. The agreement was reached between the leadership of both associations and confirmed at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference that concluded earlier this month in Seattle, Wash, and the move was completed on August 15. 2014.

“This merger is beneficial to both ASHRAE and IAQA in that it strengthens the programs and services of both organizations,” Tom Phoenix, ASHRAE president, said. “The work of IAQA complements the work of ASHRAE in its standards, research, publications and educational offerings. We now combine our resources to ensure the industry receives the best indoor air quality technical guidance and educational programs possible, which means improved indoor air quality for the world around us.”

Dan Greenblatt, President of Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. and treasurer of IAQA, was a part of the management oversight and search team which fielded proposals from Association Management and related Indoor environmental associations, to be IAQA’s new management team. “ASHRAE formed in 1894 and has over 170 chapters and 54,000 members” says Dan. “We are proud to be a part of such a world class association both nationally and at the Boston Chapter”.

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Healthy Schools Provide Clean Indoor Air Quality for Students & Faculty

Last week, National Healthy Schools Day was recognized and brought national attention to the indoor environment of the nation’s schools. The day of recognition began in 2002 and is coordinated by the Healthy Schools Network in partnership with other groups and organizations.

A crucial component to a healthy school is the indoor air quality (IAQ) that students, teachers and the rest of the faculty breathe. In recognition of this fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a wide range of resources to help schools improve their IAQ with their Tools for Schools Action Kit. In it, EPA states, “Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can impact their health, but indoor air pollution can also have significant, harmful effects. EPA studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times—and occasionally more than 100 times—higher than outdoor levels. EPA and its Science Advisory Board consistently rank indoor air pollution among the top five environmental health risks to the public.”

There are many environmental pollutants that can cause issues in a school and a common one is mold. Problems can even be caused by mechanical issues such as poor ventilation, contaminated HVAC ducts or improper building operations. All of these can directly impact a student’s ability to learn and even cause an increase in absenteeism.

“In Massachusetts and across New England, Envirotech Clean Air provides schools with services to ensure their students can focus on learning,” said Daniel Greenblatt, President of Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. “Our specialists have extensive experience in providing schools with mold remediation services, mechanical hygiene inspections and duct cleaning services. We understand the unique needs of school settings and how the HVAC system and sources of IAQ pollutants, such as mold, can impact the learning environment.”

Envirotech Clean Air Continues Commitment to the IAQ Industry

Last month, the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) concluded their 17th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The meeting and exposition brings together professionals dedicated to preventing and solving indoor air quality (IAQ) issues around the globe.

During the event, IAQA held elections for a number of important leadership positions within the organization. These positions provide critical direction for IAQA’s continued growth and mission. Daniel Greenblatt, from Envirotech Clean Air, Inc., was elected to serve a one year term as the association’s Treasurer.

Mr. Greenblatt is the President of Envirotech and has a long history of involvement with IAQA. He has served as the association’s Vice President in the past and is currently the Chair of the Membership Committee and is on the Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Greenblatt is a member of IAQA’s Ad-Hoc NAM Committee that is currently writing a white paper on the use on negative air machines.

IAQA is not the only organization that has benefited from Mr. Greenblatt’s expertise. He was the past Vice Chair of the Restoration Industry Association’s (RIA) Environmental Council which drafted and produced the ANSI/IESO/RIA Standard 6001: Evaluation of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Interior Surfaces to Determine the Presence of Fire-Related Particulate as a Result of a Fire in a Structure. Mr. Greenblatt and the team at Envirotech are also active members of NADCA and the company maintains the largest number of NADCA certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialists (ASCS) in New England.

“With over a quarter of a century of investigating, cleaning, remediating and resolving IAQ issues, the role of Treasurer for IAQA is a great opportunity to utilize my experiences to further the efforts of the association,” said Mr. Greenblatt. “I look forward to continuing IAQA’s goal of bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of all people.”

Clean Air in Homes Does Not Include High Levels of Mold

Mold is a natural part of the environment and can be found all around us. However, its presence in elevated levels in people’s homes can lead to problems and concerns for family members and may indicate a moisture problem within the home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions.” The agency goes on to state, “Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.”

Homes with mold problems may also develop high levels of microbial contaminants in their HVAC system. In some circumstances, the problem may even be the result of a moisture problem directly in the HVAC system or ducts. For these reasons, it is important that a home’s mechanical system be inspected for potential issues.

“Envirotech Clean Air is known across New England as one of the leading mold remediation and decontamination companies,” said Daniel Greenblatt, President of Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. “We have specialists who perform sensitive mold remediation projects, mechanical hygiene inspections and duct cleaning services. Our reputation has been built upon our successful treatment of everything from minor to severe mold problems. The end result is the problem is resolved and the air people breathe in their homes is clean.”

HVAC Mechanical Hygiene Inspections Offer Many Benefits

Building owners and property managers depend on their HVAC system to work properly and efficiently during both cold and warm weather conditions. If something goes wrong with the HVAC system, it can immediately create major issues and even cause the temporary closure of a building.

Across New England, building owners and property managers have turned to Envirotech Clean Air for over a quarter of a century to perform their mechanical hygiene inspections. Envirotech utilizes state-of-the-art inspection technologies during their inspections, which often allows their technicians to identify and pinpoint both the source and severity of many air quality contaminations before any work even begins.

During the inspection process, a visual examination of the internal components of the facility’s HVAC system is performed by visually inspecting all of the key components of the system. These are photographed using digital photography, borescopes and video cable equipment where applicable. A photo report and presentation is then prepared for the client.

Each job is unique and is comprehensively reviewed by Envirotech’s team to evaluate any special needs that may be present and to map out the best approach for providing the highest level of service. The timeframe for the project, manpower needs and all resource materials are discussed and planned. Available schematic drawings are also reviewed and a final project plan is determined to satisfy the needs and requirements of the customer.

“Mechanical hygiene inspections are a critical component to ensuring a building’s HVAC system is operating properly and delivering clean air,” said Daniel Greenblatt, President of Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. “With over 25 years of experience and thousands of happy customers later, our experts have this process down to a science that benefits our clients on each project we undertake.”

SENSITIVE HOMEOWNERS SPECIALTY CLEANING

The professionals at Envirotech Clean Air take pride in being the specialty cleaning and remediation company that very sensitive clients can depend on for results.

Envirotech specializes in cleaning home owner’s contents and family living areas.    Clients who are sensitive to chemicals or cannot physically tolerate moldy items or surfaces, hire the professionals at Envirotech.  First and foremost, we protect our clients and personnel from contamination.  We work with indoor environmental consultants and developed a strategy for every project which may include using new equipment, HEPA vacuuming, wiping surfaces and engineering controls that exhaust air to the outdoors.  “Every client is different”, said Vice President Steven Goselin, “we employ customized strategies that work for the individual homeowner or client.”  

For information about Envirotech Clean Air’s individual and specialized remediation team, call Steven Goselin the Envirotech team at 781-279-2900.  Breathe Easier, Envirotech has cleared the air.

ENVIROTECH’S EMERGENCY HVAC DUCT CLEANING DIVISION

Emer-Duct-Cleaning-longEnvirotech Clean Air’s  emergency fire duct cleaning division is comprised of highly qualified and experienced HVAC and commercial duct cleaning technicians.  Envirotech’s disaster duct cleaners come quickly  as an elite group of trained and certified HVAC air duct cleaning restoration specialists.  They react to emergency situations for public or private clients.

Envirotech is the most highly qualified and recommended commercial duct cleaning service known for providing outstanding service, whether responding to a local church devastated by fire,  office buildings, schools or universities, commercial buildings or homes.  We restore indoor air quality after fires and perform duct cleaning restoration services for large commercial projects and smaller home disasters.

Both commercial and residential clients  count on Envirotech for all their duct cleaning disaster restoration services because they know that the job will be done correctly and the HVAC Mechanical systems will be restored.

Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. www.BreathEasier.com.  800-698-1300