It’s up to you to educate your customers about the common causes contributing to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) that pose real threats to personal health.
There are a number of products and services you can deliver to remove indoor air pollutants and improve IAQ. Here are four that provide quick relief:
Video Duct Inspection Cameras
Nothing demonstrates truth like video evidence. Rotobrush’s video inspection cameras show clients the extent their homes’ air ducts and dryer vents are clogged with dust, dirt, and other debris. After cleaning is completed, use the video cameras to record the results. Offer before and after-cleaning views to show the extent of the improvements and seal the date for next year’s cleaning.
Air Duct Cleaning Equipment Delivers Powerful and Thorough Air Duct Cleaning
As an indoor air specialist, you know clean air ducts are essential for proper indoor ventilation. Take the time to explain to customers why this is and if possible, show them how dirty their air ducts and even ventilation grills have become. Then give those air ducts a superior cleaning with air duct cleaning equipment.
Rotobrush’s BrushBeast Air Duct Cleaning Machine is the most powerful Rotobrush system yet. With a 90% increase in vacuum power, the BrushBeast can remove even the heaviest build up within air ducts.
Insulation Blowing Machines Add Another Layer of Protection and Generate Savings
Proper attic and wall insulation achieves two important goals for homeowners:
- They keep cool air inside in summer and warm air inside during winter.
- They lower utility bills.
Properly installed insulation also enhances humidity control and lowers the chance for mold and mildew to develop, reduces noise from outside, and provides a barrier against pests trying to sneak inside.
Rotobrush’s portable insulation blowers offer easy, fast, and thorough insulation installs anywhere in a home.
We recommend about 18” of insulation for attics and crawl spaces. Use higher R-value insulation materials in regions with colder weather. Be sure to identify and seal any leaks in these places as well.
Dryer Vent Cleaning Equipment Improves Energy Efficiency and Reduces Fire Risk
Dryer vent cleaning is one of the most-overlooked services in many homes. Clean dryer vents help dryers work more efficiently for shorter periods. This provides three huge benefits to your customers:
- Dryers will last longer due to less wear and tear.
- Electric bills will be lower.
- Fire risk is greatly reduced.
That last point should grab customers’ attention. The National Fire Protection Association says clogged dryer vents contributed to nearly 30% of house fires that started in laundry rooms between 2006 and 2010. Simply put, overheated dryers can and do spark fires.
Ask your customers if they believe their dryer takes too long to properly dry clothes and if it feels very hot to the touch immediately after a cycle. Does it heat up the laundry room, too, or leave a musty or burning smell? Chances are, a clogged vent is the problem.
Do clogged dryers contribute to indoor air pollution? They can contribute to exhaust coming into the home if they are left dirty for too long. Like any other major appliance, they need to vent air to properly function. Remind your customers that they should take care of this problem before blocked vents lead to smoke and possibly fire.
Dust accumulation is a major source of indoor air contamination. Tell your customers that removing dust before it builds up into a problem will improve the air quality inside their homes, remove pest and fire threats, and give them a safer and healthier place to live.
Today’s superior building materials have made private homes more secure and better sealed against outside elements than ever before. While these advancements have done much to reduce utility costs, they have inadvertently created a new problem: poor IAQ.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that IAQ has deteriorated to the point where the air inside our homes may be five to ten times more polluted than outside air!
As an air duct cleaning specialty service, you are in an excellent position to educate your customers about this disturbing development and help them improve the air quality inside their homes. They may be completely unaware about the contaminants in the indoor environment and potential threats to respiratory health.
- They are a major source for allergies and the discomfort they bring: sneezing, coughing, eye tearing, and skin rashes.
- They can trigger asthma attacks.
- They can aggravate respiratory diseases like chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD).
- They can threaten the health of anyone with a compromised immune system.
Regular inspection and cleaning of air ducts greatly reduces these problems traced to dust and air contaminants from dirty air ducts.
What is Entering and Contaminating Air Ducts?
Air ducts pick up lots of debris that contribute to poor indoor air quality. Even worse, they recirculate dirty air, making the problem worse. Here are a few examples of how this happens.
Excess moisture from several sources accumulates in homes with poor ventilation further aggravated by dirty air ducts. This can quickly lead to indoor air contamination. Here are few examples of how moisture can build up:
• Insufficient ventilation in bathrooms and/or kitchens
• Air conditioners that have not had at least yearly cleaning and maintenance
• Dirty humidifiers and filters
Mold can easily sprout inside these environments, particularly in high humidity regions.
Smoke and Particulates
Smoke and the particulates it emits are another source of indoor air contamination. This comes from fireplaces, wood stoves, and dirty furnaces. Gas space heaters in rooms with poor ventilation are another sources. Even candles can contribute to polluted indoor air. Tobacco products are well-documented sources for chemical contaminants as well.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Some cleaning agents, paints, adhesives, graphics and craft materials and other products emit harmful VOC chemicals that can easily become vapors or gas. If they are used or stored in the home, they can release air pollutants. Some of these products are in tobacco products as well.
In certain areas the ground beneath the home emits natural radon gas another source for indoor air pollution.