San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2011
October is Indoor Air Quality Month, and COIT a leading supplier of specialty cleaning and disaster restoration services headquartered in San Francisco, has posted an online Indoor Air Quality Quiz (http://www.coit.com/air-duct-cleaning) to help homeowners around the country evaluate their indoor environment.
“Our quiz asks questions that will help homeowners determine if they have a problem and need a solution,” Bob Kearn, president and CEO of COIT, said. “For example, if anyone in a home has allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems, it’s especially critical to monitor indoor air quality. It’s also important to be sure enough airflow is coming through vents in the home.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, some of the most common sources of indoor air pollution include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials; wet or damp carpet; and central heating and cooling systems.
An HVAC system can cause indoor air problems if it is not serviced and cleaned on a regular basis. The system draws indoor pollutants and allergens (as well as outdoor air contaminants that have made their way into the home through open windows or on pets, clothes or footwear) into its air ducts. Over time, these pollutants can collect with dust on the sides of the air ducts, and be re-circulated through the indoor environment upon operation of the system. According to The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), allergic reactions to components in dust can range from a runny or stuffy nose to itchy, watery eyes or even asthma symptoms. Microscopic organisms called dust mites also breed in dust. The common phrase “dust allergies” actually refers to allergies to the droppings of dust mites.
Maintaining good indoor air quality is always important, but it can be more of an issue during the cold winter months, when the weather prevents homeowners from opening windows and airing out the home. As a result, Kearn notes that fall is a good time to re-evaluate indoor air quality and consider having air ducts cleaned.
“We recommend an air duct cleaning service at least every two years,” Kearn said. “In addition to preventing the collection of contaminants and dust in the HVAC system, and therefore improving indoor air quality, a cleaning will help the system operate more efficiently.” COIT uses an exclusive HEPA-Aire™ vacuum and Aire-Sweep™ compressor system that pulls air duct pollutants into a contained filtration system capable of capturing debris 1/300th the diameter of a human hair.
For more information about indoor air quality and COIT, call 1-800-367-2648. The company will direct you to the COIT location nearest to your home.
With more than 60 years of industry experience in the U.S., Canada and Thailand, COIT is a leading supplier of carpet cleaning, upholstery and drapery cleaning services. The company also provides tile & grout cleaning, air duct cleaning, and 24-hour emergency restoration services. COIT's impeccable reputation offers customers the peace of mind that comes from knowing every job will be done right the first time. For information on franchise opportunities, call Pat Saign at (800) 243-8797 X108. For online ordering, visit http://www.coit.com.