Power Vac America Year End Review
Even though I only got two newsletters published this year, I was still writing Indoor Air Quality related articles for other publications. Let me take this opportunity to summarize for the final newsletter of 2008.
Do you want a new CLEAN HVAC system or do you want a new DIRTY one? There is a growing requirement for “post construction” cleaning of the HVAC systems after construction and prior to turning the facility over to the owner. Even though this is more common in new commercial construction specifications we are seeing this requirement on many new houses as well. Renovations and remodel projects are a prime candidate for this service. At the end of the project, the owner wants and is paying for new and CLEAN HVAC system and ductwork.
Burning Indoor Air Quality Issues – I often get calls with customers complaining about black soot like material all over their return filters, supply registers, etc. Guess what – it is black soot. Candle burning is the problem. Soot is a product of incomplete combustion of carbon-containing fuels, usually petroleum-based. The soot not only discolors walls and furniture, it also contaminates their ventilation system.
Energy Saving Proof is on the Way –The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) has engaged a team of researchers from the University of Colorado to undertake a two-year study titled “The Correlation Between HVAC System Pressure Drop and Energy Savings.” This research project will be the first study of its kind to verify the energy savings associated with system pressure drop. It is also the first scientific study performed that will verify that the services ACCA members perform will positively affect HVAC systems by reducing energy consumption!
ACCA Standard – Restoring the Cleanliness of HVAC Systems – I’m proud to be associated with an organization that considers Indoor Air Quality and HVAC system cleanliness important enough to write a standard. The standard was developed by ACCA to provide useful, explicit and workable guidelines that will provide contractors the ability to differentiate themselves based on additional services provided and establish performance criteria for all reputable contractors.
Hats Off to Licensed Contractors – After going through the process of taking the prep class, tabbing and highlighting all of the books, studying the table of content, the glossary, and the index every time I got a chance, and finally taking the Environmental/Class A test, I have a much higher respect for all of those who have done this before me. My hat is off to all of you.
IAQ after IKE – Last but not least. As many of our members are still trying to repair and recover from the storm and many of our members have a heavy work load associated with the storm, Indoor Air Quality has become a major issue because of Ike. There are several standards that address the issues related to HVAC systems and ductwork after a flood or water incursion. ACCA has one of these standards and should help you dealing with your customers.
We want to hear from you! Call or email to tell us about your indoor air quality problems. We’ll help you find the right solution.