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Dirty Ducts Affecting your Health?

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George Machado

With so much attention these days on one's health one can only wonder how safe is our work environment.

Researchers from the U.S. National Institute Of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently completed a three-year study of 160 buildings which were considered to have Indoor Air Quality problems. As a result of these studies, they have compiled data showing the most common IAQ problems and the relative risk of certain health problems in the presence of different building conditions.


The most common problems adversely affecting the indoor environment were found to be dirty HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) components, no written IAQ plan and lack of maintenance - or disrepair - of HVAC systems. As you can see, the HVAC system predominantly contributes to adverse health effects. It was found that dirty particulate filters and dirt found in the OSA (outside air) intake doubled the chance of asthma in building occupants exposed to such, as compared to those not exposed. Exposure to unclean ducts increased the likelihood of health symptoms like runny nose, sneezing or itchy eyes.

With all of these health issues in the workplace, one can only wonder how much this is affecting the health of office workers and tenants, their productivity and the efficiency of one's company.

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What is the solution to these health problems?

There is something you can do about it. Having your HVAC systems inspected, cleaned and maintained at scheduled intervals is the best guarantee against employee and tenant complaints and lowered productivity through increased sick days. You can find out today if your system has become a potential health risk.

Machado Environmental has been successfully creating a cleaner work environment for over 23 years. Through its duct cleaning technology, it has solved the toughest problems for various corporations such as Coca Cola, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Federal Express, Nissan, United Airlines only to mention a few.