When you live in a multifamily building with possibly hundreds of people residing under one roof, cooking, cleaning, dusting, and breathing, it’s no surprise that the airways, chutes, and garbage rooms can get clogged and dirty over time, potentially leading to some serious problems.
“According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the levels of some hazardous pollutants in indoor air have been found to be up to 70 times greater than in outdoor air,” says Philip B. Renzi, executive vice president of Environmental Services for the Canton, Massachusetts-based AirCare Environmental Services Division of SynergyOne Solutions, Inc. “The decrease in air ventilation results in condo residents breathing bad air.”
This is especially true heading into the colder months, with doors and windows being locked up tight and the air re-circulating throughout the condo. Waste material, debris, and allergens can build up in a building’s airways and passages and the duct system eventually becomes the perfect environment for the proliferation of mold, bacteria, and other organisms.
“A major source of indoor air pollution in condos is having dirty air ducts,” says Michael Vinick, president of Duct and Vent Cleaning of America, who also serves on the board of directors of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) inspection, maintenance and restoration association. “Each time the furnace or air conditioner is in operation, dust, dirt particles, debris, pollen, pet dander and other pollutants are drawn into the duct system. Over time, the particles accumulate in the ducts.”
When there is improper air ventilation, the indoor air becomes contaminated with air pollutants. To maintain the environmental health of a building, it’s vital that the HVAC system, garbage chutes and collection areas, and other circulatory systems remain clean, sanitary and stench-free.