September 23, 2009 // Franchising.com // Ann Arbor, MI - DUCTZ, the nation's largest air duct cleaning and HVAC restoration franchise organization, is doing its part to raise awareness of how indoor mold and mycotoxins can adversely affect health as part of National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month from September 5, 2009 through October 5, 2009.
"National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month is a great opportunity for people to learn more about the dangers and hazards that can come from mold inside air ventilation systems," said John Rotche, President of DUCTZ. "We are helping to spread the word about the adverse affects of poor indoor air quality and also aid in the prevention of the growth of indoor mold."
According to Tom Yacobellis, Vice President of Corporate Operations, "Indoor mold can create a variety of respiratory and health problems including chronic asthma, allergies, respiratory inflammation and other serious lung illnesses. HVAC system cleanings can help alleviate these symptoms while enhancing indoor air quality and ensuring that air systems deliver clean, fresh air."
"The negative health effects of mycotoxins are a function of the concentration, the duration of exposure and person's general health and sensitivities. It is imperative that good moisture controls and ventilation systems within residential homes and other buildings are put in place and evaluated as needed, helping to limit potential health risks," said Yacobellis.
Specialized certifications are necessary for working within residential and commercial industries to optimize ventilation systems and improve indoor air quality. DUCTZ professionals that hold a National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) Ventilation System Mold Remediator (VSMR) certification undergo specific training that ensures an understanding of microbiological contamination, project assessment, and how to apply NADCA and other industry standards. Every DUCTZ professional undergoing the VSMR certification must be Air System Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) certified. The ASCS certification by NADCA signifies a high level of professionalism in the cleaning and restoration industry. Through certification, trained personnel demonstrate requisite knowledge of HVAC system cleaning, NADCA standards, and OSHA regulations. By passing a rigorous certification examination, DUCTZ professionals achieve a reputation of reliability and competence.
DUCTZ provides a number of specialized 'green' and energy efficient services for commercial and residential customers, including a patented air duct cleanliness treatment, UV lighting, high capacity filtration and dryer vent cleaning. DUCTZ is an approved Energy Star service provider, assuring that cleaning processes meet the strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for the Energy Star program.
"There are many benefits to keeping your HVAC system optimized," said Tom Yacobellis, Vice President of Corporate Operations. "National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month gives us a great opportunity to educate people who otherwise may never have known the dangers of poor indoor air quality."
DUCTZ is the nation's largest air duct cleaning and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) restoration company. DUCTZ is an Energy Star partner, helping homeowners and businesses to save money by optimizing HVAC system efficiency through cleaning and restoration. DUCTZ also provides microbial maintenance controls and chemical-free processes for reducing biological contaminants. DUCTZ is a member of the National Air Duct Cleaner's Association (NADCA), Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ACCA), leading industry standards. DUCTZ was featured on cable television's show Designing Spaces, and in Entrepreneur magazine's January 2009 issue, was ranked #1 in its category and in the upper half of the Top 500 Franchises in the United States.