April 17, 2009 12:08 ET

Cut Heating & Cooling Energy Usage With Clean HVAC, Says NADCA

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - April 17, 2009) - With the weather warming up and Earth Day around the corner, April is a great month for homeowners to invest in making parts of their heating and cooling systems up to 30 percent more efficient through a simple spring cleaning.

According to the federal government's Energy Star program, as much as half of the energy used in an American home goes to heating and cooling. However, say experts, too many American homes are wasting energy and driving up monthly utility bills by forcing their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to struggle with dirty and clogged coils that make systems run longer and harder than necessary.

John Schulte, executive director of NADCA - The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance & Restoration Association, says that dirty compressor and evaporator coils can strangle the flow of air through HVAC systems.

"If you haven't had your home heating and cooling system inspected and cleaned if necessary within the past five years, you're wasting energy and money," said Schulte. "Running a home heating and cooling system with dirty coils is like trying to run a marathon with a dirty rag tied over your face."

NADCA, which is an EPA/DOE Energy Star partner, certifies expert service providers in HVAC inspection, maintenance and restoration. NADCA members across the U.S. and around the world follow NADCA's industry-leading ACR 2006 standard for HVAC assessment, cleaning and restoration.

"The American home accounts for almost a quarter of the world's energy usage, and heating and cooling make up as much as half of the energy cost in our homes," explained Schulte. "When we talk about easy ways to increase energy efficiency, it only makes sense to start with the easiest fixes to the biggest costs. That's why HVAC cleaning makes so much sense not only for our homes, but also for the planet."

About NADCA:

NADCA - The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association was formed in 1989 as the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, and has since expanded its mission to become a trusted advocate for consumers and the industry on environmental and health issues surrounding heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. NADCA was the first organization to develop industry-standard best practices and its standard, "Assessment, Cleaning & Restoration of HVAC Systems," is in use in more than 30 countries worldwide as a best practice and/or basis for national law. NADCA has more than 1,000 corporate members and more than 1,500 individuals certified as Air System Cleaning Specialists, Ventilation Inspectors or Ventilation System Mold Remediators. For more information or to find a NADCA-certified contractor near you, visit

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