October 10, 2008 09:16 ET

NADCA Says, "It's Healthy Lung Month -- Time to Vent"

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 10, 2008) - NADCA -- The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association says that October is "Time to Vent" for homeowners and building managers. In other words, it's a good time of year to take the vent cover off of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and take a look inside to see how dirty the duct work that brings the air to your lungs has gotten over the past year.

NADCA's rule of thumb for consumers is that "if your ducts look dirty, they probably are," and that dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. While dirty ducts don't necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

"If your house were a body, the HVAC system would be its lungs," says John Schulte, executive director of NADCA. "Once a year, take the time to give your duct work a quick once-over to see if you may need a professional inspection."

Consumers can find more information about HVAC inspection and cleaning, including contact information for certified inspection and cleaning professionals in their area, at

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 for 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, visit

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