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NADCA How to Spot A Scam – Air Duct Cleaning

Apex Air Duct Cleaning & Chimney Services supports @BreathingClean, an initiative from the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, dedicated to educating homeowners about the benefits of air duct cleaning and the importance of hiring a NADCA-member company to perform the service. Join us in supporting this effort by visiting breathingclean.com to learn more. #BreathingClean

Breathing Clean Fact Sheet

1. Health effects from indoor air pollutants can include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headache, dizziness, and fatigue.
Source: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/introduction-indoor-air-quality

2. There are many different sources of indoor air pollution; these can include: tobacco products, excess moisture, pesticides, newly installed flooring or carpet.
Source: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/introduction-indoor-air-quality (under ‘primary causes’)

3. Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems.
Source: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/introduction-indoor-air-quality (under ‘primary causes’)

4. Sometimes, specific contaminants like dust from construction or renovation, mold, cleaning supplies, pesticides, or other airborne chemicals (including small amounts of chemicals released as a gas over time) may cause poor IAQ.
Source: United States Department of Labor https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/indoorairquality/

5. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that Americans lost more than $4.1 billion to fraud and scams in the last 5 years.
Source: Home Advisor https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/preventing-home-improvement-fraud/

6. Poor workmanship is the number one fear homeowners have when hiring a contractor.
Source: Home Advisor https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/preventing-home-improvement-fraud/

7. Over 1/3 of homeowners have a fear of fraud when hiring a contractor.
Source: Home Advisor https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/preventing-home-improvement-fraud/

8. 70% of homeowners have hired a contractor for home repair.
Source: Home Advisor https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/preventing-home-improvement-fraud/

9. The number one warning sign for homeowners that a contractor may be fraudulent is if they demand the money up front.
Source: Home Advisor https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/preventing-home-improvement-fraud/

10. Regularly clean your air filters, supply vents and return grills. Dust and dirt cause your heating equipment to work harder. That means higher energy bills.
Source: Consumer Energy Center (California Energy Commission)

11. Around the world, a death occurs every 20 seconds due to poor indoor air quality.
Source: AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air report (referencing the EPA) http://www.airadviceforhomes.com/wordpress//wp-content/uploads/2012/07/State- of-Our-Indoor-Air-Report.pdf

12. Since 1990, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has consistently ranked indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health.
Source: AirAdvice State of Our Indoor Air report (referencing the EPA) http://www.airadviceforhomes.com/wordpress//wp-content/uploads/2012/07/State- of-Our-Indoor-Air-Report.pdf