Duct cleaning importance

Climatic conditions in Greece combined with the energy -saving construction standards, create the need for air conditioning and ventilation systems upgrade. The HVAC air conditioning systems and ventilation ducts are the source of fresh air and indoor ventilation, but can also be the most dangerous part of a building.

Thus, air duct maintenance and cleaning, which should aim at the efficient operation of the system and the hygiene of inhaled air, is absolutely necessary. Otherwise health problems such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, rhinitis, sinusitis, irritated nose and eyes, tiredness, dry hand and face skin, hoarseness or throat dryness, irritation, headache, cough, nausea due to accumulation of dust, microorganisms, bacteria, fungi, pollen and tobacco on them, can be caused.

With air duct cleaning we achieve:
  1. Removal of pollution sources, fungi and odors.
  2. Substantial limitation of dust, ash, dirt, bacteria, mold and smoke.
  3. Improving the efficiency of the air conditioning system.
  4. Cleaner indoor air and healthier working environment.
  5. Decrease of the air conditioning systems’ energy consumption by 18%.
  6. Increase of the employees’ productivity.
  7. Reduced working hours loss.
  8. The extension of “life” of electronic systems.
  9. Reducing the consequences of the sick building syndrome.

The term "sick building syndrome" is used to express the poor health of at least 50% of the occupants or workers, which is characterized by specific symptoms attributed solely to the building’s indoor air pollution. The main occurring symptoms when you stay in a sick building are: shortness of breath, sore throat, hoarseness, irritated nose, watery eyes, sneezing , irritation of the skin ( rash ), headache, dizziness, mental fatigue and confusion, fatigue, lethargy.

Additionally, Greek and European legislative frameworks consist of guidelines and laws that define the standards and penalties for all the above:

For example:
 
  1. Presidential Decree 16/1996 entitled «Minimum safety and health requirements for the workplace in compliance with Directive 89/654 / EEC» (Government Gazette 10 / A / 18.1.1996), see. Annex I, paragraph 6.5 and Annex II, paragraph 6.5.
  2. Directive 89/654 / EEC on the minimum safety and health at work, Annex I, paragraph 6.2 and Annex II, paragraph 6.
  3. Directive 2002/91 / EC of the European Parliament about buildings’ energy performance.