Maintaining Indoor Air Quality:  The importance of hiring a qualified and certified air duct cleaning company.

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) was established in 1995 to promote uniform standards, procedures and protocols in the Indoor Air Quality industry. The IAQA is a nonprofit, multi-disciplined organization, dedicated to promoting the exchange of indoor environmental information, through education and research, for the safety and well being of the general public. Current members come from a diverse range of professions and trades including Environmental Consultants, HVAC Practitioners, Design Engineers, Restoration and Remediation, Industrial Hygienists, Building & Facilities Managers, Attorneys, Manufacturers Representatives and many others in related fields.

The IAQA is dedicated to the education of its members. Each education program starts with a Value Proposition to define the scope of information a student is expected to learn. Core Skills for each course offering, a corresponding Knowledge Base of industry standards and guidelines are created by the IAQA Education Committee. Dozens of IAQA members serve as volunteers on the committee and its six active subcommittees to make sure the association provides the highest standard of IAQ education. The diverse background of the Education Committee has ensured that IAQA courses are well-rounded, comprehensive, and based on adult-learning principles.

The IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration is an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited standard released in May 2006. It is the first ANSI accredited to be produced by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification and the first ANSI standard for the water damage restoration industry. In September 2008 the first American National Standard for mold remediation was adopted by ANSI: The IICRC S520 2nd Edition, Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. This consensus based, industry standard cover all aspects of mold remediation, from pre-inspection to remediation to post-remediation verification.

Indoor air quality problems can have a major impact on occupant health and comfort. When indoor air quality issues arise, the IAQA believes it is important to make sure that only highly-qualified individuals are called upon to investigate, mitigate and confirm that a problem has been properly resolved. When hiring a professional consultant or contractor it is important to hire a company with qualified and certified staff that will be following industry standards and guidelines to ensure a job done right.

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