Michael Radomsky, on-site manager of a 16-unit prewar cooperative on Park Avenue, was
hearing complaints from the residents about unpleasant cooking odors on the landings. To handle the building's problem, Radomsky put matters into the hands of Robert L. Teitelbaum, a company specializing in the cleaning and repairing of boilers, compactors, trash chutes and air ducts, who recommended a thorough cleaning of the building's duct system.
During the project, it was discovered that the ventilation system had never been cleaned. The ducts were so clogged with dust that there was no way for the smells to escape, says Radomsky, so they would just linger. The project was completed last summer in approximately four hours at a cost of $6,000. It was a painless and effective experience and we haven't had any complaints since, says Radomsky.
Improve Air Quality
Indoor air pollution is the highest risk to human health among all types of environmental problems, according to a report published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1990. And the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute recently reported that, Air pollution levels indoors are often ten times higher than those outdoors. Everyone is exposed to indoor pollutants such as cooking fumes, grease, aerosol sprays, dust, tobacco smoke, animal dander, household cleaners, viruses, bacteria, pollen and fungi. In high-rise buildings, an effective ventilation system is the key to keeping these pollutants at safe levels.