Air duct cleaning services are on the heels of an upswing in demand brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association is making it their mission to keep the momentum going.

That was the core message of the newly elected president’s speech as she emphasized her work with the NADCA standards and certification committees to improve scientific legitimacy for the industry, along with collaboration with associated industry groups, like NADCA partner Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC).

In addition to her committee work, the new president, April Yungen of Rancho Cucamonga, California, has served as first and second vice president for the organization. Past President Mark Zarzeczny, owner of Advanced Clean Air Specialists in Philadelphia, says he emphasized building relationships throughout the ventilation industry to improve the visibility for the duct cleaning-focused group. 

Yungen — NADCA's first female president — said she will continue this effort.

“We've got a lot of relationships with scientists and industrial hygienists that have been cultivated over the last couple of years,” Yungen said. “Just carrying those forward and keeping the traction and the momentum high is going to be a huge benefit to our industry.”

In honoring past President Zarzeczny, Jim Castellano of Better Air Quality in Middle Island, New York, said he leaves a lasting legacy.

“He's worked with the Attorney General to combat fraud. He was instrumental in the launch of NADCA’s consumer marketing brand, the Breathing Clean Campaign,” Castellano said. "He led the association through its first ever pandemic and brought our members out stronger on the other side. We will miss his calm and thoughtful approach.”

The last time NADCA took place in New Orleans was 10 years ago. On March 28, the association repeated the parade they held over a decade ago — celebrating after a long day of CEU talks, a keynote and more.

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