Chemical Products in Air Duct Cleaning
- Post by Clean Air Duct Cleaning
- February 11, 2021
One topic that many householders are concerned about is how the cleaning is going to be done, and, most importantly, what products are going to be used. Luckily, nowadays we are provided with a great deal of information, and we are always encouraged to ask our contractor about the process. Anyhow, here is a short explanation on chemical products that can be used to clean your air ducts for you to understand a bit more about the whole process.
To begin with, using chemical products has been proved to be the most effective way to get your HVAC system completely cleaned. In fact, it is the best method for cleaning and also decontaminating each component of your system. As you may know, there exist numerous types of contamination that can be found in your air ducts.
These contaminants can contribute to mold and other microbiological growth as debris from outside air sources, fire damage residue, dust, vermin, etc. Most of these contaminants can only be removed -permanently- with chemical products, and that is why it is so important to use them in your cleaning.
Source removal is defined as the physical removal of contaminants and debris from the HVAC system surfaces. Air duct cleaning aims at removing the contaminants that contribute to microbiological growth, but can, at the same time, help to boost the efficiency of your system, improve the indoor air quality and increase equipment life expectancy.
Depending on your system’s conditions, chemical products may or may not be used. Only a professional, after an evaluation, can determine that.
Of course, using chemical products takes a great deal of experience and only qualified personal should perform this task. Workers must be trained to follow procedures for the safe use, handling, and storage of any product used to treat an HVAC system.
Appropriate personal protective equipment must be worn, including respiratory protection if required. Correct application procedures must be understood and carried out to avoid hazards from failing to use the product according to the manufacturer’s instructions. All this to say that, if it is correctly handled, you and your family should not be under any risk for your health.
A variety of chemical products may be used as part of an HVAC system cleaning process. Among them we can find, for instance:
All in all, using these types of chemical products have many advantages for your HVAC system and consequently your health. These products are designed to be used in these situations, so they are safe (as long as all the correct application method is followed).
What is more, on some occasions, the professionals performing the cleaning at your house may ask you to leave until fumes or scents are no longer at a level to produce discomfort or concern for occupants. Normally, it takes from 2 to 8 hours to adequately ventilate the whole place.
Yet, you should be careful, because any chemical product of antimicrobial activity is required to be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If not, that product should not be used in your air ducts.