At Tri County Air, we can provide solutions that clean the air in your ductwork and improve indoor air quality. The condition and cleanliness of your ductwork are certainly important. But sanitizing is different from cleaning and disinfection. We’ll explain how and why you should consider sanitizing air ducts.

What Is Air Duct Sanitizing?

Air duct cleaning refers to the manual removal of solid matter such as allergens. Dust, dirt, pollen, mold, and other things that clog ducts can increase allergy symptoms and exacerbate respiratory issues such as asthma. Sanitizing involves removing dirt and debris as well as reducing viruses, bacteria, and microorganisms in your ducts. This is especially important if mold is found or vermin have infested your ductwork.

Sanitizing air ducts:

  • Eliminates mold spores after previous mold growth.
  • Removes animal scents to prevent further infestation.
  • Can protect against COVID-19 and other viruses.

Is Sanitizing Needed with Every Duct Cleaning?

Most homes require duct cleaning once every few years. You may consider more frequent cleaning jobs if you have poor indoor air quality, a history of air quality issues at home, or have pets. Nonetheless, it’s not always necessary to sanitize air ducts every time they’re cleaned.

In general, the effects of HVAC sanitizing last about six months. But that doesn’t mean you need your air ducts sanitized that often. Reasons to consider sanitizing air ducts include someone having contracted a contagious disease at home, there’s a leak or water damage in your duct system, or you’re experiencing unpleasant odors from HVAC vents.

Can I Sanitize My Air Ducts Myself?

Not really. If you’re going to clean your ductwork, wear a mask to avoid inhaling dust or debris and safety goggles to prevent particles from getting in your eyes. You can use a vacuum cleaner with an attachment to clean ducts. But a more effective way to sanitize ductwork is to use an ozone generator. For this, you’ll need to close all the vents except one and run the generator’s hose into the open vent. The generator may need to be run for a couple of days and then you’ll need to wipe any mold out from the ducts.

This process requires a significant amount of cleanup. It’s a lot of work, so you’re better off bringing in a professional who is experienced with sanitizing air ducts.

How Is Professional Air Duct Sanitizing Done?

An HVAC contractor may use an antimicrobial disinfectant, which is often delivered via a fogger. Other sanitizers contain botanical ingredients that are non-corrosive. There are also hospital-grade antimicrobial sanitizer sprays that can work in one application. An HVAC technician may also recommend installing a UV sanitizer in your ductwork, which is highly effective at killing living particles and preventing mold. However, it won’t prevent non-organic particles from building up.

Cost of Sanitizing Air Ducts

Some air duct sanitizing products require specialized equipment or the installation of components in your ductwork. The process can take a few hours as well. Therefore, the cost of the service depends on many factors including the specific needs of your home. Consult with a local duct cleaning company to ask about their pricing and receive a quote on the services they recommend.

A certified air duct technician can perform deep cleaning and sanitizing. They can employ methods that minimize the risk of particle contamination. Trained in the latest procedures and safety practices, a trained professional can not only help you consider whether sanitizing air ducts is the best option but will also ensure high-quality results.

Contact Tri County Air Today

Tri County Air provides duct replacement and indoor air quality solutions to address persistent issues. Our air quality products include state-of-the-art in-duct UV light systems and HEPA filters. We can also seal and insulate ductwork to further improve indoor air quality and energy efficiency. A full ductwork inspection lets us determine the best solution, so you get the most out of your HVAC system. Call 941 485-2222 today to schedule an inspection and consultation.