How to Prevent Microbes from Nesting in Your Ducts

If your indoor unit is like the lungs of your air conditioning and heating system, then your ducts are like the veins that spread the oxygen (treated air) all throughout your home. Unfortunately, like your veins, your ducts can develop problems that can lead to serious consequences for your system’s durability and even for your physical health. While cracks, holes, and other durability issues can impact your ducts, they can also be a breeding ground for microbes, such as bacteria, mold spores, viruses, and more.

This is particularly true in Florida, where our warm, humid climate is an ideal environment for spores to thrive in while looking for a place to land, settle, and begin multiplying, eventually spreading into massive colonies. The dark, damp conditions that are often found inside your ducts are ideal for this task, and as a result it’s not uncommon for what’s in your ducts themselves to be the source of your air quality problems.

This is why duct cleaning is such an important service. Every few years or so, you should allow a Tallahassee duct cleaning professional to inspect your ductwork and look for any possible signs of damage as well as mold, mildew, or bacteria colonies that may have formed. A duct cleaning service can get rid of this issue, but without proper preventative measures the issue can and will eventually return. This is where an anti-microbial coating service is an ideal solution to this serious issue.

What the Service Does

When you have one of these services performed on your ductwork, your duct cleaning professional uses a special tool that evenly spreads this coating all along the interior surface of your ducts. This thick coating is specially formulated to resist penetration from mold and eliminate and germs, such as bacteria and viruses, that may try to settle on it. As a result, this coating can eliminate odor-causing issues that may have built up in your ducts.

Not only does it eliminate existing microbial problems, but it inhibits further issues from emerging, allowing you to enjoy cleaner air for years to come. You should see an almost immediate improvement in your overall air quality, including less sneezing, reduced asthma symptoms, and better overall health.

Do I Need My Ducts Coated?

How do you know you need to have your ductwork serviced? Believe it or not, the vast majority of homes don’t have their ducts cleaned nearly often enough, so there’s a good chance one of these services could actually benefit you tremendously. If it’s been more than five years since your last duct cleaning, you should at least have a professional inspect them.

Here are a few other ways you can tell you may need your ducts cleaned with an anti-microbial coating:

  • Your technician discovers a bacteria, mold, or mildew colony growing in your ducts
  • There is a strong smell of must or mold coming from your air vents
  • You’re constantly dealing with health problems caused by mold
  • You have severe allergy symptoms even in your own home
  • You’re dealing with asthma attacks at home
  • You’re constantly coughing, sneezing, or feel like your throat is scratchy

While you should always check and regularly change your filter as well as have your coils cleaned and maintained to prevent mold growth in these areas, continuing symptoms may be a sign that your issue is further down the line in your ductwork, prompting the need for one of these coating services.

For more information about having your ducts cleaned and coated, call Tallahassee Air Conditioning and Electrical today at (850) 702-5550 to request a free estimate


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