Sanitizing" Ducts Can Cause Serious Health Concerns In response to the pesticide industry's growing concern over the use of sanitizer in air duct cleanings, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted a study on the efficacy of its utilization. They found that sanitizing ducts can cause serious health concerns and do not approve of its application within HVAC systems. Unfortunately, there are many companies that still try to utilize sanitizer as a selling point or, worse yet, an actual service. They often make sweeping health claims, maintaining that they are capable of removing mold, mildew, bacterial growth, etc. The truth is that these growths do not grow on sheet metal, so any charge for sanitizing services is unnecessary and false. They grow in organic material, which would be the dirt and debris within your system. As a NADCA certified cleaner, we are going to remove this material from your ductwork and use a before-and-after video inspection to prove it. Do I Need Sanitizer/Deodorizer applied with my service? Absolutely not!
There are many air duct cleaning companies in the Chicagoland area that offer this very service. According to a study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sanitizer is not necessary to the cleaning of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
Mold, mildew, and bacterial growth can only thrive on organic material. The only organic material within your vents is the dirt and debris, which any reputable duct cleaner will be removing through the duct cleaning service. The EPA also discourages homeowners for using sanitizers or deodorizers in their vents because of chemical inhalation risks. Though many sanitizer advertisements claim that the sanitizer used has been registered by the EPA, the fact is that the EPA has not registered any sanitizers for use in the HVAC system.