Servicing South-East Queensland & NSW
Ducts are the unsung heroes of your property. They distribute conditioned air throughout the building, keeping spaces cool in summer and warm in winter. However, they’re often overlooked until there’s a problem. Here at Efficient Hygiene Services, our ductwork specialists provide treatment and remediation work for commercial clients in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Tweed Heads, Penrith, Sydney and Parramatta.
In addition to being unhygienic, dirty and/or malfunctioning ducts can:
Our qualified team can comprehensively treat, remediate and clean all types of ducting systems. All services we provide are in compliance with Australian Standards 1668.2. Our ductwork maintenance technicians in South-East Queensland and NSW will work efficiently at all times, minimising disruption at your premises.
Apart from providing duct cleaning services, EHS specialises and highly recommends ductwork treating, remediation and sealing services.
Ductwork Remediation services paired with duct cleaning can greatly improve your HVAC systems operating efficiency and hygiene levels by providing long term antimicrobial protection and safely sealing the ductwork from air leakages resulting in increase energy expenditure.
It is highly recommended mechanical cleaning procedures be performed on porous HVAC Materials prior to the application of any surface treatmaents such as mechanical repair Coatings.
Surface treatments may be used to restore the integrity of material surfaces only as an interim control measure, and must not be used as a substitute for mechanical cleaning or complete removal. Surface treatments must only be applied after Confirming the system has been cleaned.
Use of antimicrobial treatments and/or coating products may be considered only After mechanical surface cleaning has been performed and the need for such Treatment has been deemed necessary.
When used, antimicrobial treatments or coatings must be applied in strict Accordance with the manufacturer’s written recommendations, safety data sheets Or tga approved such as aeris.
Any antimicrobial product used in a hvac system must be specifically registered by The epa or other applicable regulatory agency for use in hvac systems, have Undergone a comprehensive risk assessment for such use, and contain specific and Detailed label directions. If the label directions cannot be followed completely, use Must be avoided.
Dirty air ducts can also have a negative impact on the health of your system. As debris and gunk build up over time, then it becomes more difficult for your air conditioning system to work efficiently.
1. Dirty air ducts reduce air flow
Air conditioning ducts work by forcing air through the ductwork to reach its destination. To do this properly there needs to be nothing in the way and even apparently mild coating of dust or debris can impede airflow.
2. Dirty air ducts can increase strain on your air conditioning unit.
If your ducts are dirty, then your air conditioning unit has to work even harder to keep the air cool and comfortable. Air conditioning recycles the same air. This means it picks up dust and other elements from the air both inside and outside the duct. These particles end up stuck in the filter which again impedes the airflow and means your unit has to work extra hard. It can become more difficult for the system to do its job of maintaining a constant temperature to keep your home safe and comfortable.
Dirty air ducts can make you sick or cause existing health problems to get worse, which is why regular ductwork remediation and treatment are essential. If you live or work with older people, or if you have children, then it’s especially important to keep your ductwork clean and clear from harmful pathogens.
Conditions such as asthma and allergies can be made much worse by dirty air ducts. The allergens that cause the problem can be circulated throughout the home, which will trigger longer more intense attacks,
Pulmonary health conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung hypertension and some types of asthma can be made worse by dirty air ducts. People with these conditions can experience more intense symptoms and longer periods of severe illness if air ducts are not cleaned regularly.
If you notice that colleagues or family members are coughing, complaining of sore throats, have a runny nose, congestion, or fever more often than usual then it could be a sign of repeated infection from dirty ductwork. This type of infection can develop into a more serious illness, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
Sinus infections are very painful. They are caused by bacteria, and these can be circulated through your home or office by your air conditioning ducts.
Whilst the common cold can be a mild illness, it can be very unpleasant and cause notable discomfort.
Mould and mildew can cause skin problems. Conditions such as eczema or hives can be inflamed by particles of mould or mildew circulated by dirty ductwork.
Being in a continual fight against bacteria will take its toll on your body. Whilst bacteria are naturally present in our everyday lives, the artificial environment of air conditioning ductwork allows these bacteria to multiply to abnormal levels.
If you or members of your family are frequently feeling run-down or tired, or simply “not quite right” then it could be a sign that your ductwork needs remediation.
While dust and debris pose a risk to your air conditioning system, the real threat to air quality comes from the mould, mildew, and bacteria that a build-up of dust and debris can harbour. At e-hygiene services we offer a range of treatment programmes that can reduce the build-up of these harmful bacteria.
We use specially designed fungicides and bactericides that won’t release any harmful chemicals and can prevent microbe build-up for up to ten years. You’ll still need to have your air conditioning unit cleaned regularly to ensure optimum system performance, but the risk of causing or exacerbating long-term health problems is reduced.
Air conditioning systems and ductwork are regulated by various Australian standards. As a home or business owner, your primary responsibility is found in AS/NZS 3666.3.2011. This concerns the remediation and treatment of air conditioning ducts. As a homeowner or business owner, you are obliged to have your air conditioning ducts inspected at least once a year. It is likely that this inspection will show that some remediation or treatment is needed.
It’s easy to understand what poor air quality means outdoors – pollution can be felt on your skin, in your hair and even seen if it’s extreme. Poor air quality indoors is less obvious, but just as damaging. Because your air conditioning system uses recycled air, any contaminants in the home can end up in the ductwork, where they can grow and end up being forced out into the home, which reduces the air quality.
As well as regular ductwork remediation and treatment, things like adding plants to your home and keeping on top of the cleaning will help maintain good air quality.
This depends on the size of the system. We’d expect an average home to take between two and four hours to clean and treat. If we’re working on larger premises, or somewhere that has a lot of pets then the process will take longer. We can give you a better idea of timescales when you contact us for a quote
You can stay in your home or workplace during air duct remediation and treatment, but you may prefer not to. The process can be noisy, making it difficult to concentrate on work or to relax. We’ll try to keep disruption to a minimum, but we may ask you to move anything we think may be damaged or may simply be in the way of the equipment. We can talk to you about this during our initial inspection visit.